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Back in High School (sometimes on long road trips), I used to play a really simple, but really competitive game. We never really came up with a name for it, nor am I sure it even counts as a boardgame. I can't even quite remember where I've played it before I introduced it to people.

What you did to start was lay out a square grid of dots on a sheet of paper, usually not more than 10mm apart. The size of the grid depended on how big the paper was and how long the game was going to be.

After that, you'd take turns connecting the dots one to another with a single line. You could only make vertical and hortizonal lines. The objective was to complete a box using the lines. If you drew the last line that completed a box, you'd write some notation in the finished box and give yourself a point. Whoever had the most points in the end was the winner.

I'm asking what the game is called, as this is entirely too innovative for me to have come up with on my own.
 
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Mike Kollross
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We called it "dots". I heard it referred to by that name before but that could be a regional thing.
 
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Keith "Boaty McBoatface" C
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Hey, yeah we played this in school too. I think we just called it the Box Game. I actually wrote a little program in VB to play. Makes me wonder where it started.

Here it is:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/17106
 
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I have always heard it called Dots, and the other day I seen a pad of paper and rules for it called Dots.
 
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Dots and Dashes in my school. I actually got put up against the wall in Study Hall for "talking" (heaven forbid) when my opponent made a really good move and I was saying something like "You dirty rotten scoundrel.." with the teacher standing right behind me the whole time.
 
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yep, "dots" deffinately or possibly "Dots!"
 
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In Danish it is called "Bygge Lejligheder" = "Flat Building".
 
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I think we called it boxes. In my school it was the standard paper & pencil game after we were old enough to realise noughts & crosses was broken (ok we played hangman too but I always preferred this). We always played that if you completed a box you drew another line.
 
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We called it Fences.
 
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Like this?

http://trowbridgeplanetearth.com/GMS/Squares/Squares.html


In the UK we call it squares.
 
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I know the game as "Dots and Boxes." The Way to Play from Bantam Books refers to the game as "Boxes."
 
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I remember playing this in study hall in junior high--late '60s.
 
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It's "Dots" here in Kentucky.

Someone actually tried to market it:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/17106
 
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We called it "Boxes", too, as that's what you end up with. "Dots" are what you start out with.
 
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Dots and Boxes. There's strategy guides written for it.
 
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Smougman wrote:
this is entirely too innovative for me to have come up with on my own.


Cute. One rule you didn't mention, that I have discovered not everybody plays with although it is crucial, is that when you complete a box you must go again (draw another line). There are of course situations in which you don't want to go again, and this is what makes it an actual game.

Check this out. And if whoever I lent my copy to is reading this, give it back!
http://akpeters.com/product.asp?ProdCode=1292

 
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molnar wrote:
One rule you didn't mention, that I have discovered not everybody plays with although it is crucial, is that when you complete a box you must go again (draw another line). There are of course situations in which you don't want to go again, and this is what makes it an actual game.


Ah, yes! That's part of the fun of this one. much of the strategy is constructing series of lines that can eventually be triggered to form long chains of boxes.
 
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molnar wrote:
Smougman wrote:
this is entirely too innovative for me to have come up with on my own.


Cute. One rule you didn't mention, that I have discovered not everybody plays with although it is crucial, is that when you complete a box you must go again (draw another line). There are of course situations in which you don't want to go again, and this is what makes it an actual game.

Check this out. And if whoever I lent my copy to is reading this, give it back!
http://akpeters.com/product.asp?ProdCode=1292



Thats right. I remembered that but forgot to mention it. Leads to a lot of frustration when you finish off a big number of boxes and realize you're going to have to hand the win over to the other player because of short-sighted planning.
 
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One strategy to this was instead of finishing a whole line of triggered boxes, you would place it so you "fail" to make another box, thus "making" your opponent give you a new line to finish off, triggering another section, or they get the last box, ...and.. have to make another section trigger. That was the joy of being in the lead, almost like Zertz, you force the opponent's moves near the end, knowing when to break into "that" mode is a tough one though, and if they see it coming, they might go into that mode before you can, so you have to work that into your strategy as well. I can't believe there is a whole book on the game, but I've seen books on less content many times before.
 
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molnar wrote:
[q="Smougman"]this is entirely too innovative for me to have come up with on my own.


Cute. One rule you didn't mention, that I have discovered not everybody plays with although it is crucial, is that when you complete a box you must go again (draw another line). There are of course situations in which you don't want to go again, and this is what makes it an actual game.

We played this in class in college...which I'll deny,of course. We played with the above rule, too. More challenging!
 
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