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When I learned to play 42 many years ago, the rules were learned by playing the game with (or watching) folks who played.  There were no 42 web sites or instructional books, nor could I find the rules in boxes of new dominos.

When my youngest son got engaged, my future daughter-in-law (from New Mexico) wanted to learn to play 42, so I posted a web page with instructions for her in February 1997.  Surprisingly, there were others in cyberspace who wanted to learn the game, too.  Thus began the evolution and growth of my 42 web site.

Back in those days, there were only four other 42 web sites I found online:
www.pagat.com/pointtrk/42.html (McLeod, ©1995, still active)
www.earth.com/dominoes-42 (Sanders, ©1996, no longer active)
members.aol.com/DominoPage (Cameron, ©1996, moved, still active)
www.cs.utah.edu/~willrich/42/42g.html (Richardson, no longer active)
(Dennis Roberson's book, Winning 42, was published in 1997.)

Today, there are more than ten times that many 42 sites.  Now you can play 42 online, join 42 clubs, and share information with other 42 players worldwide.  Associations have been formed to bring 42 players together for organized competition, to define tournament rules and regulations, and to track performance of the best 42 players in their memberships.  All this, thanks to the internet and some highly motivated 42 enthusiasts.

My first 42 web page was hosted at Homepage.com.  It had few graphics and no scripted features.  During the next ten years, the number of 42-related web pages grew at their new home, Proft.50megs.com.  The current Texas42.net domain, a gift from my son, was activated in late November 2006.  Since then, I have upgraded my hosting account twice to get more server disk space and bandwidth.

Most of my pages are found by search machines and referrals from other 42 web sites.  My Q&A page generated a lot of interest.  Questions revealed the concept of trump dominos was the most difficult for beginners to fully comprehend.  Experienced players also visited the site and made noteworthy contributions toward expanding and improving informational content.  Special thanks go to Beerdaddy42, Dennis Roberson, David Roberts, Ed Hill, Billy Johnson, Jerry Whitney, and other notable contributors.

I quickly learned that there are three types of 42 players: pure 42 players (straight 42 with no variations), variation players, and those who do both.  The practice of indicating was a sore spot with some players, but that seems now to be a non-issue as long as the signals are intuitive and commonly recognized.  Many purists, however, still frown on indicating and game variations. (My house rules are for straight 42, allow Nel-O as a forced bid option, and describe the 30-bid as a possible helping hand indication.)

Visitor stats and polling indicate more than three-fourths of 42 players reside in Texas, mostly south of Houston north to the Oklahoma border, and San Antonio east to the Louisiana border.  The highest density of 42 respondents was in the central Texas polling area, and most central Texas visitors were from counties along the I-35 corridor, including the cities of Georgetown, Round Rock, Austin, Kyle, San Marcos, and New Braunfels. Dallas County, along I-35E, is a "hot spot" of 42 activity, as is Harris County in East Texas. And, of course, Brazos County, home of Texas A&M, also boasts a long tradition of playing 42.

The game is played by all ages (most over 40) and both genders (mostly males).  The majority play game variations and indulge in indicating styles.  Most players learned the game from family relatives.  About one in ten players has played in formal 42 tournaments.  (The demographics page has polling results and a link to a visitor stat map.)

It is no surprise that most of the visitors to this site in 2007 used Internet Explorer (78%) and Firefox (16%) browsers.  Ninety-four percent (94%) had Windows operating systems, mostly XP (87%).  The most popular screen resolution was 1024x768 (47%).  Approximately 80% used a broadband connection (cable, DSL, or corporate). The most popular pages from March 2010 to March 2011 are listed here. (The counter at the bottom of each page shows the number of unique visitors.)

These pages were tested in modern versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers.  If you find any inacuracies, ambiguities, or other deficiencies in content or functionality while browsing this site, please send so I can fix it.  If you have a suggestion or info contribution regarding 42, please send that, too.

