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Store:  Strategy Games, 2-Player Games, Card Games
Series:  Blue Moon
Theme:  Fighting, Fantasy
Format:  Card Games

Blue Moon

base set: Hoax/Vulca

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Product Awards:  
International Gamers Awards
Best 2-Player Game Nominee, 2004

Ages Play Time Players
12+ 30 minutes 2

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Product Description

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.

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.

Product Awards

International Gamers Awards
Best 2-Player Game Nominee, 2004

Product Information


  • 1 Gameboard
  • 62 Oversized Cards
  • 2 Summary Cards
  • 3 Dragon Figures
  • 1 Set of Games Rules
Blue Moon has the following expansions available:
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 5 reviews

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Interesting concept, unbalanced gameplay
February 01, 2006
Blue Moon is a game for 2 players, that offers 2 decks to choose from. The oversized cards are great to look at, nice to hold, but extremely easy to rip. The game is easy enough to grasp, the rule book is easy to read with lots of examples.

The only bit that I dislike about this game is that the Vulca deck is stacked compared to that of the Hoax deck. I've played the game about a dozen times and everytime someone picks the Hoax, they lose.

I'm probably gonna get an expansion or two, simply to find out if the game is still stacked (towards the Vulca that is). Anyways, if you enjoy card games, give it a try, you'll probably not be disappointed, but you might wanna look into the expansions (crossing my fingers).

Never a Dull Moment
November 17, 2004

Blue Moon is a game where there is never a dull moment. Each turn the player is faced with interesting decisions to make, even though the player turns are short and not subject to “analysis paralysis”. Standoff or stalemate situations never occur, unlike some other duel-oriented card games. Also, unlike most card games, there are no cards that are “junk”. Each card is valuable and has a place (which can make a forced discard painful).

The card decks, each representing a race of beings in the fantasy world of Blue Moon, are amazingly well-balanced. Playtesting appears to have been very thorough, because there is no race that is stronger than any other, even though each race is very unique.

In their first few games, new players often think that one race is unbeatable, but that opinion always changes after a few more games. The basic idea is very simple, but the permutations afforded by the various types of cards, special powers, and interactions with the other races seem endless, and provide continually interesting game situations.

The quality of the components is first rate. The rules are simple enough, and not lengthy, but the player does need to know them well. In forty years of gaming, I don’t think I’ve come across a game where precise understanding of word definitions and phraseology used (both in the rules and on the cards) is more important than in Blue Moon. To this end, it might be a good idea to peruse the Frequently Asked Questions at the publisher’s website.

Unlike many duel-oriented games which often appeal primarily to males, Blue Moon seems to be enjoyed (and is often played very well) by the ladies also. My wife regularly wins Blue Moon games we play together. All in all, Blue Moon is an excellent system, and I highly recommend it.

Great Knizia game
November 07, 2004

Knizia seems to be an icon for me. No matter what, I buy.

Quality, no flaw at all. Great artwork, nice card. Cute dragons.

Game play, great game balance. Nice variety for clans and ablitly.

Strategy: No need at all! Good or bad for the game? Both. You can play it even in a very tired night without any thinking. Provided that you just pick it up a deck with no new deck building.

I love to play it with my wife after midnight when my daughter go the sleep. Very nice. But I will not play it in the game group. No way. Very bad.

Ben from HK

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