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Side story: Oops.
Princess Twilight Sparkle tapped on the doorjamb. “Spike?”
          “Yeah?” The dragon looked up from one of his cherished comic books.
          “Starlight and I will be going into town in a little while. Could you take care of a few things for me while I’m out?”
          “Sure, Twilight! After all, I’m your number-one assistant, right?”
          Twilight giggled. “Right. Anyway, I’ve made a list.” A sheet, not overly long for once, floated to him, surrounded with her characteristic magenta glow of levitation.
          He reached up and pulled it out of the air, then put it down beside him without a glance. “I’ll take care of everything after I fi
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10. Epilogue
The glorious early-spring morning burnished a sweeping panorama of the city sprawled across the valley, from the ambitiously high-rise downtown immediately below to the distant orchards and fields of Sweet Apple Acres, blue and hazy where they nestled amidst the woods flung like a rich carpet across the foothills and the edges of the basin’s floor. The faithful old panel van labored along the switchbacks winding up the side of the tall ridge that towered over the skyscrapers, close now to its destination at the crest.
          Four female voices rose from the open windows in a merry, if not especially tuneful, round. Rose sounded no better, but really no worse, than the three teenage girls in the back seat. She never had much musical talent or inclination, but today was special. Like everything else about the slowly healing sirens, their singing voices—once depend
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9. The runaway and the bookworm
Rose Brass marched down the center of the corridor—literally; her stride and cadence were parade-ground perfect, and the clicks of her heels on the worn tiles were audible even over the ambient rumble of hospital activity. The two young women behind her were hard-pressed to keep up without trotting, the more so because one was huddled into herself, urged on by the other’s supportive arm around her shoulders. Rose once more wore a suit, this time in a pale topaz; the other two were dressed for the schoolday from which they had been unceremoniously yanked. All three sported badges prominently labeled VISITOR.
          “But why am I here?” Twilight Sparkle whispered, only now able to do so without being overheard. “I wasn’t around for that whole Battle of the Bands thing.”
          “You and I have something in common with them,”
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8. Iokheira
“Yes, I’d like to speak to Doctor W—” Rose broke off and raised her good eyebrow, then with a hint of asperity continued, “This is a professional call and has nothing to do with any current cases. Tell him Captain Rose Brass wants to discuss some possible new cases for him.” After a beat she added in a no-nonsense voice, “I’ll wait.”
          With that she punched the speaker button and replaced the handset. Cell phones were the model of convenience, but for discussing sensitive matters, they still took a back seat to land lines. As distorted hold music floated up from the tinny speaker—straining to fill even her shoebox-sized office—Rose idled through routine paperwork, shuffling actual sheets or tapping keys for virtual ones. When the tortured notes abruptly ceased, she snatched up the handset again, automatically canceling the speaker function. A smile of genuine plea
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7. Pithos
A wordless exclamation of frustrated anger burst out of Aria as she sat back heavily in the dining-room chair. She refrained from snapping in half the pencil clutched by both white-knuckled hands, albeit barely.
          A fascinated Rose watched the younger woman struggle with her chronic rage. Privately she was pleased the girl was able to exert even this much control. Since the eventful trip to the mall, the siren clearly had been making a sincere, if clumsy, effort to rein in her temper.
          “I just don’t get it,” Aria growled. The pencil clattered to the table as she gestured with both hands at the math problems on the papers before her.
          “You and millions of other students around the world,” Rose assured her dryly.
          Aria
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6. Talaria
A rambling suburban house is light-years better than prison cells or cardboard boxes in an alley, but being cooped up for weeks on end is hard on anyone, no matter how pleasant the surroundings. It was time for a break—specifically, an outing to the biggest shopping mall in the area to take advantage of back-to-school sales. While not exactly in the same league as a theme park, it might be busy and colorful enough to catch the attention of bored young women struggling with studies and incipient cabin fever. As a bonus, the shopping would provide necessities the pauper teens still lacked and, contingent on good behavior, maybe a few small treats.
          It would come as a disappointment, though not a complete surprise, there would be no treats this day.
