Munchkin: Shakespeare Deluxe Review

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By Judith Moore

When a friend (Editors note: MEEEE!) gave me the chance to try a new variant on Munchkin, I jumped at the chance. Munchkin original flavor is already a favorite in my household; the adults have read Shakespeare; what was there to lose? I was slightly concerned that the references would be too obscure for my kids to enjoy, but that concern was soon laid to rest --buried AND praised, if you will.

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This was our first Deluxe game, and having tokens and a board to manage levels makes it easier on the small fry. The character tokens and cards are whimsically illustrated, in keeping with any good Munchkin game. All good and well so far, but what of the cards? The battles!? The monsters!? The LOOT!? After my husband and I finished laughing ourselves silly, we had to explain the best jokes to the kids. While the implications of the Cuckold Horns went right over their heads, the Monolog and Dialog were instant favorites (yes, they are actual logs…) and the monsters needed very little explanation.

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We were able to jump right in to gameplay! The pacing of Munchkin: Shakespeare is very different than that of the first game. There are far more opportunities for multi-level advancement, and catastrophic level-losing slapdowns, than in the first game. There are also more opportunities to meddle with other players, to the great glee of all involved. The new Bard class, in particular, leads to some great shenanigans when paired with suitable dice rolls! After only one game, we were hooked. We could not stop playing until we’d seen all the cards!

By the end of the first session, Munchkin Shakespeare had taken its place as our favorite Munchkin variant to date. It also has inspired a desire in my oldest (8) to read Shakespeare! Is this game a comedy? Is it a tragedy? The answer is yes, it is all these and more, but above all, it is FUN.

(Images from worldofmunchkin.com)

Port Royal, Twilight Imperium III, FFG Worlds, Dirtbags Invitational - Boards & Swords #92

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Sooooo many games! We talk about the 1st annual Dirtbags Invitational, I went to FFG headquarters in Minnesota for the L5R World Championship, and I played Twilight Imperium III! Don't worry, Collin and Cindy have plenty to talk about as well!  Then, Cindy treats us to an awesome new game show!

News

Dragon Ball Z Perfect Cell
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/38825/dragon-ball-z-perfect-cell

Fields of Arle Expansion
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/38803/tea-more-valuable-beer-fields-arle

Fruit Ninja Tabletop Game Series
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/38790/fruit-ninja-tabletop-game-series

Star Wars Legion Expansions Announced
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/38774/first-unit-expansion-star-wars-legion-revealed

Potion Explosion Game Night Kit
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/38754/potion-explosion-game-night-kit

Fantasy Flight Interactive established
https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/38761/asmodee-fantasy-flight-launch-fantasy-flight-interactive

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Thank you for listening to the show.  Until next time, remember that every gamer has a story…..what's yours?

Boards & Swords #21: Tsuro, Munchkin Zombies 4, & Atheros Deck

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Happy Memorial Day!  This week, I review the new expansion to Munchkin Zombies, Munchkin Zombies 4: Spare Parts, I break down the terrific filler game Tsuro, and I finish off the episode talking about the new Black/White Atheros deck that I built for Chloe.  Oh yeah, and D&D Fifth Edition got official release dates!

Board Games Legendary/Legendary Dark City Munchkin Zombies 4: Spare Parts Android Netrunner Rampage

News

D&D Next announcements!

http://majorspoilers.com/2014/05/19/release-schedule-dd-next5e-announced/

Board Game Breakdown

Tsuro by Calliope Games

Magic The Gathering

Black/White Deck for Chloe:

Atheros

60 cards, 0 sideboard

4 Temple of Silence 10 Swamp 10 Plains

24 lands

4 God-Favored General 2 Blood Bairn 2 Heliod, God of the Sun 2 Baleful Eidolon 2 Eidolon of Countless Battles 2 Tormented Hero 4 Hopeful Eidolon 4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel 2 Athreos, God of Passage 2 Champion of Stray Souls

26 creatures

2 Whip of Erebos 2 Spear of Heliod 1 Dictate of Erebos 1 Ajani, Caller of the Pride 2 Bile Blight 2 Altar's Reap

10 other spells

Closing

This podcast is an Obsessive Comics Disorder production.  Please visit ocdcast.com for more great videos and podcasts, such as the main Obsessive Comics Disorder podcast, talking about comics and all the geeky things we obsess over.  Like to contribute to the show?  Send me an email with what you are playing to feedback@boardsandswords.com.  On twitter, you can find me @ChrisTheProf or on facebook go to facebook.com/obsessivecomicsdisorder.  Also check out my instagram (ChrisTheProfessor) to see pictures of all the games that I'm currently playing.

