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20th May '17 10:46:12 PM Vir
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* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' “But I Have a Receipt”, Mordecai and Rigby have to face off against a dungeon master in a D&D style fight where they have to use their imaginations. Needless to say, the game eventually turns into Calvinball, with rule changes occurring every half second. What makes the whole thing even more absurd is that Mordecai, Rigby, and the DM are fighting over a $6 refund for a game.

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* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' “But I Have a Receipt”, Mordecai and Rigby have to face off against a dungeon master in a D&D style fight where they have to use their imaginations. Needless to say, the game eventually turns into Calvinball, with rule changes occurring every half second. What makes the whole thing even more absurd is that Mordecai, Rigby, and the DM are fighting over a $6 $7 refund for a game.
20th May '17 10:44:58 PM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewMrPeabodyAndShermanShow'' has the eponymous duo go back in time to watch what is supposed to be the first game of baseball, but the inventor Alexander Cartwright is such a poor sport, he keeps changing the rules on the fly to make sure he wins. Eventually, it gets so bad that the game bears no resemblance to baseball, and even Alexander agrees it’s become a mess.
* “Ultrahyperball” from the ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'' episode of the same name is so complicated, it can take thousands of years to play a single game, and trying to load the rules caused Sashi’s computerized glasses to explode. The actual rulebook is extremely large and takes so long to read, players’ eyes will fall out of their sockets long before finding out how to actually win (by popping the ball). On top of it all, the losing team has their planet destroyed while the winners have a pizza party.
* In WesternAnimation/HomeAdventuresWithTipAndOh, Oh shows Tip the Boov sport of Nuttypunny. Contestants are set out into a field of random trials with no real direction and are graded with "Compliances" or "Blunders" based on how they do. Oh reveals that the game is literally impossible to win and is just about having a fun time. When Oh and Tip play together the "right" way, they still get an equal amount of Compliances and Blunders, even getting a Blunder doing the exact same thing that was worth a Compliance earlier.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewMrPeabodyAndShermanShow'' has the eponymous duo go back in time to watch what is supposed to be the first game of baseball, but the inventor Alexander Cartwright is such a poor sport, he keeps changing the rules on the fly to make sure he wins. Eventually, it gets so bad that the game bears no resemblance to baseball, and even Alexander agrees it’s it's become a mess.
* “Ultrahyperball” from the ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'' episode of the same name is so complicated, it can take thousands of years to play a single game, and trying to load the rules caused Sashi’s Sashi's computerized glasses to explode. The actual rulebook is extremely large and takes so long to read, players’ [[EyeScream players' eyes will fall out of their sockets sockets]] long before finding out how to actually win (by popping the ball). On top of it all, the losing team has their planet destroyed while the winners have a pizza party.
* In WesternAnimation/HomeAdventuresWithTipAndOh, ''WesternAnimation/HomeAdventuresWithTipAndOh'', Oh shows Tip the Boov sport of Nuttypunny. Contestants are set out into a field of random trials with no real direction and are graded with "Compliances" or "Blunders" based on how they do. Oh reveals that the game is literally impossible to win and is just about having a fun time. When Oh and Tip play together the "right" way, they still get an equal amount of Compliances and Blunders, even getting a Blunder doing the exact same thing that was worth a Compliance earlier.
20th May '17 10:41:56 PM Vir
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** “Sniffleball” is baseball played with giant gloves on one’s head, a ball of slow-moving green snot, and twelve bases that are located underwater, in the sky, and [[SuperMarioBros in Bowser’s castle]].
** “Big Ball” is often referred to by its full OverlyLongName,[[note]] 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 Rerun Free for All Big Ball.[[/note]] if only because it’s bad luck not to say the whole name. The goal appears not to actually win; doing so would cause [[SuperMarioBros Bowser]] to show up and trash the entire game.

