All things Analog

Tuesday, December 23, 2008
As I said in my last post, my primary means of gaming is away for repair. This has left me to re-discover the games gathering dust in my house. Mostly board games, I've been drawn to the conclusion that 1) I own far too many trivia games and 2) I love Munchkin.

My wife and I just bought Munchkin Booty, the latest and most piratical (yay words!!!) version of Munchkin to date. I have to say, Munchkin Cthulhu remains my all time favorite, but who ever doubted that.

But where are my manners, some of you might not be so familiar with Munchkin. Munchkin is a card game of epic and hilarious proportions in which you do your very best to screw over your fellow players. It's an RPG at it's heart, the ultimate goal is to reach level ten (although Epic Munchkin raises the stakes to level 20).

The original munchkin is your standard high fantasy lovingly parodied. Each subsequent Munchkin set has had it's own theme. From the sci-fi Star Munchkin with it's Laser-raser-taser-maser-banana-fanna-fo-phaser, to Munchkin Cthulhu and it's Necronookiecon, every set of Munchkin decks can be mixed with another to form strange and wonderful combinations. Our most successful mixing so far has been Munchkin Bites (gothic themed) with Munchkin Cthulhu.

The best thing about Munchkin is that you can't help but have fun, no matter the mood you're in. The whole thing is so outlandish and absurd, taking it seriously or playing angry is nigh impossible.

Chances are you know some people that play Munchkin. If they're like my wife and I then they're always looking for more players. The more the merrier is the prime rule of Munchkin (I'll never forget our 7 person game at PAX this last year). You'll quickly learn the basics of the game, and the more devious little tricks will come with time.

Munchkin is fun, engaging and a great way to spend an evening with friends. Play it once and you'll never regret it. Play it more than that and you're liable to get hooked. Go on, indulge your inner miscreant.