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Monty Python Fluxx

| Published: 2008

Yes, that crazy card game where the rules keep changing has joined forces with Monty Python to create the Looneyest card game ever! Help King Arthur and his Knights find the Holy Grail. Bring a Shrubbery to the Knights Who Say Ni! Lob the Holy Hand Grenade at the Killer Rabbit with Nasty Big Teeth! Just do it quick, before the Goal changes again!

With tons of Holy Grail material, and a healthy smattering of references from Flying Circus and the other movies, this should be a riot for anyone who knows even a little about Monty Python. Fluxx is the perfect medium for the show that brought us Something Completely Different at every turn.

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“Draw one, play one, nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more”

General: 100 card deck plus one rule card. Cards are slightly smaller than playing card size, not as small as “Timeline” game cards.

Card Types: Goal: These cards dictate the requirements to win the game; they can be changed. New Rule: These cards alter the draw one, play one mechanic in a variety of ways. Action: These cards are a single time action that allow/require a player or group of players to do a specific action. Keeper: These cards are (usually) placed face up on the playing surface in front of the player they currently belong to and generally aid said player in achieving the goal. Creeper: These cards must be placed on the playing surface in front of the player they currently belong to and generally prevent said player from achieving the goal.

Playing Mechanism: Each player is dealt three cards. Play then follows around the table in the manner of most card games. The initial rule of “draw one, play one” continues until a player plays a “New Rule” card. Play continues until one player has a combination of Keepers and/or Creepers that meet the “Goal” card currently in play.

Playing Time: 0 minutes – ? Theoretically it would be possible for a person to win on their first play if they had a “Goal” card and the Keepers and/or Creepers required to win. I would say that generally, play lasts 10 – 30 minutes.

Expansion: Yes, “Castle Expansion.” This is a small set of six cards sold separately. Three Goal cards and one card each of Action, Keeper, and Creeper. Not playable on their own or with any other Fluxx version.

Pros: Quality cards that should last. Artwork that seems faithful to the spirit of Monty Python. Supremely easy to learn. Packs well for travelling; slightly larger than a deck of standard playing cards. Does not need a large surface for the playing area, even airplane tray tables will do. Plays fine with two, although I’d recommend three or more. No issues for those with color blindness (a big plus for one in my gaming circle).

Cons: English reading ability required, many cards are very text heavy. The theme; if players are not familiar with Monty Python this is probably not the Fluxx for you to break out. Also, if your gaming circle does not care for Fluxx I doubt the theme will make any difference in enjoyment.

Overall Thoughts: My gaming circle consists of myself and two other players. This iteration of Fluxx is our go to staple when we need something to lighten the mood or are too full of adult beverages to unbox something else! I would pick a different Fluxx if not everyone is a Monty Python fan.

Side Note: The last time we met at our local brewery to play our threesome quickly turned into eight!

 
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“Almost Perfect Translation To A Crazy Game!”

This review needs to weigh in on two different aspects of this game: as a variation on the Fluxx game and as an adaptation of the source material, the hilarious Monty Python.

As a game variant to Fluxx, the Monty Python set works really well. It’s crazy and quickly functions like it always should have been part of the regular game. Rarely does an expansion or game variant come along that can say that! It’s not that the main Fluxx game isn’t good, it’s just that with such a wild, ever changing set of rules and goals, MPF delivers!

As for MPF as an adaptation, it works really well in most aspects. The sheer number of memories of the subject material it conjures up is awesome! Fans of Monty Python will have fun quoting their favorite skits again and again. ‘No one expects the Spanish Inquisition! – will surely come out of someone’s memories only to be accompanied by a mention of the Comfy Chair! The game almost falls into a nostalgia trip except that the game rules are still there.

Overall, I really liked this game and my wife and I always enjoy playing it. MPF actually gets played more than the original version simply from the source material. If you are a fan of Monty python, the Fluxx version is a must buy! If you are a fan of Fluxx, it’s a must buy! If you like neither, this isn’t the game or review for you.

 
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“Always look on the front side of the card!”