Boards & Swords #16: Munchkin, Friday Night Magic Fails

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Lots of great stuff this week - a couple of FNMs gone bad, news about the next X-wing pack (I CALLED IT!), what happens when my party gets into the dungeon I made, and a breakdown of the card game Munchkin!

Board Games

Quarriors on iOS - very nice, may even replace the print version.

Cards Against Humanities - Bought it, haven't had a chance to play yet

X-wing: Imperial Aces

News

Not sure about the next episode - will be at PAX East!

Journey into Nyx Prerelease is at the end of April!  Which means there will be a special in depth episode - send in any questions/comments about the last episode for me to answer on the show.

Rebel Aces Pack announced for X-wing!

http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4705

Magic The Gathering

Friday Night Magic Tales - hard time getting cards, made a 2 color deck and was not doing well with it.

- This week, had a good idea, got some sweet cards, but then released while playing the theme I was going for didn't really work in limited

Roleplaying Games

More D&D 4th edition campaign tales - The party begins their trek through the dungeon I created!

Featured Topic

None this week

Board Game Breakdown

Munchkin by Steve Jackson Games

Feedback/Shoutouts

MTGyou Podcast - 

www.mtgyou.com

Closing

This podcast is an Obsessive Comics Disorder production.  Please visit 

ocdcast.com

 for more great videos and podcasts, such as the main Obsessive Comics Disorder podcast, talking about comics and all the geeky things we obsess over.  Like to contribute to the show?  Send me an email with what you are playing to 

feedback@boardsandswords.com.

  On twitter, you can find me @ChrisTheProf or on facebook go to 

facebook.com/obsessivecomicsdisorder

.  Also check out my instagram (ChrisTheProfessor) to see pictures of all the games that I'm currently playing.

Boards & Swords #10: Zombie Dice, Last Minute Gifts For Gamers

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Merry Christmas everyone!  I know most of you have finished your shopping, but in case you find yourself needing a last minute gift for a board gamer, or have some free money to spend on yourself, I've got a couple of lists for you.  First is the 5 games that you should look at for someone who is relatively new into board gaming, and the second list is just 5 games that are on my Christmas Wish List just to give you ideas for other people.  I hope you all have a great holiday and get to spend time gaming with your friends and family.  I'll see you guys next for more great gaming talk!

Send me feedback on what you guys are playing!

feedback@boardsandswords.com

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Relative Dimensions #35: "We're Bringing It Back Now, Geek Talk Style"

That's right - we thought the show we getting kind of stale just talking about games, so we took our current format and threw it out the window!  If you've been listening since the beginning I intended Relative Dimensions to be a general "Geek Talk Radio" type show, and that's the style that we are going back to.  We are currently coming up with new ideas for the show, so if you've got an idea then send it to us!

chris@ocdcast.com http://ocdcast.comhttp://twitter.com/ChrisTheProfhttp://twitter.com/Philip_RDhttp://facebook.com/obsessivecomicsdisorder Intro/Outro Music - "L3" by Skyhawk on his album "Function"

Topics Covered

Philip isn't playing STO?!? / Sins of a Solar Empire Cherry Chocolate Rain? Chris' Birthday! / New Board Games Star Trek Attack Wing (Preview of the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtssIje1tZo) Munchkin Legends Pokemon games Kindle Books vs Physical Books iPhone repair issues - do it yourself??

News Stories

Steve Jackson Games Announces Munchkin® Legends http://www.sjgames.com/general/press_releases/130619.html

Google launches Internet-beaming balloons http://bigstory.ap.org/article/google-begins-launching-internet-beaming-balloons

How To Make Car Rides Better With Munchkin

That's right, I passed the time during this holiday season by playing munchkin in the car with Chloe (well, we also tried out the Ticket to Ride app on the iPad but more on that later).  Want to know how we did it?  Read past the break to find out.

