A game is basically a structured form of competitive play, often undertaken for fun or entertainment, and at times used as an educational instrument. Games are very different from work, which obviously is normally carried out for remuneration; and from fine art, which is often more of an expressive or aesthetic expression of artistic or philosophical ideas. A game can be very simple, such as hide and seek, or more complex, like solitaire. The more complex a game is, the more likely it is to teach and train a player. Many people think that games are unstructured and that there are no rules, but this is not so. Often, a game will require a series of strategies in order to emerge victorious, requiring some level of skill, strategy and planning skills.


Some of the most popular games are backgammon, Chinese checkers, badminton, baccarat, and chess. Backgammon was one of the earliest games devised and is often considered to be the game of all time, with even its board known as the ‘gamma board’. Players may compete against each other, or against the computer. The ancient Romans were great chess players, as well as having access to a huge number of books, that provided them with detailed information on all of the squares on the board and the way they related to one another. In the 17th century, the English scholar and philosopher William Rawlings brought a new interest to the game by introducing new rules, called ‘Reverse Chess’, which enabled players to play without risking a checkmate.

There are many board games that involve dice in their general setup, though not everything uses a die. Movement is generally made with a token, rather than a card, and many dice are used in games of strategy, when counting cards or working out strategies. Dice is especially useful when dealing with large numbers of units in games of war, since a single unit can represent a lot of money, depending on where it is positioned. A main article can be written about each main type of token, beginning with the most basic and moving on to more complex ones.

One of the most popular game pieces today are the dominoes. They can be used in Crawford chess sets, marbles, or any of the hundreds of different styles of dominoes that are available on the market today. Dominoes are extremely popular in video games, as their small size and fast spinning motion make them excellent racing tools, or in platform type games where quick maneuverability is important. There are an endless number of ways you can incorporate a domino into your game.

A popular variation of the game of dominoes is to play it using playing cards. This adds an extra element of strategy, since it’s possible to ‘overlay’ on top of the playing cards, making it much harder for your opponent to remove the dominoes once they have been played. A neat trick that some people use when playing dominoes is to stack the cards so that all the available spaces on the playing card are in either the same column or row as all the available spaces on the dominoes, allowing them to be easily removed. The domino system is often used in card games like solitaire, where one player has to remove dominoes from their deck by matching cards.

The main article concerning board games may have given you an idea of the many different styles that different types of board games can employ, but if you’re looking for more information, or if you’d like to learn more about a particular style of game, there is a wealth of information on the internet. Books and websites can help you get started learning the history and techniques of popular games, and will allow you to begin playing immediately. No matter what type of game you prefer to play, you may find that playing a simple card game such as dominoes will provide you with hours of entertainment, as long as you understand the game theory behind it.