Donor Spotlight: Cheating Moth (Coiledspring)

Thanks to Coiledspring Games for also donating copies of Cheating Moth.

Cheating is forbidden? Not in this naughty game of cards – in fact, you’ll probably have to cheat in order to win.

Photo of the box for the card game "Cheating Moth"

Each player starts the round with a hand of eight cards, with one player (the oldest) receiving the guard bug – which stays on the table throughout the game. The majority of the cards are numbered 1 – 5, but pay attention because the ‘action’ cards have special abilities that can change the direction of the game. Taking it in turns, each player needs to discard a card 1 higher or lower than the card on the discard pile – and if they can’t they take a card from the deck.

Photo of the box and contents of the card game "Cheating Moth"

There’s another way to rid yourself of cards, though: cheating! Throughout the round, you can make cards disappear by dropping them on the floor, hiding them up your sleeve and so on. Cheating is a necessity as the “Cheating Moth” cards can’t be played onto the discard pile, but must disappear via cheating. You must keep your hand of cards above the table at all times, you can’t vanish more than one card at once, and you can’t rid yourself of your final card this way.

When one player has no cards in hand, the round ends and players score points depending on what is left in their hands. After a number of rounds equal to the number of players, the game ends and the player with the lowest score wins.

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