A board game that roleplayers will especially love, Munchkin makes fun of newbie roleplayers who play aggressively to win even in a non-competitive game. In the roleplaying world, these players are known as munchkins. Designed by Steve Jackson, the game hass an innovative concept and is based on the book, The Munchkin's Guide to Powergaming, itself a hilarious take on munchkins. The illustrations provided by John Kovalic are lovely!
The game starts with all players at level 1. The goal of the game is to reach level 10 by killing monsters. This might appear to be a very simple gameplay but it is actually quite interesting because the players are free to break the rules under certain circumstances, which adds zest to the game. The game comes with 168 cards and a die and is suitable for 3 to 6 players. There are two types of cards: treasure and encounter. Encounter cards lead to battle with monsters. Winning these battles levels up the player and gives them access to treasure cards. Losing results in losing of levels and treasure.
The game proved to be very popular and won the Best Traditional Card Game title from Origins Awards in 2001. It has been translated into 15 languages and several expansion packs have been published since it was originally released in 2001. In 2010, Jackson also changed a lot of things in the game, including the rules and the cards. The changes proved to be just as popular as the original game.
Whether or not you are a roleplayer, Munchkin will provide hours of laughter and fun to you and your friends. It is not considered a serious game, but it still requires a lot of thought and strategy to win the game. If powerplaying is your thing, then Munchkin is a game where you can freely indulge your heart’s desire without breaking the rules or annoying people!