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Hey all,

I was reading Frostborne from Lou Anders and it features a fictional board game called Thrones and Bones (which by way names the trilogy) based on Tablut.

Can you recommend me books that feature (fictional) board games?
 
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The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks has Azad, a game which dominates the Empire of Azad. Though he makes some in in depth references to it I don't really think there is enough information to make a proper game of it.

Currently the next book on my "Reread Banks" list.
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The latest book in A Song of Ice And Fire, A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin has a few incomplete descriptions of Cyvasse including just a bit of a session report. There is a really pretty version of it available on Thingiverse.
 
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Thud is referred to in several of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, particularly Thud!. In this case, it's a fictional game that was turned into a real game.
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The game Thud is pretty central to the plot of Terry Pratchett's Thud. Granted, the game was based off the fictional game in the book, so I don't know if you'll count it. It's interesting how much the game is used as a metaphor for the plot in the book.

Edit: ninja'd.
 
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The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb has one. According to the FAQ on the author's site, "The Stone Game is imaginary, a game concept based loosely on Go, Fox and Hounds, and several other old games. I never created a specific set of rules for it, though if I close my eyes, I can see the game cloth in my mind and I know the sort of strategies that I'd want it to have."
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Jumaji was originally in a book but now it actually is a board game?? You might find this useful :o)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_games

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In the Trevanian adventure novel Shibumi the strategy game Go is an essential element of the narrative.

Trevanian might be familiar to some Geeks as the author of The Eiger Sanction, which was turned into a movie starring Clint Eastwood.
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Interstellar Pig is a YA novel about a boy who goes on a family summer vacation and meets 3 strangers who are obsessed with a board game called Interstellar Pig. Not a spoiler: turns out the strangers are actually aliens and the game is a galaxy-wide race to save their planets.

I really enjoyed the book. There is a sequel, which is not as good, but also unnecessary.

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Horror Leader wrote:
Interstellar Pig is a YA novel about a boy who goes on a family summer vacation and meets 3 strangers who are obsessed with a board game called Interstellar Pig. Not a spoiler: turns out the strangers are actually aliens and the game is a galaxy-wide race to save their planets.

I really enjoyed the book. There is a sequel, which is not as good, but also unnecessary.



Ha I just popped back quick as I suddenly remembered interstellar Pig but someone got there first lol!

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The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse...it can be heavy going but a profound book.
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PKD's The Game Players of Titan features a game called Bluff, which IIRC resembles a hybrid of Monopoly and Poker. (Again, IIRC, dice rolls are secret, allowing players to move to whatever space they wish, unless the move is challenged in some way and the player is forced to reveal the actual dice roll.)
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Aussie550 wrote:
The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse...it can be heavy going but a profound book.


R. Wayne Schmittberger designed a mancala variant using this name. I don't believe it's true to the game as described by Hesse, but I hear it's pretty good.


There's also klin zha, a triangular chess-like found in John M. Ford's 1984 Star Trek novel The Final Reflection.
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Not a recommendation as a book to read - but one of the Horrid Henry books has a fantasy game with dragons that sounds like it was heavily based on molopoly. The description of the characters attempts at cheating is entertaining for a kids book.
 
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The Third Reich: A Novel
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PKD's The Game Players of Titan features a game called Bluff, which IIRC resembles a hybrid of Monopoly and Poker. (Again, IIRC, dice rolls are secret, allowing players to move to whatever space they wish, unless the move is challenged in some way and the player is forced to reveal the actual dice roll.)


Is there an actual game with this mechanic? Because that sounds like it could be fun.
 
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Jetan from Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom/John Carter of Mars book series.
 
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The Queen's Gambit, by Walter Tevix
 
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If you like D&D, one of the old Dark Sun books (The Outcast, book one of the Tribe of One trilogy) featured a gambling dice game that used the six traditional D&D dice (d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, and d20) in an interesting way. I believe the relevant excerpt was also featured in Dragon Magazine at the time. The game (and the magazine excerpt) was called "Hawke's Gambit" after the trilogy's author Simon Hawke.

As a bonus, the rules are simple enough to actually adapt to the real world since we obviously have the necessary dice.
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"Alice Through the Looking Glass" is heavily based on the game of chess. Not a fictional game, I know, but you do have fictional in parentheses so I assume actual board games are welcome too

Of course, lots of books feature chess, but not so many feature the playing pieces as characters.

(And if you stretch your definition of board games to include card games, you can start with the first book, "Alice in Wonderland").
 
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The empty city features the Icehouse

the first edition of Barbarossa was related to the book the riddle master by patrica mckillip (not sure of spelling of her last name)
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Talisman is mentioned in one of the Wild-card books (but I have no recollection of which one blush)
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caracfergus wrote:
The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks has Azad, a game which dominates the Empire of Azad.

Actually there a number of board games mentioned or played in that book - one that is described quite well is "Stricken". (There's also another related game called "Possession".)

(As a footnote: Elon Musk named two of SpaceX's drone ships Just Read The Instructions and Of Course I Still Love You, after ships from that same novel. I still treasure my signed copy of it.)
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Golden Witchbreed (Mary Gentle) describes a playable game called "Ochmir" - see https://books.google.co.za/books?id=wgtQbDBs_GYC&pg=PT275&lp... for the description.

I remember actually making a set, but don't remember being able to find an opponent to play it. shake
 
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Jumanji started out as a 1981 book by Chris Van Allsburg. There is a sequel called Zathura which also features a board game.

Mazes and Monsters by Rona Jaffe features a game loosely based on Dungeons & Dragons. It was later made into a (not very good) film starring Tom Hanks.

Hobgoblin by John Coyne features an RPG based on Irish mythology.
 
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