Reviews written by WadeMonnig
If there is ever a category for “Late night/maybe slightly intoxicated/uproariously entertaining Titles” Matt Fantastic is a first-vote hall-of-famer. If you judge your games on laughter and being slightly ludicrous with extra portions of boasting and blowing it, heads will most definitely roll.
As a stand-alone release, the 15th anniversary edition is a pretty sweet deal. You aren't going to need to pick-up the 1912 Expansion since it includes all 108 Destination tickets that have been released and the 15 train stations. The train stations are TTR: Europe's “One new mechanism we add to any TTR expansion” which allows you to access other player's routes to stop you from being blocked out of a destination. The custom scoring marker's give a little corporate individualism (now that is a oxymoron) to the color you choose. You would easily spend the price of this release just putting together normal versions of TTR:E, so with the over-sized map and custom trains, it is no surprise I walked out of the store with this.
The result is a rapier of a game: lightweight, very sharp and it thrusts you into the role of a savvy pirate.
What I realized when playing this game for Review was that, when trying to decide if it was a “good” game, I had over a dozen plays, all which I thoroughly enjoyed. And that, win or lose, they all came with those bonus post-coital discussions (If only I would have drawn a different Wine Order card or If I could have gotten red grape vine cards earlier...) that mark a infectious game. Maybe the first move you want to make is a bit obvious but it also doesn't mean that player is going to win. Sure, the randomness of securing cards may have hindered your ability to produce Victory Points. But, as you talk to the other players, you realize it did the same to them as well.
Maybe you will try this release and think “Vell, Astronomy Fluxx's just zis game, you know?” Or maybe you'll think, like I do, “Hey, you sass that Hoopy Fluxx? There's a frood that really knows where it's towel is.” It's a guide to our little solar system that can both entertain and educate in a Mostly Harmless way.
Fantasy Fluxx could have easily have been a stuffy version of the same tired old Fantasy stuff we've seen before. Instead, the lighthearted take makes it true to the “Fluxx Feel.”
Never were things of such size before, and they held strange colours that could not be put into any words.