“Our space colony has been infiltrated by murderous androids
who look just like us. We are gradually being replaced by look-alikes! The only
way to find out for sure if someone is a robot is by shooting them with your
laser pistol. Our only hope is to destroy the robots one by one!”
Looney Labs, grand masters of all things Fluxx, have announced a new microgame, Are You a Robot? by designer Andrew Looney. This 4 card game boils down the essence of a social deduction game to its simplest form. 2-3 players each secretly receive a card stating whether they are one of 2 humans, or the robot. Purely by questioning each other, they then need to decide who is who. The game ends when one player either shoots the other or shakes hands. If a human shoots a human, they both lose. If a human shoots a robot, the human wins. And finally, if a robot shakes hands with a human, the robot wins, since it’s menacing metal hands never release. The game can be played with 2 players, or with multiple decks, expanding the complexity. For more information, check out the Looney Labs webpage here, and look for Are You a Robot? on store shelves this August.
The return of Fluxx to the digital gaming space was announced on July 3rd by Playdek, mobile video game publisher, in partnership with Looney Labs, tabletop game publisher. The app will be available for Android and iOS on July 18th, and will also available for PC and Mac via Steam later this year.
“Fluxx is a wonderful game for digital adaptation, and we are happy to be able to bring it back to iOS as well as finally get it in the hands of Android users,” said Joel Goodman, CEO of Playdek. “It plays great against your friends online and is a perfect fit for pass-and-play games.”
The Fluxx app will feature offline and online play against human or AI opponents, a local pass-and-play multiplayer mode, full asynchronous support in the online multiplayer mode, online player stats, and a tutorial. Languages supported in the app will include English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch.
Playdek has developed and published digital versions of popular board games such as Twilight Struggle, Lords of Waterdeep, and Ascension (winner of Best Digital Board Game in the 2011 Dice Tower Awards). You can find more information about them on their website.
The physical version of Fluxx by Looney Labs has sold over three million copies worldwide and has won the Mensa Select Award. For more information on Fluxx and Lonney Labs, you can visit the publisher’s official site here.
Looney Labs, the studio behind all things Fluxx, has just announced their new card game Time Breaker, by designer Andrew Looney and artist Derek Ring. In Time Breaker, players are security for the Time Repair Agency (TRA), hunting down the mysterious Time Breaker in a chase through time. The board is composed of 25 cards in a 5×5 grid, representing specific points in the past and the future, with the TRA taking the middle space. Each turn, players can move to the next point in time, placing their piece on the card from that specific date, regardless of where it is in the grid. Additionally, action cards can move the Time Breaker, move a players’ piece physically one space vertically or horizontally on the map, or generally cause chaos. The goal is to get to the Time Breaker and bring him back to TRA headquarters. Time Breaker plays 2-5 players in 10-40 minutes, and is due to hit stores on February 28. For more information, check out the Looney Labs webpage here.
Multi-game sets have garnered a funny reputation over the years. Everyone knows of them, easily recognizable from their inclusion of Chinese Checkers and other such boards and pieces allowing anywhere from 3 to 30 abstract games to be played. Yet despite a decent value-for-money proposition they are never very popular products, often fated to wind up has coffee table pieces and rarely talked about within our board gaming hobby with any amount of affection. Playford Games seeks to change that a bit by making one such set that’s bursting with theme and uniqueness, and also bringing some new abstract games into the mix with their newest release, The Ancient World Multi Game System. It comes packed with 25 different games, supporting anywhere from 2 to 8 players, all the while showing off images and flair from the Age of Antiquity. As described via press release:
“The Ancient World Multi Game system was designed to capture the beauty and simplicity of classic strategy games like Chess and Go and infuse them with more player interactions to create a shared social experience.The system consists of modular sets of double-sided wooden game tiles that can be used to play up to 25 different abstract strategy games. Each game draws its theme from a different civilization or event in the Ancient World, from the wars of Ancient Egypt and Rome to the Silk Roads of China and the court intrigue of Byzantium.”
What’s even better is that these games support a wide variety of ages and learning levels making this fantastic for families. Each game with The Ancient World‘s 4o page manual is marked with a difficulty level and highlights the story, skills needed, and the level of competitiveness or cooperation required. Looking at it’s lovely, carefully designed aesthetic and uniquely crafted games reminds me of a lot of Looney Labs’ Pyramid Arcade and how unique and fun it accomplished to be, which is good news for Playford Games because that’s a good comparison to make and I doubt I’m the only one that will do so. If you are interested in learning more about The Ancient World Multi Game System, check out their website where you can read about all the models and games included, and if you’re at Essen be sure to check out their 5H115 where they will be demoing and selling them.
