Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fluxx sucks

One of the pitfalls of gaming with your family is that you'll hate a game that the kids love.  And so I present Fluxx.. a card game where the rules change as you play cards.  Fluxx comes in a myriad flavors. We have Family Fluxx and Zombie Fluxx, and mostly play the latter.  There's also Monty Python Fluxx, Martian Fluxx, Eco Fluxx.. bleh.
My daughter likes Fluxx because it's simple to learn. The game starts with one rule "Draw a card, play a card".  The cards themselves have either new rules on them (like "Draw 3 cards", replacing the "Draw a card" rule, or a new winning condition, or a new object required to achieve a winning condition. For example, a card called "Stroll in the Park" might have the winning condition "Possess Tree card and Grass card to win the game". 
The issue I (and most adults I've played Fluxx with) have is that it's mostly random.. hard to have any strategy.  The winning condition constantly changes, the rules constantly change. Last summer I played the Monty Python variant with some adults, and it dragged on and on. Eventually a couple of us were begging the group to end it, and we started collaborating to give the win to someone, anyone, just so we could move on.
To summarize: kids love the randomness, adults hate it.

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