Moon Variants
The WARP Moon Variants

Moon Variants

Below are some variations on play with moons.

Space Gamer 66 New Moons

96. Entropy (I): The player(s) with the greatest number of external bases lose(s) one of them (his choice). Tokens are transferred to other bases.

97. Moon Dance (C): Treat this moon like the Moon Wraith (#87), except tokens on the victimized planet are placed on the moon and this moon can be attacked while on a planet.

98. Snare (S): You may not voluntarily remove your base from this moon. You must continue to occupy it until you lose it to an attacker or are removed by some power.

99. Axis (C): While this moon is occupied, challenges will be "rotated". When the cards are revealed, the numbers on the attack cards(s) are added. If the result is even, the challenge is played normally. However, if the total is odd, the attack cone rotates 180 degrees and any tokens in the offensive end are spewed into the warp. To fill this vacuum, all tokens on the attacked planet are sucked into the offensive end and they begin a challenge with the original defensive player as main player. Defensive ally tokens remain on the rotating cone. Discard this moon after the first rotataion occurs.

100. Pearly Gates (C): While this moon is occupied, any tokens normally sent to the warp (or Void) are instead flipped to reveal the white side and placed on the central hex outside the warp. At the start of his turn, each player may load the attack cone with one or two angel tokens in addition to his usual forces. Losing angel tokens go to the warp (or Void) and enter normal play. Those on a planet aid the current defensive player. Angel tokens do not assume alien powers such as Macron or Virus and are neutral towards game victory conditions.

Folland's Moons

Pick a number of moons to play with (usually 2 to 6). Each player gets an equal number of moons. Players then take turns putting a moon where they like (without looking at the moons). There are three possibilities - in the Warp, free in a system, or bound to a planet.

A free moon can be attacked whenever attacking in the system where it resides. To attack a moon bound to a planet, however, you first point the cone at the moon - the player of that system (if they have tokens on the planet) can then choose to have you attack them on the planet instead (it is not a given that you can just attack a moon). In cases where the player whose system the moon is in doesn't have tokens on the planet, the player with the most tokens is considered to be "in control of the planet", and may opt for the attacking player to challenge the planet rather than the moon. If there is a tie for the most tokens, then the player to the left of the offensive player is "in control". When tokens go to the Warp, you must land on a Warp moon if there are any unoccupied. The Warp moon is immediately activated following normal moon rules (eg: Secret moons can remain secret until desired). If it is a multi-power moon (ie: more than one moon can be combined into one), then the effects are resolved in this order: 1/4, 1/2, full, cheese. If there are two or more moons of the same level (eg: 1/4), then the player chooses the order most beneficial to themself. If multiple players go to the Warp at the "same time", they will actually go in standard CE order (ie: non-main players, starting to left of offensive player, offensive, defensive). Moons are activated and resolved before the next player lands on their moon. A player may only occupy one unoccupied moon at a time when going to the Warp (ie. if you have four tokens going to the warp, and there are two unoccupied moons, you may only land on one of them with all four tokens. On a subsequent trip to the Warp, you must occupy the other, if it is still unoccupied). The following moons cannot be played in the Warp:

These are marked as "W-" or "Not in Warp":
Nova Moon (blows up a planet in the system where moon is located)
Implosion Moon (blows up all tokens not belonging to owner of system)
Warp Worm Moon (3x) (All tokens go to Warp - recursion?)
This is marked as "Warp done separately":
Revolve moon (All tokens on moons move one moon clockwise)
This is marked "Do not play with Warp Moons":
Color Blind Moon (Flip over all tokens in the Warp and mix 'em up)

If more than one moon effect is invoked at once, play them in the following order: 1/4, 1/2, full, cheese. If there are two of the same (eg: two 1/4 moons) the landing player gets to choose the order most beneficial to them.

From Lawrence Folland, Dave Calvert, Bob Berno, and Ellen Folland

Gardner's Group

I thought I'd post here the rules for the variation in play our group has devised for Moons. This is the first time I've tried to write them up formally, so please forgive any unclarities. There are bound to be situations I haven't thought of. I've thought of a few just as I've been writing this. Comments welcome.

1. At setup, place 1-5 Moons in each system (the same number in each system), with each Moon covering a planetary base. No player looks at any of the Moons. [A variant we haven't tried yet is allowing each player to look at the Moons in their own system.] Obviously, the more Moons you use, the more random and chaotic the effects will be. We've played with 5 (ie every base covered by a Moon), and found it to be amusing, and quite playable. We're now experimenting with 2, which adds a strategic element, since you can decide whether or not to attack a Moon or an ordinary base.

