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Noughts and Crosses (Tic Tac Toe) DHTML Game - history and statistics
The History of Noughts and Crosses
(The history of Tic Tac Toe)
Noughts and Crosses is a game that has been played for several centuries - even if it's precise history seems unknown. The game has become known (perhaps more popularly) as Tic Tac Toe in American English.
It may be that the ancient Roman game of Terni Lapilli was an identical game although the evidence is somewhat mixed. It is certainly true that identical grids to the noughts and crosses grid have been found scratched and etched into surfaces all over the ancient Roman empire.
However not a single Nought or Cross has been found to confirm the link. It seems probable that Terni Lapilli was played with simple pieces and may have been played with the same rules.
Noughts and Crosses statistics
(Tic Tac Toe Statistics)
Considering the symmetry of the grid, there are 26,830 possible games of noughts and crosses - not bad for a three by three grid.
The player going first could potentially be faced by as many as 304 different non winning board positions in the first four moves.