This game for two players comes from Ghana. However, stones that were marked for this game in the third century AD have been found near Hadrian's Wall in Northern England.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
This is a game for two players where the object is to be the
first to make a line of five adjacent pieces either across the
board or down or diagonally. The players take it in turns to place
a piece in a square on the board and once placed the pieces cannot
be moved. Go Moku is played on a 19 by 19 Go board, the players
having 180 stones each.
You can make your own board for the game marking out a 10 by 10
square into 100 small squares, or a larger square up to 19 by 19.
You will need a large supply of counters of two colours.
Alternatively you can play the game on paper and in this case,
instead of putting down counters, players make individual marks in
their chosen squares.
You are NOT allowed to construct open ended forks with branches
of 3 stones each but open ended forks with one branch having more
than 3 stones are allowed. In the traditional game the pieces are
placed on the intersection points where the gridlines cross (as in
Mulinello) but it is exactly equivalent, and easier to play, if you
place the pieces inside the squares.