One of the most popular pen and paper games is Tic-tac-toe (or noughts and crosses or Xs and Os). Three in a row games were found in ancient Egypt on roof tiles, around 1300 BC and Roman Empire around the first century BC. The game’s grid was written with chalk on Rome’s streets.

The aim of this two-player game is to write three of X or three of O in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row in a 3×3 grid.


  • Place of creation: Ancient Egypt
  • Date of creation/publication: ~ 1300 BC
  • Type of game: Pen and paper game
  • Players: 2
  • Age: 7+
Tic-Tac-Toe set


Alexandra Potroghir (B.A., Modern Applied Languages, English/German) is an avid reader and, at the same time, an aspirant writer. She thinks that is really hard to write really good fantasy stories after Tolkien set such high standards for this genre. And yet this thing does not impede her from working hard to improve her style.

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