The one game that appears to be taking over the galaxy is chess. It’s hard to find science fiction or fantasy that doesn’t incorporate some form of the game. Apparently, it’s the one game that spans space, time, and dimensions.
Here are just a few examples that you may have seen:
Game Versions of Chess
Ankh-Morpork Assassins’ Guild has a version called, Stealth Chess in which pieces move invisibly.
Novel Versions of Chess
Terry Pratchett’s novel Trolls and Dwarves has a chess-like game called Thud which includes trolls and dwarves.
J. K. Rowling created Wizard Chess for the Harry Potter series. It is played like real chess, only the pieces move by voice command.
Frank Herbert has a version of chess called Cheops or Pyramid Chess in the Dune series.
Jetan – a chess-like strategy game from the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel The Chessmen of Mars.
George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, includes a strategic combination of Chess and Battleship called Cyvasse.
Chess in Film
Dejarik or Holochess is a version of chess played in Star Wars.
Three-Dimensional Chess – is a strategy game first seen in the Star Trek episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” It was later developed into a real game. Yay!
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ABOUT T.S. VALMOND:
T.S. Valmond is the science fiction and young adult fantasy author of The Bolaji Kingdoms Series and The Verity Chronicles. As an award-winning poet, world traveler, and sign language interpreter she uses her experiences to fuel her stories. She’s a regular contributor to the website and founder of the Riders & Flyers group.