The trip started as well as anyone could expect. The sirens and Rose once again rode in the stalwart old panel van with the laconic driver, while Logos and Harmonia followed in t
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5. Epistolary interlude
Dear Rose:
I know sending your reports to me must be inconvenient, so I want to thank you once again for going to the effort. Sunset’s been doing her best to get them to me as quickly as she can, still sealed of course, so don’t worry about that. Usually she gets them to me when I send her my weekly package of newspapers and magazines. After I read the reports, I send them on to Celestia in Canterlot. I don’t know for sure, but she probably shares them with Luna too. (It still feels a little weird for me to be calling them by name, without any titles or styles, but they insist on it.) After that, I think the reports get filed somewhere in the palace for future reference. They have better facilities for that kind of thing anyway, and any time I need them again I can ask.
          I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise the sirens are struggling with their studies. I’m pretty sure they never got any formal school
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4. The princess and the runaway
The two girls who entered Rose’s tiny office had very little in common with her newest clients, other than the same faint air of alienness. Their strides, though diffident in this unfamiliar location and environment, were firm and unafraid. Rose stood and extended her artificial arm across her desk. “Your . . . Highness? Ms. Shimmer. Thank you so much for coming.”
          Sunset Shimmer looked at Rose’s arm, letting her gaze travel up it to the older woman’s face. She smiled hesitantly at the welcoming expression she found there. Princess Twilight Sparkle, on the other hand, reached out without a pause to shake Rose’s hand. “Thank you, Captain Brass. ‘Highness’ is technically correct, but please, call me Twilight.”
          “In that case, both of you should call me Rose. I only use ‘Captain’ t
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3. Home sweet home
The decade-old white panel van was unmarked and from the outside unremarkable. The interior was another matter. Configured for passengers, with a small cargo space at the rear, it bore several unusual features—most prominently a police-cruiser-style barrier just behind the front seats, albeit in a heavy-duty half-inch wire mesh instead of a thick sheet of transparent polycarbonate. The taciturn driver handled the vehicle expertly, allowing Rose to devote her full attention to the three girls sitting in the seats behind. They in turn looked around at the stereotypical suburban neighborhood of neat middle-class detached houses built, unmistakably, some forty years past, give or take a few. Ranch houses predominated.
          In the middle of the block the van pulled to the curb and stopped. Rose called out, “All right, here we are,” then emerged onto the sidewalk and stood back a little way from the curbside rear door.
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2. First impressions
They looked awful.
          New clients always looked awful the first time Rose saw them, and it was always a different sort of awful. Yes, there were broad categories of awful, and she generally could classify individual examples of awfulness into the usual buckets, but the three girls sitting on the scratched and sagging stacking chairs in front of her desk were awful not just in the ordinary ways but in an undefinable new fashion as well. She’d expected that, more or less, but the strength and . . . alienness of it still took her by surprise.
          They’d trudged through her office door, herded by her favorite cop. Detective Blue had watched with his patented Scowl of Authority, copied from old busts of emperors and consuls in the art-history books, as they more or less wilted onto the chairs. He and Rose had exchanged the usual clipped chitchat, now do
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1. Prologue
Rose Brass frowned and sat back in her rickety old swivel chair. “So why is a cheap suit from the District coming to see a local social worker on the other side of the country?”
          The “cheap suit” in question cleared his throat with a mix of annoyance and nerves—annoyance over the trace of disdain in his host’s tone and wording, nerves over her appearance and apparent mood. He shifted on the tired metal-and-plastic stacking chair facing the equally battered desk and lifted his briefcase. Looking down at it as he set it on his lap and opened it was preferable to continuing to stare at her. She, in turn, rocked back and forth slightly, good eye narrowed and mouth compressed to conceal a small smirk. She knew exactly the effect she was having; indeed, she cultivated it.
          If it had been just the prosthetic right arm, she might have been ce
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Dave Bryant
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I’m a freelance graphic designer and production artist doing business as Catspaw DTP Services in Silicon Valley, California.

