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Paper-and-pencil game

Paper-and-pencil games are games that can be played solely with paper and pencil (or other writing implement), usually without erasing.

In some board games, including some abstract strategy games like Gomoku, a piece once played will not be moved on the board or removed from the board. Such games can be played either as board games or as paper-and-pencil games, while many other paper-and-pencil games cannot be played without writing utensils.

The term is also used to distinguish role-playing games from role-playing video games, although role-playing games do not necessarily use either pencils or paper.

Examples of paper-and-pencil games are Tic-tac-toe, Sprouts, and Dots and Boxes. Other games include: Hangman, Connect 5, M.A.S.H., Boggle, Battleships, Paper Soccer, Golf, WedgoLogic and MLine.


  • Andrea Angiolino, Giocare con carta e matita, Elle Di Ci: Leumann, 1994
  • Andrea Angiolino, Super Sharp's Pencil & Paper Games, Sterling Publishing: New York, 1995
  • Andrea Angiolino, 101 giochi con carta e matita - tradizionali e innovativi, per allenare la mente divertendosi, Edizioni Sonda, Casale Monferrato, 2008
  • Andrea Angiolino, Battaglia navale e altri giochi con carta e matita, Editoriale Scienza: Trieste, 2008
  • Andrea Angiolino & Beniamino Sidoti, Dizionario dei giochi, Zanichelli: Bologna, 2010
  • Giorgio Corbetta e Mario Gomboli, Battaglie di carta e matita con le Sturmtruppen, Rizzoli: Milano, 1979
  • Jim Gladstones, Gladstones' Games to Go, Quirk Books: Philadelphia, 2004
  • Karl-Heinz Koch, Spiele mit Papier und Bleistift, ECON Taschenbuch Verlag: Düsseldorf, 1988
  • François Pingaud e Jean-François Germe, 50 Jeux avec du Papier et des Crayons, Éditions du Rocher: Monaco, 1984

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