History Main / AbsurdlyHighStakesGame

19th Jul '17 12:49:04 PM FordPrefect
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* Famous Jewish-Roman historian Josephus once survived a systematic mass suicide among his fellow soldiers. Rather than surrender to the Romans, the Jewish rebels arranged themselves in a circle and killed every seventh man (Number six killed number seventh since suicide is a sin) until only Josephus remained. Although not technically a "game", the situation and his ingenious solution has been studied by mathematical game theorists for centuries. Josephus himself claimed that it was God who made him survive, but since it was Josephus who came up with this plan in the first place, after Plan A (Them surrendering to the Romans) failed, more cynical historians and mathematicians have assumed that he figured out which person to start counting at.
* H.L. Hunt bet nearly his entire net wealth on a hand of poker and won his first oil well. He then used that to build a financial empire making him one of the 10 richest Americans in the 1950's.

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* Famous Jewish-Roman historian Josephus once survived a systematic mass suicide among his fellow soldiers. Rather than surrender to the Romans, the Jewish rebels arranged themselves in a circle and killed every seventh man (Number six (#6 killed number seventh #7 since suicide is a sin) until only Josephus remained. Although not technically a "game", the situation and his ingenious solution has been studied by mathematical game theorists for centuries. Josephus himself claimed that it was God who made him survive, but since it was Josephus who came up with this plan in the first place, place after Plan A (Them surrendering (surrendering to the Romans) failed, more cynical historians and mathematicians have assumed that he figured out which person to start counting at.
* H.L. Hunt bet nearly his entire net wealth on a hand of poker and won his first oil well. He then used that to build a financial empire empire, making him one of the 10 richest Americans in the 1950's.



* The real life [[Film/SchindlersList Oskar Schindler]] won Helen Hirsch (a Jew being forced to work as a maid before her inevitable execution) from [[ThoseWackyNazis Amon Goeth]] in a blackjack game so he could keep her safe at his factory. According to Hirsch's testimony, Schindler cheated outrageously throughout the game, and when he won and Goeth tried to wriggle out of the bet, Schindler had the balls to chide him for not playing fair!

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* The real life [[Film/SchindlersList Oskar Schindler]] won Helen Hirsch (a Jew being forced to work as a maid before her inevitable execution) from [[ThoseWackyNazis Amon Goeth]] in a blackjack game so he could keep her safe at his factory. According to Hirsch's testimony, Schindler cheated outrageously throughout the game, and when he won and Goeth tried to wriggle out of the bet, Schindler had the balls to chide him ''him'' for not playing fair!
19th Jul '17 12:46:05 PM FordPrefect
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** A similar situation exists in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and several of its descendants; with the Deck of Many Things, you declare how many cards you are going to draw from it first, and then your character has to draw the cards. The more cards you draw, the more likely that you'll hit one of the negative effects (ranging from instant poverty to being magically imprisoned to possible permadeath), and you have to draw 'exactly' the number that you pick, so no quitting after you've drawn one good card.

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** A similar situation exists in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and several of its descendants; with the Deck of Many Things, you declare how many cards you are going to draw from it first, and then your character has to draw the cards. The more cards you draw, the more likely that you'll hit one of the negative effects (ranging from instant poverty to being magically imprisoned to possible permadeath), and you have to draw 'exactly' ''exactly'' the number that you pick, so no quitting after you've drawn one good card.
17th Jul '17 3:19:55 PM Zuxtron
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8th Jul '17 11:15:20 AM luiz4200
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* ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays2004'': If Phileas Fogg circumnavigates the world in eighty days, he'll replace Lord Kelvin as Minister of Science. If he doesn't, he'll have to destroy his lab and never invent anything again.
8th Jul '17 10:48:25 AM luiz4200
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* ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'': Phileas Fogg wages half his fortune that he can travel around the world in eighty days and expects the other half to be spent on his efforts to win. If he wins, he'll have as much money as he'd have if he never entered the bet. If he loses, he's broke.
24th Jun '17 9:26:12 PM Discar
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'': All the game episodes, inevitably.
** Parodied in the first paintball episode, "[[Recap/CommunityS1E23ModernWarfare Modern Warfare]]." The entire school is turned into a post-apocalyptic wasteland over ''priority registration''. Jeff briefly finds the whole thing ridiculous, until he realizes what priority registration ''means'' and joins in with the craziness.
--->'''Jeff:''' You could schedule all your classes on Monday and have a six-day weekend!\\
'''Troy:''' ''[edging towards his gun]'' You could do a lot of things.
** In the second paintball episode, "[[Recap/CommunityS2E23AFistfulOfPaintballs A Fistful of Paintballs]]," a Western-themed fair is interrupted by the sponsors of the fair announcing a surprise paintball game and a ten thousand dollar cash reward to the last man standing. [[spoiler:Turns out that this was a gambit by City College to trick Greendale into destroying their own school. When things start going south, City College sends in dozens of stormtroopers and almost crushes Greendale, but Pierce ends up winning and donating the money to the school]].
** In "[[Recap/CommunityS5E05GeothermalEscapism Geothermal Escapism]]," Abed announces a game of "The Floor is Hot Lava," offering a rare comic worth fifty thousand dollars to the winner. [[spoiler:This was Abed's way of dealing with the fact that his best friend was leaving; as far as he's concerned, the comic wasn't the highest stake in the game]].
** In the third paintball episode, "[[Recap/CommunityS6E11ModernEspionage Modern Espionage]]," the game has gone underground because of Frankie's new rules. But someone (most likely City College) is still offering a massive cash reward to the last man standing.
6th Jun '17 2:15:42 PM Taskmaster123
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* Wolverine loves to play poker, and has been known to invoke this trope on occasion.
--->'''Wolverine''': "I'm going all in."
--->'''Player''': "How? You don't have any chips left!"
--->'''Wolverine''': "When I say all in, bub, I mean ''all'' in. You win, you get to kill me. I win, I get to kill ''you.''"
--->'''Player''': "I fold."
29th Apr '17 11:06:29 AM yarrunmace
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** A similar situation exists in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and several of its descendants; with the Deck of Many Things, you declare how many cards you are going to draw from it first, and then your character has to draw the cards. If he doesn't draw his next card, it flips out of the deck on its own an hour after the last draw. Each card has some very permanent effect on the character, world, and sometimes even setting, so allowing a Deck of Many Things into your campaign is one of the easiest ways to break the story, if you have one.

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** A similar situation exists in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and several of its descendants; with the Deck of Many Things, you declare how many cards you are going to draw from it first, and then your character has to draw the cards. If he doesn't draw his next card, it flips out of The more cards you draw, the deck on its own an hour after the last draw. Each card has some very permanent effect on the character, world, and sometimes even setting, so allowing a Deck of Many Things into your campaign is more likely that you'll hit one of the easiest ways negative effects (ranging from instant poverty to break the story, if being magically imprisoned to possible permadeath), and you have one.to draw 'exactly' the number that you pick, so no quitting after you've drawn one good card.
24th Apr '17 7:58:17 PM Mayhavecontrol
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** The trope is ultimately subverted in the case of [[spoiler:the Liar Game itself]], which is revealed to be a FalseCrucible in the final chapter.
21st Jan '17 11:31:01 AM HeinousActsZX
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[[TheBet Gambling]] is entertaining.

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[[TheBet Gambling]] is entertaining.
fun.
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