In the Wheel of Time, there are numerous mentions of the game of stones. The only characteristics about it I remember are:

  • It's played between 2 players on a board.
  • It is about placing (not moving) stones on a board.

Given these characteristics, I take it to be the game of GO. Has this been confirmed by any of the authors? Are there any other games it plausibly may be?

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It looks like Robert Jordan said that it was made-up game, but that is was meant to resemble GO.

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    A better citation would probably be the reconstruction of the game from the books on The Thirteenth Depository. Commented Feb 28, 2011 at 4:13
  • -1 wiki.answers.com is not a trustworthy source.
    – Borror0
    Commented Feb 28, 2011 at 9:46
  • @Bill : You should have put it up as an answer. I was hesistant to accept this one because of the unverifiability.
    – apoorv020
    Commented Feb 28, 2011 at 13:51
  • @apoorv020: I was going to, but my link isn't a confirmation by one of the authors either. I've asked a friend to take a look at this, though. He's a very strong Go player and a huge WoT fan (who has met both RJ and Brandon Sanderson). If there's an authoritative reference, I'm pretty confident he'll be able to come up with it. Commented Feb 28, 2011 at 13:55
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    @IvoFlipse: I'll keep working on him. He's a really good guy to talk to about sci-fi & fantasy books. Commented Mar 1, 2011 at 19:33

I think another great resource is Linda's article on 13th depository blog, here . Like all her articles, this one goes into elaborate details as to the possible origins and real world references of the game, rules of the game, and how it can be replicated and played in the real world if wanted. Also mentions of different character interactions in relation to the game are mentioned.

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    When your answer is essentially a link, please provide a short summary of what's behind the link. This is both to make it easier for readers to decide whether they want to take the time to follow the link, and to have some information left in case the link dies.
    – user56
    Commented Mar 2, 2011 at 18:56
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    @Gilles, I am on it. Thnx for the suggestion.
    – Egon
    Commented Mar 2, 2011 at 19:04

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