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Playing boules… IN SPACE!

Boules is a range of relative games played with small, heavy steel balls thrown on a court, such as the French Petanque and Italian Bocce. While there is variation between games in terms of how and ...
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Can a religious order keep the peace between nations with sacrificial games? [duplicate]

This world takes place in a continent with advanced 20th century technology. The one key difference from our reality is that war does not exist in the way we would think of it. Disputes between states ...
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A game to outplay Death? [closed]

Sometimes, when someone dies with things left undone, Death will be willing to play a game for the opportunity to come back to life. However, there are several reasons why you'd expect not to be able ...
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Resource from enemy space ships as currency [closed]

I am developing a space ship game (where you fight against enemy space ships) and want to consider which resource should be used as game currency. In comparison to classic fantasy/medieval universe ...
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Threats within 100 light years

So I'm making this game where the player has to launch probes into interstellar space within a 100 * 100 light years map to detect threats that could wipe out humanity in a few decades. Everything is ...
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How to reveal that one friend is a hallucination without revealing which one? [closed]

So, I'm working on a video game wherein there's a lot of supernatural stuff "legitimately" going on around the player, but the player character is also schizophrenic, and realizes as much. So what's ...
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I travel back in time: how could I know when I landed?

Today a weird guy with a pointy hat offered me and my friends to play a game: We will all travel back in time, to a random date somewhen from the antiquity to modern times. We will have a limited ...
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What happens to an object when it passes through a portal? [closed]

As in the game Portal, if we create two portals on two different surfaces and then join the two surfaces with the portals facing each other, as soon as an object passes through one of them, what would ...
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When Super Mario catches Pokemon, and the Yoshi dinosaur is none other than Charizard! [closed]

I am trying to build a world where many video/mobile game characters will share the same space and time. For example, our own Super Mario trying to catch pokemon and save princess from dinosaur ...
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How would you realistically set up bat racing on an island?

One of my main characters lives on an island where people bet on bat races. My story is set up so that bats are domesticated and race one another in dark caves. The bats would use echo location to ...
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What would convince people to solve disputes with a deadly card game?

Let's consider that the card game needs to be played, and equipment that may even kill you if you lose (via blades, electric shocks or the like, it could also even kill people by summoning ...
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What Competition Could Feasibly Exist on a Trade-Focused Island Chain? [closed]

I'm designing a city in a fantasy setting that is built on a fairly tight island chain of seven islands. This island chain is located at a crossroads of several major powers, and they produce very ...
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Unmarkable cards

There is a popular high-stakes card game. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, it's impossible to get out a new pack of cards for each round. The same cards must be used throughout. This game would of ...
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In a post-apocalyptic world why would the survivors build bases instead of just using the abandoned buildings to live in? [closed]

I'm making a survival game and a question popped up on how would I "in-game-explain" to the player that they can't just board up an abandoned building and call it home, but instead they have to gather ...
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Why do my players want kittens? [closed]

I'm designing a board game based on this old riddle: As I was going to St. Ives I met a man with seven wives. Each wife had seven sacks; Each sack had seven cats; Each cat had seven kits. Kits, cats, ...
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Why would a society base the merits of a person by the abilities of another?

Background: I've come up with this strange world where everyone has a dependent of sorts. Like a child but they live within another dimension. Think like a game avatar but they live their own lives ...
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I'm designing a magic system and need some help [closed]

I have been trying to design a magic system for a while now that I'm going to base a project off. And I'm having a bit of trouble. I want the system to be applicable to the creation of an entire world ...
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How might a game have made its way from China or India to the Mediterranean in the ancient world?

This is in regards to "The Secret History of [M]", a reputedly ancient game with a disputed origin, and am thus looking especially for references involving m words. Q: How might a game have made it's ...
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How would society be different in a world with RPG elements? [closed]

It would be a world that parallels our own on quite a few aspects. There would be roughly 500 different stats for every person (standard stats like strength, intelligence, luck, and also ones like ...
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What kind of games could we send to aliens?

Or vice versa. Let's assume humanity or some equally advanced intelligent species discovers life, or even a plethora of life, out amongst the stars, and decides that they want to make contact to see ...
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D&D Campaign - Closing off a Mountain Pass with Explosives

I am writing my second D&D 5e home-brewed campaign. As with most D&D campaigns, this is set in medieval (like) times. In this adventure, the party is sent to aid a new settlement from a ...
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Designing fictional non-competitive games

I'm creating a story set in a peaceful society. The society is actually very strict about being peaceful, to the point where they don't even play games involving competition. But at the same time, ...
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What games could an alien play with us? [closed]

After a satisfyingly traditional evening of watching videos of cats doing silly things on a popular video sharing website, I started to think... While we play 'games' with our pets, generally these ...
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The affect of someone's mental reaction timing in a simulated or virtual reality [closed]

When playing an RPG game, it often becomes clear that reaction time can significantly raise a player's ability to accomplish, even if they are a lower level player. Similarly, a game that is played ...
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What games would young gods enjoy as “referees”? [closed]

My "gods" are actually people. However they have access to tech that grants them the ability to do almost anything they wish, plus they have various mind enhancements, so there is little difference ...
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Implications of total virtual reality immersion for gaming [closed]

There is an entire anime/manga genre that deals with MMORPGs (massive multiplayer online roleplaying games) in a total virtual reality. Examples are Sword Art Online, 1/2 Prince, and Moonlight ...
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Game physics in the real world

In many games the characters, particularly the main character, has weird physics. I want to know how these things could happen in real life and whether current technology could make it happen. This ...
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Demand for the Simple Games

In a world of magic/superpowers, would there be any demand for sports or games that didn't use magic? Magic here can be though of as a science and is mostly accessible to people who want to learn, but ...
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A set of rules for gods [closed]

I have a world with many gods. They don't like each others, so they want to destroy each others. Problem: they are immortal. Solution: they will create another world, with different civilizations (...
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The nature of Computer-Gaming in a Steampunkish world?

My setting is a late Steampunk science-fantasy, the world's technology is beginning to cross into the Dieselpunk era. I have also played around quite a bit with nature of reality and technology in ...
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NPCs discover they are in a video game. Do they let the PCs know? [closed]

Would they make their presence and awareness of the game-situation known, or would they keep their simulated heads down and continue poking undetected, hoping that some automated bug-cleaner doesn't ...
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Why might we still have arcades in the future?

For a near-future / alternate-history setting, I wanted to maintain the importance of some technologies and cultural fixtures that have already declined on our earth. As a first test, let's try one ...
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Male and Female Characteristics in a Role-playing Game [closed]

I've been thinking of making a role-playing game, computer or otherwise. Normally this following issue is circumvented by making male and female characters differ only or mostly cosmetically. However,...
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War's just a [meta]game, son!

They often say "war's no game, son." But what if it was a game? Consider the resources wasted in war. Resources expended are, of course, part of the nature of war. That's why we have things called ...
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How do I create a popular and fictional team-sport?

I read again the Harry Potter novels and thought how much Quidditch has a broken gameplay system (Seekers are way way overpowered compared to other players and can basically carry their own team to ...
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If a completely open choice videogame was made, what would be the precautions? [closed]

Globally, if an easily accessible videogame allowed a gamer to do anything in a realistic setting,(from strategically and realistically solving world hunger to planning a multi-billion dollar sex ...
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What will our great-grandchildren play with? [closed]

Assuming for a second that our future won't be hijacked by shackle-breaking AIs, I'm planning a lighter segment in my story, which unfortunately for me involves children playing. Now you would ask, ...