Iain M Banks

Gurgeh, a champion game player, travels a hundred thousand light years to the Empire of Azad, where the winner of their complex game becomes emperor.

Author: Iain M. Banks

Publisher: Orbit Books

ISBN: 9780356502090

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CONSIDER PHLEBAS The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction. USE OF WEAPONS The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks or military action. The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought. The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman's life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a burnt-out case. But not even its machine intelligence could see the horrors in his past. THE PLAYER OF GAMES The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game ... a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

The Player of Games

Praise for Iain M. Banks: "Poetic, humorous, baffling, terrifying, sexy -- the books of Iain M. Banks are all these things and more" -- NME "An exquisitely riotous tour de force of the imagination which writes its own rules simply for the ...

Author: Iain M. Banks

Publisher: Orbit

ISBN: 9780316005401

Category: Fiction

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The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death. Praise for Iain M. Banks: "Poetic, humorous, baffling, terrifying, sexy -- the books of Iain M. Banks are all these things and more" -- NME "An exquisitely riotous tour de force of the imagination which writes its own rules simply for the pleasure of breaking them." -- Time Out

The Young Folk s Cyclop dia of Games and Sports

(c) The man who snaps back and the man opposite him in the scrimmage cannot
afterward touch the ball until it has touched some player other than these two. (d)
If the man who puts the ball in play in a scrimmage kicks it forward, no player of ...

Author: John Denison Champlin

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Beeton s Handy Book of Games

... of the foreign games present considerable amusement and variety ; and , as it
is but right that I should leave nothing connected with billiards untouched or
unnoticed , I shall devote this chapter to those foreign games most commonly
played .

Author: Rawdon Crawley (Captain, pseud. van George Frederick Pardon.)

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Foster s Encyclopedia of Games

In all games in which there is any bidding for the privilege of playing or of making
the trump , or any betting on the value of the hands , the privilege must be
extended to each player in turn , beginning on the dealer ' s left . Any bid or any
bet ...

Author: Robert Frederick Foster

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Every Boy s Book of Games Sports and Diversions

A move is not complete till each player has played once : thus , when the party
who has played first , plays the ... the two players ' must play two , three , or four
games to perform this agreement : these two , three , or four games are in this
case ...

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The Value of Games

Short passes Each player tries to send the ball toward his own basket, others
playing upon the ball immediately. RULES AND POINTS OF PLAY: The ball may
be thrown for a basket from any of the courts. In other words, it is not necessary
for ...

Author: Kaye Bennett Dotson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 147584641X

Category: Games & Activities

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This work brings together a collection of games that have been a part of childhood through the ages, games that continue to be played in various forms around the world. Many anthologies of folktales, music, and other forms of art have been collected for readers, but there are not many works on the subject of traditional childhood games and their role in the important “work” of childhood, which is in fact play. This book helps to meet a growing interest among educators and parents to encourage natural play and creativity in a world that is increasingly digital. Directions, descriptions, illustrations, of traditional childhood games, supported by educational theory are included. The material covered will not only help parents and educators to support children in play, but will also provide an anthology for consultation by those who see the need to preserve traditional play long associated with childhood.

The Dictionary of Games and Amusements

A goal may be dropped by any stops a ball in the vicinity of his own player on his
side , if the ball has not goal by using his hands , when , in the been touched
down a goal . opinion of the umpires or referee , the 30 . It shall be a goal , if the
ball ...

Author: Henry Frith

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Category: Amusements

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The Hand book of Games

... Boston, Quadrille, Cribbage, and Other Card Games; Faro, Rouge Et Noir,
Hazard, Roulette; Backgammon, Draughts; Billiards, ... The pas er must
undertake to get 5 tricks if the player undertakes 7 ; 4 , if the player undertakes 6 ;
and 3 if he ...

Author: Henry George Bohn

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Category: Card games

Page: 617

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Mind and Body

Having played games of these different kinds , the player is now ready to proceed
to games of exact imitation . The increasing difficulty of games of this kind may be
easily judged by examining the foregoing considerations . Now , though our ...

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Bohn s New Hand book of Games

The partner must undertake to get 5 tricks if the player undertakes 7 ; 4 , if the
player undertakes 6 ; and 3 if he undertakes 5 , as is in the table . When this is
settled the playing begins , as at Whist , except that the partners may be
differently ...

Author: Henry George Bohn

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Category: Games

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The Playground Or The Boy s Book of Games

56 SHORT RULES . whence he can be released only by being touched by a
player of his own side . “ No player can touch one of the opposite party who
started from home after himself . “ When all the players of one side are
imprisoned , the ...

Author: John George Wood

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Category: Amusements

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Uses a story format to teach the rules of various playground sports and outdoor games for boys. When ten-year-old Tom White begins his first year at Dr Benson's school, he discovers that games of physical fitness are a major component of Dr Benson's education system.

The Encyclopaedia of Sport and Games

Only so much of Rule XIV . need be observed as applies to the " out " player . 66
011loses a second point , he is said to be “ two out , ” and D takes his place ; if D
in his turn loses two points he is “ two out ” and C is “ in holes " again , and so on
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American Chess Magazine

Two series of games between. upon whicon week wili be played LONDON ' S
CHESS CONGRESS . A report to hand from the other side has ... Each player
must play two games with every other competitor . The order in which the players
will ...

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Columbia Chess Chronicle

PLAYERS | Odds given o | Odds received SA | Points on odds I Points on games :
| Excess lose Total points ūno e Games played Anoeiwi 1 Excess won E - OOON
: : : : N ! A PERPETUAL HANDICAP : TOURNAMENT The Mt . Auburn Chess ...

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The only weekly paper in America devoted entirely to chess.

Westminster Chess Club Papers

A Monthly Journal of Chess Whist Games of Skill and the Drama. 10 . II . 8. Any
player can demand a Time Limit of 20 moves an hour . A playing Committee ,
consisting of three members of the Club not engaged in the contest , shall be ...

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Westminster Papers

We had good games in those days , the strong players played with strong players
then , and the battles in which Barnes , Boden , Bird , Buckle , Horwitz , Harrwitz ,
Kennedy , Lowe and Wormald engaged , were witnessed by a gallery that now ...

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The Encyclop dia Britannica

If the same player win the following stroke , do so ; he wins the game ; if he lose
the following stroke , the score is again called deuce ; and so on , until either
player win the to call the games and sets at the end of each , or when asked to do
so ...

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