Looney Labs has been busy! And I’m excited about what they have in store for us later this summer. With the new Star Trek 12 card Bridge Expansion you can take your Star Trek Fluxx and Star Trek: TNG Fluxx to a whole new level with the ability to take control of either Enterprise and new goals that allow for all new meetups in the game! The Firefly Fluxx Upgrade Pack has two new Keepers (Yolanda and Jubal Early) along with six new goals in which they are needed. There are also new copies of the Reavers and Hands of Blue with upgraded abilities. That’s 10 new cards to add to your Firefly Fluxx. Another expansion becoming available is the 10 card Monty Python Fluxx: Black Knight Expansion. With the Black Knight’s appearance in the game no one will be able to say that its, ” just a flesh wound!” And no one will win the game either. That is unless one of the six new goals says you can! Along with the Black Knight is Tim The Enchanter who causes things to explode and some new rules. Making this Fluxx even more entertaining! Looney Labs has also brought Creepers back to the basic game with the Creeper Pack. These 16 cards bring back the famed Radioactive Potato along with War, Death, Taxes and all the goals, actions and rules relating to these cards. Do you want to make the game of Fluxx your own? Well now you can! the Fluxx Blanxx pack is available now and lets you do just that! These 10 blank cards allow you to add your own elements to any game edition! With 2 Keepers, 1 Creeper, 4 Goals, 1 Action, 1 Rule and even a Surprise Card you can always keep your friends guessing at what might come next! I don’t know about you all, but I’d love to see a Doctor Who Fluxx update and until that comes I could use these Fluxx Blanxx to make my own!
We all love Fluxx! But Looney Labs has even more in store for us!
Nanofictionary Blanks Expansion is a way to bring even more creativity and imagination to your story telling! These 12 cards and a marker are all you need to bring more life and character to your amazing tales. Best of all the art in the game was deliberately black and white style drawings so that ‘at home’ cards would fit right in! With the Zendo Rules Expansion #1 the game will get 10 new secret rule cards that add 45 new rules. Keep testing your skills at logic with 1 easy rule card, 4 medium rule cards and 5 difficult rule cards. The Gore Expansion for Chrononauts is coming back …in time… allowing players to change elections, stop 9/11, and change the past to alter the future. This expansion includes 5 new timeline cards, 3 patches and 3 new identities that depend on the new events and takes the game out to the year 2008. Just Desserts has 2 expansions already available Just Coffee and Better With Bacon. Each come with 6 new Edibles and 4 New Customers. Add some caffeine to your game with Just Coffee adding delicious desserts like Tiramasu and fun new characters like Mr. Jitters. Better With Bacon adds sweets like fan favorite Maple Bacon Donuts and characters like Abraham Bacon! Mary Engelbreit’s beautiful art is coming to Looney Labs and a game table near you! Fairytale Fluxx brings Mary Engelbreit’s art to the zany, ever changing game of Fluxx. Find the right mix of fairytale Keepers for your Goal but watch out for those Creepers. The Witch and Wolf are out to get you…Mary Engelbreit’s whimsical artwork is now also gracing the cards of the latest version of Loonacy! This is a fast paced game of matching and being quicker than your opponents but you may not want to play as fast as you admire these beautiful illustrations! Mary’s artwork and Looney Labs games is a match made in gaming heaven!
Check out all these fun expansions Looney Labs has in store here.
Plaid Hat Games have had a great reception to their Stuffed Fables board game and have already made a Stuffed Fables Coloring Book available for free. This coloring book adds new Stuffies which can be added to the adventure. Now they’ve also released a stand-alone adventure for Stuffed Fables which can be added between chapters 3 and 4 and downloaded for free. In this adventure, players battle on the streets of their town against the dreaded Dollmaker.
“I’ve been watching Star Trek since 1972, when I was 9 years old, tuning into the animated series on Saturday mornings. I’ve watched every series since, so it’s safe to say I’m a pretty big Star Trek fan. I’m VERY excited about working with this license!” [source]
Both Star Trek Fluxx games will support 2-6 players, aged 8+.
