Created By: Jicragg on December 25, 2011 Last Edited By: lalalei2001 on June 10, 2014

Card And Tabletop Story

Any story that revolves around a card game or similarly non physical game as the main focus.

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Take a traditional sports story: a team of underdogs (usually), playing what they love and most likely win some kind of tournament. Remove the sports and put in a CardGame, TabletopGame or a strategy game and you have the average Card And Tabletop Story.

Not necessarily the plot of a whole series, as it can also be used as a variation/counterpart to the Baseball Episode.

Sports Story Tropes are popular in this genre, though to compensate for the lack of physical action the characters will usually be extremely dramatic when playing. Another common way to make the story more gripping is to introduce a real-life threat to the game itself, be it magical or gambling based.

See: Gaming Anime and Card Battle Game.

Needs: better title and better description (maybe).


Examples:

Literature
  • The YA novel The Cardturner by Louis Sachar is all about Bridge.
  • Interstellar Pig is all about the fictional titular card game.

Live-Action Television
  • The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon enters a card game tournament in order to take revenge on Wil Wheaton for a slight from years earlier. He has no interest in entering the tourney until he finds our Wheaton is in it too.

Film
  • Knights of the South Bronx is about a teacher helping his students gain confidence by teaching them Chess and eventually getting them to play in a tournament.
Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • December 26, 2011
    oztrickster
    It doesn't involve card games or table top games, but would Beyblade count? its about launching a spinning top and hoping that the opponent's top gets knocked out of the battle area.
  • December 26, 2011
    Jicragg
    Beyblade would count as well, since it's gaming. The title and description need work. Perhaps something like "traditional gaming"...
  • January 1, 2012
    Duncan
    Interstellar Pig starts out as this.
  • January 1, 2012
    Oreochan
  • January 1, 2012
    crazysamaritan
    So a strategy game, instead of a physical contact game.
  • January 5, 2012
    Jicragg
    Ah, that's a much better way to describe it.
  • January 6, 2012
    MorganWick
    Is this "any story about a card or tabletop game", or specifically one that's a sports story with the sport swapped out for some other kind of game?
  • January 6, 2012
    oztrickster
    Any story that revolves around a card game or similarly non physical game as the main focus.
  • January 6, 2012
    crazysamaritan
    Jumanji doesn't fit...
  • January 6, 2012
    Oreochan
  • February 18, 2012
    Catbert
    Bump.

  • February 19, 2012
    randomsurfer
    The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon enters a card game tournament in order to take revenge on Wil Wheaton for a slight from years earlier. He has no interest in entering the tourney until he finds our Wheaton is in it too.
  • February 24, 2012
    Jicragg
    I took out Jumanji though it is all about a boardgame with strong magical elements... To ponder, to ponder...
  • February 28, 2012
    crazysamaritan
    But it's not a tournament. It's an action adventure with board game flavour. The game has no rules, and the characters try to beat the game, not other characters.
  • February 29, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    I'm sure this is in both TV series involving Bret Maverick. I think the pilot for the 1980s series involved Maverick winning a saloon in a poker game.

    There's also the 1960s Western Five Card Stud, about a poker game, a cheater, and the aftermath. I think it came up under Prayer Pose.
  • February 29, 2012
    animeg3282
    Chihayafuru is an anime about the game of kurata, a game involving the memorization of poetry.
  • March 8, 2012
    Jicragg
    All anime and manga examples are going under Gaming Anime.

    I'm still highly unsure about the description and whether or not this should be simply about any story based around non-sport gaming or if he needs to be something better structured around competition.
  • April 15, 2012
    Catbert
    Bump
  • April 15, 2012
    Vidor
    Film
  • June 30, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    ^^^ between this trope and Sports Stories, that page is redundant. Without this page, that one is still half-redundant to sports stories.
  • June 30, 2013
    Stratadrake
    The laconic sounds weird. How is a card game a "non-physical game" if you play using physical cards?
  • June 30, 2013
    StarSword
    Probably "non-physical" is supposed to be what most of us think of when we think "sports". So, Whistle or Eyeshield 21 wouldn't count (they're about soccer and American football, respectively), but, say, Yu Gi Oh would. (Though as mentioned, those would actually go under the subindex Gaming Anime.)
  • June 30, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    Gaming Anime is actually Gaming And Sports Anime And Manga. Not really distinct from Sports Stories, except for the works that fall under this trope.
  • June 10, 2014
    crazysamaritan
    Bump: what should happen here?
  • June 10, 2014
    bitemytail
    Discard it. We've got enough Serious Business type tropes to not need one specifically for card and tabletop games
  • Live Action TV
    • M*A*S*H had a few of these.
      • "Deal Me Out" involves Sidney Freedman and Sam Pak being invited to the 4077th for a big conference that turns out to be nothing more than a poker game held in the Swamp that lasts all night and into the following morning.
      • "Payday" has more of a subplot that involves Trapper, Henry, Zale, Igor, and a Nurse of the Week engaging in a round of poker after receiving their monthly pay.
      • "The Merchant of Korea" has Hawkeye and B.J. indebted to Charles for money he loaned them, so they decide to get back at him by luring him into a poker game in the Officer's Club, only to discover Charles has a very lucky streak. During a break, they figure out his tic: the more he bluffs or the worse his hand his, the louder he whistles.
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