The classic game of dots and squares can keep you occupied for hours in class, or in a waiting room, but it can get boring... Here are some variations on the game that take it to a new level of strategy and thought, while still keeping the same classic style of fun that makes this game a favorite when sitting through particularly boring lessons. Because of the way this game can be played, on grid paper, it will appear as if you are taking notes or otherwise occupied in studious activities in class. It is fun, easy to set up, and infinitely expandable for hours of enjoyment.
Step 1: The Basic Board
The basic board of the game is generally a rectangle, within which may be drawn dots to create a grid. It is recommended however to use grid paper, as this is much more convenient, and saves time for setup of the board. You can use any size paper for this really, but I've found that a standard school grid notebook works best. Ideally, for a pocket-sized game, look for a small compact notebook. For a 10-15 minute game, the rectangle should be somewhere around 8 x 8. When you've got the hang of a simple rectangular board, you can try experimenting with different shapes (more on that later.)