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My father and I have played Chess together since I was very young. I don't remember when he taught me, but I don't remember a time when I didn't know how to play. It's always been one of those things that we did together, but when I got older and only saw him on visits to his house or mine, playing a game of Chess became more difficult because it was a long 2-player game and it would take my dad away from hosting a holiday dinner, or leave another guest on their own. If games were played, they were short, social games that could include everyone.

Recently, I was fortunate to win a copy of Tic Tac Chec here on BGG, and I knew right away it would be a gift for my dad. We went to visit him yesterday, and he was curious as soon as I brought it out. The box is small, only slightly larger than a VHS tape, so it won't take up a lot of room on his shelves. The components are wood, and the box insert makes a nice presentation upon opening the box.


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Since we were both familiar with how Chess pieces move, we only needed to learn the rules specific to Tic Tac Chec; that we started with an empty board, adding a piece anywhere on the board. Once we had 3 pieces on the board, we could move the pieces like in Chess, including capturing our opponent's pieces. First one to get 4 pieces in a row wins.

The first game, my dad won by getting 4 in a row without ever having to reposition a piece, because I was looking two moves ahead, rather than seeing what was in front of me. That's also how I beat him in the third game. Our second game, we had a good game of cat and mouse going, but still it was fast (under 5 minutes) and fun.

My dad exclaimed how much he liked it, and I agree that it was perfect for us. It is fast enough that we can play with a third person around (they can watch a game, and then rotate in if they want). It would also make an excellent traveling/camping game - it's small enough to play on an airplane tray table, and light enough to carry in a backpack.

Although the game itself was a wonderful gift, being able to play with my father and seeing him enjoy it was an even better one.
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That actually seems like a fun little game. Who knew...
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Indigo is a master of finding unknown fun games. Thanks for the review, Indigo!
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Sounds like something Mystery Bob would like!
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Thanks for the review. I will have to check this game out.
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I don't have the rules in front of me (it's at my dad's house).
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Discussed here: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/502213/the-rules

Seems to be some ambiguity.
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You can still move those pieces but it's really a better strategy to get your other pieces back on the board as soon as possible.
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