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Fluxx Puzzle answer

Yesterday, I posted a puzzle, basically involving trying to get ten cards into your hand as quick as possible in a standard game of Fluxx. I also crossposted it to the Fluxx discussion email list. A few people on the list and here on LJ posted their answers.


My solution, which uses a deck stacked with 7 specific cards (ceruleanst's "Double Agenda" solution used only 5 cards, but it didn't stick to the spirit of the puzzle, which was to win "10 cards in hand" from a dead start. Sorry, Cerulean.)

Inflation
Draw 2 and Use 'em
Draw 5
Play 3
Jackpot!
No Limits
Take Another Turn
...and the rest of the deck in any order

1. The current rule is Draw 1, Play 1, so you draw and play Inflation (X=X+1). Your hand is empty again.
2. Now the rule is Draw 2, Play 2, so you draw and play Draw 2 and Use 'em. So you draw 3 cards.
a. You play Draw 5, and draw 4 more cards to your hand.
b. You play Play 3.
c. You play Jackpot! and draw 4 more cards to your hand. Now you have 8 total.
3. You play No Limits and get rid of the hand limit.
4. You play Take Another Turn. Your first turn ends, with 6 cards in your hand.

1. You take another turn and draw 6 cards. Now you have 12. You win!

Now you get beaten to death by the other players, who accuse you of stacking the deck.


However, a better solution than mine was posted on the mailing list by one Andrew Plotkin:


Plotkin's solution, which stacks the deck with only 5 cards:

"Try this. Inflated numbers are in {brackets}.

(draw first card)
First play: Inflation. (now at draw-{2} play-{2}.)
(draw second card)
Second play: Draw {3} and use 'em
(hand is empty, so there's nothing to set aside.)
Play Draw {6}
(draw four cards)
Play Jackpot
(draw four cards)
Play Let's Do That Again, replaying Jackpot
(draw four cards)

One turn, five cards played [six if you count Jackpot twice], 12 in hand at the end. Beat that.

--Z"


Nicely done, Plotkin! (With a name like that, shouldn't he be playing chess? I mean, it's such a chessmastery name. As in, "Plotkin's opening", or "The Plotkin Gambit".)


And Plotkin's prize is...


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