Monty Python and Fluxx. There are very few seemingly unrelated things that go together so well as these two things. As a long time Monty Python watcher and some time Fluxx player, I find the insanity of both is a perfect fit. Almost all of their material is represented in this set…especially their perhaps most famous movie, Holy Grail. It even included stuff from their skits, such as the Dead Parrot, and the Spanish Inquisition, and they manage to bring different aspects of their material together, such as the Things No One Expects card, or the Rabbits of Doom card. The bonuses added by quoting and singing Monty Python only adds even more flavor to the game. Hey, me and my friends already quote them at the drop of a hat…might as well have a game that gives us points for doing so.

The card quality is up to snuff. Not high-quality linen finish, but they are of decent quality, and not the garbage that they could have put out. The box was a little odd. They could have put this in a deck box, but then I suppose they couldn’t have put nice art work on it, or as much artwork. I just enjoy tuck boxes for games that are just a deck of cards as this one is. It makes them easier to transport and less likely to spill out if the box gets dropped.

My only problems with the game are that it didn’t have quite everything, and I suppose might be asking too much given how long they’ve been around. I missed the Machine That Goes Bing, or maybe I just didn’t see it. Overall, this does seem to lean VERY heavily on Holy Grail, and while I LOVE that movie, and it’s easily their most famous movie, they have lots of other material that I would have liked to see in it. I don’t recall seeing much from Life of Brian in here, and there’s so many gags and jokes that could have been thrown in. I was just a little disappointed that it seems to be Holy Grail and Some Other Stuff Thrown In. The other problem is that this relies very heavily on being in on the jokes, and having seen their movies is almost required. I actually played it with a couple of people who had either never seen Monty Python or didn’t get the humor, and so it was lost for them to quote and sing lines. By the way, yes, we immediately revoked both of their geek cards. Somehow, I had less fun hearing fewer jokes, even if it did give me a distinct advantage. One can certainly try it with non-Python fans, but I would caution them, and maybe pick a different version of Fluxx until they have some familiarity with them, or if they just don’t get them.

Overall, a home run for me, but I’m biased because I’m a big Python fan. However, it has the normal problem for those who like structure and order in their games with the ever changing rules. If you don’t like Fluxx, well, this is Fluxx in spades. If you like Fluxx, but don’t know or don’t like Monty Python…well what’s wrong with you first…but you should pick a different version of Fluxx.

 
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“Fluxx + Monty Python = It's getting (too) silly!”

Do you like Fluxx? And do you like Monty Python? Then you will probably like this game, if only as a diversion.

The game works like standard Fluxx. You draw cards and play cards according to the current rules on the table (yes, the rules can change *during* the game, just like in Fluxx) and somehow try to reach the winning condition. However, as this winning condition is also in ‘flux’, it’s very hard to play seriously.

My advice: don’t! Fluxx is just for fun, when you are having a drink with friends and when you’re not in the mood for a serious game. In this version most of the keepers (cards you play on the table, hoping they stay there) are replaced by incarnations from the world of Monty Python. So expect the Killer Rabbit, references to dead parrots (it’s resting!) and coconuts (what is the average speed of a swallow?) and of course the shrubbery (Ni!).

Perhaps this game gets a bit more silly, so I think I would prefer the standard Fluxx. However, when faced with the Spanish Inquisition I might cave in and play… And now for something completely different…

The Larch!

Ok, this review is getting too silly! Ni! Ni! Ni!

 
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“Great fun but very much a Holy Grail game”

Monty Python Fluxx is another fun addition to the Fluxx franchise, though it fails to make it clear that cards focus on Holy Grail only, and not on other Python works. This version of the game is good fun, however if a player has not seen The Holy Grail then they will likely feel left out as many of the cards call upon the players knowledge of the film. With a great many references to a classic of British comedy Monty Python Fluxx is perfect gift for anyone who calls themselves a lover of The Holy Grail

 
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“It's Fluxx Alright”

Let’s face it, Fluxx is a formula that really doesn’t change that much (I know the recent Cthulhu version adds some new wrinkles, but I’m yet to bring it to the table) – draw and play cards until one of two things happens: someone wins according to the Goal card/s, or the rules get so convoluted that every agrees to a draw.

Sure, some of the Python flavoured aspects of this version keep the silliness and interest high, but the game will invariably end with someone curled in the foetal position crying out “how many to draw? how many to play?”

 

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