Paul Proft, webmaster,
Texas42.net
March 2008




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Additions since activation of Texas42.net

Date New Addition Where Linked
27 Nov 17: 42 compared ← Here and Quick Links
19 Nov 17: Reflections (revised) ← Here and Quick Links
2 Nov 17: Kelly AFB history 50Megs archive (not 42)
23 Sep 17: Willie Nelson template ← Here and Commentary
15 Aug 17: Sheryl Smith-Rodgers commentary ← Here and Commentaries page
11 Jan 17: 42 Origin in Mineral Wells? ← Here and Quick Links
1 Jan 17: For tournament players Here and home page

14 Nov 16: Suggested Indicating rule Bidding and Indicating page
30 Oct 16: Archived links (No longer maintained)
23 Sep 16: Bidding and Indicating Practices 42 Tournament Players
26 Aug 16: Mike Sobin commentary Commentaries page
11 Aug 16: Visitor Poll Home page
17 Jul 16: Helping hand bids survey Tournament bidding
7 Jul 16: Evolution of Texas42.net This document, above narrative
11 Jun 16: Extended comment (bidding) Tournament bidding
21 May 16: Tournament bidding Tournament fair play
24 Apr 16: Stan Rowe commentary Commentaries page
9 Mar 16: 2016 Hallettsville winners Hallettsville Winners

1 Apr 15: Puremco archived 42 rules Here and How to Play 42 (1955 rules)
10 Mar 15: 2015 Hallettsville winners Hallettsville Winners

17 Sep 2014: John Opincar commentary Commentaries page
23 Apr 2014: 2014 Hallettsville Winners Hallettsville Winners
15 Apr 2014: 42 Site Search Home Page: Search site
15 Jan 2014: YouTube video Here → Texas Country Reporter on 42

16 Nov 13: Old, outdated house rules "Evolution" (this document)
24 Oct 13: Jim Cannon commentary Commentaries page
18 Aug 13: Cardinal archived 42 rules Quick Links
1 Jun 13: Free Texas 42 images Quick Links
5 Mar 13: 2013 Hallettsville winners Hallettsville Winners
4 Feb 2013: Michael Emery commentary Commentaries page

9 Oct 12: Lenora Boughton commentary Commentaries page
1 Sep 12: Newest Google finds Quick Links, 42 links
17 Aug 12: 42 Reflections (updated) Quick Links
21 Jun 12: Texas 42 player estimates Quick Links
4 Jun 12: Description of 42 About 42, Quick Links
21 Apr 12: 1904 42 card game 1906 42 card game
2 Apr 12: Fair play survey (new) Tourney Players
29 Mar 12: 2012 Hallettsville winners Hallettsville Winners
16 Feb 12: Four Hand Texas Quick links, 1955 42 Rules
12 Feb 12: Visitor locations Quick links, Demographics
10 Feb 12: Fair play survey Quick links (revamped form)

19 Dec 11: Holiday greeting/video ← Here (only)
9 Nov 11: 1906 42 domino card rules Quick Links & 1887 Scenario
8 Nov 11: 1955 42 rules Quick Links, Four Hand Texas
9 Aug 11: 42 in New Mexico Quick Links & Hallettsville Winners
23 Jul 11: Power bidding Commentaries (Gary McClish)
14 Jul 11: 42 Reflections Updated 17 Aug 2012, Quick Links
7 Jun 11: State Domino Game ← Here, home page, Quick Links
13 May 11: Apple Quick Links Home Page Quick Links
1 Apr 11: HCR 84 (Replaced 7 Jun 11)
12 Mar 11: 2011 Hallettsville Winners Hallettsville Winners
4 Mar 11: Popular 42 Pages Quick Links & About Site (this page)
22 Feb 11: Nick Carter Commentary Commentaries
31 Jan 11: Key N42PA Links Tournament Players page, Quick Links
8 Jan 11: Top 10 Visitors, 2010 ← Here and Demographics page

22 Dec 10: Christmas Greetings ← Here (only)
4 Nov 10: 42 Quiz (History) 42 Quiz (Game), Quick Links
1 Nov 10: Photo Memorabilia Texas Image, Quick Links
20 Oct 10: Jody Badum Commentary Commentaries
12 Oct 10: Bulletin Board/Exchange For Tournament Players, Quick Links
21 Sep 10: For Tournament Players (archived) Home Page (new link 1 Jan 2017)
11 Aug 10: Peeps (a survivor) ←  Here and Links Page
28 Jul 10: Lacye Comer Commentary Commentaries
7 Jul 10: 42 Word Search Quick Links
25 Jun 10: Jac Phillips Commentary Commentaries
8 Jun 10: Fair play in tournaments Linked here (archived)
8 Jun 10: Whitney tourney comments Fair play in tournaments; Quick Links
6 Jun 10: Scoring in 42 Quick links and Q&A #27
15 Apr 10: Jigsaw puzzle Quick Links; Texas Image
13 Apr 10: 42 crossword puzzle Quick Links; Terms & Definitions
13 Mar 10: New feedback form (PHP) Quick Links
8 Mar 10: New 42 poll (PHP) Home page opening
1 Jan 10: Observations Quick Links

