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26th Feb '18 4:57:55 PM nombretomado
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* The Witches' Game in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. Unique in that it's fairly small in scope, limiting itself to a small island with 18 people in it. Until the Voyagers reveal the whole of what's going on: namely, an infinite number of the same small islands with the same 18 people on it thanks to the SchrodingersCat scenario.

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* The Witches' Game in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. Unique in that it's fairly small in scope, limiting itself to a small island with 18 people in it. Until the Voyagers reveal the whole of what's going on: namely, an infinite number of the same small islands with the same 18 people on it thanks to the SchrodingersCat UsefulNotes/SchrodingersCat scenario.
19th Feb '18 2:25:47 PM margdean56
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* Creator/MarvelComics' Grandmaster does this regularly - it's his [[PlanetOfHats Hat]]. Sometimes he's the good guy and sometimes he's the bad guy.

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* Creator/MarvelComics' Grandmaster does this regularly - it's regularly--it's his [[PlanetOfHats Hat]]. Sometimes he's the good guy and sometimes he's the bad guy.



* ''Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser'' have their lives often controlled by their sorcerous advisors, Ningauble of the Seven Eyes and Sheelba of the Eyeless Face. Interestingly, Ningauble and Shellba have more of a friendly rivalry then being enemies of each other.

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* ''Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser'' have their lives often controlled by their sorcerous advisors, Ningauble of the Seven Eyes and Sheelba of the Eyeless Face. Interestingly, Ningauble and Shellba Sheelba have more of a friendly rivalry then being enemies of each other.



* Parodied in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'': �There was one planet off in the seventh dimension that got used as a ball in a game of intergalactic bar billiards. Got potted straight into a black hole.� (PS: ten billion killed)

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* Parodied in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'': �There "There was one planet off in the seventh dimension that got used as a ball in a game of intergalactic bar billiards. Got potted straight into a black hole." (PS: ten billion killed)
12th Feb '18 10:44:17 AM MasterFuzzy
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* In ''Fanfic/{{Child of the Storm}}'', Doctor Stephen Strange uses chess metaphors from time to time, but is basically playing Cosmic Solitaire, making sure that events go the way he wants them to - and as a mixture of {{Seer}} and TimeMaster thanks to [[spoiler: the Time Stone]], he has a lot of scope to make that happen. He actually ''engineers'' an absolutely ''colossal'' GambitPileup, and pretty much everything that happens is due to his manipulations, or due to attempts to evade them. His only known limit is that he admits he can't manipulate four of the seven Endless at once. Really, this is not much of a limit - there's a ''reason'' this version of him is a member of the OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness.

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* In ''Fanfic/{{Child of the Storm}}'', Doctor Stephen Strange uses chess metaphors from time to time, but is basically playing Cosmic Solitaire, making sure that events go the way he wants them to - and as a mixture of {{Seer}} and TimeMaster thanks to [[spoiler: the Time Stone]], he has a lot of scope to make that happen. He actually ''engineers'' an absolutely ''colossal'' GambitPileup, and pretty much everything that happens is due to his manipulations, or due to attempts to evade them. His only known limit is that he admits he can't manipulate deceive four of the seven Endless at once.once[[note]] [[ExactWords Which isn't to say he can't manipulate them, just that he can't hide what he's doing]] [[/note]]. Really, this is not much of a limit - there's a ''reason'' this version of him is a member of the OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness.
** It's implied that he also plays a straighter version of this trope with various other beings from throughout time and space and all sorts of dimensions (just after explaining this, of course, he cracks a joke about being a [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor who fights in the Time War]]).
11th Feb '18 6:07:19 PM nombretomado
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* While it's fairly common practice in the ''PerryRhodan'' universe for entities that have AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence to recruit and use anywhere from chosen individuals to entire species as pawns and auxiliaries, the probably most famous example is the literal "cosmic chess game" between ''It'' (ES in the German original) and its EnemyWithout ''Anti-It'' for final absolute control over their shared-but-contested-for-millennia territory that includes but isn't limited to both the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies (issues #600-649). Naturally, the series protagonist ends up being one of the main pawns.

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* While it's fairly common practice in the ''PerryRhodan'' ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' universe for entities that have AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence to recruit and use anywhere from chosen individuals to entire species as pawns and auxiliaries, the probably most famous example is the literal "cosmic chess game" between ''It'' (ES in the German original) and its EnemyWithout ''Anti-It'' for final absolute control over their shared-but-contested-for-millennia territory that includes but isn't limited to both the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies (issues #600-649). Naturally, the series protagonist ends up being one of the main pawns.
3rd Dec '17 3:57:20 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* In ''Fanfic/{{Child of the Storm}}'', Doctor Stephen Strange is basically playing Cosmic Solitaire, making sure that events go the way he wants them to. He actually ''engineers'' a GambitPileup, and pretty much everything that happens is due to his manipulations.

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* In ''Fanfic/{{Child of the Storm}}'', Doctor Stephen Strange uses chess metaphors from time to time, but is basically playing Cosmic Solitaire, making sure that events go the way he wants them to. to - and as a mixture of {{Seer}} and TimeMaster thanks to [[spoiler: the Time Stone]], he has a lot of scope to make that happen. He actually ''engineers'' a an absolutely ''colossal'' GambitPileup, and pretty much everything that happens is due to his manipulations.
manipulations, or due to attempts to evade them. His only known limit is that he admits he can't manipulate four of the seven Endless at once. Really, this is not much of a limit - there's a ''reason'' this version of him is a member of the OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness.
19th Nov '17 11:58:18 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* The gods of ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' are always fighting to get humans to believe in them, because human belief is what empowers gods.
6th Jul '17 9:35:58 PM shamchimp28
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* The events of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' were set in motion by a bet between Igor, who believes in the good of humanity and backs the protagonist to prove it, and [[spoiler: Yaldabaoth]], who wants to trash this world and start over with a new one.
26th Jun '17 8:42:40 AM Macsen
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* ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'': Recently turned out to have a game of "Universes & Unrealities" between a Dragon and a Gryphon (with a Kitsune [=GMing=]). It eventually ended in a stalemate, with both combatants being declared losers when the pawns decided not to play anymore. Though there was a winner: one of the pawns, King.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'': Recently turned out to have The first main underlying plot of ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' was a game of "Universes & Unrealities" between a Dragon and a Gryphon (with a Kitsune [=GMing=]). It eventually ended in a stalemate, with both combatants being declared losers when the pawns decided not to play anymore. Though there was a winner: one of the pawns, King.
26th May '17 5:05:53 PM zarpaulus
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'': The Player Characters can and probably will do this.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'': The Player Characters are essentially minor (relatively) gods, but using their powers blatantly can and probably will do this.have deleterious effects on mortal sanity, so they're encouraged to use subtle effects or bound mortal agents to weaken their enemies' estates.
24th Apr '17 2:35:33 AM Silverblade2
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* In the ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'' story "With a Vengeance", SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker (using RealityWarper abilities stolen from Bat-Mite) and Mr. Mxyzptlk play a board game with their pieces being an assortment of Superman and Batman-related characters.

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* In the ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'' story "With a Vengeance", SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker (using RealityWarper abilities stolen from Bat-Mite) and Mr. Mxyzptlk play a board game with their pieces being an assortment of Superman and Batman-related characters.
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