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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.
31st Mar '17 3:07:21 PM nombretomado
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* Some of the more cynical inhabitants of the ''OrionsArm'' universe think the [[DeusEstMachina archailects]] are doing this to modosophont life for their own amusement.

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* Some of the more cynical inhabitants of the ''OrionsArm'' ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' universe think the [[DeusEstMachina archailects]] are doing this to modosophont life for their own amusement.
17th Jan '17 2:01:08 PM MasterFuzzy
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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.
9th Jan '17 4:14:39 PM WillyFourEyes
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* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' all the heroes seem to be controlled by Rachel or Jubei ([[spoiler: since they're all some combination of Jubei's students, Rachel's "servants" or Kokonoe's subordinates. Or are friends thereof.]]) in some roundabout way while all the villains appear to be manipulated by Hazama ([[spoiler: Mostly because they're being [[ForcedIntoEvil extorted]], {{brainwashed}}, {{More Than Mind Control}}led or {{Mind Rape}}d]]). The few exceptions being Arakune (completely insane and almost driven entirely by instinct) and Carl Clover (who has his own business with his father) and Bang Shishigami (who's in to promote [[JusticeWillPrevail JUSTICE]]).[[spoiler:We later find out that the real BigBad Izanami is using Terumi and Relius as pawns the entire time and they never were control to being with.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' all the heroes seem to be controlled by Rachel or Jubei ([[spoiler: since they're all some combination of Jubei's students, Rachel's "servants" or Kokonoe's subordinates. Or are friends thereof.]]) in some roundabout way while all the villains appear to be manipulated by Hazama ([[spoiler: Mostly mostly because they're being [[ForcedIntoEvil extorted]], {{brainwashed}}, {{More Than Mind Control}}led or {{Mind Rape}}d]]). The few exceptions being are Arakune (completely insane and almost driven entirely by instinct) and Carl Clover (who has his own business with his father) and Bang Shishigami (who's in it to promote [[JusticeWillPrevail JUSTICE]]).[[spoiler:We later find out that the real BigBad Izanami is using Terumi and Relius as pawns the entire time and they never were in control to being with.]]



* The ending cinematic of VideoGame/{{Hexen}} implies that by killing the final boss you have just made a move on one of these chessboards.

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* The ending cinematic of VideoGame/{{Hexen}} ''VideoGame/{{Hexen}}'' implies that by killing the final boss you have just made a move on one of these chessboards.



* The entire setting of ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' is in the middle of one of these. The PowersThatBe used to battle more directly, but the Good and Neutral deities didn't like the risk of the destruction of the mortal world and the Evil ones didn't like the risk that this posed to their own lives, so over countless eons the Nexal Struggle fought by mortals has become the agreed-upon method of solving divine disputes over who gets to shape the universe next. Sometimes the influence of the various Powers is obvious and sometimes it is very, very subtle. Given the generally [[CrapsackWorld bleak]] prospect of being caught between feuding gods for all eternity, the setting is never short on player characters who try to RageAgainstTheHeavens instead.

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* The entire setting of ''[[NexusWar ''[[VideoGame/NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' is in the middle of one of these. The PowersThatBe used to battle more directly, but the Good and Neutral deities didn't like the risk of the destruction of the mortal world and the Evil ones didn't like the risk that this posed to their own lives, so over countless eons the Nexal Struggle fought by mortals has become the agreed-upon method of solving divine disputes over who gets to shape the universe next. Sometimes the influence of the various Powers is obvious and sometimes it is very, very subtle. Given the generally [[CrapsackWorld bleak]] prospect of being caught between feuding gods for all eternity, the setting is never short on player characters who try to RageAgainstTheHeavens instead.
27th Nov '16 3:55:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': The entire plot of the series was set in motion by Lucifer and his minion Pazuzu when they decided to play a game where Pazuzu couldn't just [[LetTheBossWin let his boss win every time to escape his wrath]]. Each of them would create a child on Earth and let them battle for the fate of the world.
6th Oct '16 2:04:32 AM Psychadelico
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* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' plays with the trope, as it's suggested that the conflict between Angels and Demons is less this, and more [[spoiler: "very complicated Solitaire".]]
18th Sep '16 7:45:35 PM Necrodomo
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* The entire setting of ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' is in the middle of one of these. The PowersThatBe used to battle more directly, but the Good and Neutral deities didn't like the risk of the destruction of the mortal world and the Evil ones didn't like the risk that this posed to their own lives, so over countless eons the Nexal Struggle fought by mortals has become the agreed-upon method of solving divine disputes over who gets to shape the universe next. Sometimes the influence of the various Powers is obvious and sometimes it is very, very subtle. Given the generally [[CrapsackWorld bleak]] prospect of being caught between feuding gods for all eternity, the setting is never short on player characters who try to RageAgainstTheHeavens instead.
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