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Good Night, and Good Luck :)
We can see it now:
a good night and good morrow
when people stand up.
||I Got Family Fluxx For My
newest game is finally here and it arrived just in time for my
I had another
really nice birthday weekend. I played games (Martian
Homeworlds, and of course, the newly arrived Family
Fluxx), I feasted on my favorite foods (steak and cake),
I received some lovely gifts (thanks y'all!), and in general,
I had a great time simply enjoying my life, here at the start
of its 42nd year. We also went to see my nephew perform in a
Shakespearean play and
had a lovely dinner afterwards with my family. But I'll come
back to that, first I want to talk about Family Fluxx!
I'm really quite excited to finally be selling Family Fluxx,
and I hope everyone will buy
a copy immediately. This game has literally been in the works
for years, so it's kind of hard to believe that it really is
finally here! Long-time fans will remember that the game was
called Fluxx Jr until just a few months ago, and it began as
a concept for a slimmed down version of the standard game, called
What makes Family Fluxx so special? Lots of things.
Here, I'll make a list:
- It's smaller: Whereas Fluxx is played with an 84 card
deck, Family Fluxx uses just 56 cards, making it the size of
a regular playing card deck. It totally fits in your pocket now!
- It's cheaper: Family Fluxx retails for just $8!
- It's in full-color: The all-new Keepers feature beautiful
full-color artwork by Alison.
- It's fun for the whole family: We've re-designed our
flagship product to appeal specifically to family groups, and
we're hoping it now has enough mass market appeal to finally
break us out of the hobby game niche and into the mainstream
marketplace. Not only are the all-new Keepers and Goals chosen
to appeal to kids and adults alike, but the game is actually
tailored for maximum enjoyment by a group of family members.
How? With special rules called the Child Bonus, the Parent Bonus,
and the Grandparent Bonus, which give you perks based on your
status in the family.
- It's easier: With fewer cards in the deck, we had
to trim out the craziest of the New Rules and the really complex
actions, but that's all to the good really, since those cards
can sometimes get in the way of the fun for new/younger players.
Rules like X=X+1 and First Play Random typically add to the fun
when you've played a lot of Fluxx but can be pretty confusing
when you're just starting out. So all Family Fluxx has in the
way of rules are the multiple Draw and Play Rules, a couple of
Hand and Keeper Limits, and the family Bonuses mentioned in #4.
This makes the game go a lot more smoothly and makes Family Fluxx
the ideal choice for someone's first Fluxx experience.
So there you are, 5 reasons why we're excited about Family
Fluxx. It really is great... everybody should get one! Please
visit our webstore now and place an order. It's a great way to
get started on your holiday shopping... get a 9-pack from the
Discount Center and give Family
Fluxx to 8 of your friends!
If you've been waiting to buy new EcoFluxx
until Family Fluxx became available, well, now's the time! (On
the other hand, if you're waiting until Chrononauts
is back in print, that'll still be a couple of weeks. We've just
signed off on the proofs for the revised cardsheets and updated
tuckbox, so Carta Mundi should be printing the cards any day
My nephew Eric
(currently 13 years old) has been getting into theater recently.
with a group of young players known as The Shakespeare Project
(but soon being renamed The Maryland Shakespeare Festival). This
weekend the group did a production of King Henry V, and it was
really very good! The group had excellent energy and a contagious
passion for what they were doing. Here's a picture of the whole
cast (click it for a larger
version)... Eric is the one crouching down in the back row,
5th from the left:
for reading, have a great week, and Don't Forget to Play!
||"I've often thought that the chromosomal creators in
this world are a little narrow-minded. Much of our society seems
to be bent on literal children as a path to immortality, while
practically ignoring creations in general. But why limit yourself
to physical reality when the creation goal itself (becoming a
god, gaining immortality, or leaving some of yourself behind)
is really metaphysical? In my view, ideas and art and inventions
go just as far as the physical graffiti of biological procreation
-- sometimes even farther. Who knows whether or how much of Shakespeare's
dregs of DNA are still around? Yet his poems and plays live on,
and have had many child-poems through the inspiration of other
creators." -- John Cooper, from an
email conversation about game
design between us and some guy named Kory,
back in 1999, recently rediscovered in my logbook
||"Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't
the work he's supposed to be doing at that moment." -- Robert Benchley, quoted in the Montreal Gazette,
re-quoted in The Week, 10/7/5
||"Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just
because a baby can't chew it." -- Mark Twain,
quoted in the Marshall, Mo., Democrat-News, re-quoted in The
||"I had to play Fluxx to get aquatinted with
it for a Demo I have to do this weekend, and discovered I love
it to pieces. My Hard core Chrononaut-ness prevents me from saying
it's the best game I have ever played, but they are both very
very excellent games, both for their own reason. I'd say they're
tied." -- comments from a rabbit named Michael