February Game of the Month – Muse

The Game of the Month series highlights one of the many games in our libraries at Ravenwood Castle and the Malted Meeple. We will briefly describe the game, how to play it, and why we like it. The Game of the Month is written by the Meeple’s Head Game Master – and former Ravenwood Innkeeper – Karington Hess.

In Greek mythology, the Muses were goddesses of inspiration in literature, the arts, and science. It seems only fitting that there be a board game influenced by such inspirational figures. Muse is a new party game by Quick Simple Fun Games where players use cryptic clues to inspire their teammates. The first team to collect five masterpieces wins.

Muse is a fun and accessible party game for two or more teams of players. Each team is made up of two or more players. On your team’s turn, one player will act as the Muse for that round. The Muse must provide a cryptic clue to their teammates, who play the role of artists. The twist is that the Muse does not get to choose the medium for their inspiration! The inspiration may instruct the muse to sing a song, say a number, or make a shape with their hands. The artists will use that clue to guide them in their efforts to pick a masterpiece out of a lineup of six beautifully illustrated full color art cards. The first team to complete five masterpieces wins the game!

One of the things I love most about this game is that the art on all of the cards is positively whimsical. Some of the cards are light and fun, some are dark and brooding, and others are in between. The game is designed for four to twelve players, but it includes a variant to make the game accessible for as few as two players. Speaking of accessible, this game is incredibly easy to teach and play moves quickly. The game’s difficulty is deceptive, since the way you deliver your inspiration is not your choice. You may have a fantastic clue, but are unable to deliver it because of the restriction given to you by your inspiration card!

We hope that you will find this unique party game inspiring! Ask your Game Master to teach your group Muse next time you visit Ravenwood Castle or The Malted Meeple.

Where will your Muse guide you?

Jim Reed

Jim Reed is a lifelong gamer who started with the original red box Dungeons & Dragons. After spending 20 years in the corporate world, he decided it was high time that work be fun and struck out on his own. Jim now owns and operates Ravenwood Castle, and spends his days ensuring his guests have as much fun as he does.