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Giant Noughts and Crosses

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Price:49.99

A real favourite with all the family - the Giant Noughts and Crosses garden game set is the original of all traditional games.

Children will love this all round family favourite game which will give hours of fun, excitement and entertainment. All the parts supplied are conveniently packed and stored in a Nylon carrying bag (along with handles) making this easy to transport so that you may play literally anywhere including the garden, park or even on the beach. Just put in the car for hours of fun.

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Overview

Simply and yet full of fun, Noughts and Crosses is for all the family to play and enjoy. From the very young to the very old, everyone can take part in this most traditional of games.

The simple object of the game is to be the first player to get 3 in a row of the same symbol - Noughts or Crosses - while preventing your oppponent doing the same thing. Great fun.

Noughts and Crosses is probably one of the most ancient games in the world that people continue to enjoy playing to this day. Absorbing, simple and frustrating, Noughts and Crosses continues to entertain and delight players of all ages. The simple fact that it can be played with "pieces", such as in giant noughts and crosses, or by anyone with a drawing implement, has added to its appeal. Essentially nothing is required, and it can be played in any size, be it on a scrap of paper, or on a 110 X 110 cm surface, as required by the giant noughts and crosses game.

Fun for all the family and friends to play, Rounders is just part of our large range of Garden Games which includes Croquet sets, Cricket Sets, Chess and many more which you can find here.

If you are looking for something on a bigger scale then why not take a look at some of Giant Garden Games where you can find fun things like Giant Chess, Giant Draughts, Giant Tower Games and even a giant version of the very popular game Connect 4.

When looking through our fantastic range of Garden Games you will see that we have a great selection at real value for money prices that will give all the family and friends some great fun filled times.

What's Included

Giant Noughts and Crosses Set includes:
* Choir Rope playing area - 110cms (3' 8") x 110cms (3' 8")
* 5 Wooden Crosses
* 5 Wooden Noughts
* Packed in a Nylon Carrying Bag with carrying handles

History

The History of Noughts and Crosses as told below, is reproduced with thanks to Uber Games.

The game of Noughts and Crosses is an ancient game that has been played in Britain for centuries. This deceptively simple game is also called Tic Tac Toe (sometimes spelt Tick Tack Toe) in America and some other parts of the world.

The precise origins of Noughts and Crosses are unknown but there has been evidence that the game of Noughts and Crosses was actually played by the Ancient Egyptians in around 1300 BC.

The Romans certainly enjoyed a game of Noughts and Crosses. Terni Lapilli was a popular Roman game which was played in exactly the same way as Noughts and Crosses by using counters or stones that the players positioned onto a carved grid. This using of objects is the foundation of giant noughts and crosses as well. Terni Lapilli is mentioned in works of classical literature such as the "Lives of the Twelve Caesars "written by Seutonius in the time of Hadrian (117 -138 AD).

Many carved Noughts and Crosses grids have been excavated throughout the Roman Empire and it is likely that it was the Romans who first bought Noughts and Crosses to Britain. These were of different sizes, and the giant noughts and crosses originate from these different sized grids.

There are 255,168 possible outcomes to a game of Noughts and Crosses. This seems to suggest that this game is a little more complicated than it first appears!

Noughts and Crosses is probably one of the most ancient games in the world that people continue to enjoy playing to this day. Absorbing, simple and frustrating, Noughts and Crosses continues to entertain and delight players of all ages. The simple fact that it can be played with "pieces", such as in giant noughts and crosses, or by anyone with a drawing implement, has added to its appeal. Essentially nothing is required, and it can be played in any size, be it on a scrap of paper, or on a 110 X 110 cm surface, as required by the giant noughts and crosses game.

(Reproduced with thanks to Uber Games)

Rules

DOWNLOAD OR PRINT OFF RULES FOR NOUGHTS AND CROSSES HERE
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Rules for playing Noughts and Crosses:

The game of Noughts and Crosses is a simple game played by two people.

The game is played by two people who either play as Noughts (O's) or Crosses (X's). They can either be drawn or objects resembling these two options can be used. In giant noughts and crosses for example, the two objects are the noughts and crosses themselves.

The object of the game is to get a winning line of three Noughts or three Crosses in either a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row.

The Noughts and Crosses board is made up of a square grid containing nine squares arranged in three rows of three.

The player with the X's starts the game by positioning his X in any square of his/her choice. The player with the O's then follows and both players take turns to move and occupy the squares of the grid trying to make a row of three and at the same time also block their opponent.

In Noughts and Crosses the opening player has a slight advantage so it is advisable to alternate who starts first in order to keep the games fair. There is only a maximum of nine moves in any game so due to the speed and brevity of a Noughts and Crosses game, every turn counts.

Many players will find that a lot of games will end in a draw, but there is a strategy so if you want to always win at Noughts and Crosses, or at least not always lose, remember these rules:


Winning strategy for Noughts and Crosses:

The first move and response:
There are only three possible opening moves to a game of Noughts and Crosses. The first one is the corner, the second one is the edge and finally the third one is in the centre.

If the first player (X) moves into a corner square then this gives the opponent the smallest choice of squares which must be played to avoid losing.

The second Player (O) should always respond to a corner square start by moving to the centre square.

Whenever a game of Noughts and Crosses is started by one player occupying a corner square, the best response is to move to the centre square. However if the first move opens the game by moving to the centre square, the best defence is to move to a corner.

If (X) uses a an edge square as the opening move, the response should be to take the corner square either next to the (X) or opposite, to prevent a fork from being made.


Points to remember for success in Noughts and Crosses:
Win:
Pay attention to the board and if you have two pieces in a line, play the third to complete the row. It is easy sometimes to simply not notice. Especially with giant noughts and crosses, it is easy to overlook what is happening.

Block:
If your opponent has two pieces in a row , play your piece to block them from completing the row.

Fork:
Try to create a way in which you can make a row in two ways by making a fork. For example if you manage to cover three corners, even if your opponent blocks one side you can still add your third piece to make a row from the other.

Block your opponent's fork. Look out for possible creation of forks from your opponent. for example if X has a corner, O the centre and X the opposite corner, O must not then play another corner because this will allow X to create a fork and win. With giant noughts and crosses, take a step back and see how the board is developing.

Other Garden Games

Once you have enjoyed playing this great family game, why not go and take a look at other garden games and Giant garden games that are available in our range.

We are confident that you will find something else for everyone in this list:

Other Garden Games:
Garden Chess
Garden Boules
Garden Draughts
Garden Skittles
Garden Rounders Set
Garden Quoits
Garden Cricket Set
Garden Limbo
Not Just Cricket Games Set


Other Giant Garden Games:
Giant Connect 4
Giant Draughts
Giant Chess
Giant Ludo
Giant Dominoes
Giant Snakes & Ladders
Giant Jumbo 4
Giant Pick Up Sticks
Giant Big 4

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