My family and I live in Maryland near Ashley's family while my parents and my extended family all live in North Carolina.  We typically spend Christmas here in Maryland but go down to NC a few days later to spend time with my parents up until New Years.  The trip from Maryland to NC can be 6 hours or more - and anyone with kids will tell you that's a long time to keep a child still.

Over the past few months, Chloe has become addicted to Munchkin.  She loves playing it and is always asking me to play with her.  I may have to watch how much she actually plays because she's getting REALLY good at it - specifically the backstabbing part.  She loves to bump up monsters so that I have to ask her for help.

So, for the car trip down to NC, I decided to ride in the back seat with Chloe and keep her entertained.  We decided that we would play a few games of Munchkin during the trip.  Wait, you might be saying, isn't Munchkin a card game?  How did you play it in the car without all the cards going everywhere?  Truth be told, it wasn't easy, but we managed to make it work.  Here's how we did it:

1) Ditch the board and game pieces - we tried at first to play the game like we normally do, which is with the official Munchkin board and pieces.  However, the first time Ashley turned the car, the pieces just slid off the board.  So we decided to not use the board and stick with just the level counter apps for our iOS devices (I used my iPhone, she had her iPod touch).

2) Use cup holders for the doors and treasure decks - my car has a small arm that comes down in the middle of the back seat that contains two cupholders.  We used one of these for the door deck and one for the treasure deck, placing them in the cupholders sideways so they would fit.  The discards would just get put in the back of the cupholder arm.  They would occasionally slide together, but for the discards it wasn't that big of a deal.

3) Use pillows for tables - I had two pillows in the back seat, so both of us had one in case we got tired.  I end up hurting my neck when I snooze in the car against the door, so for long trips I like having a pillow available.  Well, as you can see in the image above, we used these pillows as card tables for our items.  The pillow fabric made it so the cards would slide all over the place as the car moved and made it possible to actually play the game.

Other than these 3 things, everything else was pretty normal.  We were able to play the game, but it wasn't without its trials and hardships.  Yet it helped pass the time and it kept Chloe from being bored like kids easily get during car trips.  I did, however, come up with a few ideas to make the gameplay easier:

1) Magnetize the game board & pieces - this way we could still use the game board without worrying about the pieces sliding around.

2) Card Holders for draw/discard piles - I want to get plastic cases (probably magnetized to the munchkin board) where I can slide in the draw and discard piles and not have to worry about piles of cards falling over.

3) Non-stick tables for items - pillows are nice, but get too many items and the cards will start sliding down the curvature of the pillow.  I think something similar to a laptop desk covered in non-stick materials would be much easier for holding cards.

Ill have to work on these ideas before we go on our next big road trip.  Do you have any suggestions I could use?

Munchkin Zombies Review

The last in this set of Munchkin review videos, this week I take a look at Munchkin Zombies!  One of my favorite sets to play, this version of Munchkin by Steve Jackson Games has the Munchkins be zombies and do whatever it takes to get to level 10, using whatever they can find around them as equipment.  Check out the video, and if you want to purchase the game, click here to go to Amazon and order it.  I'll get a cut back, and you get a great game!

Munchkin Conan Review

In this video review, I take a look at one of Steve Jackson Games' latest games - Munchkin Conan!  Its the same great Munchkin you love, now set in the Conan the Barbarian universe.  What do I think of it?  Take a look and find out!

*This copy of Munchkin Conan was provided to me by Steve Jackson Games to review*

If you would like a copy of this game, click this link to Amazon -> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00857S1WY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00857S1WY&linkCode=as2&tag=obsescomicdis-20 You'll get a great game at a great price, and a tiny bit will come back here to support more reviews/videos/podcasts!

Munchkin Axe Cop Review

I review one of Steve Jackson's Munchkin products - Munchkin Axe Cop! See how it compares to the original game and what my thoughts about it are. If it sounds interesting to you, click on the link below to buy it from Amazon, and a part of the purchase goes to helping me create these videos!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005J2RU84/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B005J2RU84&linkCode=as2&tag=obsescomicdis-20

Note: This copy of Munchkin Axe Cop was provided to me by Steve Jackson Games for the purpose of reviewing it.

What? You've Never Heard Of Munchkin??

