In a D&D manual, I once read about a game that dragons play against each other. They use kingdoms as pawns and the games can last decades or centuries.

What book is the game in or what is the game called? I would love to use the scenario for my campaign.

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    \$\begingroup\$ This is the first time I've tagged a question as both product and content identification. Neat. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 7:39

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It's called Xorvintaal. Monster Manual V (3.5) has some information on it, and there may be more in certain 4e books.

The actual rules for the game are enormously convoluted, taking "years to learn, and centuries to master". One would be forgiven for thinking they'd fit right in with published sourcebooks on that score, but instead the designers left the specifics up to DMs, with the idea that players should generally have only a vague idea of exactly what's going on.

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    \$\begingroup\$ 3.5 has a Draconomicon, pretty sure it is not in there. \$\endgroup\$
    – Me_Maikey
    Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 7:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Me_Maikey No, but it is in the 4e Draconomicons, AFAIK. \$\endgroup\$
    – user17995
    Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 8:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ Confirmed that MMV 3.5 has information and Draconomicon 3.5 does not. I do not have 4e books to check :(. \$\endgroup\$
    – Me_Maikey
    Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 8:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Xorvintaal contains links to additional books that contain The Game. \$\endgroup\$
    – phyrfox
    Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 14:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ @phyrfox: When I checked those, they appeared to be novels, and two of them had almost the same blurb, so I decided to leave them out. \$\endgroup\$
    – user17995
    Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 18:05

As TuggyNE says, the game you are thinking of, Xorvintaal, is described in only vague details in Monster Manual V in order to leave things free and open to DMs to figure out the way they want. He does, however, seem to lament the fact that the details are quite so sparse, and thus I want to offer this: Elements of the Great Game by afroakuma. Afro is one of the best sources of D&D-lore knowledge on the internet, and his ideas here are, I think, excellent.

The following [linked above] are some of the fragmentary rules, gambits, methods, and principles sages have managed to in some way distill from decades of observing the Great Game in action. Note that the nature of Xorvintaal means that any or all of these might be misinterpretations, false assumptions based on unverified information, or local or conditional rules - the depth of Xorvintaal is simply too great to reasonably appreciate, its rules too ingrained in unspoken tradition and ritual to be accessible.


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