2. Place four tokens on each base, including the Moons, as per normal setup. Moons counts for all purposes as ordinary bases, both home and foreign. At the start of the game, no Moon is occupied (as defined below), despite having tokens on it.

3. 'Occupation' of a Moon is redefined as follows: in a challenge against a Moon in which the offensive side is successful, the offensive player becomes the occupier of the Moon. Allies join the offensive player on the Moon as normal (assuming, of course, it's a normal challenge), but only the offensive player is said to 'occupy' the Moon. In a challenge against a Moon in which the defensive side is successful, the defensive player becomes the occupier of the Moon. In a reverse challenge in which the defensive side is successful, defensive allies join the defensive player on the Moon, but only the defensive player is said to occupy the Moon. When a player's tokens land on a Moon as the result of a deal or the effects of Flares or Edicts, that player becomes the occupier of the Moon. (If more than one player's tokens are landing on a Moon simultaneously as part of a deal, say because of the Diplomat, then the player in whose system the Moon is located gets to specify as part of the deal who the occupier of the Moon shall be. If more than one player's tokens are landing on a Moon as the result of a Flare which does not involve making a deal, then the tokens of the player playing the Flare occupy the Moon. If none of the players played the Flare, the system owner decides as above.) If the occupier of a Moon loses that base, then no player occupies the Moon even if other tokens remain there. (So, if the Moon's effects are Continuing, they cease as of that time.)

4. The occupier of a Moon is the player who gets to look at what it says, read it out if its says 'Play Now' or keep it hidden if its says 'Secret'. If the Moon has effects which refer specifically to the player landing on the Moon, these affect only the occupier of the Moon. E.g. only the occupier of the Moon gains the advantage of the Four/Forty Moon. If the Moon has more general effects, these may apply to allies or to other tokens on the Moon as well. E.g. the Warp Worm Moon sends all tokens landing on it, including allies', to the warp, and the Cone Size Variable Moon varies the number of tokens which can be placed in the cone according to all the tokens on the Moon, not just those of the occupier.

5. The occupier of a Moon which has been revealed signifies her occupation of the Moon by keeping her tokens stacked over the Moon phase icon. The occupier of a Secret Moon which has not been revealed has to find some other way of signifying her occupation, say by placing one of her tokens next to the Moon. Or you can just use your memory.

6. If a Moon (generally a Cheese Moon) is revealed whose effects are considered by the collected players to be too random and chaotic to bear contemplating (you can't be bothered speaking in rhyme, or humming when you're not speaking or breathing in, or saying the opposite of what you mean, or dealing the challenge deck or the discard pile out to all players), discard the Moon and draw another from the unused Moons until one is drawn whose effects are more agreeable to those assembled.

From Steve Gardner

Note from Jack Reda: Blue Moons would work very well with this variant, since they are specifically designed to be occupied by multiple players (and you wouldn't need to have "owners" to determine who gets the moon effects).

From Jack Reda

Moon-Incarnater Deal out two moons per player. Throughout the game, play normally, but whenever a player vacates a moon completely, all moons in the game "reincarnate": replace every moon in the game with unused moons. Moons that were occupied are still occupied by the same player. Those moons are immediately "activated". Any Play Now effects are immediately complied with (starting with the offensive player, and moving clockwise). Play continues once all moon effects subside.

Moon Escalation Each player starts the game with one moon in their system Whenever a player occupies a moon anywhere, they immediately draw an additional moon and place it in their own system. Players may look at any moons in their own system at anytime.

Moon-Plant Each player has two moons in their system, and has two powers. Throughout the game, no player may use his or her own power, unless they occupy the corresponding moon (left or right)- in which case, they may use that power, regardless of whose it is. Example: If Red has Virus (on the left) and Wrack (on the right) and blue occupies the Left moon in Red's system, then Blue may use the Virus power. Since no two players may occupy a base at once, no power can be used by two players at once. Players may end up having use of more than two powers, depending on how many moons they occupy. During set up, players may decide which moon will correspond to which power (it should be obvious to all players which moon is with which power). It is recommended that no player be allowed to challenge a moon on their first challenge.