A new standalone expansion with 165 new cards called Boss Monster: Rise of the Minibosses is being released in July 2018 from Brotherwise Games. The bosses are back but this time they can added Mini-bosses to their dungeon which permanently modify Rooms. Players can now also earn coins, a new mechanism, through effective use of their Rooms and Spells. Those coins can be used to upgrade rooms or power up Mini-bosses. Also included are new bosses, spells, and heroes. The game will support 2-4 players, aged 13+, and plays in about half an hour. This expansion can also be combined with the original Boss Monster game.
Anatomy Fluxx is the newest edition to the “make your own rules” Fluxx line of card games. In Anatomy Fluxx, 2-6 players dive deep into the body parts that make us tick, from blood vessels to lungs and liver. Two sets of Learning Rules add trivia to help this educational game “bone up” on your anatomy facts.
Get the MacGuffin is a new fast paced card game, where the player holding the coveted MacGuffin often wins, but keeping ahold of such a thing can be difficult. 2-11 players take turns playing a card, discarding an object or using the power of an object, until the last card is played. Card powers range from “ridiculously powerful to just ridiculous” in this deduction game of hand management and player elimination.
Looney Labs has announced Dr Who Fluxx, the latest in the make-your-own-rules series of Fluxx games. Play with regenerations of the good doctor, Gallifreyn tech and even K-9. Dr Who Fluxx releases on November 23, 2017.
Zendo, the rule guessing abstract game is finally getting an update and reprint. Zendo is an easy game to play, the active player will come up with a rule, like two pyramids must touch at the tip, and then the other players start building layouts tying to guess the rule. As the go along the rule maker will answer questions and let you know if you built something that satisfies the rule. Once someone figures out the rule they win.
When the Pyramid Arcade was announced and Kickstarted, everyone was clamoring for the game Zendo to be added to the list of games in the box. However, Looney Labs kept saying no, and then we found out that this was because they would reprint the game separately. And now we have a date to go with that, so look for the game to be back on store shelves in December of this year.
Wizkids has announced a new expansion to the Star Trek: Frontiers game, a re-theme and update to Mage Knight, called The Return of Khan. This expansion adds a whole new scenario to the game where Khan has returned and is looking to rule the galaxy with power he can steal from the Borg. It’s up to captains from across the Star Trek series, Picard, Kirk, Sisko, and more, to work together and stop him before he can complete his plans. This expansion you will give you all the tokens, tiles, and cards needed for this new scenario, as well as rules and tokens to be able to add a 5th player to the game. You can find this game on store shelves in November of this year, and you can head over to Wizkids’ website to read more about it.
Last from WizKids as well is the colorful euro style building game, Favelas. In this game you are building your own Favelas, a multi-level house painted all sorts of colors in order to beautify and rejuvenate the town. However there is a catch, the council over seeing this effort, and the one determining the point values, is notoriously fickle and will change their minds each year, changing the value of each color. So over three years in the game you will build up your town with colors that get you the most points before the council’s mood changes. The person with the most points at the end is the winner. Favelas looks like an interesting and colorful game, and it should arrive on store shelves in October of this year. Until then you can read more on Wizkids’ website.
Coming soon from Looney Labs is a version of Fluxx you may have wondered why it didn’t exist already – Chemistry Fluxx. The newest entry to the series takes it’s propensity for educational, or at the very least informational, cards and themes them with elements and compounds. Definitely better than flash cards you’d have made to study up for a high school exam, this new set will add an introduction to the periodic table and how elements interact with each other while players attempt to bend the rules to favor their winning hand. As explained in the Looney Labs press release:
“Chemistry Fluxx® is the elemental car game where the rules are always changing. Use atoms and laboratory gear to match the current Goal and win! Chemistry Fluxx® is the perfect compound of chance and skill, where you’ll not only be playing with elements and molecules, but you’ll also be learning about them! Chemistry Fluxx® is so much fun you’ll be playing it more than periodically.”
Honestly Chemistry Fluxx just seems like a no-brainer, for too many reasons and puns to count. For someone who wasn’t too great at learning the periodic table the first time around, I might have appreciated this version much more in my adolescence. Still, it’s never too late to learn more about science and the fundamental building blocks of our universe. If you’re interested, Chemistry Fluxx is set to release on May 25th and if you want see more titles from the education line (such as Math or Foreign Languages), please visit their web catalog for it and other varieties of the ever-expanding card game.