I would disagree. When "order of discard pile" became important (I think
it was when EcoFluxx was released, yes??) our group decided that to play
an Action card is to play it and put it in the discard pile.
Yes, Eco-Fluxx's Composting card, which allows you to draw from the bottom
of the discard pile, made the discard order important. Alison spoke about
the potential consequences of discarding first:
"The only time you have to watch out is if the discard pile is very
small, and someone plays "Draw 2 & Use Em" or "Draw 3 & Play 2" make sure
they do as the text says for actions now - Do what the card says and THEN
put it on the discard pile. If you put it on the discard pile and then do
your draw, you can draw it back again in an endless loop.
"So go by the letter of the Action card: do what the card says and THEN put
it on the discard pile."Here's the link:
I had to think hard about this when I came up with my New Rule card
Muckraking, which lets you draw from the *top* of the discard pile. I had
come to the same conclusion as Alison: if you discard the Action card last,
game-breaking situations like endless loops are avoided. You can see my
fuller discussion of this in my earlier email here:
I agree with Carol and Christopher, and prefer a loose, fun feeling in
Fluxx. It's only when cards like Composting or Muckraking are in the game
that you need to worry about discard order. And even then, it's not very
confusing to keep the Actions in a stack on the table.