Fluxx

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This article is about the card game. For the night club, see Fluxx (nightclub).
Fluxx
Fluxx
Comparison of cards from English and German versions.
Publisher(s)
Players 2–6
Age range 8 and up
Setup time 1 minute
Playing time 20 minutes on average, varying greatly
Random chance High
Skill(s) required Adaptability

Fluxx is a card game, played with a specially designed deck published by Looney Labs. It is different from most other card games, in that the rules and the conditions for winning are altered throughout the game, via cards played by the players.

History[edit]

Fluxx was created by Andrew Looney on July 24, 1996 as the first game for his and his wife's part time game design company, Looney Laboratory.[1][2] The original print run was for 5,000 units.[1]

The game was successful and was licensed a year later to Iron Crown Enterprises (ICE) for wider distribution. ICE went bankrupt two years later and Looney Labs has resumed publication and distribution.[3] Looney Labs produced a revised version of the original game in 2002. Amigo Spiele, a German game company, licensed a German language version of Fluxx in 2003.

By October 2005, EcoFluxx was in play testing, but scheduled to be released later that month.[4] Since 2011, the German version is licensed by Pegasus Spiele. Similarly, Hobby Japan licensed a Japanese language version in 2005.

Two variants were re-released on March 5, 2010, Eco and Family, with Eco being a new edition.[5] By May 2011 over 1 million decks of all Fluxx versions have been sold while Pirate Fluxx was getting into bookstores that month.[6]

On August 1, 2012, Looney Labs get a simplified less expensive general market version with redesigned packaging of Fluxx into Target stores.[1] For the Summer 2012, Fluxx was number 10 in ICv2's Top 10 Card/Building Games (hobby channel).[7] Stoner Fluxx was placed back in print under the Full Baked Ideas imprint of Looney Labs on November 13, 2009 after being out of print for four years. Full Baked was launched with expectation of a future release of a Drinking variant.[8]

Cartoon Network version was available as a Target exclusive from mid-August 2014 until Easter 2015, while in July the Regular Show Fluxx was released to the hobby market.[9] The fifth edition of the regular game was available beginning in 2014 as the 4.0 edition run out with Looney Labs teaming up with The Doubleclicks for a Fluxx theme song.[10] A new expansion, Fluxx Dice, and two licensed variants are scheduled to be released in the summer of 2015.[11]

Game description and play[edit]

The deck consists of 84 cards with four types of cards, Keepers, Goals, Actions, and New Rules. Starting with a simple draw a card then play a card, the game mutates when a New Rule card is played. They may change the number of cards drawn or played per turn or the number of cards in your hand or the Keepers played.[4] Later sets some times included Creeper cards that block or make goals more difficult to obtain.[5]

Card sets[edit]

Editions[edit]

Fluxx 3.1 cards look similar to earlier versions.
  • Fluxx 0.5 (prototype)
  • Fluxx 1.0 (1997) first released version; monochrome, poker-sized cards
  • Fluxx 2.0 (1998-2000) Iron Crown Enterprises[3] (new card layout, use of color, bridge-sized cards)
  • Fluxx 2.1 (2002) reprint of 2.0 with minor changes
  • Fluxx 3.0 (many cards removed and added, to improve balance)
  • Fluxx 3.1 (two cards removed, one card added)
  • Fluxx 4.0 (card number increased to 100, all color, introduction of Meta rule and creepers)
  • Fluxx SE (August 1, 2012) a Target Stores exclusive "basic entry" edition of the game, with simplified rules and exclusive cards[1]
  • Fluxx 5.0 (2014)[10] removal of all creepers and several other cards, 17 total, replaced by new Goals, Actions, and New Rules cards

Expansions[edit]

Several expansions have been produced, including:

