Tuesday, January 15, 2013

You should buy the game Munchkin (but not the deluxe version)

Disney's new "Infinity" project got lots of publicity today even though the game footage looks terrible, and the entire concept just looks like a way to cheat kids and their parents out of money for overpriced figurines and discs. (I loathe the Skyanders concept, too.)

Instead, I recommend my family's new favorite game, Munchkin.  It's a fast-based dungeon exploring adventure, where everything is card based.  Instead of spending a lot of time thinking up a character and weapons, you just draw simple cards that tell you your class, race, and armament.

As you progress through the dungeon, you fight monsters and find treasure, and choose to help or hinder each other.

It's a lot of fun, but I don't recommend the deluxe version - - it comes with a board and pawns.  But essentially no effort went into designing the board (which is superfluous, anyway), and the pawns are all the same AND their design is unappealing.  Quite possibly the worst pawns I've ever seen in a board game.

The regular version is $18 at Amazon.


  1. I like the deluxe version. It's nice having the board to keep track of things.

    1. Agreed. If I spent $18, I'd be wondering why all I got was a pack of cards and the company couldn't even be bothered to provide something to keep track of the player level.

    2. But it only goes up to 10, and you quite possibly go higher than that without winning. There's actually a free iOS app from the makers that can be used for the same purpose.

      It's not useless, but I was just awfully disappointed with how lackluster the board and the pieces are.

    3. Unless you play with the optional Epic rules, you can not exceed level 10. Actually, nothing lets you exceed level 9 unless you kill a monster, or if a card explicitly states that you may do so (Divine Intervention).

  2. You can buy the board separately for 5$. I suggest watching a game with Steve Jackson himself.