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16th Aug '16 7:55:47 PM PaulA
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* The entire plot of ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga A Civil Campaign]]'' is basically one of these, as the back cover quote suggests.
-->Miles has a cunning plan... Unfortunately [[spoiler:his clone-brother Mark]] and his cousin Ivan also have cunning plans.
** The entirety of ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga The Warrior's Apprentice]]'' is ''built'' out of the GambitIndex. Miles, through sheer insane, lying chutzpah and a lot of luck, manages to [[spoiler:take over the ''entire fleet'', all 3,000 people of them, reverse the war, and get out alive with a slight profit]]. And keep in mind, he's ''seventeen''.
** ''The Vor Game'' deserves mention, too, for the several-gambit pileup consisting solely of a single person's successive plans.

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* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
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The entire plot of ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga A Civil Campaign]]'' ''Literature/ACivilCampaign'' is basically one of these, as the back cover quote suggests.
-->Miles --->Miles has a cunning plan... Unfortunately [[spoiler:his clone-brother Mark]] and his cousin Ivan also have cunning plans.
** The entirety of ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga The Warrior's Apprentice]]'' ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'' is ''built'' out of the GambitIndex. Miles, through sheer insane, lying chutzpah and a lot of luck, manages to [[spoiler:take over the ''entire fleet'', all 3,000 people of them, reverse the war, and get out alive with a slight profit]]. And keep in mind, he's ''seventeen''.
** ''The Vor Game'' deserves mention, too, for the ''Literature/TheVorGame'' features a several-gambit pileup consisting solely of a single person's successive plans.plans. (And for once it's not Miles.)
12th Aug '16 11:00:12 AM TimberRidge
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* Gambits pile up in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' novels like a road smash on the the M4. Church politics even the saintly [[TheVicar Rector]]'s perfectly open plans to bring the Word: but subtly, getting past modern cultural defenses and prejudices and other clerics' ambitions, County council skulduggery, His Highness the Nawab of Hubli's SuccessionCrisis, Edmond Huskisson's causes.... Everyone wishes to and many think they ''have'' got the Duke of Taunton co-opted to ''their'' plans. As the Duke is a retired Intelligence Corps [[MajorlyAwesome major]], they are mistaken: ''he'' is running ''them''. Them; and the archaeological survey (to put the quietus on any development plans of the Council's); and the vestry; and well. He's a Grand Master of XanatosSpeedChess. And gets tetchy when a less advanced schemer's schemes interfere with his, although he'll plug it in anyway.
10th Aug '16 8:34:05 PM PaulA
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* James Clavell's ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]''. Nearly every character is scheming something. [[BigGood Toranga]] is scheming to defeat [[ArchEnemy Ishido]] and vice versa, Blackthorne is scheming to defeat Jesuit influence in Japan (and survive), the Jesuits are scheming to convert all of Japan (and kill Blackthorne), and then countless more plots from the supporting cast.

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* James Clavell's ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]''.''Literature/{{Shogun}}''. Nearly every character is scheming something. [[BigGood Toranga]] is scheming to defeat [[ArchEnemy Ishido]] and vice versa, Blackthorne is scheming to defeat Jesuit influence in Japan (and survive), the Jesuits are scheming to convert all of Japan (and kill Blackthorne), and then countless more plots from the supporting cast.
9th Aug '16 1:33:58 AM TheSinful
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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11864574/1/Like-A-Wish Like A Wish]]'' features not only Lelouch/Zero's plots against Britannia and Cornelia's plots against Zero, but also Kallen's, Suzaku's, and Nunnally's plots to help Lelouch and/or punish the ones who betrayed him. Further complicating matters is that Kallen, Suzaku, and Nunnally are each unaware that the other two have also [[PeggySue been sent back in time]]. Notably, few of Lelouch's plans go the way he expects because he can't anticipate the three of them and isn't aware Suzaku and Nunnally are even involved in any plotting.
19th Jul '16 8:17:11 PM CountDorku
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* A common event in ''TabletopGame/{{Fiasco}}'', given the tendency towards ambitious, not-quite-as-clever-as-they-think-they-are characters. For an example, consider the version played on WebVideo/{{Tabletop}}, which had a mid-level director's plan to rip off the Russian mob at a club for the money to make it in Hollywood crash headlong into the owner's plan to burn down said club for the insurance money.
9th Jul '16 8:27:33 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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** Spoofed in [[Recap/CommunityS2E09ConspiracyTheoriesAndInteriorDesign "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design"]]. The episode culminates in Jeff, Annie, a drama professor, and the Dean shooting all of each other with prop guns; all of them were shot at least once and there were something like 4-5 different plans involved. The final gambit was [[spoiler:supposed to teach all of them an Aesop about not using prop guns to shoot each other]].
--> '''Annie''': When you conspire with everyone you come across, you're not really conspiring with anyone. You're just doing random crap.

