Indoor Games

X and O (Tic Tac Toe)

X and O
(Tic Tac Toe)

Tic tac toe also know as X and O. It is a simple game that is often played to fill time.
It is one of the first games learned by many, and can be played anywhere there is
pencil and paper. Students sitting in the last bench in schools and colleges play
this game when they feel the class is boring. These games can last few seconds to
several minutes. The game is played by two players alternately putting an X or an O
in a square on a 3-by-3 grid. The game is won when one of the players gets three in
a row.

Things You'll Need:

  • Pen/Pencil

  • Paper

Draw the table as shown in the picture to play the game on a piece of paper.

Assign a letter to each player. One player is assigned X and the other player is
assigned 0.

Decide among the players who is going to start, it can be an agreement that
Player 1 starts first for the first game and Player 2 start the game for the


second game or vice versa, or you can flip a coin to determine which player can
start the game. If you flip a coin then the winner of the first game will start the next

Once the player is decided, he starts the game by putting the assigned letter, either
X or O, into one of the nine boxes created.

Once he puts his letter then the second player take a turn. Play alternates between
the two players in this manner until the game is won. No box can contain both an
X and an O. Also, once either letter is put in a box, it cannot be removed.


Align three X’s or O’s to win the game. These letters must be able to be connected
using a straight line. The line can be vertical, horizontal or diagonal. If all nine boxes
contain a letter but there are no three letters in a row, the game is considered a tie.

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