A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine showed me a extension of a game we are all familiar with that he was working on. The game we know is called Tic-Tac-Toe, and he was working on his own version of the game called "Extreme Tic-Tac-Toe" (I think "Tic-Tac-Tics" or "Tic-Tactics" is a more suitable name, but he disagrees).
Here is how it works. The game is played in a grid with 9x9 = 81 tiles. When the game starts, player X may start the game anywhere on the field. This is an example of a valid first move:
Notice that player X has decided to start in the bottom right 3x3 subfield. Within this subfield, he placed his move on the middle-left.
Thanks to the placement of the move in the midle-left of this 3x3 subfield, player O has to play within the middle left 3x3 subfield of the whole field. An example of a valid first move for player O would now be:
I added the red lines around the middle-left subfield to stress that player O has to play within this subfield. As player O decided to place its move in the middle-right tile of the middle-left 3x3 subfield, player X is now obliged to play within the middle-right 3x3 subfield of the whole field. Etcetera. This is how the game is played on and on.
When a small subfield is wone by some player, the whole subfield is marked with an X or an O, according to the player who wins. When some player wins three subfields in a row (vertical, horizontal or diagonal) s/he wins the game!
I really like this extension of Tic-Tac-Toe. It's a lot more exciting and requires more insight and tactical play.
However, this game may have never become more widely known if I had not shared this post with you. Therefore, I am curious which other mathematical games or mathematical puzzles you or someone you know have invented, but did not care to publish or share yet with the world (by creating software to play the game, for example, or by publishing an article about it) for some reason.
So, to summarize. Here are the questions:
- Which mathematical game or puzzle did you invent? How does it work? - or:
- Which extension of a known mathematical game or puzzel did you invent? Again, it would be nice to know how it works.
Moderators, please don't close this question. It is intented as a big-list community wiki question. I would like to give people an opportunity to share their ideas with regards to this topic.