Munchkin Board Game Review: I wrote about the first Munchkin card game for the internet last week. It was created by Steve Jackson. I listed a number of the various game editions and modifications in that piece; the list appears to be constantly expanding and features some intriguing, occasionally bizarre theme selections.
Munchkin Board Game Review
The only Munchkin edition I own is Munchkin Cthulhu, but this review essentially applies to all of the Munchkin base editions. The themes may vary and the basic rules may slightly vary for each edition, but overall positives and negatives for the game’s core mechanics and gameplay should be fairly universal.
Beginning as a parody of D&D players who only care about killing monsters and obtaining loot at the expense of their friends (perhaps more contemporary, computer-focused gamers would recognize this type of player as a “Leeroy Jenkins”), Munchkin quickly gained popularity because of its accessibility, ability to foster enjoyable player interaction, and willingness to go beyond the scope of its satire.
In Munchkin, there are two decks: Door and Treasures. At Level 1, each player receives a hand of cards (an equal number from each deck). The player may play one of each sort of Race or Class card they have in their hand right away (these cards grant the players particular bonuses and/or advantages based on what Race and/or Class they become).
A player is only allowed to have one hat, one item in each hand (some cards state that the item is two-handed, so naturally they can only have one of them), one item for their feet (often boots! ), and one item of armor. Items can also be played right away.
A player “kicks down a door” on their turn by simply turning the top card of the Door deck over, then deals with the outcome of the turn. If it’s a monster card, they must attempt to beat it, which can be done by simply having a level number higher than the monsters plus any bonuses already in play.
Unless otherwise specified on the Monster card, killing a monster will increase the level of the active player by 1; the overall goal is to reach level 10 to win the game. Treasures can also be drawn upon killing a monster. Once the Curse has been removed, players can either “look for trouble” by playing a monster card from their hand and attempting to defeat it, as they would with a monster that is often revealed by breaking down a door, or “loot the chamber” by drawing a Door card into your hand.
These are the fundamentals of a turn, although there is more to it, particularly in terms of battle. In the event that the active player is unable to vanquish a monster that has been exposed, they are permitted to enlist the aid of one additional player, who will add their level and any benefits they may have to the battle. Players might agree to split the treasure obtained from defeating the monster (given on the card) in any way in order to gain this assistance.
Can Make Life Difficult For Active Player
Additionally, any player can make life difficult (or even easy!) for the active player by raising or lowering the monster’s level using the modifier cards they now have. The effect of Bad Stuff, which is specified on the card and is unique for each monster, is applied if a player fails to defeat a monster.
The player loses everything if they pass away, however, they retain their race, class, and level (unless otherwise noted in a monster’s Bad Stuff description). The other players are given the opportunity to “Loot the Body,” which allows them to select one card from the player’s hand at the time of death or from the item cards they already had in play (excess cards are discarded). They only remain lifeless while the next player is doing their turn; nevertheless, they must wait until it is their turn to draw new cards.
Simple Game With A Lot Of Fun
It’s a rather straightforward game that can be a lot of fun, especially with a group that is prepared to participate in its absurdity. Despite the frequently overwhelming number of cards and monsters in a set, no chance for a pun or amusing joke is ignored. Although few of them are laugh-out-loud humorous, they are at the very least amusing. The humor at the core of Munchkin has always been well-sold by John Kovalic’s art, which also gives the game a very recognizable and appealing visual style.
The regulations are one thing that Munchkin has, in my opinion, always had trouble with. The rules have always been a complete muddle for such a (relatively) easy game. Although there are many FAQs available online and even later rulesets included with games, this shouldn’t be the case at all, especially since the game has been available for almost 20 years. Although mixing and combining the various sets might be challenging for players due to the crazily diverse sets and quirks that each can bring to the table, the rules can – and should – be simpler to understand in each edition.
Munchkin Final Review
So, the answer to the issue of whether or not I suggest that you check out Munchkin as a game is circumspect maybe. Although it has flaws and is a little too random for my liking, there is no denying that it has been a genuine success in the gaming world. The feeling of having an equal playing field regardless of how often you have (or have not) played it is a definite plus feature that very few games give. It can be a little lighthearted fun, especially with a bunch of individuals who may not generally be up for board games.