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** “Sniffleball” is baseball played with giant gloves on one’s one's head, a ball of slow-moving green snot, and twelve bases that are located underwater, in the sky, and [[SuperMarioBros [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros in Bowser’s Bowser's castle]].
** “Big Ball” is often referred to by its full OverlyLongName,[[note]] 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 Rerun Free for All Big Ball.[[/note]] if only because it’s bad luck not to say the whole name. The goal appears not to actually win; doing so would cause [[SuperMarioBros [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]] to show up and trash the entire game.
20th May '17 10:36:13 PM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has Blernsball, which is like baseball, but with so many new rules and gimmicks added -- including the ball being attached to a bungee cord, a “multi-ball” mode, and a giant spider that runs the bases -- that hardly anyone can tell what's going on. It's quite obviously a spectator sport, because it at least [[RuleOfCool looks really cool]]. The second time we see it, it’s completely different, and [[RetCon by “A Leela of Her Own”]] it’s [[{{Expy}} baseball with a bungee cord.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has Blernsball, which is like baseball, but with so many new rules and gimmicks added -- including the ball being attached to a bungee cord, a “multi-ball” mode, and a giant spider that runs the bases -- that hardly anyone can tell what's going on. It's quite obviously a spectator sport, because it at least [[RuleOfCool looks really cool]]. The second time we see it, it’s completely different, and [[RetCon [[{{Retcon}} by “A Leela of Her Own”]] it’s [[{{Expy}} baseball with a bungee cord.]]
20th May '17 10:22:28 AM nombretomado
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* ''Card: The Game'' has one basic rule: if it’s card-sized, card-shaped, and has a number and/or picture on it somewhere, it’s a card. Play starts with each player putting down three cards, one representing their “character”, one being their “mode of transportation”, and the third being their “location”. The idea is that the players improvise what those cards actually ''do'' based on what’s on them; if they’re even vaguely related, then that’s what the card does.

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* ''Card: The Game'' has one basic rule: if it’s card-sized, card-shaped, and has a number and/or picture on it somewhere, it’s it’s a card. Play starts with each player putting down three cards, one representing their “character”, one being their “mode of transportation”, and the third being their “location”. The idea is that the players improvise what those cards actually ''do'' based on what’s on them; if they’re even vaguely related, then that’s what the card does.



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* ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'':''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'':
14th May '17 10:44:59 AM Bahuvrihi
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* On ''TheMonkees''’ TV show, Mickey Dolenz invents the game of “Creebage” for much the same reason as Kirk invented Fizzbin: to distract a captor and allow for a quick escape.

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* On ''TheMonkees''’ ''Series/TheMonkees''’ TV show, Mickey Micky Dolenz invents the game of “Creebage” for much the same reason as Kirk invented Fizzbin: to distract a captor and allow for a quick escape.
12th May '17 9:16:11 PM rwe1138
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* ''{{Film/Baseketball}}'' starts this way -- the protagonists invent rules on the fly to make it impossible for their competitors to win (all while pretending they were perfectly obvious. But eventually, the game gets codified rules and becomes a national phenomenon.

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* ''{{Film/Baseketball}}'' starts this way -- the protagonists invent rules on the fly to make it impossible for their competitors to win (all while pretending they were perfectly obvious.obvious). But eventually, the game gets codified rules and becomes a national phenomenon.
9th May '17 3:39:29 PM AthenaBlue
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* Comicbook/TheSandman's ''A Game of You'' -- and, perhaps, this trope in general -- may be summarized by the quotation prefacing the book:

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* Comicbook/TheSandman's ''Comicbook/TheSandman''[='s=] ''A Game of You'' -- and, perhaps, this trope in general -- may be summarized by the quotation prefacing the book:



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* ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'' had a week dedicated to [[http://comics.com/frazz/2006-05-01/ Bedlamball]], which has no discernible rules. It’s not surprising, especially considering the {{Epileptic Tree|s}} that Frazz is, in fact, an adult Calvin.



* ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'' had a week dedicated to [[http://comics.com/frazz/2006-05-01/ Bedlamball]], which has no discernible rules. It’s not surprising, especially considering the {{Epileptic Tree|s}} that Frazz is, in fact, an adult Calvin.






