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7th Feb '17 10:15:41 AM LessRacistThan4Chan
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**One particularly egregious example of this is modern olympic fencing. There are three styles (Foil, Sabre, Epee), and each has their own ruleset. Epee is the most logical to onlookers; touch your opponent to score a point, stay within the allotted space, etc. Foil adds onto this a narrower target area and the idea of "priority", where a fencer's attack can have the right of way over their opponent's simultaneous attack. This gets taken Main/UpToEleven by Sabre, where priority is so important and has so many more rules that it becomes a wild mess of twitching, stepping, and stabbing to the uninitiated.
6th Feb '17 2:49:16 PM ladyofthelibrary
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* The students of Third Street School on ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' play a couple of games like this. One is called "Battle Tag”; we don't see it played, but we do see all the kids on the playground sprawled on the ground afterwards with their clothes all ripped and covered with dirt. In another episode, the kids become hooked on a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''-esque card game called “Ajimbo”; most of its rules are nonsensical and inconsistent.

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* The students of Third Street School on ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' play a couple of games like this. One is called "Battle Tag”; we don't see it played, but we do see all the kids on the playground sprawled on the ground afterwards with their clothes all ripped and covered with dirt. In another episode, the kids become hooked on a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''-esque card game called “Ajimbo”; most of its rules are nonsensical and inconsistent.inconsistent, so much so that when ChildProdigy Gretchen works out a system to winning, it falls apart seconds after working perfectly to her confusion and aggravation.
30th Jan '17 8:46:42 PM Phred
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* 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.
20th Jan '17 10:16:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* The 1943 HermanHesse novel ''Literature/TheGlassBeadGame'' (''Magister Ludi'' in early translations, ''Das Glasperlenspiel'' in its original German) revolves around an extraordinarily complex game whose rules are never explained. It's implied, however, to be a kind of Liebnizian symbolic model of philosophy.
* Shent from Creator/TadWilliams’ ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' is implied to be like this. Its complexity is increased by the fact that players aren’t expected to play to win, but rather to create aesthetically pleasing situations.

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* The 1943 HermanHesse Creator/HermanHesse novel ''Literature/TheGlassBeadGame'' (''Magister Ludi'' in early translations, ''Das Glasperlenspiel'' in its original German) revolves around an extraordinarily complex game whose rules are never explained. It's implied, however, to be a kind of Liebnizian symbolic model of philosophy.
* Shent from Creator/TadWilliams’ ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' is implied to be like this. Its complexity is increased by the fact that players aren’t expected to play to win, but rather to create aesthetically pleasing situations.
17th Jan '17 8:52:55 AM Crino37
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When a sport doesn't exist in real life, but was defined rules and is not completely nonsense, it's a FictionalSport.

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When a sport doesn't exist in real life, but was defined rules and is not completely nonsense, that can be followed, it's a FictionalSport.
17th Jan '17 8:51:49 AM Crino37
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When a sport doesn't exist in real life, but was defined rules and is not completely nonsense, it's a FictionalSport.
13th Jan '17 5:50:45 AM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddparents'' shows Timmy and friends playing “Timmyball” (and later “Wandaball”, which is the same but with a cinderblock):

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* ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddparents'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' shows Timmy and friends playing “Timmyball” "Timmyball" (and later “Wandaball”, "Wandaball", which is the same but with a cinderblock):



'''Cosmo:''' [[LogicBomb That’s the second rule.]]

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'''Cosmo:''' [[LogicBomb That’s That's the second rule.]]



** “Ice Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair)” shows Homer, Lenny, and Carl playing a chair-hockey game. They disagree not only on the rules, but also on what game they’re even playing. Homer claims it’s called “Cincinnati Time-Waste”, and Carl pulls out an official Cincinnati Time-Waste rulebook.
** In “The Old Man and the Key”, Bart and Homer are playing a game of their own creation. It’s a combination of [[http://www.veoh.com/watch/v20229037PJ9K7px8?h1=Scrabbleship Scrabble and Battleship]], which also uses extra boards, one of which is for Monopoly.

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** “Ice "Ice Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair)” Hair)" shows Homer, Lenny, and Carl playing a chair-hockey game. They disagree not only on the rules, but also on what game they’re even playing. Homer claims it’s it's called “Cincinnati Time-Waste”, "Cincinnati Time-Waste", and Carl pulls out an official Cincinnati Time-Waste rulebook.
** In “The "The Old Man and the Key”, Key", Bart and Homer are playing a game of their own creation. It’s a combination of [[http://www.veoh.com/watch/v20229037PJ9K7px8?h1=Scrabbleship Scrabble and Battleship]], which also uses extra boards, one of which is for Monopoly.
9th Jan '17 7:44:36 PM Compucles
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* In an animé filler arc of ''Manga/FairyTail'', Cana is challenged to a competitive card game called Guild Wars by the [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Eclipse Version]] of Scorpio. While the game has a set basic structure and win condition as established by Scorpio, the cards and their effects drawn from each player's deck are completely made up by each player as they go, resulting in the cards becoming more and more powerful as they play. The last few cards have such ridiculously overpowered abilities that they'd certainly be banned from any real life version of the game.
17th Dec '16 6:26:17 AM Andyroid
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has “Citchen Calamity” ''(sic)'', a board game with rules so nonsensical, none of the Crystal Gems understand it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has “Citchen Calamity” ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': The episode "The Test" opens with Steven and the Gems playing "Citchen Calamity" ''(sic)'', a board game with rules so nonsensical, nonsensical none of the Crystal Gems understand it.it, with the possible exception of Garnet.
-->'''Garnet:''' I am now the owner of the golden can opener... [[FlatJoy Yesss.]]
16th Dec '16 7:14:04 AM eroock
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->''Other kids’ games are such a bore!\\

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->''Other
->''"Other
kids’ games are such a bore!\\



You know that it's great, ‘cause it’s named after me!''
-->--'''''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'''''

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You know that it's great, ‘cause it’s named after me!''
-->--'''''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'''''
me!"''
-->-- '''''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'''''
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