Domino is a generic gaming piece, like playing cards or dice, used in a variety of games. It features a squared, ridged surface on one side and is blank or identically patterned on the other. Each of the domino’s four sides has an arrangement of spots, or “pips,” which differ from one another by rank (ranging from six to none) or value. The total of all the pips on any particular domino is its number.

In the most common game of domino, players take turns drawing and placing tiles to form a chain or layout on the table. Then they play a tile that matches the value of an existing domino (called an open end) or the sum of all the open-end pips on the table (called a total). The first player to lay a matching tile wins the round. Other popular domino games include matador, where the goal is to place a number that totals seven or more, and muggins, in which the objective is to make the total of all the open-end pips a multiple of five.

The shape and placement of dominoes adds to the fun of the games. Each domino has a line down its center, visually dividing it into two equal squares, called ends. Each end has a different value, with the value of each being determined by its pattern of pips or the number of squares that it shares with the opposite end. A domino’s value may also be referred to as its rank or weight.

As the dominoes are arranged, they develop a snake-like shape that depends on the whims of the players and the constraints of the layout area. Unless a double is being played, a domino must be placed so that the two matching ends touch fully. However, a tile played to a double may be placed either horizontally or vertically.

Hevesh has created elaborate domino displays for movies, TV shows, and events, including a record-setting Guinness World Record in which she worked with more than 300,000 dominoes. Her largest creations can take several nail-biting minutes before they collapse, a process that relies on the laws of physics.

Similarly, whether you are a “pantser” who writes off the cuff or a plotter who makes careful use of an outline program like Scrivener, your story’s progression is dependent on the physics of inertia. If a scene you’ve written doesn’t add to the tension of the scenes ahead of it, it will fail to have a compelling effect.

Hevesh’s success as a domino artist is due to her ability to listen and respond to the needs of the customers. She and her team have been able to implement many changes that have allowed Domino’s Pizza to thrive. Those changes can be summed up in the company’s core values: Think Global, Act Local. This means that they focus on the needs of their local markets and their own employees in order to provide a better customer experience.