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%%* ''Collegehumor'' has "Ooper Putz."
* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', there's Dis-chess, which is something like 3-D chess where the rules change every few minutes.
* Creator/BaratsAndBereta, makers of the Man-tage, give us ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycM844Bfzsk Mouse-mate]]''

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%%* ''Collegehumor'' has "Ooper Putz."
* In Whenever Website/FourChan’s /tg/ tries to play a game (usually Connect Four, chess, or tic-tac-toe), it inevitably turns into this. Usually, the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', there's Dis-chess, which is something like 3-D chess where first few moves are okay. Then someone calls in reinforcements. Then someone else deepstrikes a team of [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Space Marines]]. Then someone else [[NukeEm nukes the rules change every few minutes.
gameboard]]. Then someone else breaks out the trading cards. A [[http://i.imgur.com/zT8gcLm.png picture]] near the end of one thread shows just how insane they can get. [[note]]E2-E4, F7-F5, E4-F5, black King turns out to be three white Kings, [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Stalfos]] appears on the board, [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask the Moon]] threatens to crush the board, the game switches into the third dimension, red Connect Four piece gets placed, game divides into two alternate timelines with one involving a star wizard battling a DMPC [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons kobold]] with hypercubes and the other involving [[TabletopGame/YuGiOh Vorse Raider]] battling a defense-position rook with the ability to make forcefields.[[/note]]
* Creator/BaratsAndBereta, makers of the Man-tage, give us ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycM844Bfzsk Mouse-mate]]''Mouse-mate]]''.
%%* ''Website/CollegeHumor'' has "Ooper Putz".
* ''WebOriginal/FalloutIsDragons'' gives us Faceball, which is played with a decapitated head, two teams of three, has unexplained rules for scoring based on how the head lands, and the losers are only executed in professional leagues.



* This is a picture of [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_hWgIQr-DKLE/SSwf4ffOAnI/AAAAAAAAA0A/qBXQGARIcB4/s400/wtfzee.jpg WTFZee]], which appears to be a completely random collection of different dice.
* Grifball from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' started out this way; it was basically an excuse to whale on [[ButtMonkey Grif]]. Then it became an actual game, developed a concrete ruleset, and even has a special map within ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' for you to play it on yourself, but the goal is still to torture Grif.
%%* WebVideo/ShinyObjectsVideos: "On The Couch" features a board game version.



* ''Literature/SkippysList'' has examples that suggest that someone has tried this in the real-life military:
-->'''142.''' “Calvin-Ball” is not authorized PT.

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* ''Literature/SkippysList'' Website/NotAlwaysWorking has examples a story about a group of coworkers playing [[https://notalwaysworking.com/calvin-ballin-time/52010 "tabletop-Calvinball"]], of which the only solid rule is that suggest that you have to find someone has tried this in to take your place when your break ends, as the real-life military:
-->'''142.''' “Calvin-Ball” is not authorized PT.
players are trying to keep the game going as long as possible.
* The sport of Sideball from ''WebOriginal/{{Qwerpline}}'', which (so far) seems to be equal parts cricket, baseball, lacrosse and American football, contains such positions as punter and first and second turnstile, and allows up to six positions to be manned by non-humans (except for [[RunningGag raccoons]], which are specifically banned).



* Whenever Website/FourChan’s /tg/ tries to play a game (usually Connect Four, chess, or tic-tac-toe), it inevitably turns into this. Usually, the first few moves are okay. Then someone calls in reinforcements. Then someone else deepstrikes a team of [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Space Marines]]. Then someone else [[NukeEm nukes the gameboard]]. Then someone else breaks out the trading cards. A [[http://i.imgur.com/zT8gcLm.png picture]] near the end of one thread shows just how insane they can get. [[note]]E2-E4, F7-F5, E4-F5, black King turns out to be three white Kings, [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Stalfos]] appears on the board, [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask the Moon]] threatens to crush the board, the game switches into the third dimension, red Connect Four piece gets placed, game divides into two alternate timelines with one involving a star wizard battling a DMPC [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons kobold]] with hypercubes and the other involving [[TabletopGame/YuGiOh Vorse Raider]] battling a defense-position rook with the ability to make forcefields.[[/note]]
* ''WebOriginal/FalloutIsDragons'' gives us Faceball, which is played with a decapitated head, two teams of three, has unexplained rules for scoring based on how the head lands, and the losers are only executed in professional leagues.
* The sport of Sideball from ''WebOriginal/{{Qwerpline}}'', which (so far) seems to be equal parts cricket, baseball, lacrosse and American football, contains such positions as punter and first and second turnstile, and allows up to six positions to be manned by non-humans (except for [[RunningGag raccoons]], which are specifically banned).

