List of fictional games

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This is a list of fictional games, that is games which were specifically created for works of fiction, or which otherwise originated in fiction.

Many fictional games have been "translated" to the real world by fans or ludophiles by creating pieces and rules to fit the descriptions given in the source work. For example, unofficial versions of Fizzbin can be found in reality, and Mornington Crescent is widely played in online forums.

Billiards games[edit]

Board games[edit]

Card games[edit]

Role-playing games[edit]


Athletic Sports[edit]

  • Assassin's Guild Wall Game - " a cross between squash, urban rock climbing and actual bodily harm", Discworld (named after the Eton Wall Game)
  • Indoor hang gliding - Geoff Maltby in the television series Benidorm claims to be North West champion of it
  • Lifting - popular extreme sport, similar to surfing, but in the air; practitioners ride "reflection boards" on waves of "Transparence Light Particles"; from anime/manga series Eureka Seven
  • Taking the Stone - in Farscape, a game played by the youth of an unnamed royal cemetery planet. The game consists of jumping into a deep well, and chanting while falling. A sonic net at the bottom of the well, sustained by the participants' voices, cushions their fall. When the youth reach the age of 22 cycles, rather than grow old and be deformed by the planet's radiation, they stop chanting part way into the leap and die against the rocks. This death is called Taking the Stone.

Combat Sports[edit]

  • Anbo-Jitsu - Star Trek: The Next Generation, a one-on-one martial arts combat sport wherein the players are blindfolded and use proximity-detector staves to locate the opponent
  • Ape Fighting - from Futurama, a fighting sport involving two apes (typically gorillas) engaging in pugilistic combat while adorned with comically-undersized costumes and props
  • Baskiceball - from How I Met Your Mother, a game that consist mainly of "wailing on each other" with no real rules
  • B'tduz - a game in which two dwarfs stand a few feet apart and throw rocks at each other's heads; Discworld
  • Pro Bending - Avatar: The Legend of Korra , a football/soccer/MMA hybrid game wherein two teams - each composed of a waterbender, an earthbender, and a firebender - utilize their respective elements in combat to push the other team back and take territory on an elevated, six-sector, hexagonal field in a best-of-three-falls match. Players try to knock each other back or off the end of the field into the water pit below, and the team that wins two rounds or else achieves a "knockout" - wherein all three members of the other team are knocked off the platform in a single round - wins the match.
  • The Running Man - from The Running Man, the titular television show features convicted criminals fighting for their lives (and pardons) in an arena while being hunted down by professional celebrity mercenaries called "stalkers", presented in the same vein as theme-based pro-wrestlers
  • Ultimate Robot Fighting - "Raging Bender" episode of Futurama, a 31st Century version of pro-wrestling in that it is done moreso for show than competition, but where the combatants can suffer horrific damage and even destruction, as they are robots and do not fear mortality

Team Ball Sports[edit]

Non-Team Ball Sports[edit]

Other Sports[edit]

Video games[edit]

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Other games[edit]

See also[edit]