My career started in the late 1980s, before the Web existed, during the waning days of hot wax and paste-up boards. At first I worked on monthly magazines, and they along with books remain my favorite projects. These days, however, I’m more likely to be working on marketing collateral, packaging, or instruction sheets and booklets.

This gallery displays personal projects and provides an outlet for my sense of whimsy. A more formal portfolio of past work can be found at my professional Web site, a link to which is below.

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Crecious could use some commissions, so go commission her! She’s posted details on her Deviantart journal.

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mouthofxenu Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I mentioned a few months ago that I would be making a board for the astral version of Sun and Moon.  The board is finally complete and as soon as I get a nice picture made of it, I'll post it with a credit to you and let you know.  Thanks for putting so much effort into making this game!
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Professional
You’re welcome, and please do let me know when you post it!
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JumbleHorse Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016
Thank you for watch!
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KellyTheDrawingUni Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016
Thanks so much for the watch! I really appreciate it :la: Here, have a llama :hug:

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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Professional
Y’welcome—and thanks for the llama!
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KellyTheDrawingUni Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016
No problem! :la:
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Sanluris Featured By Owner Edited Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I was browsing (MLP things I think, but I can't remember exactly what kind) and found your book covers and posters, and they looked nice. I've also started looking at the game rules in your gallery. I haven't read them all the way through yet though.
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Professional
Enjoy! I hope you find the games entertaining and fun.
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Sanluris Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep!
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msolec2000 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Shall it be uploaded into boardgamegeek.com?
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional
I suppose it should be. I confess I rarely visit BGG, and it was a roommate who actiually posted the game originally, so I never remember to do that!
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Fesoferbex Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
You are not forgotten, just a quick reminder ;)
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional
No worries! :-)
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Irashtar Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Sun and Moon is absolutely beautiful. I am extraordinarily tempted to write a fanfic about this game becoming an underground hit with the fillies and colts of Canterlot. There's a lot of different aspects such an event could spark that I'd love to explore.

So, my question is, May I have permission to explicitly use your game in a story with all due credit given and linked, including a cover image (probably just a scaled version of the color game board, or maybe a nice screenshot from the downloadable version), and if so, what do you want the designer and/or publisher to be named in-universe? 
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional
In case you haven’t been notified already, I’ve posted the terrestrial game board and rules. I haven’t revised the Compendium yet; that will be a significant undertaking, possibly doubling the page count. If you need to discuss any questions that arise as a result of me changing things around on you, drop me a note!
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Irashtar Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
I've seen the terrestrial game, it looks decent enough as a first draft, but I think the diagrams need a little work. Figures 2-5 all suffer from ghosting optical illusions, which make figures 3-4 identical at first glance. and the movement/starting position diagrams could be improved by enlarging the unit type symbol and removing the sun or moon from the piece.

All in all, it feels like a slightly watered down version of the game. By removing the unique celestial board, it feels like it would easily be lost in the crowd of chess variants already out there.

On the writing front, I've been rather slow for a while, but I'm nearly done with the first short story of 21 Circles. Named after the 12 hours, 6 spheres, sun, moon, and earth of the board. The first is the sun, featuring how Celestia discovers the game due to the upscale marble and precious metals version of the board is mistaken for an endtable and delivered to her, and her rather mixed reactions. The second will shift focus to Luna as she decides to hold judgement back, and see how the ponies who actually play the game behave, rather than fall into the trap of listening just to the detractors (rabble rabble D&D is the work of Discord!)
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional
I may tweak the diagrams; we’ll see.

My strong suspicion is that the terrestrial game will prove to be significantly more playable than the astral game—the very elements that make the astral game more spectacular visually also make it much, much harder to play and to win. There’s a reason chess variants and chantrang-descended games have that family resemblance in common; depart too far from it and the variants tend to become unworkable, or at least harder to make work.

Be sure to let me know when you post the story!
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Fesoferbex Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Been slow, but I've been chipping away at the prototype. Everyone who has seen it so far has been amazed :D
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional
I figured you were busy with that, and I didn’t want to joggle your elbow!
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TopGull Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just released the first version of Sun and Moon: Java Edition in my gallery. I probably did a terrible job of explaining things, but I'd love to hear what you think and I'd be happy to answer any questions.
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Sefzaps Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
May I suggest a type of compromise? If the chess-king version seems underpowered, and the current version does not allow banishment easily, could you have a situational movement system? If a princess is currently in eclipse, they are limited to one space movement with no capture. When outside of eclipse they have the option of flying over pieces, turning a corner, or taking from two (or one) star away. This might solve you issue because a chain of eclipses would be much more difficult to avoid, the ideal solution involving external pieces. However, it it easier and better to avoid initial eclipse, but you can't do that forever.
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional
It’s an interesting idea, though it would have to overcome the major hurdle that currently hangs up the game: getting the opposing princess into eclipse in the first place. The dilemma everyone is gnawing on is that it’s too difficult to achieve that first eclipse, with the game devolving into a Keystone Kops-style pursuit around the board.
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Sefzaps Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
in some quick tests. I find that I can get the initial eclipse to be not too challenging when you have one piece on one side and another piece on the other (assuming you cannot capture when eclipsed). I don't know about banishment, though. I'll look through my idea more thoroughly when I have the time.
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional
Please do, and let us know the results!
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