Tic Tac Toe – The Bassem Edition

Tic Tac Toe is one of the most popular and most played games in existence. The rules are very simple:

–          The object of Tic Tac Toe is to get three in a row.

–          You play on a three by three game board. The first player is known as X and the second is O.

–          Players alternate placing Xs and Os on the game board until either opponent has three in a row or all nine squares are filled. X always goes first, and in the event that no one has three in a row, the stalemate is called a cat game.

Quite simple and has worked for millennia as the game has existed (in different variations) since the days of the Ancient Egyptians and Ancient Romans. Like many games, over the years people have decided to make alterations to the game in an effort to improve it or create something of their own.  I’ve created my own modifications:

–          Instead of being limited to 3 in a row, I’ll allow 4 and 5 in a row as well.

–          I’ve created a point system where the goal is the gain the most points as a result of having 3 or more in a row. You’ll get 1 point for 3 in a row, 2 points for 4 and 3 points for 5.

–          The game has always been limited to 2 players, so my variation will allow for up to 4 players to play. There is already X and O, so I’ll include triangle and square shapes to represent the 3rd and 4th player.

–          In order to accommodate all of these modifications, I’ve expanded the traditional 3×3 board into a 5×5.

–          The game will be played with moveable objects in order to prevent players from having to keep starting over and over once the board is full.

–          The game will end when a player acquires at least 5 points.

The point system along with moveable pieces and an extended board is done in order to add more strategy and force players to use their brains. All the alterations I’ve made promises a challenge and a fun experience


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