If you’re not familiar with Fluxx, you’re missing out. Fluxx is the easiest game in the world to teach to someone. Here, watch. I’m going to teach you how to play right now.
The base rules are simple. Each player starts with three cards. Each turn, you draw one card, and then you play one card. That’s it.
Everything in the game actually changes the game. Some cards establish new rules, others are items to hold onto until the game gives them context, others are the actual win conditions. How the game is played is constantly shifting. (Get the name now?)
Fluxx is also one of the easiest games to rebrand. Looney Labs makes a small mint selling thematic variants of the game. Oz Fluxx was released earlier this year to the tune of the Wizard of Oz and it is easily my favorite Fluxx variant to date.
In contrast to the supremely disappointing Zombie Fluxx which did too much tampering with how cards were balanced in the game, Oz Fluxx keeps it simple. It keeps to the theme while capitalizing on the game’s strengths and hard to dislike gameplay. It’s exactly the kind of game you can leap into on a whim; maybe it ends in a few short turns, maybe it sprawls out for a while.
For the low price of $20, you owe it to yourself to to check out Fluxx or one of its variants.