Axiom is a trick taking game. Players draft 10 cards each from a deck of 60, consisting of three Aspects, Rayless, Crux and Lucent to build their hands. Cards are played face down, two at a time then all are revealed simultaneously to exploit card affects and to take the trick.
Players gain Aspect points from cards played and may use those points for specific hero affects to manipulate the game state.
Winning tricks, card affects and Hero powers give players Shard fragments; A player(s) with three Shard fragments earn a Shard from the shared Shard row. All Shards have a come into play affect. When all of the Shards are captured the game is over and a winner is declared.