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I currently have Fluxx and Zombie Fluxx, and I've noticed there are some differences:

  • obviously, Zombie Fluxx is more centered around creepers.
  • Zombie Fluxx is considerably less random. Less crazy things like X=X+1 and less weird rule cards.
  • Since it's less random, Zombie Fluxx tends to have slighty more strategy.
  • Zombie Fluxx can seem to have more of a 'point' to new players. With regular Fluxx I often find new players getting bored because the goals are so random, and there's little to no choices they can make that will affect the game. In Zombie Fluxx you can at least focus on getting rid of your zombies and improve your chances of winning most of the time.
  • For some reason, Zombie Fluxx works a little better with large numbers of players.

Fluxx also seems to be one of the few games where all the sequels are 'better' than the original, at least with BGG rankings and my personal preference. As I said above, the expansions seems to have just a little more strategy and just a little less randomness.

Have you noticed any other general differences between the other Fluxx games that would be good to know before buying?

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Ecofluxx has a much bigger emphasis on "X eats Y" goals; where if you have X and anyone has Y, you win. It theoretically makes it a little easier to win the game. It also has a card named Extinction (I think?), to permanently remove any one keeper from the game.

Monty Python Fluxx has a lot of cards that say "Do this on your turn to earn extra rewards", e.g. Speak in a funny accent to pick up another card. It makes the game more... Interactive. It also has a number of the 'knight of the round table' keepers - they are often interchangable for goals. In the same way as "Food", sometimes it is one specific knight, but often it is "X plus any knight".

Stoner Fluxx has a number of cards that are meaningless unless you have marijuana available (e.g. "Everybody Toke!"); I suppose you could either remove them from the deck or have a house rule you can play them as cards when you really don't want to do anything else.

The upcoming Pirate Fluxx sounds like it will be awesome and different, with an emphasis on an incredibly strong keeper "The Captain's Hat", that provides the player with a number of bonuses, along with everyone else receiving +1 Draw / +1 Play.

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+1 for impressive Fluxx knowledge! – thesunneversets Jan 31 '11 at 6:12
@thesun Fluxx 3.1 is probably my favourite game :) – Margaret Jan 31 '11 at 6:20
Monty Python Fluxx definitely seems to have more silly cards with actions to conduct yourself (singing, accents). Zombie fluxx only has the one AFAIK. – Jon Hadley Jan 31 '11 at 7:13
Also, +1 just for alerting me to Pirate Fluxx! – Jon Hadley Jan 31 '11 at 7:13
@Jon I'm so excited, I can't even tell you. I'm terrified about how long it will take to get to Australia though. :( – Margaret Jan 31 '11 at 8:28

The only Fluxx variant I have played that has not yet been mentioned is Family Fluxx. It's a greatly simplified version of the game that can easily be grasped by small children. Ideally you do want to play it at a family gathering, as there are various cards that, e.g., give you a bonus if you're a grandparent.

I actually think it may be my favourite of all the Fluxxes. In general I find Fluxx a bit too silly and random to hold my interest for long; while at the same time having the potential to get so complicated it makes your head hurt (notably when that X = X + 1 card, whatever it's called, comes into play). Family Fluxx is for children so you can forgive it its lack of true strategic depth, and obviously it doesn't have any of the real brain-melting card combinations.

But it's a sweet and charming game that you'd actual be happy to bring out when there are kids around - it certainly beats the Dora the Explorer boardgame into a cocked hat, plus it is clearly a gateway drug to ensure that your small relatives are likely to become proper gamers when they're a bit older! Get 'em while they're young...

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