By Margaret Duncan, Ed.D.
support the idea of incorporating board-games into your personal life, as well
as in the classroom. As such, we are
constantly on the lookout for games that we can play for fun, but also have
academic merit. Recently, I was able to
play five different Looney Lab games with my family, gaming group and
students. Two of the games in
particular, Chrononauts and Early American Chrononauts are quick and easy card
games that could easily be incorporated into the history classroom.
While Monty Python
Fluxx may not be fit for the classroom, it is great fun for any history teacher
or anyone who enjoys watching Monty Python and the Holy Grail. When I played the game with my family, it was
rather astounding how much of the film my daughter and husband were able to
quote. Plus, I enjoyed driving them
crazy with my “speak with an outrageous accent” card. This game was also quite the hit with our
local gaming group. So much so, that one member brought a copy of the movie to
play in the background.
Loonacy is a really
quick matching game. This game could
easily be played on the elementary level but any age group would enjoy it. My husband and I played several games in a
row and never tired of it. This game too
was a great hit with the gaming group.
Games for two, three and five players were played. The game is most fun when more people play. The need to put down a card quick and being
beaten to the punch by other players leads to the chaos/fun that the game is
meant to achieve. Further, I have yet to
see anyone tire of the game, it is just so simple and fun.
I had seen Star
Fluxx when featured on Wil Wheaton’s TableTop Geek and Sundry show. This too is a fun game. It plays like other Fluxx games but has a
Science/Science-Fiction theme. It could
be adapted to the science classroom in order to introduce certain elements to
students. It would be fun to have
students play a game and then ask which card elements would be possible. In other words, the game could be used as a
preview for an upcoming unit of study.
Each of these games is
quick, easy and great fun to play. Once you learn to play one game of Fluxx, basically you can play any variation. I
highly recommend giving each of them a play!
Below are product descriptions for each of the games from the manufacturer Looney Labs.
What would YOU do with a Time Machine? Would you stop the
sinking of the Titanic? Prevent the assassination of JFK? Kill Hitler before
WWII? These are just a few of the possibilities in Chrononauts, the
award-winning card game of time travel. To win, you must change history at key
points called Linchpins, so that history transforms into the Alternate Reality
your character calls home. You can also win by collecting a specific set of
Artifacts, such as a live dinosaur, the Mona Lisa, and an unpublished
Shakespearean play. But be careful - if you create too many paradoxes, you
could destroy the entire universe!
Early American Chrononauts
Win by changing the
timeline to fit your alternate history goal, by collecting Artifacts, or by
diligently patching the timeline. The TimeLine begins just before the American
Revolution in 1770 and continues through the Civil War, stopping at 1916. Players travel through time to change linchpin
events, patch paradoxes, and collect artifacts. This is a stand-alone game, but
Early American Chrononauts’ TimeLine can fit together with the Chrononauts
TimeLine to combine the two games into one huge game.
Loonacy is a rapid fire game where players race to be the
first to empty their hand of 7 cards by matching one of two images with the
images on the open piles in front of them. Speed of the hand and luck of the
draw determine the winner in this frenzied free-for-all!.
Just when you thought that Fluxx had gone as far as it could
go it blasts off for the Stars! Explore the vastness of space-themed humor with
your valiant Captain, Engineer, and, of course, your Expendable Crewman. Go
check out that Small Moon or is it really a Space Station? You may be swayed by
Unseen Forces, held hostage by Evil Computers, or find your ship infested with
Cute Fuzzy Aliens. Beware the unexpected as Star Fluxx takes you straight into
a Wormhole of hilarity. You will find yourself wanting to play again and again
watch out. It is A Trap.
Monty Python Fluxx
Monty Python Fluxx includes singing, fake accents, reciting
Python dialog for extra cards, and pretty much everything else. Loosely based
on concepts from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, there are guest appearances
from King Arthur and all of his Knights, coconuts, a shrubbery, an unladen
swallow, a trojan rabbit, a catapult, an airborne cow, the Holy Hand Grenade,
and the Finger of God, as well as such Python classics as the giant foot, the nude
organist, a resting parrot, and the Spanish Inquisition - which, of course
everyone was expecting.
For more information:
Geek & Sundry's TableTop Star Fluxx Episode