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Building Scales

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The scale used in Muzundrum is the diatonic major scale: do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do. Scales in the game can be built on either of the honeycomb’s two diagonals; they must, however, climb upward in position – toward the top of the honeycomb – as they climb in pitch. In other words, scales can ascend from left to right, or from right to left; but as the pitches in the scale get higher, so must the dice themselves get higher in terms of their position on the board. An easy way to remember this is to think of notes on a musical staff: the higher the pitch, the higher up on the staff they go. Indeed, the entire honeycomb can be thought of as a giant staff: the higher notes always go above the lower ones.

Muzundrum: Building scales

Scales must rise in position as they rise in pitch.
Above, both the scale to the left and to the right of "D" is legal.

Adding to Scales

In the course of play, dice may be added to either end of a scale fragment. If, for instance, the dice A and B are diagonally adjacent – with B to the upper right of A – a C or C# could be added to the fragment’s upper right: A, B, C could be part of a C or a G Major scale; A, B, C# could be part of a D Major, E Major, or A Major scale. Alternately, a G# or a G could be added to the lower left of our fragment: G#, A, B could be part of an A Major or E Major scale; G, A, B could be part of a G Major or C Major scale.

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Part of a C or G Major scale Part of a D Major, E Major, or A Major scale
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Part of an E or A Major scale Part of a G or C Major scale

Completing Scales

A scale can be initiated even if there’s no room on the board for it to expand beyond its initial two notes. Once a fragment builds out to seven notes, however, that scale is considered complete: no more notes may be added to it on either end.


A completed E Major scale. Note that the scale doesn't actually begin
on the note "E" – the fact that it contains seven notes makes it complete.

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