Domino Sets

Domino sets are made from a variety of materials. Dominoes made in Europe are traditionally crafted from ivory or bone, or a dark-colored hardwood like ebony, along with contrasting white or black pips that are inlaid or painted. Domino sets have also been made out from numerous varieties of natural materials, such as stone (e.g., marble, soapstone or granite); other hardwoods (e.g., oak, ash, cedar and redwood); ceramic clay, metals (e.g., pewter or brass); even crystal or frosted glass. These domino sets made of special materials are often characterized by a rather novel look; the frequent heavier weight gives them a stronger substantiality. However, such materials as well as the products resulting from them are normally far more expensive than the polymer materials.

Domino Sets Modern-day commercially produced domino sets are generally made out of synthetic materials, like ABS and polystyrene plastics, with Bakelite as well as other phenolic resins. There are many domino sets which closely match the feel and look of ivory whereas others make use of colored or translucent plastics for achieving a rather contemporary look. Domino sets that are used nowadays also generally use differently-colored dots to denote each unique end value; such as one-spots might be indicated by black pips whereas two-spots can be green in color. This helps the players to find suitable matching ends. Every now and then, one can find a set of dominos created out of card stock much like playing cards. These sets are lightweight, inexpensive and compact. However, they are more prone to subtle disturbances like sudden breeze.

Traditional domino sets include 1 distinctive piece for every possible combination of 2 ends with 0 to 6 spots, and is referred to as double-six set due to the fact that the highest value piece has got 6 pips on both ends, hence the name "double six". Spots from 1 to 6 are normally arranged similarly like a six-sided dice. However since there are also spot-less blank ends, there are 7 possible faces, which allow for 28 distinct pieces in one double-six set.

But this is relatively a rather small number particularly when the number of players exceeds 4. In such cases, the domino sets are actually extended with the introduction of ends having more numbers of spots. This increases the possible number of combinations of ends and pieces. Each progressively bigger set increases the highest number of pips on one end by 3. As a result, the prevalent extended sets are double-eighteen, double-fifteen, double-twelve and double-nine. It is possible for larger sets like double-twenty-one to exist theoretically, however they are rarely found in the retail stores, as it would be difficult to identify the total number of pips. Also a double-twenty-one set will consist of 253 pieces, much more than that is required for most games of dominoes even with 8 players.