Heh, life imitating art that was imitating life.
I was thinking of the mapping challenge (King Valder-something's Game) while re-reading "The Path of Daggers" (one of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time Books).
There were references to a fictional board game, Sha'rah that sounded interesting, so I threw it google, and found an analysis that compares it to Gwyddbwyll (yeah, you try to pronounce that!)
I found a description here: http://www.celtnet.org.uk/miscellaneous/gwyddbwyll.html which oddly makes it similar to the row games I based my entry on, wiuth the inclusion of a King piece!
Looks like I might have discovered the King's game...there in the history books, all along
-Rob (check and mate) A>