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This game might be better called Ice-Tac-Toe.

I agree! The thing I like least about this game as it stands is the name. --Carthoris 14:49, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

Game example in Academy page is flawed[edit source]

On the Looney Labs website, there is a section devoted to teacher support, with lesson plans available for free. But the second lesson plan in the Treehouse section (here) contains a bad game example of Tic Tac Doh! One student plays a small yellow on a large red. However, smalls are not allowed directly on larges, and vice-versa. I admit that I wasn't sure about this a while back because the instructions don't make this crystal clear, so I contacted the creator for clarification, and he confirmed it. (Wow, that was an awesome accidental alliteration -- and there's another one!)

Adjacency requirement?[edit source]

The wiki rules currently say:

  • Each piece must be placed in an imaginary square next to or on top of a piece already in play. (Diagonally counts as next to.)

The rules published in Hypothermia #15 July 2002 say:

  • Play any unused piece into an empty space. It can be anywhere - center, corner, or edge - just as long as it keeps all pieces bounded within a three by three grid.

Is there an adjacency requirement or not? (Also note as literally written, the wiki rule implies a first move cannot be made, since there is not already a piece in play.) Goulo 07:35, 12 June 2012 (UTC)

There is no adjacency requirement in the ICE-7 rules for this game either. I don't play with one, and I think it would weaken the game. I'd endorse an edit of the wiki on this point. --Carthoris 12:56, 12 June 2012 (UTC)
The inventor Brian Schultze's webpage states: "Each piece must be placed in an imaginary square next to or on top on a piece already in play." I don't think that this weakens the game at all. We want to avoid that the board gets "hammered" in place in the second turn. Also, because the original game is played without a board, it's hard to know what "two fields out" is. In contrast, "next to" (and on "on top") are well-defined. And if that's the rule, there cannot be a confusion about where the second turn is, after it is played; that move defines what is "adjacent". With the original rules, the board's final shape really will take a couple of turns, and the second player can not define the board in turn 2. @Goulo, can you (or anyone) share a copy of Hypothermia #15 somewhere on this website? I think it's possible that the rules were not copied correctly. Cuc (talk) 03:07, 12 April 2020 (PDT)
Hypothermia 15 original rules don't have the adjacency requirement. Actual language is at top of this page. Rules suggest placing first piece in the middle of a volcano board. --Eclectics (talk) 12:18, 27 April 2024 (UTC)