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** Spoofed in [[Recap/CommunityS2E09ConspiracyTheoriesAndInteriorDesign "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design"]]. The episode culminates in Jeff, Annie, a drama professor, and the Dean shooting all of each other with prop guns; all of them were shot at least once and there were something like 4-5 different plans involved. The final gambit was [[spoiler:supposed to teach all of them an Aesop about not using prop guns to shoot each other]].
--> '''Annie''':
other.]]
--->'''Annie''':
When you conspire with everyone you come across, you're not really conspiring with anyone. You're just doing random crap.
7th Jul '16 8:55:49 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is nothing but one very long Gambit Pileup, combining all of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters main and minor characters]]' various [[ThePlan plans]], [[XanatosSpeedChess playing]] [[IndyPloy styles]] and {{Gambit Roulette}}s within an AnyoneCanDie setting that likes to [[DidntSeeThatComing throw]] [[OutsideContextVillain curve]]-[[HostileWeather balls]] at even the wary. To put it simply, you have three plots going on at the same time:

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is nothing but one very long Gambit Pileup, combining all of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters main and minor characters]]' various [[ThePlan plans]], [[XanatosSpeedChess playing]] [[IndyPloy styles]] and {{Gambit Roulette}}s within an AnyoneCanDie setting that likes to [[DidntSeeThatComing throw]] [[OutsideContextVillain [[OutsideContextProblem curve]]-[[HostileWeather balls]] at even the wary. To put it simply, you have three plots going on at the same time:
8th Jun '16 11:26:47 AM Donnigan
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* In ''Literature/ParadiseRot'' [[spoiler"Jackson Farriday's plan to run St. Agrippina's as the Zombie Land Grab and Buffet is put off track by the Woman's and the Dog's continual assassinations of his higher ranking employees. Then Kyle and Cate Join in on it and eventually run into Dory, who has been fermenting a rebellion with the more stupid zombies. Things get worse from there.]]

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* In ''Literature/ParadiseRot'' [[spoiler"Jackson [[spoiler:Jackson Farriday's plan to run St. Agrippina's as the Zombie Land Grab and Buffet is put off track by the Woman's and the Dog's continual assassinations of his higher ranking employees. Then Kyle and Cate Join in on it and eventually run into Dory, who has been fermenting a rebellion with the more stupid zombies. Things get worse from there.]]
8th Jun '16 11:26:16 AM Donnigan
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* In ''Literature/ParadiseRot'' [[spoiler"Jackson Farriday's plan to run St. Agrippina's as the Zombie Land Grab and Buffet is put off track by the Woman's and the Dog's continual assassinations of his higher ranking employees. Then Kyle and Cate Join in on it and eventually run into Dory, who has been fermenting a rebellion with the more stupid zombies. Things get worse from there.]]
19th May '16 6:12:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Causal Angel'', the epic conclusion of ''TheQuantumThief''-trilogy features an enormous pileup of gambits of Joséphine Pellegrini, Jean le Flambeur, the Great Game-zoku, the Kaminari-zoku and the All-Defector hitting each other at light speed, with a few [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanners In The Works]] for a good measure. But what can you expect when collectives of posthumans plot to break the barriers of time and space?

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* ''Causal Angel'', the epic conclusion of ''TheQuantumThief''-trilogy ''Literature/TheQuantumThief''-trilogy features an enormous pileup of gambits of Joséphine Pellegrini, Jean le Flambeur, the Great Game-zoku, the Kaminari-zoku and the All-Defector hitting each other at light speed, with a few [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanners In The Works]] for a good measure. But what can you expect when collectives of posthumans plot to break the barriers of time and space?
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