I love board games. I love card games.
I wish I had more friends to play with. I have to say, when I go to my favorite brick and mortar Pacific Northwest bookstore, the first place I stop is the comics and games section. I love browsing the different titles and options. More than once Fluxx has caught my eye. Often I stopped to look at it, but noticing all the different titles, I automatically assumed that it was a “Magic” type game where you just kept buying add-ons and expanding. Much to my surprise, it turns out there are just many different variations of the game, and you could start with any one of them. Pick your favorite!
I received Holiday Fluxx and Cartoon Network Fluxx in the mail and I opened them up. I have to admit the rules are a bit intimidating but once you get the hang of it, it’s not so bad. The most difficult part for me was having rules that weren’t absolutely cut and dry, but after watching a couple rounds on youtube, I started to get the hang of it. I began with Holiday Fluxx simply because I wasn’t familiar with the Adventure Time characters on the Cartoon Network version, but familiarity isn’t necessary to play the game. Once you start, the different cards lead you to understand how to pair and play different characters and actions. And you have to admit, a Mojo Jojo card totally makes up for not intimately knowing all the newer Cartoon Network characters. Both of these games would make great holiday party activities especially if paired with a little bit of wine, dare I say.
The other game I received was Loonacy. I loved the simplicity of Loonacy and also the speed required. I thought that Loonacy, while a nice game for a couple or a party, would also be a nice game to keep in my classroom. It requires concentration, memory recall and quick hand-eye coordination. Unlike similar games it doesn’t require reading skills, making it good for the early childhood and early elementary classroom. It could be used as a warm-up game or even an early finisher activity. The best part of it is the ease of learning. The directions are straightforward and easily understood for a beginner or child.
Who wants to come over and play with me?!
Check out Lunacy and Fluxx on LooneyLabs.com!