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Paper and pencil games Answered

I am writing an Instructable detailing the rules of several paper-and-pencil games, and have searched extensively over the net, catalouging all the ones I could find. I'm currently asking the Instructables community to give me ideas of ones I should include. My current list is:


Dots and Boxes



Graph racers

Paper Soccer

Deadman (A game invented by me)

Something like this game: www.instructables.com/id/how-to-make-a-video-game-on-paper/


ShortCut (Also known as the Shannon switching game)

Three Mens Morris



Any other ones you can think of?


Could you explain the game a bit more, or provide a link to the rules?


This is a rough idea of how to play. May go by another name somewhere else.

flip coin, rock paper scissor, etc. for first move.

Purpose: Create an unbroken bridge of lines from your side of the board to the opponents side of the board and block your opponent from achieving same


Create a square grid of NxN dots


1 Player A cannot use any points used by player B and visa versa
2 Both Players can use horizontal or vertical lines to create a bridge section.



1. first person draws a line between two adjacent points anywhere in the grid

2. second person draws a line between two adjacent points anywhere in the grid (except where violates rule1)

got to Repeat

Thanks for the suggestion! I will add that to the instructable.


I hope you give it a whirl. Funny how many of the old "goodies" are being lost to vid games.

Did the instructions make enough sense for you to play?

Made perfect sense, thanks. It's certainly a shame that games like this are being forgotten to new things like Halo.

I've decided to release the games as individual instructables as part of a series, that way I can release them in pieces instead of all at once. Sprouts is down, just released another for a game called Pencil Wars. Check it out.


its too bad about this game, the person who begins has a distinct advantage, which was proven mathematically (but i didnt understand it =P) after i learned that it was so skewed, i stopped playing in favor of dots and boxes (with a few spiced up rules, theres an instructable on it)

Funny thing; That instructable was the inspiration for this project!

Ha ha, I actually thought you were joking for a couple days there, but then I saw the BoardGameGeek article on it. Cool game!


8 years ago

Battleship (my brother and I used to play this using graph paper)

Everyone already knows how to play hangman, so maybe I'll list some variations.

Battleship is a good one, I'll add that.

Tic-Tac-Toe gets pretty boring after you realize that as long as no-one makes a mistake, it will always end in a tie. SOS and OXO are both variations, which is why I listed them.


the doodle gameyou draw a random doodle and your friend has to add to it, resulting in a really weird picture.