Type of Dominoes Used: Oriental
Type of Game: Oriental Dominoes
Domino set: 2 sets of Oriental dominoes (Each set contains 32 tiles; 2 sets = 64 tiles total.)
Object of the game: To be the player with the highest count at the end of the game.
Number of players: 2, 3, or 4.
Keeping the tiles facedown, place them in 16 stacks of 4 tiles per stack. This is called a "woodpile." If there are 4 players, each player removes 1 stack from one side of the woodpile (4 tiles per player; 16 tiles total). If 3 players, each player removes 2 stacks from one side of the woodpile (8 tiles per player; 24 tiles total). If 2 players, each player removes 3 stacks from one side of the woodpile (12 tiles per player; 24 tiles total).
Take the tiles you have removed from the woodpile and place them faceup.
The players examine their tiles. The first player tries to match one of his tiles with one turned up on the table having the same number of pips. If he is able to find a match, he places the pair faceup in front of him. Whether successful or not, he draws the top tile of the stack at the end of the woodpile from which the last stacks were drawn. Next, he attempts to match that tile with one on the table. If he is able to find a match, he removes the pair. If not, he places the tile drawn with those on the table.
The second player continues in the same way by attempting to match one of his tiles, then drawing a tile from the pile, and so on. The game continues until the pile is exhausted. A pair of 6-6 tiles in a player's hand is laid out at once.
The 2 tiles composing the supreme (2-1 and 4-2) pair with each other and form an exception to the rule in this game that all tiles having the same number of spots pair with each other without reference to their belonging to the civil or military series.
If a player holds a tile in his hand identical with 2 tiles on the table and the fourth tile of the same kind has not been played, he may, at his turn, pile the 3 tiles that are alike one on top of the other, faceup, at the opposite end of the stack from which tiles are being drawn. The player who plays the fourth tile then takes the other three.
When the last tile is drawn, players examine those they have taken. The tiles with 8 or more pips are called large fish and are worth 2 points for each pip of either color. The tiles with fewer than 8 pips are called "minnows" and are worth 1 point for each red pip only. If the score of the minnows is between "tens," round the score up to the higher round number. For example, if the red pips on a player's minnows total 13 points, he earns a score of 20.
The player with the highest count becomes the winner and is paid by each of the players for each point he has in excess of their total.