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Tic Tac Toe comes from a game called Nine Hole. Most of the rules were similar. Both games used a three by three grid and both had the same objective – get three in a row (but only across or up and down, not diagonally), but Nine Hole isn't played by marking Xs and Os on a piece of paper. When people started playing this game, paper was expensive and hard to find, far too valuable to use for games. Instead players used different colored stones or twigs as counters (you'll probably want to use checkers or coins).

Players take turns placing the counters on the board until all six counters are down. Players then move by picking up a piece and moving it to an empty space. The game ends when one player gets three across or up and down or when both players decide to call it a draw.