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Havok & Hijinks

Havok & Hijinks is a card game developed and published by Epic Slant Press LLC in 2014. The objective of the game is for players to control a baby dragon and gather treasures to fortify their hoard. The first player to accumulate 15 points worth of treasure wins the game. Matches are designed to be quick, typically lasting between 15 to 30 minutes, and can be played by two to four players.

The game consists of 84 cards, including 40 "Hijinks" cards, 40 "Havok" cards, and 4 double-sided Dragon cards (Amber, Obsidian, Pearl, and Ruby dragons). While optional accessories like play mats and affinity tokens are available, they are not necessary for gameplay.

Hijinks cards serve as both offense and defense, featuring different affinities and bonus effects that can be utilized by dragons with matching affinities. Havok cards are divided into Event cards and Treasure cards. Event cards can have positive or negative effects, while Treasure cards provide advantages. The card names often incorporate puns, such as "Three Dragon Moon" and "Panda-monium."

The base game includes double-sided Dragon cards with unique abilities. These dragons have a "Ready" side where they can perform special actions and a "Tired" side where they cannot use any abilities. Fulfilling specific conditions on the "Tired" side allows the dragon to be flipped back to the "Ready" side.

The game starts with each player choosing a baby dragon and receiving an initial treasure worth 1 point. Players begin with a hand of three Hijinks cards. Each turn involves flipping a Havok card, playing a Hijinks card, utilizing the dragon's ability, and drawing cards to maintain a hand of three Hijinks cards. The first player to collect 15 points worth of treasure wins the game.

Expansion sets for Havok & Hijinks include the Mini-Expansion and Eastern Wind, which introduces the Jade dragon. Promotional cards, including additional dragon cards, were released separately and distributed at conventions and through the company's newsletter.