From Rick Heilberg (first appeared in Encounter 1.3)

“In Your Face” Moon(s) - Upon winning your fifth planet (you must have 5), reveal this Moon and state “In your face” to all players trying to alter the outcome of the game by use of Flairs, Edicts, Moons, or Powers, thereby securing victory for yourself.

“Moon Zap II” Moon(s) - Like #73 except you discard this Moon and the zapped Moon. Draw replacements.

“Wild Moon” - Choose which type of Moon you want from the list and play as described. If a secret Moon, secretly write down the Moon number. Other players may take the Moon and make their own choices.

“Flare This” Moon(s) - When someone uses a Flare card against you, you may reveal this and state “Flare This” and appropriate the Flaer.

“Bankrupt” Moon (c) - Your opponents cannot add their Lucre to their total.

From Donny Cherf (first appeared in Encounter 1.3)

6. Curtain (C) While this moon is occupied, all other moons lose their effects.

7. Armageddon (S) Upon revealing this moon, all tokens are lost and the game is over. There are no winners. Discard after use.

8. BLACK HOLE (C) While occupying this moon, you lose one token to the void each challenge. Take one token to void immediately though.

9. SUPER NOVA (I) Upon occupying this moon, this system has been blown to smithereens. All tokens currently in this system are out of the game.

10. QUIET (C) While this moon is occupied, no player may say a word. All communication must be by gestures or writing. Any utterance (except coughing and clearing throats) is penalized one token to the void.

11. NOTHING TO HIDE (C) While occupying this moon, you must reveal everything. Consolation cards must be laid face-up on the table, your power must be shown, the number of lucres separated and the card you play in a challenge must be played face-up.

14. ANNIHILATE (C) While this moon is occupied, any tokens lost to the Warp are out of the game.

15. VICE VERSA 6) When you revgal this moon, all compromise cards become Attack 4 and all attack cards become Compromise. Play as a continuing moon once revealed.

23. TOTAL NULL (C) While occupying this moon, all players lose their power(s).

37. HAYWIRE (I) Upon occupying this moon, each player randomly draws-another moon to add to his system and must immediately, but one at a time, occupy the new moon drawn by the player to his left. Discard moon after use.

55. APPARITION (C) Upon occupying this moon, as an attacking or defending player your opponent ‘seems’ to be fighting with more tokens than he actually has. Because you feel you’re going to lose anyway, you must play only Compromise cards, even if you have asked for and/or received allies. If you have no Compromise cards, then whatever Attack card you play is a Compromise card.

56. GUEST (C) While occupying this moon, you lose your turns, but at the start of each other player’s turn (not their challenge) you may move one of your tokens onto one of his bases, even if he is attacking you.

71. SERVITUDE (I) Upon occupying this moon, you must get each other player one item of their choosing, if feasible, (i.e., a coke, a bag of chips, etc.).

96. SUPER MOON (I) Upon occupying this moon, you automatically receive your flare. First, ask all players if any have your flare. If any do, you may “search” their hand for it. If none do, then look through the discard pile for it. If it still isn’t found, search the deck. Iastly, if you still haven’t got it, search through the flares.

97. DWINDLE (C) While occupying this moon, at the start of each challenge the attacking player must pick, at random, one card from your hand.

98. UN-FORTUNE-8 (I) Upon occupying this moon, write down a digit from zero to nine and keep it hidden. All other players (except the seventh and eighth, if any) must guess once what number you chose. As soon as anyone guesses correctly, you must give him, from your hand, 1 flare, 1 edict, 1 attack card, 1 compromise card and 1 kicker. You must also give him 1 base on your system by moving all your tokens off one to your other bases. If no one guesses your number, nothing happens.

99. ROYALTY (C) While occupying this moon, all other players, when speaking to you, must address you as “your highness” or “your royalness” or “your majesty” or lose one token, their choice, to the Warp each utterance.

100. STAY PUT (I) Upon landing on this moon, no token( s) may be removed from any moon(s) the remainder of the game except as a result of a challenge or by the revelation of a *vanish’ moon.

Michigan Moons (first appeared in Encounter 1.4)

While this Moon is occupied, the normal limit of two challenges per turn is extended to three. Normal rules apply to the third challenge.

While this Moon is occupied, the normal limit of two challenges per turn is reduced to two. Normal rules apply to the lone challenge.

Upon revealing this Moon, the occupying player may immediately force the replay of his previous challenge, all players retrieving their lost tokens from the Warp. All cards played or Moons played are not retrieved. Can be played at any time. Discard this Moon once revealed.

