Capture is a great paper and pencil game that can really get the mind working overtime as it is a strategy based game, practice at playing this game can make you a better player and it is also a fun way to spend a night with the family.
The game of capture can be found under a series of different common names, dependant on your locality such as paddocks, boxes, dots and dashes or squares but they are all the same game with very few rules and an inexpensive way to entertain the family.
All you need to play this game are a minimum of two players, paper and pencils, as you can see not a lot of equipment required, you can also play this game as a team event to make it all that more interesting. To start the game you need to construct a series of dots in a grid formation on a piece of paper, the most common size used is an 8 X 8 grid, you can play a larger grid or a smaller grid that is entirely up to you.
The object of the game is to capture as many boxes on the grid as you can, to win you must have more completed boxes than your opponent, if you result in the same amount of boxes once the grid is completed then the result is classed as a draw.
The game starts by one of the players connecting two of the dots on the grid, whoever takes the first turn can be decided by the roll of a dice or by mutual agreement. This first move completes one side of the box and can either be a vertical or horizontal line that is up to the player taking the move. Players then take it in turns joining the dots with lines to fill in the sides of the box around the grid, remember that you can place the lines anywhere on the grid, it does not have to be on the same box that the previous player started.
Eventually as more and more lines are added to the grid you will begin to complete all four sides of each box, if you do mange to do this then once the box is complete you initial the box or leave your personal mark so that once the grid is complete it is easy to work out which player completed which box on the grid.
>The grid is completed, i.e. all of the dots have been joined together by a line then you need to count up how many boxes each player or teams of players have completed, the player or team with the highest number of captures is declared the winner.
If you do not have the patience to construct your own grid on paper then an easy way of playing the game is to use graph paper instead, the lines are drawn on the lines already printed on the paper.
To stand a better chance of winning always try to think ahead, the most critical lines to draw are the ones that complete the third side of the box, leaving these boxes open on the fourth side allows your opponent to capture the box with the fourth line so thin carefully and try to force your opponent to make the third line move before you thus allowing you to claim the box for yourself.