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Round The Clock

A block-type game for two to five players using a Western Double-Six domino set and a score sheet.


The dominoes are shuffled, facedown, then each player draws a number of tiles, that only they can look at, that differs according to the number of players taking part. 

  • 2 players draw 7 tiles each.
  • 3 players draw 6 tiles each.
  • 4 or 5 players draw 5 tiles each.

Any remaining tiles are used as the boneyard and may be drawn upon by players during the course of play.

The lead player holding the double-six sets it down and then players in turn lay tiles onto all four of the open ends of the domino layout with same-number adjacent to same-number.  Once all four sides of the initially set double-six have been played on, then the next four dominoes played must be the corresponding matching doubles for the four previously played tiles.  (doubles are placed horizontally onto ends but don't allow play to branch four ways).  Play continues with players playing matching tiles onto the played doubles followed by four more matching doubles, and so on.

Should a player be unable to set a domino from their hand onto the layout, they may draw one tile from any in the boneyard as long as there are more than two left.  They can then play it or they must pass on their turn if they are unable to.

Once a player has dominoed by setting their last tile, or the game is blocked with no player able to set a tile, the round is over and the player who dominoed or has the lowest total of pips left in their hand, is the winner of that round.  The winner of a round then scores the total number of pips on all the other players' dominoes.

A number of rounds are played and the first player to score a set total (say 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 points), wins the game.  



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