“Go down into the dungeon. Kill everything you meet. Backstab your friends and steal their stuff. Grab the treasure and run.”
These are the first words you see when you visit worldofmunchkin.com; and I couldn’t think of a better way to describe the game. In mid-October of this year I had the pleasure of experiencing several of the Steve Jackson Games products for the first time at a gaming convention in Salisbury, NC. I spent a bit of time playing several products from Steve Jackson Games and then the representative brought out one of the Munchkin games. For the next 3 hours I was engrossed as several of us gathered around a table and played Munchkin Cthulhu. Having never played a role-playing game, I was a bit hesitant because everything I had ever heard about them involved hours of set up and preparation and that wasn’t something I was prepared to do that day. Thankfully none of that was involved here. After a brief review of the rules (and a few patient veteran players) the game was on. Around that table for those few hours everyone was the same; from the 10 year-old to the married couple celebrating their wedding anniversary.
Shortly thereafter I sent an e-mail the folks at Steve Jackson Games to let them know how much I had enjoyed their products. They responded fairly quickly and even sent me a copy of their 2 newest games, Munchkin Legends and Munchkin Pathfinder. So, one night over the holidays, my wife and a couple of friends sat down, cracked them open, and settled in for a few rounds of fun. The rules were explained and an opening round of explanation and clarification was played for everyone to get familiar with game play. A few hours and several games later we decided to call it quits for the night even though none of us wanted to and the sets were given as a "thank you" to those that played.
Munchkin is described as a “dungeon” experience with none of the roleplaying stuff. Your main goal is, pardon the expression, to screw everyone else at the table. You want to take their items, sic monsters on them, and keep them fighting in the dungeons long enough to reach level 10 and win the game. Find your faction, join a class, and select from a variety of hilarious weapons and armor from the T-Bone Stake, to Achille’s Heel or a Magic Bassoon.
These games are quick and easy to learn and a good round can be played with the entire family in about an hour.
Both of these sets contain 168 cards, a six-sided die, and rulesheet and can be combined with any of the other standalone games or expansion packs to have hours and hours of unique entertainment.