MATERIALS IN SCRABBLE
Game board -- This is what the game is played on. In most versions, the board consists of
grooves where tiles fit into. The board is square and different grooves correspond to
different ways of scoring.
Tiles -- These are what each player uses to form words. The tiles are about a square-inch
big and have letters etched into them with a point value in the lower right hand corner.
Many choose to place these in a pouch for letter-choosing, but this is not required. You
can simply turn all the tiles over and have players choose their letters that way.
Letter Rack -- The racks are used to hold each player's tiles so they can see them and
slide them around to form words before his/her turn as well as keep them from the eyes
of other players. They are usually long, thin racks made of wood or plastic.
Pen and Paper -- Self-explanatory, you need these items to keep score.
Timer (optional) -- Some Scrabble players prefer to use a timer to set a limit on each
person's turn. Though this is not an official rule, it is commonly practiced to keep the
game moving at a reasonable speed.
Scrabble dictionary (optional) -- Though using this during a game is not always accepted,
some use this as a guide for letter combinations they are not sure are words. However,
most true Scrabble players don't use the dictionary while playing; they see it as a crutch.
Here is a brief overview of Scrabble rules. For more precise rules, seek an official Scrabble
For each Scrabble game, there must be at least two-players and no more than four.
The person who draws the earliest letter in the alphabet plays first.
Once the order of turns is established, each person draws six more tiles in that order.
The game progresses as each player lays down tiles on the board that make up words that
connect to already played words, like making one big crossword puzzle.
Tiles can only be placed from left to right or from top to bottom. Words placed
diagonally or backwards are not allowed.
After each turn, the tile values are added up and placed on the score sheet, and the person
draws the number of tiles they used for their last play, always having seven tiles until all
tiles run out.
The person with the most points at the end of the game wins.
When a king is under direct attack by one (or possibly two) of the opponent's pieces, the player is
said to be in check. When in check, only moves that remove the king from attack are permitted.
The player must not make any move that would place his king in check. The object of the game
is to checkmate the opponent; this occurs when the opponent's king is in check, and there are no
moves that remove the king from attack.
The king can move only one square horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. Once in the game,
each king is allowed to make a special double move, to castle. Castling consists of moving the
king two squares towards a rook, then moving the rook onto the square over which the king
crossed. Castling is only permissible if all of the following conditions hold:
The player must never have moved both the king and the rook involved in castling.
There must be no pieces between the king and the rook.
The king may not currently be in check, nor may the king pass through squares that are under
attack by enemy pieces. As with any move, castling is illegal if it would place the king in check.
The king and the rook must be on the same rank (to exclude castling with a promoted pawn).
The rook moves any number of vacant squares vertically or horizontally (it is also involved in
the king's special move of castling).
The bishop moves any number of vacant squares in any direction diagonally. Note that a bishop
never changes square color, therefore players speak about "light-squared" or "dark-squared"
The queen can move any number of vacant squares diagonally, horizontally, or vertically.
The knight can jump over occupied squares and moves two spaces horizontally and one space
vertically or vice versa, making an "L" shape. A knight in the middle of the board has eight
squares to which it can move. Note that every time a knight moves, it changes square color.
Pawns have the most complex rules of movement: A pawn can move forward one square, if that
square is unoccupied. If it has not moved yet, the pawn has the option of moving two squares
forward, if both squares in front of the pawn are unoccupied. A pawn cannot move backward.
When such an initial two square advance is made that puts that pawn horizontally adjacent to an
opponent's pawn, the opponent's pawn can capture that pawn "en passant" as if it moved forward
only one square rather than two, but only on the immediately subsequent move. Pawns are the
only pieces that capture differently than they move. They can capture an enemy piece on either
of the two spaces adjacent to the space in front of them (i.e., the two squares diagonally in front
of them), but cannot move to these spaces if they are vacant. If a pawn advances all the way to its
eighth rank, it is then promoted (converted) to a queen, rook, bishop, or knight of the same color.
In practice, the pawn is almost always promoted to a queen.
3.1.7. Remaining movement rules
With the exception of the knight, pieces cannot jump over each other. One's own pieces
("friendly pieces") cannot be passed if they are in the line of movement, and a friendly piece can
never replace another friendly piece. Enemy pieces cannot be passed, but they can be "captured".