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* Whenever Website/FourChan’s /tg/ tries Grifball from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' started out this way; it was basically an excuse to whale on [[ButtMonkey Grif]]. Then it became an actual game, developed a concrete ruleset, and even has a special map within ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' for you to play it on yourself, but the goal is still to torture Grif.
%%* WebVideo/ShinyObjectsVideos: "On The Couch" features
a board game (usually Connect Four, chess, or tic-tac-toe), it inevitably turns into this. Usually, the first few moves are okay. Then version.
* ''Literature/SkippysList'' has examples that suggest that
someone calls has tried this in reinforcements. Then someone else deepstrikes a team of [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Space Marines]]. Then someone else [[NukeEm nukes the gameboard]]. Then someone else breaks out real-life military:
-->'''142.''' “Calvin-Ball” is not authorized PT.
* In
the trading cards. A [[http://i.imgur.com/zT8gcLm.png picture]] near the end of one thread shows just how insane they can get. [[note]]E2-E4, F7-F5, E4-F5, black King turns out to be three white Kings, [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Stalfos]] appears on the board, [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask the Moon]] threatens to crush the board, the game switches into the third dimension, red Connect Four piece gets placed, game divides into two alternate timelines with one involving a star wizard battling a DMPC [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons kobold]] with hypercubes and the other involving [[TabletopGame/YuGiOh Vorse Raider]] battling a defense-position rook with the ability to make forcefields.[[/note]]
* ''WebOriginal/FalloutIsDragons'' gives us Faceball,
''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', there's Dis-chess, which is played with a decapitated head, two teams of three, has unexplained something like 3-D chess where the rules for scoring based on how the head lands, and the losers are only executed in professional leagues.
* The sport of Sideball from ''WebOriginal/{{Qwerpline}}'', which (so far) seems to be equal parts cricket, baseball, lacrosse and American football, contains such positions as punter and first and second turnstile, and allows up to six positions to be manned by non-humans (except for [[RunningGag raccoons]], which are specifically banned).
change every few minutes.


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* This is a picture of [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_hWgIQr-DKLE/SSwf4ffOAnI/AAAAAAAAA0A/qBXQGARIcB4/s400/wtfzee.jpg WTFZee]], which appears to be a completely random collection of different dice.
7th May '17 12:41:00 PM Xtifr
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* In ''WelkinWeasels'', the most popular game among mustelidae is called “hollyhockers”. The game appears to be a bizarre mixture of poker and the I Ching, in which bets are placed on patterns that a thrown cupful of hollyhock seeds will fall into.

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* In ''WelkinWeasels'', ''Literature/WelkinWeasels'', the most popular game among mustelidae is called “hollyhockers”. The game appears to be a bizarre mixture of poker and the I Ching, in which bets are placed on patterns that a thrown cupful of hollyhock seeds will fall into.
29th Apr '17 3:21:37 AM ClatoLawa
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** “Marsh-Gammon” involves a Candy Land board, poker chips, playing cards, a buzzer, handwritten “autobiography cards”, a Twister spinner, and some dice. This was featured in “Game Night”, which reveals that Marshall is very good at games.

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** “Marsh-Gammon” involves a Candy Land board, poker chips, playing cards, a buzzer, handwritten “autobiography cards”, a Twister spinner, and some dice. It also has nothing in common with backgammon, since Marshall hates everything about it except the name. This was featured in “Game Night”, which reveals that Marshall is very good at games.
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