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Games played by Tamriel's citizens

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Stygies VIII's picture
Joined: 08/18/2015

Hello! Recently I became interested in what games are played in Tamriel. I'd like to research that a bit, so do you guys know any examples of any games played in Tamriel? No matter whether they have been described in detail or not, no matter what exact kind of game it is. I already know the "Netch, kwama, netch" game from TESO, for example.

If you have any comments about games in TES or want to start a discussion, it's okay to do so as well.

Another example is dice I found on a table in a tavern in Cyrodiil, also in TESO.

Nakalololo's picture
Joined: 05/03/2016

This page lists the stealable items in TESO. The following are games :

Chieftain's Heirloom Toad-Atlatl

Enameled flinging-stick ending in a shallow cup, used in the traditional Murkwater game "The Toad Flies at Dusk."

Incomprehensible Argonian Game A game, you think, of ancient Argonian design. The rules are incomprehensible, but the carved monster pieces are nice.
Imperial Strife Board A board of heavy, inlaid wood, set in a series of triangular patterns, used to play the Imperial game, "Strife."
Cathay-raht Bedroom Accoutrements Brightly painted Khajiiti paraphernalia for playing "Hircine's Tiger Hunt," a popular bedroom game.
Extensible "Strangler Teaser" Pole Seven-part extensible rod of horn and antler, used by the youth of Karthdar in their charming game of "Strangler Teaser."
Five Claws Cards An ornate set of Khajiiti playing cards, used in a variety of games in which the highest hand is a Five Claw Flush.
Satakalaam Love Pouch Satakalaam nobles anonymously place scintillating notes in each others' love pouches as part of a bizarre adult game.
High Rock
"Traitor's Tor" Game A travel-sized version of the strategy game that re-creates the last battle in Ranser's War.
Forebears Prayer Dice Odd dice designed to aid in prayers to the Eight of the Forebears, but mostly used in games of chance in Glenumbra.
Pranks & Pleasures Card Game A specialized deck of cards used to play the game known as "Pranks & Pleasures," popular in Daggerfall and other cities.
"Netch, Kwama, Netch" Game A travel-sized version of the Dark Elf drinking game played in corner-clubs throughout Morrowind.
Elegant Pearl "Veloth's Conundrum" Puzzle Exquisite traditional Dunmeri puzzle game, with an ebony board and pieces of Dwarven metal and nacreous pearl.
Lizard-Eye Marbles Small, round balls made of agate, used in the Dark Elf children's game, "Keepers," stored in a clear, glass jar.
Shenanigans Card Game A specialized deck of cards used to play the Dark Elf game known as "Shenanigans."
Sotha Sil Erudition Dice Oddly sided dice. Of a design attributed to Sotha Sil for educational purposes, but mostly used in games of chance.
Snips and Tails Game A travel-sized and much less deadly version of the Iron Orc game, "Cut It Until It Dies."
"Deceiver's Dice" Game A travel-sized version of the Nord drinking game played in taverns and inns throughout 
"Sheep, Sheep, Goat" Game A travel-sized and much less rowdy version of the Nord drinking game, made popular at the Sober Nord Inn.
Konunleikar Certificate of Merit Participants in any of the Konunleikar games received a Certificate of Merit, signed by Thane Mera and suitable for framing.
Nord Guessing Cups A set of three identical metal cups, Nords use them to play the popular game of "Chase the Pea." Which cup is the pea under?
Perplexing Ancient Nord Game A game (maybe?) of Nord design, discovered near Skyshroud Barrows. There are no instructions, but the board is nice.
Savage Nord False Beard and Mustache Comically hirsute false beard and mustache, worn when playing the "Strapping Skyrim Skald" game.
Summerset Isles
Altmer Heritage Stacking Puzzle Stacking puzzle or game in which pieces representing ancestors are stacked in pairs. Breeding mismatches result in tumbles.
"Where's Falinesti?" Boardgame Folding boiled-leather board with pouch of turquoise game pieces for the "Where's Falinesti?" casual boardgame.
Bone Dishware Bosmer dishes, carved from the bones of large game.
Hollow Scorpion Carapace Wood Elves make a game of trying to hollow out a scorpion carapace without damaging the shell. This one survived intact.
Jagga-Junga Nesting Mugs Set of eight jagga mugs, each larger than the last, for the progressive drinking game Jagga-Junga; the largest is for spew.
Silver "Perchance Acorn" Puzzle Game Classic Wood Elf acorn-hiding puzzle game, with acorn, cups, and board of silver, engraved "Silversmith Menthorn, Haven."
Silver-Plated Juggling Forks Set of three long silver-plated forks for the juggling game "Forks Akimbo," popular at Redfur Trading Post.
Tanglehaven Scalp-on-a-Stick Scalp dangling from an arm-bone, used for playing the traditional Tanglehaven game "Which Head, Whose Head?"
Baan Dar Whittling Knife Ostensibly designed for whittling, Khajiit and Wood Elf alike are known to employ these blades in popular tavern games.
Desktop Nine-Holes Game Desktop nine-holes set, base made of thunderbug carapace, with finely-carved bone pieces.
Draugr Dice A set of dice carved from mammoth tusk ivory, used for the popular game "Draugr, Draugr, Lich."
Hoops & Holes Mallet Set A custom set of long-handled wooden mallets in a fine deerskin bag, used to play the noble's game "Hoops & Holes."
Ivory Wood Noddy Peg Board A carved peg board of rare pink ivory wood, bearing the signature of the woodworker Yana, used to play the card game "Noddy."
Mahogany Lawn Bowling Set Leather case containing balls of imported mahogany for lawn bowling, with a note reading "Game next week at the Run Inn."
Miniature Chalice of Mara These tiny, bejewelled facsimiles of the famous relic were given out as prizes for winners of the Mid-Year Festival Games.
Silver Nine-Shells Set An antique board game, complete with a lacquered pine board and polished silver pieces.
Spry Spriggan Twirling Hoop This large wooden hoop is spun overhead as part of the popular children's game known as "Spry Spriggan."
Three Banners War Game A triangular board and carved wooden pieces make up this three-player game that re-creates battles between the three alliances.
Tribal Elder's Shellback-Gammon Box Wood-and-shell box, folds open to become a board for the game of shellback-gammon, with deluxe kwama-carapace tiles.


Stygies VIII's picture
Joined: 08/18/2015

Thank you! I should have looked there but it didn't come across my mind, oh me. I didn't even expect that many games and I'm glad the gaming aspect of Tamriel's life wasn't forgotten by Bethesda.

Edit: The citizens of Tamriel seem to be creative with board games and like them.