If you have been to your local game store lately, as I have, then you have likely noticed that Fantasy Flight has scored another victory in their ongoing quest to make Reiner Knizia design a CCG without knowing it. Blue Moon is a two-player card game with no real collectibility aspects… but it has two different, named factions… and it has two other decks of different factions that you can buy separately. Careful, Reiner! People seem to be looking for ways to play Magic without playing Magic lately, and early buzz on this one is good; I look forward to inspecting it more closely. Press release below.
Below is announcement text from Fantasy Flight Games.
Blue Moon is here!
The god Blue Moon has deserted the world and plunged it into chaos. Blue Moon City is in ruins and its people have fallen into open war. Multiple factions seek to appease Blue Moon and hasten his return by currying the favor of the three dragons of elemental power. In the ruins of the great city, the ingenious Hoax seek to dominate through their mechanical inventions, while deep below ground, the fiery Vulca wield the molten force of the heart of the world. On the craggy mountaintops, the birdlike Flit watch the struggle unblinkingly, waiting for the right moment to make their move. And in the secret heart of the forest, the beautiful but wild Mimix sharpen their spears.
This is Blue Moon, the new non-collectible card game from Reiner Knizia, published in the USA by Fantasy Flight Games.
Blue Moon is fast-paced and easy to learn. Each player plays with a 30-card deck, representing one of the factions vying for control of the three elemental dragons. Each card is oversized, allowing more space to show off the artistic detail. Each turn, the players battle for control of the dragons, playing characters or other helpful cards from their deck, and imbuing their characters with greater and greater power, in order to overwhelm their opponent and force a retreat. In the advanced game, players have the option of building their own deck, constructing a powerful multi-faction alliance.
The basic set provides all the materials needed to play Blue Moon, including the races of the fiery VULCA and the clever HOAX, as well as a gorgeous game board, full-color rules, and three plastic dragon figures. The expansions provide the additional race decks of the lofty FLIT and the wild MIMIX.
Blue Moon is available from stores now. Find out more at http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/bluemoon.html
Blue Moon Basic Set: $24.95
Blue Moon Mimix Expansion: $9.95
Blue Moon Flit Expansion: $9.95