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"I decided to get more Fluxx cards because my friend
wanted to play so badly, he was tempted to steal the deck from
our math department's common room." -- comments
with an order from a student at Princeton named Robert
The new Zeppelin and
Fluxx 4.0 Is At The Printers!
those who've read the most recent issue of Notes
From The Lab have already heard, we are on the brink of releasing
an updated version of Fluxx! Yes, Fluxx version 4.0 is now at
the printer! It'll be out in time for the holidays!
Here are the details of what's new in Fluxx Version 4.0:
- Colorized and Improved Artwork: Under the direction
of Todd Cameron Hamilton (who did the artwork for Monty
Python Fluxx), my classic line drawings have been given a
great new full-color look. Three of the Keepers -- Dreams, Money,
and the Moon -- have been redrawn entirely. Dreams has a clearer
vision, Money now has better-looking coins and a cost of living
increase (it features a twenty now instead of a $5 bill), and
the Moon has gone from a simple crescent to a really cool looking
- More Cards: As with Zombie
and Monty Python Fluxx, version 4.0 will include 100 cards (instead
- New Cards: Some of the cards being added with this
upgrade have been available in other ways before, such as the
Party and the Radioactive Potato (which debuted in the 10th
Anniversary Party Pack). The set also includes some previously
retired cards, like Taxes and the Eye, and some totally new cards,
like a Keeper called the Cosmos and a New Rule called You Also
Need a Baked Potato.
- Creepers: Fluxx 4.0 will include 4 Creepers (and some
other little changes to help you cope with them). In addition
to the ever-popular Radioactive Potato, 3 classic Keepers have
been reclassified as Creepers: War, Death, and Taxes. In retrospect,
those concepts really aren't good material for Keeper, making
much more sense as Creepers, but we didn't have any other way
to represent negative stuff until the Zombie uprising. Now it
seems obvious that these cards should be Creepers, and in their
new incarnations, they each have special properties. (You can't
have Peace if you have War, i.e. you get to push War to another
player if you have Peace; Taxes destroys Money if you have them
both on the table, but goes away in the process; and Death is
now killing machine which destroys itself after it kills off
all of your other Keepers & Creepers, one by one.)
- New Packaging: Fluxx 4.0 will be sold in the same
two-piece box Monty Python Fluxx comes in. The new box features
a purple starfield background and bold cosmic-looking front cover
artwork. The back of the box features a great new cartoon of
three people playing Fluxx.
- New Rulesheet: The bigger box also allows for a bigger
rulesheet, with a great new Frequently Asked Questions section.
- New Type of Card: As you may already know, I thought
of another new type of card a few months ago: the
Meta Rule. This special new type of card is like a formalized
house rule: assuming everyone agrees, Meta Rule cards are placed
on the table with the Basic Rules card, and they stay in force
throughout the entire game. We're saving some of my crazier Meta
Rule ideas for a future release, so Fluxx 4.0 will launch the
concept with just one Meta Rule, called Rules Escalation (which
we've been using during Tournaments since Keith Baker ran them
for us at our first Origins, in 1997).
|So there you go, a detailed look at what's inside Fluxx 4.0.
Ask for it at your favorite game store in early December!
|Thanks for reading, and have a great whenever!
||I'm so very pleased with the election results this year.
I vividly recall the first time I heard an Obama speech, during
the '04 Convention, and I've been rooting for him ever since.
Thank you America for electing him! I was also delighted to hear
about the passage of Question 2 in Massachusetts, decriminalizing
marijuana. While I'd rather see full legalization/regulation/taxation,
this was a good step in the right direction, and it's great that
it passed by such a wide margin -- two to one! Thanks, voters
of Massachusetts! I'm disappointed by the Californians, for their
decision to write a gay marriage ban into their constitution,
but so it goes. As for my own state's politics, while I'm not
a fan of slot machines myself, I'm glad we voted to allow them.
But mostly, I'm excited about the election of Barack Obama. It
was great waking up on my birthday with the knowledge that change
has come to America. It was another TimeLine worthy event: we're
sending a family of color into the White House!
||The retirement money I saved up during my career as a computer
programmer lost a fourth of its value during the recent stock
market declines. But Kristin's similar nest egg retained its
value, since she'd kept her IRA money in less risky accounts
||"My work is writing, and I'm happiest when I'm doing
that. The trouble with writing is, you're always working. I hate
myself for it, but I'll be at a party, and I'll hear someone
express an interesting idea, and I'll think to myself, 'Gee,
I could use that.' You have to have an ego if you're a writer
too; it's egotistical to think that anyone else cares what you
think and put down on paper about anything." --
Andy Rooney, 60 Minutes, 10/26/8