I have a checkered history with Looney Labs’ card game series, Fluxx. The few times I’ve had an opportunity to play one of the many versions of Fluxx, it’s been brought out at cons, and pitched as a quick, diversionary game that doesn’t require much attention. ”We’ve got a bunch of people. We really just want to hang out, but we’re at a con so we should play a game. Bust out Fluxx!” It’s never gone well.
I received a review copy of Pirate Fluxx recently, and I’m at least happy to report that my negative experiences are not the game’s fault. Here are some of the things I’ve been told about Fluxx. “There aren’t really any rules.” ”There’s no real strategy.” ”You don’t have to pay attention to the game.” Turns out none of these are true, and all of these attitudes have a profoundly negative affect on the game. I’m not saying the game isn’t without faults, but with the right group and the right mindset, Pirate Fluxx can be a lot of fun.