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Fluxx Review

One of my favorite “bust it out for a quick game” games for a little while has been Fluxx by Loony Labs. It is a card game similar in purchase format to a game like Uno in that you pick up the box and it’s all you need to play. Like Uno, it’s simple with no stigma attached so its playable with just about any group of people, not just gamers.

Game Overview:

Fluxx is a game where both the rules and the objective of the game will change constantly throughout the game. The basic mechanic of the game is that on your turn you draw some number of cards and then you play a number of cards doing whatever the card says as you play it.

The types of card that can be played include:

New rules such as changing the number of cards you draw or play, limiting the number of cards a player can have in their hand or reversing the order of play.

Goals which specify how players can win. If the condition of the current goal is ever met by a player, they win and the game is over.

Keepers which stay in front of you and are conditions of many of the goals.

Actions that tell you to preform an action such as drawing more cards or taking someone else’s keeper.

The game proceeds around the table with each player drawing and playing as many cards as the rules call for. The game can get a little crazy if for instance players are drawing 5 cards, playing 2 cards and the first card played is chosen randomly by the player on their left or players stealing and trashing keepers only for the goal to be changed by the next player. As the box says the play time can vary from 2 to 45 minutes depending on what happens.

As I said, you can get just about anyone to play Fluxx including parents, co-workers, friends and girlfriends. While people may not want to play a sci-fi or fantasy game for whatever reason, people usually have no such problem with Fluxx.

I initially thought that the game would be too silly and random for certain people to enjoy but as I have yet to find anyone who has not liked playing it seems to have just enough planning and strategy for people to have fun plotting and scheming and not get frustrated by too much randomness.

Rating
This is the first review I’ve done so work out of a 10 point rating system.
I’ll give Fluxx 8 ridiculous rule changes out of 10 for the man off the street and between a 6 and an 8 for your average gamer depending on personality type. The more ultra competitive player who needs to have total control over the outcome of a game will enjoy Fluxx less.
You’re not going to go to a Fluxx tournament but it is a great, (usually)quick game that can be played in just about any group. Its fast, its fun and its just what you want out of a single purchase addition to your game collection.

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Warmachine Front Arc Basing

In Privateer Press’s Warmachine and Hordes, it is important to indicate on the model which way it is facing. There are bonuses for attacking a model from it’s back facing. The pure facing of the model can be ambiguous. Is it the facing of the model’s head or its body? How do you tell where the front and back starts based on the head. If it comes down to being very close, arguments can ensue. Typical solutions to the problem are painting the front arc of the base one color and the back another or drawing lines where the front starts and ends. I thought that this seriously detracts from the overall appearance of the model so I decided to try to use the basing of the model to show the arcs.

Examples(click for larger images):
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On either sides of the model you can see where the patches of static grass begin/end. Of course I’ll clear this with my opponent ahead of time. If they have a problem, I’ll pencil something in and erase it later as the most important thing is avoiding confusion.

Axe rust, patination

I’ve started building and painting up the battle box for the Trollbloods for Privateer Press’s Hordes. They’re great, large fantasy models. I didn’t want the weapons to look too new and shiny so I’ve been working on painting rust and patination on the metals.

Trollblood Axer’s Axe(click for a larger picture):
Axe rust, patination

For the rust I’ve painted the whole area with a dark brown. I then add some bright orange to that brown and stippled the color over the area, leaving a small area brown. I added more orange and stippled more lightly about 3 or 4 times. I then stippled the highlighted area with dark brass color, followed by a dark metal.

For the brass area, I painted the whole area in a dark green. I then mixed in some white and a little blue. When I just added white, the color was a little off, the blue gave it that Statue of Libertyesque hue. I stippled a couple more layers adding more white. I then stippled and drybrushed a dark brass followed by a bronze. By drybrushing a little less carefully that I normally would, it leaves some nice random patches of the green.

First Painted Cryx Models

I have recently started playing Warmachine by Privateer Press.  I was introduced to the game by The D6 Generation. If you haven’t listened to their podcast, I suggest you check it out. I chose the Cryx because those models are my favorite. Many of the ‘jack models of the other factions are just a little funky.

I’ve started with the battle box and Denegra and built up to 500 points. I’m going to play a few games to see what needs to be added or changed. I’ve completed my first three bonejacks, one each of the Defiler, Nightwrench and Deathripper.

Defiler:
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Deathripper:
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Nightwrench:
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Together:
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The models are nice because they’re a slightly larger scale than I’m used to(30mm as opposed to the 28 of Warhammer and Warhammer 40k and the 25mm of Lord of the Rings) and the ‘jacks are even larger than the human sized models. The combination of the bone and hard metals makes the Cryx models very interesting to paint.

I’ll post more as I complete more of the army and perhaps a step by step of how I did them.

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