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Re: [Fluxx] New terms needed

  • From"Larry W. Virden" <lvirden@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateThu, 18 Dec 2008 07:11:59 -0500
On Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 8:28 AM, Bryan Stout <bryan.stout@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> As I think about new cards I want to design for Fluxx, I realize that I am
> missing some vocabulary.  I want terms to refer to:

In addition to terms such as Bryan described, back in November, this
morning I was realizing that there are actually a body of such
information that exists. It is information that does not appear on an
actual card, but which is a part of the game. If Andy had not already
made use of the term Meta Rule, that is what I would call such things.
And in fact, perhaps they really are meta rules. For instance, how do
you describe Fluxx to someone new. Some people, perhaps, just toss
down a deck and start playing, telling the new person to watch and

Others, however, attempt to describe Fluxx. And the terms and
information that are used are a part of the "meta rules" of Fluxx ...
rules about the rules. For instance, when I am describing things, I
generally mention the types of cards that are available, and what they
are for. I mention that one takes the deck, deals out a certain number
of cards, and that the next step is to follow the printed rules on the
game. I mention that one is attempting to have keepers which match the
goals. There are several of these types of things.

These are, technically, meta rules (and in fact, variations on the
basics ... or new meta rules ... such as double agenda, creepers, etc.
already exist as exceptions/alternatives/extensions to the basic meta
rules of Fluxx).

Thinking about Fluxx in this manner provides possibility of extending
game play by creating new meta rule cards to alter the game farther.

Just a thought on a cold Ohio morning...

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