22 Dec 09: New guestbook (PHP) Home page and instructional pages
1 Dec 09: TSHA on 42 Quick Links
19 Nov 09: Odds in drawing hands Q/A15 and Quick Links
2 Nov 09: Tournament info & help Home page Quick Links, et al
16 Oct 09: 42 and Bridge compared Commentaries (McDonalds)
8 Sep 09: 42 visitor survey (PHP) Home & instructional pages; Quick Links
9 Aug 09: Mineral Wells and 42 1887 Scenario, et al
3 Aug 09: 42 in New Mexico (<iframe>) Commentaries page
3 Aug 09: Billy Johnson's commentary Commentaries page
1 Aug 09: Brain-teaser #2 Brain-teaser #1
29 Jul 09: Luis Flavio Nunes commentary Commentaries page
29 Jul 09: Brain-teaser Home page quick links
11 Jul 09: Player map Demographics, et al
4 Jul 09: Lonn Taylor commentary Commentaries Page
25 Jun 09: Open questions Home page Quick Links, et al
7 Jun 09: Texas image Home page Quick Links, et al
30 May 09: A&M Lechner Hall Rules Home page Quick Links, et al
16 May 09: Commentaries Home page Quick Links, et al
20 Apr 09: Champions commentary Commentaries Page
Pending: Interactive 42 hand Preview (work in progress)
3 Apr 09: Texas Quick Facts Home page Quick Links
31 Mar 09: Trains and 42 1887 Scenario and Quick Links
27 Mar 09: About 42 Home page Quick Links, et al
20 Mar 09: Hallettsville winners (archived) Here

8 Aug 08: Tips and tricks Quick Links
5 Jun 08: Trumps in 42 Quick Links, instructions, Q&A
29 May 08: Domino images Home page Quick Links, et al
23 May 08: Visitor guestbook Home page & instructional pages
20 May 08: Hide & Seek domino puzzle Quick Links (Domino puzzles)
5 May 08: Hallettsville winners (Replaced 20 Mar 09)
23 Apr 08: Roberson's viewpoint Comentaries page
16 Apr 08: Fair play survey Home page Quick Links, et al
27 Mar 08: Texas 42 poem Home page Quick Links
26 Mar 08: Texas42token comments Commentaries page
15 Mar 08: Domino Magic Home page Quick Links
10 Mar 08: Texastincup comments Commentaries page
6 Mar 08: Bidding poll results Instructional Pages (Sample Hand)
4 Mar 08: Bidding poll Home page Quick Links
14 Feb 08: Mobile version of 42 mobile.texas42.net/text (PDA devices)
1 Feb 08: Mobile version of 42 mobile.texas42.net (iPhone & iPod touch)
22-23 Jan 08: Visitor Survey Forms Bottom of Instructional Pages
14 Jan 08: Texas Forty-Two Song Quick Links Dropdown Menus

7 Dec 07: New Visitor Map+Stats PDF Texas Visitor Map & Texas Cities
29 Nov 07: Glynn Hill's How to Play 42 Instructional Pages and Q&A
25 Oct 07: No Indicating Sample Play Instructional Pages
24 Oct 07: Plain 42 House Rules (PDF) Printable Versions Page
23 Oct 07: Alternate Home Page (Removed)
23 Oct 07: 42 Page Viewer (Removed)
28 Sep 07: Proft Comments 1887 Scenario
26 Sep 07: Dennis Roberson Comments 1887 Scenario
21 Sep 07: Quotes and Paraphrases 1887 Scenario
24 Aug 07: Top 20 State Visitors (map) Texas Visitors Map, et al
18 Jul 07: Top 10 Texas city Visitors Texas Visitors Map, et al
8 Jul 07: About 42 Site 42 Homepage
18 Jun 07: Odessa Article Winning 42
6 Jun 07: Visitor Map(s) Demographics, et al
27 Mar 07: Concentration Domino Puzzle, et al
15 Mar 07: 42 Blog Spot (2005) Linked in Fair Play in 42 Tournaments
19 Jan 07: Draw Dominos Q&A and Domino Puzzle, et al
4 Jan 07: Domino Puzzle Instructional pages and Quick Links
   29 Nov 06:   Texas42.net activated ("42" pages moved from Proft.50megs.com).
   My first 42 web page was posted at Proft.homepage.com in Feb 1997.

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