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]

Sports[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
  • Tsunkatse - from the Star Trek: Voyager episode Tsunkatse, a one-on-one mixed-martial arts combat sport where alien combatants are abducted and forced to fight for survival.
  • Ultimate Robot Fighting - "Raging Bender" episode of Futurama, a 31st Century version of pro-wrestling in that it is done more 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]

  • 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 adds more the longer there is no score until there are 12 in play. The Wizards of Waverly Place
  • 43-Man Squamish - fictional college sport from Mad Magazine
  • Aargrooha - Troll football, traditionally played with a human head, Discworld
  • Aeroball - futuristic version of basketball played with jet packs in the 2000 AD strip Harlem Heroes
  • Aerocrosse - variable-gravity game featuring elements of lacrosse, from Orbital Resonance by John Barnes
  • Airball - Avatar: The Last Airbender, a game played by airbender monks who use their ability 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 [74]
  • 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.
  • Blernsball - 30th-century version of baseball, Futurama, called the "Earthican Pastime"
  • Blitz – a futuristic, full-contact extreme sport hybrid of hockey and basketball played with a flying disc from the 2002 video game Deathrow
  • Blitzball - Final Fantasy X, a soccer-like game played in a massive sphere of water, also a game created by Phineas in the novel A Separate Peace
  • Blood Bowl - a fictional form of football from the tabletop wargame of the same name
  • Brockian Ultra-Cricket - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a strangely-violent field sport that involves people "hitting each other with sticks and then running away for no readily-apparent reason", the result of a race memory of a war with an ancient and evil alien race thousands of years ago
  • Calvinball - a game where there are only two rules: players must wear masks, and you can never play the same way twice; Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
  • Crossball - a tennis-like game from The Vorkosigan Saga
  • Deathball - a giant ball maze game played in Futurama
  • Deathball - variant of dodgeball using in-line skates, played by a gang of tough girls on The Powerpuff Girls
  • Eggboard - a team sport invented by Dada artist Jean Arp, in which both teams leave the field of play
  • Exy - the Lacrosse variant from the All for The Game series by Nora Sakavic
  • 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
  • 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 - from the Chowder episode of the same name; it involves rolling a huge ball down a lane whilst defending it from the opposing team; an important rule is that neither team must score a point, which will risk a Bowser lookalike throwing the stadium into a trashcan, therefore destroying the sport.
  • 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
  • Gravball - mentioned by Spartan John-117 in the novel Halo: The Fall of Reach
  • Grifball - Red vs. Blue
  • Hockey Z-9 - "For Your Ice Only" episode of Phineas and Ferb
  • HyperBlade - an ultraviolent variant of ice hockey played on an ellipsoidal rink with either a puck or a severed head, from the PC game of the same name
  • Laserball - from the movie The Fifth Element
  • Moopsball - team sport created by Gary Cohn in Rules for Moopsball (1976), referenced in Legion of Superheroes and in Gene Wolfe's There Are Doors
  • Pyramid - a rugby/basketball-hybrid ball game played on a pyramid-shaped court in the new Battlestar Galactica series
  • Quantum soccer - Greg Egan's Border Guards
  • Quidditch - Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, a team sport with four balls and seven players on each team who ride around on broomsticks
  • Quodpot - Quidditch Through the Ages by J. K. Rowling
  • Real Foosball - I Am Weasel
  • Slaughterball - a violent bloodsport wherein 2-4 teams of genetically engineered super-athletes clash in a remorseless steel pit and score points by injuring opponents and shooting goals, from the Slaughterball board game set in the world of the cyberpunk novel Dead Dwarves Don’t Dance
  • Speedball - futuristic and violent mix of handball and hockey featured in the cyberpunk inspired games of the same name
  • Triad - a contact sport with elements of football and basketball from Battlestar Galactica (1978 series)

Non-team ball sports[edit]

Other sports[edit]

Video games[edit]

Other games[edit]

See also[edit]

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