TWISTER: Dragon Dance

Number of Players: 2 - 4
Type of Dominoes Used: Oriental
Type of Game: Oriental Dominoes


Seven different results have been developed for this new game:
* Tornado: vertical head, vertical tail; head upward.
* Thunderbolt: vertical head, vertical tail; head downward.
* Joy: horizontal head, horizontal tail.
* Wildfire: horizontal head, vertical tail; tail upward.
* Floweret: horizontal head, vertical tail; tail downward.
* Hero: vertical head, horizontal tail; head upward.
* Misfortune: vertical head, horizontal tail; head downward.
Players take turns to place out their dominoes. The strategy is to match domino ends; try to block other players from matching domino ends.
The first domino placed (center horizontal) is considered to be at the "sun" location.
Whenever a horizontal line reaches a length of 7 dominoes, change direction to vertical on either end. (One end always goes upward, the other downward.) Decide which vertical direction is upward;" which is "downward.
Whenever a vertical line reaches a length of 3 dominoes, change direction to horizontal again.
The ever-bending domino line is, of course, always a continuous line.
It is quite difficult to complete a domino32 dragon. All dominoes must be used. Concentrate on the competition; try to win the game. Only when it is an absolute tie, can you have a complete dragon.
You will notice something very interesting: Your dragon surely does have a "head" and "tail' and is alive! At one end, there's a big head, at the other, a split tail. (The head is number (?)! The tail is number is (?)! Try it and find out the two numbers for yourself.)
Believe it or not! You may manipulate domino32 to see if you can ever make a whole dragon without a head or tail at its two ends. Isn't it a strange thing? Traditional domino play of 28 pieces can never do that! Why? Sorry, you'll have to ask a mathematician.
Now you can study what kind of dragon you players, as a group, have made. Check the head and tail numbers so as not to be confused. Remember, there are seven possible dragon-dance forms:
Vertical head, vertical tail; head upward: This is an evil dragon a "tornado." Its tail hits the ground, causing great damage.
Vertical head, vertical tail; head downward: Another evil dragon, a "thunderbolt." You have made an aggressive dragon.
Horizontal head, horizontal tail: A peaceful dragon, easy-going and happy. We call it "joy."
Horizontal head, vertical tail; tail upward: This is a naughty dragon. You build a "wildfire."
Horizontal head, vertical tail; tail downward. What a dandy dragon. Is it a "floweret"?
Vertical head, horizontal tail; head upward: An alert and daring one. The name of this dragon is "hero." Vertical head, horizontal tail; head downward- Unfortunately the dragon is sick. It is a "misfortune."
So you know what kind of team players you are, by observing the twister dance of the whole dragon you have made together, you will find whether your team is a tornado, a thunderbolt, a joy, a wildfire, a floweret, a hero, or a misfortune!

 

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