Domino is a game of chance and strategy, played by one or more players. Each domino is marked on its face with an arrangement of spots, or “pips,” identical to those on a die, except that some of the squares are blank (indicated in the listing below by a zero). The dominoes are arranged edge to edge on a base and each player draws tiles from a hand until his or her tiles add up to the specified total. The first player to reach the designated total wins the game. Often the pips are arranged so that all players can see their own, but not others’, values.
The first dominoes were made from clay, wood, or bone. Later, they were molded from polymers like vinyl resin. Today, most domino sets are manufactured from synthetic materials, such as polystyrene or polypropylene. Polymer dominoes have the advantage of a lower cost, ease of manufacture, and resistance to heat and moisture. However, natural materials such as ivory or bone remain popular for their aesthetic and tactile qualities. Some modern sets are made from a combination of these and other materials, such as marble, granite, or soapstone.
While many people enjoy playing domino, others use the game to create works of art. These can be as simple or complex as one wants – they could consist of a single straight line, a curved line, a grid that forms pictures when it falls, or 3D structures such as towers and pyramids. Artists use a variation of the engineering-design process to plan their domino creations, starting with an overall theme or purpose and brainstorming images that might be used in the design.
Other than blocking and scoring games, dominoes are also played as solitaire or trick-taking games, some of which were popular in some areas to circumvent religious prohibitions against playing cards. A very different type of domino game involves placing a row of dominoes on the table, each with a value that is equal to or greater than the number of pips on the adjacent dominoes. The first player to place a domino with the desired value wins that round.
While Domino’s has been able to withstand challenges from third-party delivery services, it has struggled to gain new customers in the United States as a result of a shift to online ordering and the increased competition from other fast-food restaurants such as McDonald’s (MCD). To help increase its customer numbers, Domino’s is implementing new changes. These include a relaxed dress code and a focus on listening to its customers. The company is also attempting to develop an internal platform for its Domino’s Data Lab data science ecosystem. This will allow for the easy integration of version control systems and workspaces and make it easier to deploy apps and model apis on the cloud. This end to end data science platform is expected to be available by mid-2018. This will be a game changer for Domino’s.