Domino - Muggins
Muggins is a domino game which is best known in the anglo saxon world. It
is describes here in a standard format.
Number of players
The game is for 2 to 4 players.
about 5 to 10 minutes
One domino game with stones 0-6. However, it is also frequently played with
larger sets. In such a case, the rules are slightly adapted.
Object of the game
The player with the most points wins the game.
All bones are shuffled face down. To start, all players draw one domino.
The player with the most points will be the first player. In the second game,
the player to his left may start, and so on. The dominoes are returned and
shuffled again. The number of dominoes depends on the number of players.
In a two player game, both players receive 7 stones. In a three player game
and in a four player game each player gets five doominoes. The remaining
bones are left in the middle and are the stock, usually called boneyard.
The starting player puts one domino in the middle. This does not need to
be a double. The turn then rotates to his left.
All bones played must be played to a free end and must match numbers.
The layout always has two open ends, each sprouting from the first stone.
If a player can not legally play a bone, he must draw from the boneyard untill
he can play. If the boneyard is exhausted, he must pass.
Doublets are placed crosswise as usual.
It is allowed to draw from the boneyard while a player can play a bone.
A player scores points if the sum of the two open ends total a multiple of
The dominoes on table are:
The open ends total 6+4=10, the player scores 10 points.
The next player adds
The dominoes on table are:
The open ends total 1+4 = 5, the player scores 5 points.
If a double is at the open end, both sides are counted.
At one end is a 0-0, at the other end is 5-5:
The player scores 0+0+5+5=10 points.
The game ends when one player goes domino (plays his last bone) or when all
players have consecutively passed. The player who dominoes or, if everyone
passed, the player with the least number of spots, scores points equal to
the number of spots on the stones in the hands of all other players.
Play your doubles whenever you can.
The number of bones dealt at start varies in different parts of the world.
The game can also be played with larger sets, such as the double 9 game or
even the double twelve set. With the double 9 set, play starts with bones
added to both long sides and both short sides of the first middle, thus giving
four branches and four free ends to add a bone to at all times. With the
double 12 set, bones are added to all four sides and all four corners, thus
giving eight free ends to play to.
Strategies are basically the same as in The Draw game.
However, make as many points as possible while playing. This is usually more
advantageous then foregoing a score for a slight chance to play the next
Keep your own hand as varied as possible.
Try to deduce what stones other players have in hand.
Try to block other players with a series you've got lots of.
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