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Board Game Review – Fluxx Board Game

FluxxTBG-box2Fluxx fans everywhere are banding together to lift their voices in a joined cry, letting the publishers know:

We want a board game!

This collected cry is only slightly louder than two guys having a fight in an empty parking lot, because not only are there very few people saying, ‘man, do I love Fluxx,’ but even worse, there are almost none of those people saying, ‘man, I love Fluxx so much, I wish they would make it into a board game!’

So that first sentence may have contained a little hyperbole. But however loud that cry went out, it was heard, because Looney Labs made a board game version of their most popular card game. If you love Fluxx, you will probably love the board game. You probably also get the munchies around 4:50 every day (because it’s half an hour after 4:20. If you don’t get it, ask someone who smokes weed). Fluxx is an inoffensive game that you can play with just about anyone, but it’s also safe to say that it’s nobody’s favorite.

The board game continues this tradition of bland entertainment by being bland and somewhat entertaining. In fact, playing the board game is almost exactly like playing the card game, but there are a few key differences that are worth considering.

First, you can play the card game version of Fluxx with just about any number of players. You can even start playing, and then deal in other players partway through the game. It’s more of a social experience than a game, though you definitely have a winner (sooner or later). But in the board game, you can only have four players. That’s all the markers you get, so that’s how many can play.

Also, it might actually be a decent idea not to get completely baked before you play the Fluxx board game. With the card game, your decisions are nearly irrelevant, and it’s almost easier to win if you just play cards at random. You don’t have enough decisions to make, and the ones you can make tend to be pretty pointless. Which makes it great if you’re tripping balls, but not so great if you’re a serious gamer looking for a mental challenge.

In the board game version, however, you do have choices. You’ve got three pawns that you’ll shuffle around on a shifting display of symbols, trying to get them positioned on the two images shown on the goal card. It might sound like all you would do is chase after the next thing, but that’s not always the winning idea. It might be good, if someone is about to get the goal on top, to get yourself on top of the next goal down. As soon as that guy takes the top card, you’re going to score the next one.

Plus there’s a lot of interaction in the Fluxx board game. When you move into a square and there’s already someone there, you boot them out of the way. You can use this to your advantage, to get yourself where you need to be while bouncing your opponents all over hither and yon (hither and yon is actually a housing development in Cleveland, but nobody wants to go there, because it’s in Cleveland).

Of course, this is still Fluxx, and it’s still chaotic and prone to absurd twists of luck. The rules can change on a whim. The goals can change all the time – and they do. You can even wind up playing a different color. Plan all you want, the luck in the Fluxx board game does not care. You might play like a mad genius, but the game still goes to the person who is the luckiest.

So the Fluxx board game is not a huge step up from the card game, and you can’t put all your old, ugly Fluxx cards into the deck, because this one works completely different while working almost exactly the same. It does have slightly more strategy, and there may even be a reason to use your head while you play. But you can still enjoy it just as much if you own a bong that starts up like a chainsaw and have a closet lined with aluminum foil and heat lamps (and, you know, weed), so essentially, the people who feel a need to own Fluxx the card game will probably want to own Fluxx the board game, unless you’re getting all the nonsensical, arbitrary gaming you need from your copy of Monty Python Fluxx.

Summary

2-4 players

Pros:More strategy than Fluxx
More control than Fluxx
More interaction than Fluxx
Still basically Fluxx

Cons:
Still basically Fluxx

You can see more pictures, and even buy your very own copy of the Fluxx Board Game, right here:

STILL BASICALLY FLUXX

2 Responses to “Board Game Review – Fluxx Board Game”

  1. WInd Lane says:

    When did you stop liking Fluxx? You used to rave about it!

    Wait…

    Rant.

    I meant rant, so… Zombicide’s coming soon and there’s some news about the third season. I’m pretty pumped for it.

    I still absolutely love Fluxx though and have my copy of the board game whisking its way across the US right now.

  2. Matt Drake says:

    I’ve always found Fluxx to be essentially meaningless, random entertainment and quick filler for when I want to play a game and don’t want to think about it.

    I, too, am excited to get my copy of Season 2.

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