One concept important to The Catan Horror is the passage of time. I had an idea that inspired by Arkham Horror’s Act Deck (The King in Yellow expansion) for not only tracking, but “personalizing” the days of the week. This, I figured, would be a “week deck.” Seven cards used to note the passage of days.

In English, at least, the names for the days of the week are taken from the names of the Norse gods — Tyr’s Day, Woden’s Day, Thor’s Day, and Frigg/Frija’s Day. That sounds like a good place to start to me. Of course, I’m only using five gods, and they don’t exactly match up with the gods intended for these days.

Tuesday is generally seen as the day for the god of war, whether it’s Tyr or Mars. There isn’t a war god among the five, so I might have to come back to this one. Wednesday is the day for Woden, or Mercury, who share “death god” connotations. Mercury is associated with Hermes, and guides spirits of the dead to the afterlife.

Thursday is for gods of the sky and thunder. I don’t currently count Zeus among the Five Gods, and there isn’t another Sky god, so I’ll probably have to come back to this one as well. Friday is given to the goddess of love and beauty. I don’t have one of those among the Five Gods either. “Saturn’s Day,” though? That would be Cronus.

Really, the weeks don’t line up much for the deities as I have them. I do have another potential order for them, however, the order of the gods’ birth. First is Hestia, Demeter, Hera, then Hades and Poseidon. Some accounts give a different order, but most of the ones I’ve read put Hestia as the oldest, with Hades as the oldest male.

If I keep “Moon Day,” then go with Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon, I can then have a “Sun” day, and call the thing a done deal. But I still don’t like it. Demeter is my Sun god (life, hope, and all the good stuff), and Wednesday could be a really good day for a death god like Hades. Then Friday could go to Hera, the young, pretty god.

Moon Day, Hestia’s Day, Hades’s Day, Storm Day, Hera’s Day, Poseidon’s Day, and Demeter’s Day. Now, the Attic Calendar gave me the idea to put Poseidon’s birthday as the sixth day — not because he’s Saturn (Saturn is Cronus, as mentioned above), but because I have him as god of the sea and the wild. Artemis’s Day is the sixth.

To give the game an appropriate sense that the moon has an impact on the passage of time, I’m going to have to come up with some way of tweaking “Moon Day” effects. Maybe there are special full-moon, half-moon, and new moon effects. I don’t really care if the moon is waxing or waning, it isn’t something I want to keep track of.