OBJECTIVE OF MILO: The objective of Milo is to reach 5 points before your opponents.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 4 Players
MATERIALS: One double 6 set of dominoes, a way to keep score, and a flat surface.
TYPE OF GAME: Connecting Domino Game
OVERVIEW OF MILO
Milo is a connecting domino game for 4 players. The goal of the game is to reach 5 or more points to win.
The game uses fixed partnerships. Partners should sit across from each other.
A dealer is chosen randomly and shuffled the tiles. Each player is dealt 7 dominoes each. There should be no remaining dominoes.
For the first round of the game, the player with the double 6 starts the layout. After the first round, the first player passes to the right. This player may start the layout with whichever tile they wish. Turn order is counterclockwise.
On a player’s turn, they will add a tile to the layout if they can. If they cannot legally add a tile, they will pass their turn. To add a tile to the layout you must connect the end of one tile to the other by matching the numbers on the ends touching. The only exception is a double, where both numbers must match, and it is added to the layout at a 90-degree angle.
The game is played until a player manages to play all tiles from their hand or until all 4 players pass their turn, unable to play to the layout.
If a player manages to empty their hand their team wins the round. If the game ends with a blocked layout, then each team will count the number of pips on tiles they have remaining in hand. The team with the lower pip count is the winning team. if there is a tie for how many pips each team has remaining. Then the round ends in a tie.
After the winner of the round has been determined scoring can begin. If the winning team won by clearing their hand, they score 1 point, and if the tile played to end the game resulted in both ends of the layout ended in the same number, then an additional point is earned. If the game ended in a blocked game the team with the smallest number of pips scores 1 point. If the round ended in a tie then no points are scored.
END OF GAME
The game ends when a team reaches or exceeds 5 points. This team wins the game.
If wanting to play a more substantial version of the game. This win could be a match point. The game can be played until a certain number of matches has been won by a single team.
To set up for match play, the new dealer will be to the right of the player who, in the previous match, started the first deal. This player will also be the first to play and may lead any tile to start the layout.