Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Sixteen and a Game of Tic-tac-toe

Tic-tac-toe —or Noughts and Crosses, or Xs and Os — is a widespread game, usually played on a scrap of paper with a pencil or pen. More permanent boards for Tic-tac-toe or similar three-in-a-row games have been made for centuries.

There’s a board scratched into a roof tile of the temple of Kurna in Egypt (built between 1400 and 1333 BCE). A game called Luk Tsut K’i was played in China about 500 BCE in the time of Confucius.

There’s a Tic-tac-toe board carved into a wall at Uxmal,  a ruined ancient Maya city in Yucatán state, Mexico.

Today’s printable contains two boards —one for Tic-tac-toe and one for Luk Tsut K’i. Instructions for the two games are written beside them.

Download and print Tic-tac-toe. It should print on either A4 or 8.5 x 11 inch card stock. (You can print it on paper, but card stock will be more durable.) The boards may be cut out along the thin black outlines, but if you want to keep the instructions for play handy for quick reference, cut the page in two between the boards and trim off the strip at the bottom with the playing pieces.

Make the playing pieces following the instructions in the Stern-Halma post. Be sure to include the black border when cutting out the pieces.

If you made playing pieces for Stern-Halma, you can use some of those instead.

Happy game play!

(Instructions for Luk Tsut K’i are based on those found in The Board Game Book, R. C. Bell, Exeter Books, NY, 1983 ISBN 0-671-06030-9.)


About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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1 Response to Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Sixteen and a Game of Tic-tac-toe

  1. Pingback: Last Post for the Year and an Index for the Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020 | Byopia Press

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