Pen and Paper Games Books

Image showing the cover of two pen and paper game books

Pen and Paper Games are some of the simplest games there are. However they can still be absolutely great fun.

It just requires the games, a pen or two, someone to play with, and there you go, great fun. They can make a wet day into a fabulous day.

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Tic Tac Toe book cover
Tic Tac Toe book cover

A popular Pen and Paper Game

Tic Tac Toe is probably the most popular of the Pen and Paper Games. Most people have played it sometime in their lives.

It involves joining either three symbols, x or o, in a row. The problem is, the game is played on a three by three grid, leaving no room for error. 

This may be a simple game, but you need to have a plan before you play. You have one chance with this.

Many games end without anyone winning. Generally this is followed immediately with another game.

Often times you end up playing many games, one after another.

A pen and paper game book cover
A pen and paper game book cover

A similar type game; Order and Chaos

Order and Chaos is played very much like Tic Tac Toe, by placing x or o on a grid. This grid is six by six.

The aim of the game is to create a string of five, across, up-down, or diagonally.

One player plays as order, the other as chaos. Order tries to connect five while chaos tries to stop them doing so.

The game, introduced in 1981, is not quite as simple as Tic Tac Toe.

The creator of the game explains it in this article.

Book cover
Book cover

There’s also paper Connect 4

Connect 4 is a pen and paper game similar to Tic Tac Toe. The object of the game is to connect four letters, x or o, instead of three.

It’s played on a bigger grid and the letters must be added from the bottom up.

There’s a physical version of Connect 4 where you drop blue and red discs into slots. The discs fall until they hit the bottom or on a disc already inserted. 

In playing the pen and paper version you have to simulate the falling discs.

I’ve designed the grid to look like the physical game, but this is not necessary. It can be played in a grid of crossed lines like Tic Tac Toe, 

Go-Moku book cover
Go-Moku book cover

And Go-Moku is another great game

Go-Moku is an old game which is played by placing coloured stones a board with squares.

There are two variations of the game. One is played on a board with fifteen by fifteen squares, the other on a nineteen by nineteen square grid.

This is a slightly different form adapted to be played on paper.

Check this site for the rules for this paper version.

Dots and Boxes boo cover, a pen and paper game book
Dots and Boxes boo cover, a pen and paper game book

Another Pen and Paper Game Dots and Boxes

Dots and Boxes is another one of the most straight forward, and simple pen and paper games.

It’s a game for two players, played on as grid of dots. The dots are placed an equal distance apart both vertically and horizontally.

The players take turns to join two dots with a line. When a player joins two dots that complete a square they write their initial in the square.

When all the dots are joined, and all the squares formed, the player with their initial in most squares, wins.

On a wet miserable day these games are ll great alternatives to TV and video games.