When a piece is captured (or taken), the attacking piece replaces the enemy piece on its square
(en passant being the only exception). The captured piece is thus removed from the game and
may not be returned to play for the remainder of the game. The king cannot be captured, only put
in check. If a player is unable to get the king out of check, checkmate results, with the loss of the
Chess games do not have to end in checkmate — either player may resign if the situation looks
hopeless. Games also may end in a draw (tie). A draw can occur in several situations, including
draw by agreement, stalemate, threefold repetition of a position, the fifty move rule, or a draw by
impossibility of checkmate (usually because of insufficient material to checkmate).
3.2. Timed Games
Games can be played with a time-limit by setting a move time when creating a new game. In
timed games each player has a certain amount of time available for deciding which moves to
make, and the time remaining for each player decreases only when it is their turn to move.
3.3. Game Draw
A game that ends without victory for either player. Most drawn games are draws by agreement
based upon the rules. The other ways that a game can end in a draw are stalemate, three-fold
repetition, the fifty-move rule, and insufficient material. A position is said to be a draw (or a
drawn position) if either player can, through correct play, eventually force the game into a
position where the game must end in a draw, regardless of the moves made by the other player.
Fifty move rule
A stalemate is a position in which the player whose turn it is to move has no legal move and his
king is not in check. A stalemate results in an immediate draw.
The game is drawn if the same position occurs three times with the same player to move, and
with each player having the same set of legal moves each time (the latter includes the right to
take en passant and the right to castle).
3.3.3. Fifty move rule
The fifty move rule states that the game is drawn after fifty moves from each side without a
pawn move or capture.
3.3.4. Insufficient material
An endgame scenario in which all pawns have been captured, and one side has only its king
remaining while the other is down to just a king or a king plus one knight or one bishop. The
position is a draw because it is impossible for the dominant side to deliver checkmate regardless
of play. Situations where checkmate is possible only if the inferior side blunders are covered by
the fifty-move rule.
Dominoes Game Rules
GameColony offers 2 ways to play domino online:
Domino Live app for Android Phones & Tablets
Browser-based Java Dominoes
There are 3 versions of online domino games at GameColony.com:
Five-up (also referred to as Muggins or All Fives)
To be the first person to attain the agreed-upon number of points (100 - 500). Points may be awarded
during the play of the hand by making the exposed ends of the chain total to a multiple of five (5). The
winner at the end of each hand also scores points for all the pips remaining in the other player's hand
rounded to the nearest multiple of five.
A player scores points if the sum of the two open ends totals a multiple of 5.
If the dominoes on table are:
The player who put the last bone scored 5 points - the some of ends of the above chain: 1+4=5 (multiple
If the next player places:
the new chain will become:
The player who put the last bone scored 10 points - the sum of ends of the above chain: 6+4=10 (multiple
If the double is at the open end, both sides of the double counted. In chain below, the last player scored 15
At the beginning of a game, the hands are dealt by randomly shuffling all tiles and distributing seven (7)
tiles (also called bones or dominoes) to each player. The remaining dominoes are placed in the boneyard
to be drawn from by a player when he/she cannot play a tile from his hand. If this is the first hand of a
game, the player with double six must play it first (also see options below - random 1st hand). If no one
has the double six, the call goes out for double five, then double four, and so on until one of the players
can produce the called for tile. Players then take turns. In subsequent hands, the winner of the previous
hand starts the next game (see Options below: rotated start). When leading in a hand other than the first
one in the game, the choice of play may be any tile in the lead player's hand.
Once the lead tile has been played, the tiles that may be played are constrained to match the exposed ends
of the chain.
If the tile is not a double it is placed horizontally
If th tile is a double, it is placed vertically
Players take turns. If a player does not have any tiles which have a number of pips that matches one of the
exposed ends of the chain, that player must draw from the boneyard one tile at a time until he/she draws
one which may be played. If there is no boneyard or are no more tiles left in the boneyard, that player
must pass. If a player has at least one tile that matches one of the exposed ends of the chain, that player
must play a tile and cannot pass. Play may proceed off both ends of the chain, or from the exposed ends
of the first double that is played once that double has had dominoes played from both its sides. That
double is referred to as the spinner because the chain sprouts from all four sides of the domino. At most
there will be four ends of the chain exposed; no other double may have additional dominoes played from
In the picture below, double six was the first double placed in the chain and it became a spinner.
The dominoes can be placed in 4 directions indicated by hotspots - empty rectangular placeholders.
Please note: in the above picture, the bottom portion of the spinner is not 'activated' for scoring yet -since no bone was placed there yet. Thus, in the above domino chain, the some of the end tiles is: 10 (4 +
4 + 2).
