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September 24th, 2006, 10:16 AM
I would be interested to know if anyone has documentation (rules and/or pieces) for games written about in various SF stories. C.J. Cherryh had a couple that come to mind. In Serpent's Reach, two of the charactes play a gambling game based on 3 sticks. In Cyteen, young Ari plays "Starchase"? involving ships and space stations, evidently a Monopoly-type game.

The Gameplayers of Zan played a form of Life, but that's easy to find online.

I once derived a set of rules for the stick game mentioned above, but now can't find them! (pre-computer :(

Any others come to mind?
I am not looking for games based on a story, there are plenty of those already.


September 24th, 2006, 10:46 AM
Iain Banks' 'The Player of Games' has the game Azad and while there is a fair bit mentioned about it, not enough to truly know the rules of the game.
Piers Anthony 'Apprentice Adept' series gives plenty of description of how the game works {actually the combat circle of his 'Battle Circle' is in a sense also a type of game [& of course, he features games in some of his other books, like Sprouts (a pre-existing real world game) in 'Macroscope']}.

I know there are others but I can't think of them at the moment.

September 24th, 2006, 05:27 PM
How about Sabacc in Star Wars, a card game.

September 24th, 2006, 07:21 PM
Kaissa, a chess-like game from John Norman's Gor novels.
Here http://www.geocities.com/kaissafan/index.html
and elsewhere.

September 26th, 2006, 07:00 PM
Thud! from Terry Pratchett's Discworld books has been developed into a game:


September 26th, 2006, 10:50 PM
How about Sabacc in Star Wars, a card game.
http://swagonline.net/sabacc.php using physical cards in the real world

http://www.mavrinac.com/projects/sabacc/ computer version

Randy M.
September 27th, 2006, 10:02 AM
There's a game in Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Not my favorite book, but many readers love it.

I do like the short story, "The Dreams of Albert Moreland" by Fritz Leiber (good to read in conjunction with, "Instructions" by Bob Leman, though the latter isn't exactly a game story).

I think John Brunner's The Squares of the City deals with chess. I haven't read this, so I can't really recommend it, just note it.

Randy M.

September 27th, 2006, 12:04 PM
Harry dresden plays D&D with werewolves in The Dresden Files series..

September 27th, 2006, 09:11 PM
Frederik Pohl has a very funny scene in his short story "Under Two Moons"
(which I found to be an otherwise forgettable story), in which the protagonist, a sort of parody of a Martian James Bond, meets the archvillain at the casino for a high stakes game of Monopoly.

September 28th, 2006, 12:36 PM
One of the best examples of this, I think, is in Greg Egan's novelette, "Border Guards (http://gregegan.customer.netspace.net.au/BORDER/Complete/Border.html)," (Interzone Oct. 1999) which features a futuristic game called Quantum Soccer. If you use the hotlink above to read the story at Egan's website, you will also find a link to play the game itself! I haven't tried it myself (I'm allergic to video games), but if anyone here does, let us know how it turned out...