  • Flowers and Fluxx (a gift set with a "bouquet" of six plush "Happy Flowers", a Fluxx 3.0 deck and an exclusive "Flowers" promo Keeper card)
  • Fluxx Blanxx, a set of blank cards for creating one's own custom additions (see above).
  • Jewish Fluxx Expansion Cards (a 7-card set adding Judaica elements to the gameplay, such as the Torah and Candles)
  • Christian Fluxx Expansion Cards (a 7-card set adding Christian elements to gameplay such as the Holy Bible and The Cross)
  • Castle Expansion Cards (a 7-card set for Monty Python Fluxx adding elements mostly centered around the Castle of the French Persons)
  • 7 Cards From the Future Expansion Cards (a 7-card set for Regular Show Fluxx)
  • International Tabletop Day Expansion: Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day Fluxx Promo Packs (April 11, 2015)[12]
  • Fluxx Dice (August 2015)[11]

Variants[edit]

Zombie Fluxx cards in play, including New Rules (yellow) and Goals (pink).

There are also versions of Fluxx that have been released using entirely different sets of cards while playing by the same style of rules.

  • Stoner Fluxx (Released by October 2005) [4]
    • 2nd Edition Fully Baked Ideas imprint (November 13, 2009) with 5% of proceeds going to end marijuana prohibition groups[8]
  • EcoFluxx (October 2005) a percentage of profits goes toward environmental causes[4]
    • 2nd edition (March 5, 2010) added additional cards including Creeper cards and has new art[5]
  • Family Fluxx[13] initially solicited as Fluxx Jr.,[citation needed] is a full-color "family friendly" edition; re-released on March 5, 2010[5]
  • Zombie Fluxx [14]
  • Monty Python Fluxx[13] released October 2008; mostly themed after Monty Python and the Holy Grail, with selected elements from the Monty Python's Flying Circus TV series and other Monty Python projects.
  • Martian Fluxx (September 25, 2009)[13] currently out of print.
  • Pirate Fluxx[15] (February 2011)
  • Star Fluxx (September 30, 2011)[16]
  • Oz Fluxx[17] (March 23, 2012)[18]
  • Cthulhu Fluxx (August 2012)[1]
  • Fluxx the Boardgame (2013)[17]
  • Monster Fluxx, released Fall 2013; also a Target Stores exclusive.
  • Regular Show Fluxx (July 25, 2014)[9]
  • Cartoon Network Fluxx (mid-August 2014) also a Target Stores exclusive[9]
  • Holiday Fluxx (October 3, 2014) 100 cards with art by Ali Douglass[19]
  • Batman Fluxx (expected August 2015) with Cryptozoic Entertainment[11]
  • Adventure Time Fluxx (expected in July 2015)[11]

Many of the version can be combined with each other to make a "mega Fluxx" deck (as all these versions have the same card back style).[5]

Languages[edit]

  • Fluxx Español (Spanish Language edition with some new Hispanic-centric cards)
  • German Fluxx
  • Japanese Fluxx
  • Dutch Fluxx

German, Dutch and Japanese Fluxx contain new art and graphic designs (but identical gameplay). The German version has the same card mix as Fluxx 4.0. The Dutch version is based on Fluxx 3.0, plus the "Hide Keepers"-related cards from Fluxx 2.0. The Japanese version has the same card mix as Fluxx 3.1, plus the "Go Fish" card from Fluxx 3.0.

Promotional cards[edit]

Looney Labs gives away promotional cards related to Fluxx at conventions such as Gen Con and Origins. They have given away cards such as Composting and Jackpot, which later appeared in EcoFluxx and Family Fluxx respectively. They have also given away promo cards for Christmas to members of their online mailing list and in High Times magazine. Game Technicians (previously known as Mad Lab Rabbits), voluntary scouts for Looney Labs, give away promo cards to people interested in the game.

In addition, there are certain cards that can only be obtained by purchasing other items, such as the above-mentioned "Flowers" card in the Fluxx & Flowers set, or the "Pandora's Box" card available with the Pandora's Fluxx Boxx card storage cases. (Fluxx & Flowers and Pandora's Box are now out of print.)

Recently, Looney Labs has made many of these promotional and exclusive cards available for individual sale, where they aren't out of print. The list of available and out of print cards can be found at their web site.

