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18th Feb '17 1:13:35 PM Outis
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* ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'': The dying soldier in the folk tale in "Cheating Death" challenges Death to a game. When Death offers him a choice of chess, dominoes and dice, the soldier rejects all of those, takes out his own deck of cards and challenges Death to faro. This is partly he's GenreSavvy enough to know that Death must be too good to lose any game that isn't pure luck, and partly because the soldier knows how to cheat at faro. [[spoiler:It turns out that are actually multiple Deaths, each of whom was once a mortal who, upon winning a game against a previous Death, was doomed to take over from them until they find someone who can beat them (which is difficult because they become surpassingly skilled at all games and unable to play badly on purpose). Oh, and it's not just a folk tale - that soldier became one of them.]]
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25th Jan '17 6:55:39 PM MiddleEighth
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*In a weird way, the four are playing a kind of {{LARP}} for their lives against Jeft in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', though they don't know it. He throws them in with his favorite gaming character, Jim Hunter, in an effort to get them to fight, which is something Jeft has been itching for over the course of the book. However, the four “beat” Jeft by befriending Jim instead of fighting him. And Jeft indeed has several tantrums over this, especially when Jim decides to give up his {{BFS}} and return with the four to C'hou. The tantrums are meant to be quite lethal, but the first (the Battle on the Plains of Death) sees the four and Jim winning, and the second (when Jeft brings Blackfire to life and it tries to kill the four while Paul tries to separate it from Jim) is averted when the four decide to just leave rather than rescue Jim.
19th Jan '17 8:15:55 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/TeresaEdgerton's ''[[Literature/{{Celydonn}} The Grail and the Ring]]'', Tryffin plays a series of chess matches with the king of TheFairFolk for the freedom of his party (not realizing, upon entering the series, that the local rules of the game are different from those with which he is familiar).

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* In Creator/TeresaEdgerton's ''[[Literature/{{Celydonn}} The Grail and the Ring]]'', ''Literature/TheGrailAndTheRing'', Tryffin plays a series of chess matches with the king of TheFairFolk for the freedom of his party (not realizing, upon entering the series, that the local rules of the game are different from those with which he is familiar).
16th Jan '17 9:06:41 AM SteveMB
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* One comic in [[Webcomic/{{Exiern}} Exiern]] featuring a female death has an old man challenge her to a game of chess for his life. She strips naked, and he can't concentrate on the game enough to win.

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* One comic in [[Webcomic/{{Exiern}} Exiern]] featuring a female death has an old man challenge her to a game of chess for his life. She strips naked, and [[DistractedByTheSexy he can't concentrate on the game game]] enough to win.
6th Jan '17 11:13:44 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* In ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', Spawn challenges Malebolgia to a fiddle contest. Spawn's act is flawless, while Malebolgia sounds like he's scraping a chalkboard. Unforunately, the demons are the judges, so Spawn loses.
29th Dec '16 6:03:30 PM Micah
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* ''Literature/TheStoryOfTheYouthWhoWentForthToLearnWhatFearWas'': The youngster spents three nights in a haunted castle, where he plays nine-pins with a bunch of skeletons.


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* ''Literature/TheStoryOfTheYouthWhoWentForthToLearnWhatFearWas'': The youngster spents three nights in a haunted castle, where he plays nine-pins with a bunch of skeletons.
29th Dec '16 6:02:26 PM Micah
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* ''Series/RedDwarf'''s Holly challenges the usurper [[ScaryBlackMan Queeg]] for the right to be the control computer aboard ship.
-->'''Holly:''' Name me a game.
-->'''Queeg:''' Chess.
-->'''Holly:''' It can be anything at all.
-->'''Queeg:''' Chess.
-->'''Holly:''' Draughts, poker, any game at all.
-->'''Queeg:''' Chess.
-->'''Holly:''' Subbuteo, Snakes And Ladders, you name it.
-->'''Queeg:''' Chess.
-->'''Holly:''' Monopoly, maybe? I'll let you go first.
-->'''Queeg:''' '''Chess'''.
-->'''Holly:''' So you like a bit of chess then, do you?
** Holly is duly walloped in the game (judging by the number of "prawns" and "horseys", he probably never knew how to play) and deleted, until... [[spoiler: It turns out Queeg was fake and Holly was trying to teach the Dwarfers a lesson.]]
5th Nov '16 4:37:45 AM Morgenthaler
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16th Oct '16 12:15:52 AM Grudgeal
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* The ''VideoGame/CrusaderKingsII'' expansion "The Reaper's Due" added an event where an ageing character plays a game of Chess with a random courtier whom he realises is Death. Success grants bonus health (making that character live longer) whereas failure means Death collects.
28th Jul '16 8:50:17 PM FactoidCow
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* In the video for "I'll Be Haunting You" by Music/TheyMightBeGiants, a guy who fell off a ladder challenges Death to a game of ping-pong. He wins, but [[HereWeGoAgain he dies again due to a falling toolbox, and then prepares to challenge Death to an arm-wrestling match]].
** Actually, that's a chess board he's approaching at the end. He takes off his shirt to reveal a 'World Chess Champion' tattoo to accompany his 'Ping-Pong Champion' tattoo from earlier.

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* In the video for "I'll Be Haunting You" by Music/TheyMightBeGiants, a guy who fell off a ladder challenges is challenged by Death to a game of ping-pong. He wins, but [[HereWeGoAgain he dies again due to a falling toolbox, and then prepares to challenge face Death to in an arm-wrestling match]].
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actual chess board he's approaching at the end. He takes off his shirt to reveal a 'World Chess Champion' tattoo to accompany his 'Ping-Pong Champion' tattoo from earlier. match]].
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