Games in Fantasy Worlds

08 Jun

Do any of you folks have games or sporting events in your stories?

I think that it is a great idea to add some sort of competition, and plan on having such events in Delphia.

Archery Contests

Obstacle Courses / Races

Lumberjack Events

Climbing Competition


What do you think?


Posted by on June 8, 2013 in From the Desk of the Author


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14 responses to “Games in Fantasy Worlds

  1. sherylwinters

    June 8, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    There are games in my land but they are instructive. Older father’s teach troop movements of Orc’s through a battle game (Dragons and Orc’s.) The towns in the game match the distance a dragon would need to fly to reach one. etc. I do have contests that can be deadly, but that was only for the first book and seems to be a human only occupation. The Dragon king has shown no interest in holding such events for his Kindom. Probably because they are constantly at war with the Orc’s so they don’t have time for such silly nonsense.

    I think a lumberjack even would be a fun event to sketch out in a a scene.

    • Len

      June 8, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Thank you. Yeah, I was just thinking the same thing. I am going to write one up while I should be doing homework. Haha. Thanks for your response.

  2. Codes

    June 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I’m added in some athletic track and field events where spectators gamble.

    • Len

      June 8, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      I thought you might be, since there is so much Roman influence in your world. Good, Good

  3. D. James Fortescue

    June 9, 2013 at 9:04 am

    A fantasy setting seems to prefer medieval-style events. Melee fighting, one-on-one weapons fighting, hunting and jousting seem a staple in that regard. The first two would fit in a Roman setting.

    Something different? Well, falconry was a popular past-time. Bird of Prey contest: Have your bird scout a designated animal (may need to be creative in how that creature is decided and tracked), while the character has to track the bird. The bird incapacitates the animal, and the winner has to make the final kill.

  4. Zachary Doucet

    June 9, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I have a few brawl competitions in my realm that are held seasonally. Also, the cities are filled with taverns and pubs so games like checkers and backgammon are played frequently.

    I like the climbing and falconry ideas as well, they seem quite entertaining!

  5. richgreen01

    June 13, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Yes, definitely. In the Parsantium campaign, there’s a hippodrome which holds gladiatorial combats and chariot races which are very popular with the inhabitants. I ran a fun adventure where the PCs had to go undercover in the Hippodrome to stop a plot to disrupt the Victory Games – this involved them auditioning as gladiators, taking part in several fights, and driving chariots on the final day when the bad guys attacked VIPs in the crowd.

    I’ve also run a swimming race along the Dolphin Strait that divides the two halves of the city – in this the PCs had to avoid all the unpleasant stuff that gets thrown in the water, including dead bodies and sewage, as well as crocodiles etc.

    There is a great adventure in Dungeon called Cross-City Race by James “Grim” Desborough which I’ve played in too.

    • Len

      June 13, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      Thanks for the comment. A swimming event would be a good idea. In Delphia (the world in which my stories are set) the trolls are amphibious so they would dominate swimming events. Haha

  6. christinehaggerty

    June 25, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I have more of the gladiator fighting in my stories, but I also have a version of rugby. I needed a violent team sport. I liked your weasel chase.

    • Len

      June 25, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks, I wanted some sort of violent game which took place on a field, but I couldn’t really come up with anything yet (still trying)
      Thanks about the weasel catch

  7. schedim

    July 1, 2013 at 12:49 am

    In WFRP a well used trope is “murder at the fair/tournament/festival” and when I GM one of those I use games and competitions as time fillers/distractions. It is a very good way to induce some inter-party interactions going.

    • Len

      July 2, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      Yeah, I agree. Thanks for the input.

  8. bdh63

    July 8, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Maybe some caber throwing or lumberjack tree cutting competition. Perhaps a mage competition for growing trees biggest and fastest…


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