We all know that Looney Labs’ games are great fun, but did you know they are also world travelers? It’s true. And not just the ones we all take on our journeys across the globe – Looney Labs’ games actually come in languages other than English! Spanish, Dutch, Italian, French, German, Japanese, and more!
And each non-English edition of our games has its own special features and, many times, artwork. One German version of Fluxx (there are three!) comes in a purple, metal tin with a cartoon of Andy on the front, while on the Russian version of Fluxx, you can see “Andy” and “Kristin” written in phonetic Russian.
And it’s not just Fluxx that’s been picked up by international publishers. Aquarius and Seven Dragons are obvious choices for introduction into other languages because there is so little text on the cards. This means all that’s really needed is to translate the box and instructions. In fact, the various East Asian versions of Aquarius were printed at our very own printer in Michigan, and the Actions still have English words. The company that printed all of the Seven Dragons international versions even went so far as to remove that text and replace it with symbols. Consequently, unless you’re actually teaching to someone whose primary language is one of those offered, the most interesting thing about these versions is seeing how the titles are translated. The Aquarius logo in Thai is particularly beautiful, and it’s fascinating to see the words for Seven Dragons in eleven different languages. Siedem Smoków anyone?
Non-English versions of Looney Labs’ games can also be fantastic learning tools. Fluxx, for example, gives directions on its cards and uses simple and important words (like cookie, sun, and Cthulhu). Couple commands (directions) and simple vocabulary and you have two of the basics of learning a new language! Plus, having to decipher a language you don’t know adds an extra layer to game play.
It works in the other direction, too! The regular, English versions of Fluxx, Seven Dragons, and all our games can help speakers of other languages learn English! Learning a new language is always easier when you’re learning with others and when you’re having fun as you learn – and what better way to have fun with others then by playing your favorite games from Looney Labs in other languages?!
Danke als spielend unserer Spiele! Merci de jouer à nos jeux! Díky za hraní našich her! Bedankt voor het spelen van onze spellen! ¡Gracias por jugar nuestros juegos! In other words, thanks for playing our games!
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Q: What’s your favorite foreign language edition of Fluxx?
A: That’s a very difficult question! I like different versions for different reasons! OK, first you need to understand that each foreign edition is different, not just in language, but often in artwork, cardframe design, and/or packaging styles. It all depends on what our publishing partners in each country decide is best for their market. So, I love the Polish editions because they have a really cool package design and I like what they did with the cardframes. But they’re just using our artwork. In a lot of ways the most interesting are the French, Japanese, and original German editions, since they each have their own totally re-imagined imagery for each of the Keepers. Meanwhile, the French version comes in a large, mostly plain-white box. It’s kinda boring, but apparently it’s meant to evoke the simple packaging used for medications, which makes sense when you understand that they are marketing Fluxx with the tagline, “The Cure for Boredom.” But if I have to choose a favorite, I’m going to focus on the good times I’ve had with each one. I have very fond memories of teaching Fluxx to a group of Germans who didn’t speak any English using a German deck, and I love playing the Dutch edition of Fluxx while I’m hanging out in an Amsterdam Coffeeshop. But I think the best memory of this sort I have is of teaching the game to my brother’s Chinese bride Kelly, using a Chinese Fluxx deck. Such a situation is always a great bonding experience for me, since I know the game so well yet I need basic reading help to figure out what certain cards actually do. So it made a great way for me to connect with my new sister-in-law.
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