Yesterday, I spent a lot of time talking about this card game called Munchkin. However, in the midst of some twitter conversations I had throughout the day, I reminded myself that not everyone is familiar with this game. So instead of the post that I originally had planned for today, I decided to take a step back and introduce you guys to an amazing card game that you are sure to love! Read on to find out why...

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I was introduced to Munchkin about 4-6 years ago (can't remember exactly) thanks to one of my college friends. Ever since then, I have fallen in love with the game. Later on, I decided to buy the comic book version of the game Super Munchkin, and ever since then I have been picking up different versions of the game.

So what is this game? In it, you and your friends are Munchkins - comic parodies of the stereotypical D&D type nerd. You are exploring a dungeon, fighting monsters and trying to stab your friends in the back in the meantime. It may sound complicated, but it is so simple. Put it this way - I've even taught my 8 year old stepdaughter how to play - and she loves it! She won't stop asking me when we can play again.

The best part about Munchkin is that there is a version for everyone. The original Munchkin set is a fantasy themed set, poking fun at D&D, Lord of the Rings, etc. However, according to their website (www.worldofmunchkin.com), there are over 14 different games spanning all kinds of genres. I have 4 sets myself: the original set, Super Munchkin (parodying comic books), Munchkin Bites (vampires/werewolves/etc.), and Munchkin Zombies (duh, about Zombies). Not only that, there is a space set, a pirate set, one themed after Mission Impossible, etc. etc. So there is bound to be one that appeals to you.

Curious about what this game is like? Recently, Wil Wheaton has started a YouTube show called Table Top, where he plays games with other celebrities and friends of his. A few weeks ago, Munchkin was one of the games played, so now you can see for yourself a good example of how the game is played:

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So, have I gotten you interested yet? Are you asking, where can I buy this game? You can use this link right here to buy Munchkin on Amazon.com (FYI its an affiliate link, so you'll be supporting the site when you click the link first before you buy). If you happen to have a comic book store nearby, you can also find many of the different versions there as well. Surprisingly, I have also seen the game at my local Target as well, so there is another option for you. Let me know if you try out the game, I want to see what you think!

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What Happens When You Get Too Many Munchkin Cards

As many of you who follow me on Twitter know, I am a HUGE fan of the card game Munchkin. One of my college friends introduced me to the game over 4-5 years ago, and I've been playing the game ever since. When I bought the game for myself, being a comics guy, I purchased Super Munchkin. However, I didn't stop there, and now I own 4 different versions of the base game, with many different boosters as well. How do I store all of these cards? Read on to find out.

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I have been searching for a way to store all of my Munchkin cards for awhile now. Keeping them in their separate boxes is alright for the base sets, but lately I've been buying up a lot of the 15 card booster packs and my vanilla Munchkin box was starting to overflow. Plus, I like the idea of having all of my cards in one place in case I ever want to combine multiple sets together into a game. Steve Jackson Games does have their own solution: the Munchkin Boxes Of Holding. They are 2 cardboard boxes: one for your door cards, one for your treasure cards. However, I wasn't sure how these boxes would hold up, plus that still gives me two boxes to keep track of, and looking through the craft stores near me I knew I could come up with my own solution.

My first idea was to take one of the generic wooden boxes that you can find in any craft store and paint it up Munchkin style. Yet, I couldn't find one that would work best for me that wasn't 20+ dollars. Plus with the move coming up, I didn't have time to work on the painting. So, I decided to hold off on that idea...until I saw this:

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It is some sort of wine box that I happened to find (okay, my wife happened to find) in the clearance isle for only $10! Now, I'm not a wine drinker or anything, but I love the style of this box! It has the medieval chest look that I was hoping to create with the wooden boxes. Once we got it home, Ashley took two of the cardboard pieces within the Munchkin boxes and folded it up so that it would fit in the box and hold the cards without them flopping around. The finished product:

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Now ALL of my Munchkin stuff can easily fit in this chest (minus the game board, but that isn't needed necessarly), including all the rule books and bookmarks that I've acquired from various 'cons. If I ever fill up this box, I can always pull out the cardboard pieces and fit in more cards.

How do you store your Munchkin cards? I am really interested in seeing how other people store their cards as well. Leave a comment below and tell me how you store your cards. Do you just keep them in the original box? Do you have the Munchkin boxes of holding?