Domino Derby

12 Dec


A quirky little racing game similar to games like “Sorry” or “Pachisi”. The use of a standard set of Dominos for movement lends to some interesting and “nasty” variations. Players try to be the first to move their pieces around the board, all the while trying to keep their opponents from doing the same! Game includes a board and all the rules you need to get started! It’s a lot of fun … just don’t play it with my mom (she’s really mean when she wants to be!)

Ages: 7(ish)+

Players: 2-6

Interesting Features: Players use dominos to move their pieces around the board. It takes a (very) little bit of skill, and lots of planning. (A ruthless and remorseless attitude wouldn’t hurt either!)

Extras Needed: A set of dominos (Double 6’s, 9’s, or 12’s), some tokens (2-4) for each player, lots of space on the table or a couple of big bowls (these will be your draw & discard piles)


Printing Suggestions: Rules are designed to be printed on both sides of the same 8.5X11 (just fold it in half when done). The board can be printed on 8.5X11 but to make playing easier should be enlarged to 11×17 or so. (Laminate it if you want it to last longer … or just keep coming back and reprinting the thing when your 6 year old nephew spills his cola all over it again).

Designer’s Notes: This game (and LOTP) both came from a simple thought. How can I use already existing game pieces in a way that they aren’t normally used. What did I have on hand? Dominoes and Playing cards. I began with the premise of using these in a similar way to how Dice are used and the rest is history. These were also the first two board games I designed with the help of my computer, so that I could easily print them out and pass them on to others. (An idea that stuck.)

4 Responses to “Domino Derby”

  1. kenmaher December 12, 2008 at 11:31 pm #

    “Son, quit being such a cry-baby … you lost, get over it!” [Love Mom]

  2. Daniel Piovezan February 24, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

    I got a few questions:

    If I make a player’s token walk backwards, what happens when it reaches the start of the course? Does it rebound? Does it stay on the first square? Does it get off the board?

    “No piece, regardless of who moves it, may send one of it’s own player’s pieces back to the beginning” – does it mean that, for example, a yellow piece will never capture a yellow piece?

    Can two pieces occupy the same space? For example, if it’s a safe space, and there’s one piece there already, can I put another piece there, or is it forbidden?

  3. kenmaher February 24, 2016 at 11:26 pm #

    Hi Daniel!

    Thanks for the questions. This is an old one so I had to go back and do a little reading!

    1) No, a piece doesn’t go off the board once on (except at the end). Back to the start always means the first space on the board. However … I really like the idea of rebounding off of the starting line just like the finish line. I would say try it and tell me if you like it any better than just staying put on the first space.

    2) Correct! And that answers in part your next question. Two pieces of the same colour may be on the same normal space, but not two pieces from different players. Further, if a piece of an opponent’s colour was to land on a space with more than one piece of the same colour on it, all those pieces would be sent back to the beginning at the same time!

    3) Unless, of course, it is a safe space. Any number of any coloured pieces may rest on a safe space at the same time.

    Thanks again for the great questions (sorry the rules weren’t clearer) and thanks for playing the game!

  4. Daniel Piovezan February 25, 2016 at 8:27 am #


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