End of Play
The first player to use all his tiles wins the game. Once the winning piece is placed on the chain, the game
is over and the players expose their remaining pieces to be counted in the scoring. No further plays can be
made by any of the players. It is possible for the game to reach a dead end, where all play is blocked and
no tiles may be played. This outcome is called a blocked or jammed game. In this case, the end of the
game is determined when the boneyard is empty and all players pass consecutively (i.e., none of the
players may make a legal play). To determine the winner, all tiles held by players must be exposed and
counted. The player with the least number of pips on the dominoes still held is declared the winner.
If a player does not have any tiles which have a number of pips that matches one of the exposed ends of
the chain, that player must draw from the boneyard one tile at a time until he/she draws one which may be
played. If there are no more tiles left in the boneyard, that player must pass. If a player has at least one tile
that matches one of the exposed ends of the chain, that player must play a tile and cannot pass. When
placing tiles on the chain, doubles are placed crosswise so that the end of the chain touches the side of the
double. If a tile is played that is not a double, the matching end of the tile is placed adjacent to the end of
the chain to which it matches, with the domino placed in a lengthwise fashion. Play may proceed off both
ends of the chain, or from the exposed ends of the first double that is played once that double has had
dominoes played from both its sides. That double is referred to as the spinner because the chain sprouts
from all four sides of the domino.
When summing the ends of the chain, a blank counts as zero points. Any double which is exposed
sideways on the end of the chain is scored counting both ends of the domino. For example, if one end of
the chain has a double four and the other end has a two, the score is eight (8) for the double four and two
(2) for the two giving a total of ten (10) points. Once the hand is over, the dominoes held by the other
players are totalled and rounded off to the nearest multiple of five (5). This total is added to the winning
player or team's match score. If the hand was blocked or jammed, the total does not include the number of
points held by the jamming player. If the number of points held by each player is the same, the hand is
declared a tie and no extra points are added to any player's score. If all scores are less than agreed-upon
number of points for the game (100-500), the game continues by playing another hand.
Options and Defaults
Who starts the 1st hand and how?
By default, the highest double in the first hand is forced - whoever was dealt the highest double
must start the 1st hand with it (in the rare instance that nobody had any doubles, the highest bone
A domino table can also be created with an option of Random start (when 'no 1st hand forced
double' default option is unchecked). In this case, the server determines randomly which play er
will start. If this option is in force, then the player is free to chose what bon e to start with.
Who starts the new hand? Winner of the previous hand?
By default, the winner of the hand starts the new hand. A domino table can also be created with a
non-default option 'rotated start'. With 'rotated start' non-default option, the starter of the next
hand (also called 'first down') alternates every hand.
With the default options (winner starts and 1st hand forced double), if the game is blocked (in
Five-Up & Draw games), then the player with the highest double will start the next hand.
In the table listings, the options are shown in short notation as in the following examples:
100pt/5+ denotes the table set for 100 pt for Five-up (5) with a spinner (+)
125pt/5* denotes the table set for 125 pt for Five-up (5) without a spinner (no +) with no forced
125pt/5+O denotes the table set for 125 pt for Five-up (5) with a spinner (+) with rotated start
200pt/Drw denotes the table set for 200 pt for Draw variation (Drw) without a spinner (no +)
100pt/Blk denotes the table set for 100 pt for Block variation (Blk) without a spinner (no +)
As opposed to Five-Up variation above, points are not awarded during play for making multiples of five.
Points are awarded only at the end of each hand.
Each player tries to match the pips on one end of a tile from his/her hand with the pips on an open end of
any tile in the chain. If a player is unable to match a tile from his/her hand with a tile in the chain, the
player passes his/her turn. Each player may play only one tile per turn. If a player cannot match a tile with
one in the chain, he/she must draw from the boneyard until the tile that can be played is drawn. If there
are no tiles left in the boneyard, the player passes his/her turn. The first player to get rid of all dominoes
wins the hand. If none of the players can make a play, the game ends in a block. If a hand ends in a block,
the players turn the tiles in their hands faceup for counting. The player with the lowest total wins the hand
and earns the points (1 point per pip) of all the tiles left remaining in his opponent's hand. The player who
first reaches the agreed-upon number of points (100-500) or more is the overall winner.
This variation is similar to Draw variation above, except no player can draw from a boneyard. If none of
the players can make a play, the hand ends in a block. The players turn the tiles in their hands faceup for
counting. The player with the lowest total wins the hand and earns the points (1 point per pip) of all the
tiles left remaining in his opponent's hand. The player who first reaches the agreed-upon number of points
(100-500) or more is the overall winner.