An Andy Looney Keeper is available from Andy Looney and is valid only if signed (by Andy). This card can be used as The Brain Keeper.

  • Wizard of Oz song promotional card[18]
  • "Mrs. Claus" promotional card in Holiday Fluxx store launch kit[19]


Online[edit]

Fluxx was available to play for free via the volity network[20] and was also available to be played online via the CCG Workshop, using the gatlingEngine to adjudicate most of its rules automatically. However, both Volity.net and CCG Workshop are no longer operating.[21]

In December 2012, Fluxx was released by Playdek as an app on iOS operating systems (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV) by purchasing it from the Apple App Store. It uses the "mass market" deck developed for Target Stores, removing some of the more esoteric themes (such as Cthulhu) and complex rule cards.[22]

Reception[edit]

The base game won the Mensa Select Game Award in 1999.[23] Rick Loomis comments: "Fluxx makes a good game for a group that has one of those annoying "I-must-win-every-game" types. The rest of you can enjoy yourselves as the game spins out of his control (as it surely will) and perhaps he'll eventually learn to lose gracefully. Meanwhile, Fluxx will be busily exercising everyone's logic synapses as you attempt to deal with the chaotic situations that occur because of the cheerful clash of rules."[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Robbins, Lindsey (August 30, 2012). "For the Looneys, the game’s the thing". The Gazette (Post Community Media, LLC). Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ Barnes, Denise (August 27, 1998). "The Looneys devise a game plan". Washington Times. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Ford, C. Benjamin (November 22, 2002). "Looneys working through the serious business of fun". The Gazette (Post Community Media, LLC). Retrieved June 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d West, Susan. "The Looney Labs Experiment". GAMES. October 2005. Retrieved June 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Liu, Jonathan H. (February 25, 2010). "The Return of EcoFluxx and Family Fluxx". GeekDad. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  6. ^ "'PIRATE FLUXX' GETS BOOKSTORE DISTRIBUTION". ICv2. May 17, 2011. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ "TOP 10 CARD/BUILDING GAMES--SUMMER 2012". Internal Correspondence (80) (ICv2). October 23, 2012. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Looney Labs LAUNCHES Fully Baked". ICv2. October 26, 2009. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c "'Cartoon Network FLuxx' is Target Exclusive". ICv2. June 10, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Liu, Jonathan H. (September 30, 2014). "Introducing the Fluxx Theme Song by The Doubleclicks". Geek Dad. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c d Bunge, Nicole (March 24, 2015). "'Batman' and 'Adventure Time' 'Fluxx'". ICv2. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  12. ^ "INTERNATIONAL TABLETOP DAY PROMO KITS REVEALED". ICv2. February 24, 2015. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c Liu, Jonathan H. (September 2, 2009). "Grab Your Tin Foil Hats, Martian Fluxx Is Coming!". GeekDad. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  14. ^ Tipping, Joy (12 April 2012). "Staying In: 'The Iron Lady,' 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and Zombie Fluxx". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  15. ^ Liu, Jonathan H. (February 16, 2011). "Pirate Fluxx Is Mutinous Fun". GeekDad. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  16. ^ "LOONEY LABS OFFERS DEMO KITS". ICv2. August 29, 2011. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b Liu, Jonathan H. (August 7, 2013). "Fluxx: The Board Game". Geek Dad. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b Smith, Nick (April 24, 2012). "REVIEW: 'OZ FLUXX' (CARD GAME)". ICv2. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  19. ^ a b "Holiday Fluxx". ICv2. July 8, 2014. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  20. ^ Volity.net[dead link]
  21. ^ Google.com[dead link]
  22. ^ Brown, Sophie (2013-03-28). "Fluxx App Could Do Better | GeekMom". Wired.com. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  23. ^ Arneson, Erik. "Mensa Select Award Winners". About. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  24. ^ Loomis, Rick (2007). "Fluxx". In Lowder, James. Hobby Games: The 100 Best. Green Ronin Publishing. pp. 116–118. ISBN 978-1-932442-96-0. 

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