hist-games: Tic-Tac-Toe's family name

Ed Hopkins Ed.Hopkins at mci.com
Wed Dec 3 07:31:00 PST 1997

> >   TIC-TAC-TOE -- Ancient Roman
> [...] The game of Tic-tac-toe is connected to early forms
> of the equally ancient Nine-Men's-Morris q.v. [...]
> [Reference: Bell, R./Cornelius, M.: "Boardgames round the world",
> Cambridge 1988]
> Question: Would the members of this mailing list suggest
>    "Nine-Men's-Morris" or rather "Merels" as the generic
>    name of this family of games?

I would prefer the term "Games of Alignment", and include
such things as Go Moku and the modern Pente.

I believe "merels" in some times and places referred to
Fox-and-Geese and other games that shared with Nine-Men's-Morris
only the use of merelli (counters).

-- Alfredus Scurra
The Nine-Men's-Morris is fill'd up with mud,
And the quaint mazes in the wanton green,
For lack of tread, are indistinguishable.

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