"Love Story" Play Protocol

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"Love Story" Play Protocol

Post by Bean » Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:20 pm

Have you ever found the last bot isolated from you and you want to be cool, only to find that not taking out the human in between becomes the cause of your lower rank? Or when a player has small defense on large income and being cool requires you to leave it, even though it would cost almost nothing to pop it? If these seem familiar to you, here is one alternative protocol you can use. Ask your opponents to use this protocol, or just use it on your own. It makes things better.

In brief:

Lux means never having to say you're sorry. Don't be cool. Don't be sorry. Don't give unsolicited feedback. To play Lux and have fun, try as hard as you can to beat your opponents and always forgive them for doing the same.

In more detail:

a. Kill bots first where practical, but not if it costs you the game.
b. Pop weekly defended income whenever you can. Defense requirements start lower but get higher round by round.
c. Prevent income or block kills whenever you can.
d. Kill the sat, kill halfway, whatever. Just damage your opponents as much as you can without damaging yourself too much.
e. Avoid one sided trades. Do not burn or move out unless there is a clearly stated and easy to implement agreement with the other player. If you can't reach such an agreement easily, simply move on without sorrow or blame.
f. Pay attention and learn about how far resources tend to go in this game. In other words, still follow rule #2. Don't go around depleting yourself while damaging your opponents, only to lose the game after running out of armies too quickly or putting yourself in a weak position for the end game.
g. Forgive others for doing these things to you, for missing kills, and for trying to beat you. Do this always and without exception. Don't be sorry and don't expect them to be sorry.
h. Be a good sport about losing and about giving feedback. Do this always and without exception. Don't even give others feedback unless they ask you for it. If you must give feedback, give it to yourself to show you are caring and thinking about the game and your fellow players.

Guess what? I may edit this post and change the details. I won't be sorry about it. That's just how writing works best.


a. Reduced conflict. No sorrow, no anger, no angst. This is because players are expected always to damage each other where possible. Fewer violated expectations of the kind entailed by the "we cool?" protocol. Reduced amount of endless bickering over unwinnable subjective issues like whether or not the balance sheet of favors is equitable.
b. More peace and quiet in chat.
c. Easier to stay within the rules compared to the be oft-unspecified "be cool" protocol.
d. Just easier and more relaxing.
Last edited by Bean on Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:56 am, edited 2 times in total.

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Re: "Love Story" Protocol for Playing Lux

Post by plane crazy » Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:59 am


I love this. All of it. All who have played with me over these many years know that this is the way I tend to approach and play the game.

Long may you Lux my friend.


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