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Moxana’s Game!

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Team Cheapass has been working on a surprise for the campaign, currently called “Moxana’s Game," and we're excited to share some details!

Moxana, from her Circus deck card.
Moxana, from her Circus deck card.

Moxana first appeared in Master Payne’s Circus of Adventure, where she works as a fortune teller. She’s actually one of the ancient Muses, automata that were built hundreds of years ago as advisors to royalty. (Check out the other Muses in Phil Foglio’s “Muses” Pairs deck, available as an add-on in this campaign.) Though Moxana is getting a little old now and doesn't work as well as she once did, she still tells fortunes and plays games!

One of those games might just be an in-world version of Girl Genius: The Works; not a modern game filled with pictures of Agatha and Krosp (and Moxana herself), but a simpler and elegant version with the same core rules.

A rough sketch of what Moxana’s cards might look like.
A rough sketch of what Moxana’s cards might look like.

It turns out that if you use five colors to make these cards, there are exactly sixty ways to arrange them. Thus, Moxana’s Game is a 60-card deck with one of each color pattern. The one color missing from the edges of the card is painted on the center dots, and each block of cards with the same dot color is numbered with a point value 1 through 12.

Playtesting for this game started a while back, and now it’s pretty sharp. It’s simpler than the “modern” version, but still challenging, and it feels a lot more like something that might exist in the world of Agatha Heterodyne.

There are a few rules changes, of course. The long edges of each card are always “longer” than the short edges, so there is no need for counting symbols. One suit, typically the red pips, is deemed the “bad” suit. Those cards are worth negative points. 

Players are always required to make a move if they can pop something, whether the board is all faceup or not; if they can’t, they must make no move at all. James says this makes the board into a Prince Rupert’s Drop, whatever that means. More details will emerge as playtesting continues.

Playtesting Moxana’s Game with longtime Cheapass contributor Joshua Howard.
Playtesting Moxana’s Game with longtime Cheapass contributor Joshua Howard.

We don’t think there will be enough demand to print a full press run of Moxana’s Game. However, we like it enough to want to make it available to Girl Genius fans! If you’re interested in Moxana’s Game, tell us so on Twitter and Facebook with a #MoxanasGame tag. If we see at least 50 posts, we’ll finish up development and make Moxana's Game available via Drive Thru Cards!

Stay tuned for another update on Wednesday, when we’ll preview Deck 2: Master Payne’s Circus of Adventure. Thanks again for backing Girl Genius: The Works!

Team Cheapass

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    1. Cheapass Games 11-time creator on April 10

      @Silver We appreciate your enthusiasm! For a full press run, we'd be looking at thousands of decks. -Cassidy

    2. Corgi on April 10

      If we hash here, does it count??
      #MoxanasGame
      #MoxanasGame
      #MoxanasGame
      #MoxanasGame
      #MoxanasGame
      ;)

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      SilverAnvil on April 9

      How many decks make up a "full press run"? I'm curious and would probably wind up buying at least four decks - I know that's not a lot, but I suspect there are other folks like me who would buy multiple decks.

    4. Magnus Bergqvist
      Superbacker
      on April 9

      Heh, well it would certainly explode the way a Prince Ruperts drop does. ;)

    5. Doug Lampert on April 9

      I'd be interested.

      I don't twitter, and while I have a facebook account I don't use it, so I have no idea what a hashtag on facebook does or how to post it.

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      Rhett Rodewald on April 9

      Would be interested in this as well, but I don't do FakeBook or Twitter. This looks like a great game, elegant in it's simplicity and beautiful in its mechanics. It lacks the beautiful Girl Genius art, but I frankly think it will be a better game. It might be a harder sell without the great art, but it looks more playable and should move at a quicker pace.

    7. David Ballard
      Superbacker
      on April 9

      I'd pick up a copy of this. I've been pleased with the quality of the stuff I've gotten from DriveThru.

    8. Amanda M on April 9

      Consider me hashtagged! I don't have FB or Twitter, but I have an Instagram, would that count? :D

      I agree with Don, the simpler layout would be great for whom the full Works game might be visually busy.

    9. Don Peebles on April 9

      I'd play Moxana's Game. It could be good for younger kids, being simpler and text-free.