It’s all about trains! It’s even more fun than regular Ticket to Ride. I like the bigger cards because they’re easier to hold than regular Ticket to Ride. The cards are all circus cars which makes me smile.
Star Fluxx is our favorite scifi themed version of the popular game Fluxx by Looney Labs.
Looney Labs has been producing Fluxx for several years now, and as of the time of this writing, there are over ten different versions of the game in print. Actually, they’ve been making Fluxx so long, there are an additional seven versions now out of print (Mom’s favorite: Eco Fluxx is one of them).
Looney Labs has found the formula for a crazy card game with massive humor, charm, and in the case of Star Fluxx, tons of our favorite scifi references. No matter which version of Fluxx you play, you’ll be getting into a fun, easy to learn, but hard to master card game.
Fluxx is a card game where the rules and win conditions are constantly in flux. Games of Star Fluxx can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more depending on how many people are playing and what cards get drawn. When the basic rules are set, every player is dealt three cards and they draw one card and play one card on each turn. But chances are, those rules won’t last long. This fast paced card game shines when the rules start changing.
Suddenly, you are drawing five cards a turn, playing your entire hand and completely changing the goal every turn. Or you’re drawing one card and have to play three. Or you’re changing hands. Or you’re discarding everything and starting over.
No two games of Star Fluxx are the same, and play continues until someone is able to meet the conditions of the current goal. Oftentimes a player who everyone thought was lagging behind will win, suddenly leaving everyone asking “How did that happen?” and it always leads to us playing again.
Star Fluxx by Looney Labs is one of our favorite inclusions on family game nights, and is especially easy for traveling. It’s appropriate for ages eight and up, although younger children who can read an understand instructions on the fly are able to play, too.
Munchkin by Steve Jackson Games is an amazing card game for three to six players. In Munchkin, like in other high fantasy role playing games, you are an adventurer defeating monsters and gathering sweet, sweet loot while backstabbing your friends.
Although the base Munchkin game is plenty fine on its own, we recommend getting the Deluxe edition of the game as it includes a game board, standies, and player cards to make keeping track of your score easier. The Deluxe edition also makes it more apparent to everyone who needs a good stabbing to stop them from winning.
Munchkin’s cards and humor are where this card game really shines. Using long established role playing game tropes, Steve Jackson gives our love of high fantasy a modern twist that every gamer can appreciate.
Afraid of dragons? Not me, sir. I’m more afraid of the Insurance Salesman.
Building up your character throughout a game is rewarding, and there are many opportunities for meta gaming, alliances, trades and backstabbing. Once you get going, Munchkin is a fast-playing and silly card game with tons of replay value. But, should you get bored, more expansions and alternate themed versions are available than just about any other game out there.
So, if a full traditional pen and paper RPG theme isn’t for you, check out Munchkin Zombies or Munchkin Marvel Edition instead. Munchkin is a fantastic inclusion for your family game nights and is recommended for players age ten and up, although our six year old has played and had a fun time with some help.
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In Minecraft the video game, I don’t like creepers. In Minecraft the card game, I don’t like creepers! They wreck everything and Mom says they want hugs but they aren’t friendly. They’re evil!
Also, sometimes it’s hard to get people to play Minecraft the Card Game to play with, because new people are nervous bout the rules. But, if you read the rules, it’s pretty easy. It can be tough like in survival mode on Xbox, and you might die. But it’s just a game, so that’s okay.