Every once in a while I like to share a quote I’ve found about a boardgame. Today’s is from The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente.

“Death, I don’t know what to do.”

Death climbed up into her lap, sitting primly on her knee, which had already begun to darken and wither.

“It’s very brave of you to admit that. Most knightly folk I happen by bluster and force me to play chess with them. I don’t even like chess! For stategy Wrackglummer and even Go are much superior. And it’s the wrong metaphor entirely. Death is not a checkmate . . . it is more like a carnival trick. You cannot win, no matter how you move your Queen.”

“I’ve only ever played chess with my mother. I wouldn’t feel right,playing with you.”

“I cheat, anyway. When their backs are turned, I move the pieces.”  (pg. 149, ARC)