Board Games in Interactive Fiction
Gunther Schmidl
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Several Interactive Fiction and Adventure games have references to board games and/or actual implementations of them. Here's a list.
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1. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:121]
Gunther Schmidl
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Linz
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Not Just A Game is all about Go ( http://wurb.com/if/game/536 ).
 
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2. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:415] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
Gunther Schmidl
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Zugzwang ( http://wurb.com/if/game/444 ) lets you play a pawn in a chess game. Infocom's Zork Zero also has a puzzle based on Chess. There are probably dozens of other games with Chess puzzles, too.
 
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3. Board Game: Tic-Tac-Toe [Average Rating:2.60 Overall Rank:15341]
Gunther Schmidl
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Linz
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To be found in The Magic Toyshop ( http://wurb.com/if/game/218 ).
 
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4. Board Game: Nine Men's Morris [Average Rating:5.37 Overall Rank:14955]
Gunther Schmidl
Austria
Linz
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Drowned God makes you play Nine Men's Morris against an AI. It's frustrating (to put it nicely).
 
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5. Board Game: Hnefatafl [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2358]
Gunther Schmidl
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AGON ( http://www.agongame.com ) is a serial adventure game that has a board game as the final challenge of each episode (except the first). In Episode 2 it's Tablut.
 
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6. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:864]
Gunther Schmidl
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Leisure Suit Larry lets you play this as a way of making money; in Codename Iceman, it makes the game easier if you win; and in Police Quest, it's necessary to advance the game. Sierra sure were fond of Poker.
 
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7. Board Game: Rock Paper Scissors [Average Rating:4.42 Overall Rank:14531]
Gunther Schmidl
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Strip Rock Paper Scissors (or "Fire Water Grue") is played in Zork: Grand Inquisitor. Strip Rock Paper Scissors. Also in Sangraal ( http://wurb.com/if/game/456 ) (without the stripping).
 
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8. Board Game: Solitaire [Average Rating:4.28 Overall Rank:15301]
Gunther Schmidl
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A variant of this is found in Zork Zero.
 
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9. Board Game: Nim [Average Rating:3.88 Overall Rank:14849]
Gunther Schmidl
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Also in Zork Zero.
 
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10. Board Game: Fox and Geese [Average Rating:4.78 Overall Rank:15089]
Gunther Schmidl
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Last Days of Doom ( http://wurb.com/if/game/449 ) has this.
 
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11. Board Game: Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots [Average Rating:4.69 Overall Rank:15193]
Gunther Schmidl
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Space Quest III has a parody of this called Nukem Dukem Robots.
 
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12. Board Game: Shove Ha'penny [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:11702]
Mike West
United Kingdom
GUILDFORD
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In Fable, Xbox, along with blackjack, pairs, coin golf.
 
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13. Board Game: Kalah [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:3457]
Yaron Racah
Israel
Tel Aviv
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In one of the episodes of Sierra's Hero's Quest, you play a variant of mancala.
 
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14. Board Game: Simon [Average Rating:4.25 Overall Rank:15305]
Gunther Schmidl
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Simon is played in, among other games, Sanitarium.
 
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15. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Jake Wildstrom
United States
Louisville
Kentucky
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Carcassonne appears, both in passing and as a game element, in "Blue Chairs" ( http://www.wurb.com/if/game/2396 )
 
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