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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.
Prosfair - a game from Blood Blockade Battlefront inspired by chess; the game is so difficult and complex that it drives most humans insane and can cause internal bleeding if played for extended periods of time
Snakes and Foxes - The Wheel of Time; checkers-like game with both colors having different rules. Similarly to Tic-Tac-Toe the game is impossible to win when played with two competent players, unless one of them cheats. It is revealed to be a parable for dealing with the snake-like Eelfinn and fox-like Aelfinn.
Throws - The White Rose novel by Glen Cook: "Throws was essentially four-player checkers. The board was four times the usual size. Players played from each side. An element of chance was added by throwing a die before each move. If a player’s throw came up six, he could move any combination of pieces six moves. Checkers rules generally applied, except that a jump could be declined."
Thud - a chess-like game of Trolls and Dwarves appearing in Terry Pratchett's novel of the same name
Tall Card - a card game played in the TV series Firefly
Tegwar - Bang the Drum Slowly (the novel by Mark Harris, also a film); it is a game basically designed to separate a sucker from his cash. The letters stand for "The Exciting Game Without Any Rules." When the characters in the film play the game, they appear to be making things up as they go along.
Tetra Master - a card game in Final Fantasy IX played with cards depicting monsters and characters from the game. It was eventually produced as a real collectible card game in Europe, but made its first appearance as a fictional game.
Zanabas/Zanabatars/Zinta - Power Rangers; an unnamed poker like card game played with circular cards that feature various colored geometric shapes; possible names for the game are from the hands called
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.
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
12 Ball - a game similar to four player ping pong but plays on a table shaped like a + with a player standing at each point and wielding two double ended paddles a hand that comes out of the middle serves the ball then periodically ads more the longer there is no score until there are 12 in play. The Wizards of Waverly Place
Airball - Avatar: The Last Airbender, a game played by airbender monks who use their art to steer a hollow, slotted ball across a field of upright posts to get it into the goal without falling from the posts
Australian Indoor Rules Quiddich - a game created by webcomic MacHall
Big Ball - from the Chowder episode of the same name;the full name of the sport is actually "Field Tournament Style Up and Down on the Ground Manja Flanja Blanja Banja Ishka Bibble-Babble Flabble Doma Roma Floma Boma Jingle Jangle Every Angle Bricka Bracka Flacka Stacka Two Ton Re-Run Free For All Big Ball"
Blatasmorkian Baseball - from Quack Pack; a foreign version of baseball with sausages for bats and cabbages for balls; other equipment includes goats, accordions and chickens
Farnarkeling - created by John Clarke, in the 1980s Australian TV comedy show The Gillies Report; played on a field called a grommet in periods called umlauts, with players 'warbling vigorously' with 'the bevelled orb'; Dave Sorensen was 'the hope of Australian farnarkeling'
Fennel - cricket style game 'reported' in the spoof newspaper The St Cleve Chronicle and Linwell Advertiser which forms the LP cover for rock group Jethro Tull's 1972 concept album Thick as a Brick
Fightball - the basketballish game played by the gangs in the Fightball card game
Five Bar Gate - a game reminiscent of both squash and ice hockey from the comic book Cerebus
Goblin Football - from Goblins of the Labyrinth by Terry Jones and Brian Froud; the object is to eat the ball, which is made difficult by the fact that the ball is several feet in diameter and made of solid teak
Gobstones - Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling; a marbles-like game where players are sprayed with foul-smelling liquid when they lose
House Rules Parcheesi - Ozy and Millie; a game similar to Calvinball but with predefined rules (only it's never explained what they are). The Zen idea that one must learn to let go of concrete ideas and objectives is close to the dragons' hearts, so a game of House Rules Parcheesi only ends when a player accepts the current location of the roll of duct tape as being equally valid to the "goal", and serenely stops trying to move it. Whether the player then wins or is being rewarded for not-winning is ambiguous.
Quis - a building game from the Saga of the Skolian Empire novels by Catherine Asaro involving the laying down of geometric solid shapes (dice) in various combinations; rules contain encoded knowledge of one of the former empires in the novel series