The Future of Crazier Eights

camelot cards6I am working on new versions of Crazier Eights in addition to expansions. New versions include at least fifty two unique cards, and new expansions include fifteen unique cards. Part of the appeal of Crazier Eights is the wide range of themes that can be used, similar to Fluxx, which is a good excuse for having new versions and expansions with strong themes. The next version will be Crazier Eights: Camelot, but there’s more versions I am also working on. Let’s take a look.

Crazier Eights: Camelot

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Crazier Eights: Camelot is based on the stories of King Arthur, so it includes cards for Camelot, Avalon, Merlin the Magician, Queen Guenevere, the Lady of the Lake, and many other characters and famous places from the King Arthur stories.

The Camelot version is actually based on an evolution of a very early version of Crazier Eights that has been greatly fine tuned over a great deal of playtesting over the years.

Crazier Eights: Arabian Nights

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The Arabian Nights is based on the One Thousand and One Nights, which includes several stories ranging from the well known tale of Aladdin to lesser known tales, such as The Porter and the Three Ladies of Baghdad that features a powerful sorceress who defeats a jinn. Cards represent jinns (genies), Aladdin, the City of Brass, the Bazaar of Baghdad, and much more.

The Arabian Nights features some cards that have requirements, which allows them to be much more powerful. You can’t play a card with a requirement for the effect from this set unless an opponent controls two or more cards. The most powerful example is Wish, which lets you play any card that’s in the deck.

I started developing the Arabian Nights in June of last year, so it is also well playtested and functions well. I will still look into improving it further, though.

Crazier Eights: Wrath of Thor

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Wrath of Thor is based on Norse mythology, the legends of the Vikings. Thor, Odin, and Loki have been popularized by Marvel comics, but there’s a lot more to it than that. It’s the main mythology that featured elves, dwarves, and trolls.

The word “Hell” is originally referred to the goddess of the underworld, Hel. To go to Hel was to die (and go to the Halls of Hel). The days of the week were named after Norse gods. Wednesday was “Odin’s Day,” “Thursday” was “Thor’s Day,” and Friday was “Freya’s Day.”

The most unique feature of The Wrath of Thor are gods who are all indestructible. You can’t even try to destroy them.

Wrath of Thor, Olympus, and the Bible are the newest versions of Crazier Eights that I have been working on, so playtesting is needed.

Crazier Eights: Olympus

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The Olympus version is based on Greek mythology. It not only has Greek gods, but other cool characters and creatures from Greek mythology, such as Heracles, the Sphinx, a centaur, and a pegasus.

Crazier Eights: The Bible

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The Bible version is based on the stories found in the Hebrew Bible, such as Adam and Eve, Samson and Delilah, and the Exodus of Egypt with Moses. Cards feature many prominent characters, places, and other elements, such as Babylon, Zion, King Solomon, and the Ark of the Covenant.

Crazier Eights: Eternity

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Eternity, Valley of the Nile, and Legends are expansions that include fifteen unique cards each. You can shuffle an expansion into a deck of Crazier Eights to add new options. The card numbers go beyond the 10 found in any regular version of Crazier Eights.

Eternity features outer space, and the cards tend to be quite powerful. Cards feature a black hole, the planet Earth, the Sun, a worm hole, meteors, and the universe itself. Six of the cards are multicolored, which can be discarded as long as the top card of the discard is either of the colors.

Crazier Eights: Valley of the Nile

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Valley of the Nile features ancient Egypt, so it includes the Sphinx of Giza, pyramids, the Library of Alexandria, and more. It also includes split cards, which function like multicolored cards when discarded, and can be played for one of two different effects.

I put a spoiler up of all the cards for an older version of Valley of the Nile here. The final version will  be somewhat different. There have been updates and there will be more.

Both Eternity and Valley of the Nile were originally developed over a year ago and have been extensively playtested. I do have some ideas for improvement, though.

Crazier Eights: Legends

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Legends is the newest expansion I have been working on, so it features famous historical and mythical characters, such as Cleopatra, Robin Hood, and Titania. It also includes split cards, similar to Valley of the Nile.

I posted about some of my ideas regarding newer sets last year, which can be found here.

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