While this Moon is occupied, losing allies are paid by their side's main player. The fee is either 1 lucre or (at the ally's choice or if the defeated main player has no lucre) 1 card at random from the main player's hand. If the main player has neither, he owes nothing.

While this Moon is occupied, the limit on the number of tokens in the cone is 5 instead of 4.

While this Moon is occupied, the limit on the number of tokens in the cone is 3 instead of 4.

While this Moon is occupied, the limit on the number of tokens in the cone is however many occupy this Moon.

Reveal this Moon to exchange a Flare from your hand for one played against you. The Flare has no effect this turn.

Reveal this Moon to take a Flare played against you into your hand. The Flare has no effect this turn.

While this Moon is occupied, players may only draw 5 cards from the deck to replace their hand. This affects all powers and flares which are dependent on the size of a regular hand (e.g. Miser).

While this Moon is occupied, each player must play and speak in character with his alien power or pay a penalty of 1 token to the Warp (per turn). The "character" of each particular power is left to the player to interpret. If a player has no power, he may speak and act normally.
Examples of role-playing:
Deuce: Speak double or act two-faced
Wrack: Laugh hysterically when others lose
Pirate: Do pirate imitations
Anti-Matter: Speak backwards or say the opposite of what you mean

When this moon is revealed, the occupying player may place each system's star disc as with the Nova moon. The planet and tokens affected are out of the game. The planets chosen must all be in corresponding positions, e.g. all central planets, or all rightmost, etc. Discard this Moon after revealing (do not use in 2 player game).

From Jeff and Paula Boes.

White Plains Moons (first appeared in Encounter 1.6)

While this moon is occupied, winning players and their allies in any challenge lose all but one of the tokens they committed to the challenge to the Warp.

At any time, you may oust the inhabitants of any occupied moon in the same system as this one. Those tokens go to others of their bases, and all of your tokens on this transfer to that one.

While occupying this moon, your freedom of speech (including gestures, expressions, etc.) may not be restricted in any way, nor may you be penalized for exercising (or not) that freedom.

While this moon is occupied, all attacks against this system are made against this moon.

Upon revealing this moon, you may meld any two moons in the game by placing them so that they touch one another. You may move an unoccupied moon in order to meld it with a moon in a different system. If both moons are occupied at the time of melding, occupants must immediately make a moon challenge to see who will stay. Once melded, they are treated as one moon for the duration of the game, except that the effects of both take place whenever the melded moon is occupied.

Just before every challenge during which you occupy it, this moon moved one system counter-clockwise. When you are the main offensive player in a challenge, you may attack the system in which this moon is located instead of the one indicated by destiny, etc. but you must use as many tokens from this moon as possible in the attack.

The player in whose system this moon is located must show you everything he has hidden except his normal hand (e.g. secret powers, unrevealed moons, Schizoid's terms).

Tokens landing on this moon are stuck here. They cannot be removed by the player to whom they belong.

From Roy and Ginny Hardin, Larry Kominz, Malcolm McLaughlin, D. Sumner Peck, Esq., Doug Schwartz, and Scott S. Smith.

Moon Doom Hex

This expansion kit adds more moons to the game, not just in quantity, but in variety. These rules may be used in place of or in addition to the normal moon rules.

Setup: Take the Warp hex and place an unused stardisk on one side. Shuffle the other stardisks of this color into the Destiny Pile. Place face down two moons, each separated by a space from the Moon Doom star disc:

  s 2      1   = Moon Doom star disc
1     s    2,3 = Moon
  s 3      s   = Empty space

Play: Whenever the Moon Doom color is revealed, move the Moon Doom stardisk clockwise two spaces. Remove any moon it has landed on and any tokens on this moon go to the warp. If spaces 1-3 are unoccupied, place a moon on this space. The player now challenges a moon in this system per the Moon rules. (Rules which modify the Destiny Pile supercede these rules, of course.) The Dictator may not change the color of a disk to that of the Moon Doom system, but may change the Moon Doom color to another, thus preventing the Moon Doom star disc from moving. If Warpish is in play, he places his bases on a normal / Planet Hex. Some moons (eg. Binder) will not be applicable. Treat these moons as No Effect moons.

From Cedric Chin

See also: Moons, Moon Powers, Blue Moons, Eon Moon list and Mayfair Moon list