Rating: 5.9 Fair
Players: 2-2 players
Playing time: 30 minutes

Created by: Reiner Knizia, Daren Bader, Scott Fischer, Lars Grant-West, Todd Lockwood, John Matson, James Nelson, Michael Phillippi, Raimundo Pousada, Brian Schomburg, Claus Stephan

Published by: 999 Games, Fantasy Flight Games, KOSMOS


The Legend

The catastrophic Night of Doom plunged the vibrant Blue Moon City and its many peoples into the Dark Age. The Golden Dragon had fallen and Blue Moon, the creator of all things, is gone.

The old King is dead; Blue Moon City has been destroyed, and the Holy Crystal of Psi is shattered into a myriad of small crystals. The three elemental dragons, the only divine creatures remaining in the world, now guard the broken crystals in wait for a new ruler to come.

The two royal heirs, Prince Roland and Princess Elinor, each blame the other for killing the Golden Dragon and bringing disaster to the world. Both claim their right to the throne, and the once united peoples do not know whom to follow. The crown will be decided in battle.

You are taking the side of one of the royal heirs, rallying the peoples and their leaders around you to pursue the claim to the throne. If you are victorious, the three elemental dragons will reward you with crystals.

When you can make the Holy Crystal whole again, you will be crowned and become the new ruler. Then the peoples will be united, Blue Moon City will be rebuilt - hopefully - Blue Moon will return to the world.

Blue Moon is a card game for two players, which has often been compared to Magic: The Gathering, although it has considerably different game mechanics. Particularly, it is not a CCG: There are no random cards in any expansion. It can thus be regarded as the first LCG, although it doesn't use that term yet.

It is set in the fictional world of Blue Moon, where different peoples fight for dominance of the world and the favor of the Dragons. Each people has its own unique traits and gameplay mechanics and is represented by a 30 card deck.

The standard game box contains the 'Vulca' and the 'Hoax' decks, a small gameboard and three small plastic dragon miniatures, used as scoring counters in the game. Other decks can be bought separately as expansions with 31 or 30 cards each.

The world of Blue Moon is in chaos. Its god has abandoned it, and its people are in open war against each other, while the ruling power of three elemental dragons reigns above all! In this original 2-player game designed by Reiner Knizia, each player takes control over one of the Blue Moon peoples - the creative machinations of the Mimix, the fiery Vulca, the lofty Flit, and the clever Hoax - in their quest for dominance. The Blue Moon Legends basic set provides all the material needed to play, including details on the various peoples, a game board, full-color rules, and three plastic dragon figures. Expansion packs contain additional people cards.

Blue Moon is part of the Kosmos two-player series.

Retail Price:$37
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