10 ‘Munchkin’ Games We Want to See


For those unaware of the geeky card game ‘Munchkin’, maybe take a detour past our previous article (right here) on the game to get acquainted. It’s a fun, highly competitive card based RPG in which the fastest way to a win involves lying cheating, manipulating and back-stabbing your friends. It’s fun and wholesome! One of the best features is the different themes the game comes in – superheroes, pirates, ninjas, zombies, Lovecraftian horrors and even some licensed titles such as Conan, Axe-Cop and The Guild. With unlimited potential for new spin-offs, we’ve compiled a wish list in the vague hope that someone will listen…

Ghostbusters

‘Munchkin’ has a retro charm to it, and few things are carry that retro charm like Ghostbusters. In terms of monsters we’ve got the expanded universes collection of ghosts with the best known, such as The Marshmallow Man and Viggo, taking the spots of the high ranking beasties. Various gadgets can be collected in the manner of items and weapons, including items to it out the firehouse and ECTO1. Races and classes are a little harder to fill in given the limited amount of hero types available. Perhaps a more generic paranormal investigator theme would be better suited.

Ghostbusters

Sliming optional.

Noir

When we thought of this particular entry we had to double check to make sure it didn’t already exist because it seemed so obvious. With character classes split up into private eyes, femme fatales, corrupt cops and snitches. Tommy guns, six-shooters, violin cases, bribes and the like make up the items. Plenty of real life and fictional gangsters and criminals and available to fill out the ranks of monsters. Once use only items can be used to catch your enemy out with tax fraud. Why hasn’t this happened?

Noir

Batman

A Batman theme? Suggested by someone of the House of Geekery?

If we weren’t half-obsessed (or completely obsessed) with the Dark Knight we’d have to admit that the potential here is huge. Batman has dozens of awesome gadgets over the past few decades, each one a potential item. The huge gallery of foes provides for a range of different enemies with The Joker and Two-Face as the Level 20 villains and Killer Moth and Calender Man as Level 1. Sidekicks from the Super-Munchkin set can be brought back to include Robins, and the classes could the different incarnations of Bats. Adam West style, Dark Knight, Frank Miller, Golden Age, etc. I want it.

Batman Family

Buffyverse

Joss Whedon is our god. And like conventional gods he has created worlds. The Buffyverse is extensive and detailed. Classes include Slayers, vampires, werewolves, witches, Watchers. Items start with simple stakes (with Mr. Pointy coming with extra strength), spells, Slayer scythe, ancient and magical items (unleash the Mummy Hand!) and even the in-jokes like the hummus attack. The monsters – well, there’s dozens of monsters to choose from. Given the target market for the Munchkin this would be an automatic big seller.

Buffyverse

Discworld

Having already taken on other fantasy staples such as ‘Conan’, Terry Pratchett’s long, long running fantasy book series shared a very similar sense of satirical humour with Munchkin. All the generic fantasy classes are included with assassins, clowns and politicians giving it some unique flavour. Likewise some of the odd wildlife such as Hermit Elephants and items like the Luggage would create some odd encounters. Death, being a key figure in the mythos, would need to play a unique role in the game.

Discworld

Steampunk

As a style, Steampunk has been increasing in popularity in recent years. The unique Victorian era themed sci-fi is a unique approach to character and weapon design, and a Munchkin deck based around the concept would look damn cool. With famous historical figures such as Tesla and Lovecraft being popular among Steampunk designers there’s already a range of sources to mine for items and monsters, or it could simply give the original Munchkin a steampunk make-over.

Steampunk

Harry Potter

At first I resisted this suggestion because it just seems done to death, but it is a perfect fit. Classes are replaced with houses, a range of races or readily available, existing spells and items and all the monsters…the work’s practically done already.

Harry Potter

Mad Scientists

The Munchkin series has had great success in mining the realm of B-Grade over the years from the Universal horror movies to 70s Kung-fu films. One thing that hasn’t been touched on yet is the stereotype of the mad scientist. Tesla coils, malformed lab assistants, experiments gone wrong…possibly some formula items that could be combined for extra mischief. Battling against angry mobs, regulators and lab animals let loose leads to plenty of fun!

Professor Frink

Game of Thrones

Munchkin is hardly a kids game (with Spiked Codpieces and Kneepads of Affection being available for collection) but this could be the most explicate of the series while retaining the fantasy concept. Classes are divided up into soldiers, maesters, bards, rangers, Kingsgaurds, etc. Races could be changed to families such as the Starks, Lannisters, Tyrells, Greyjoys and the like. Named swords, magical items and the big winner: pet dragons fill out the items while wildlings, others, White Riders, slave merchants and more fill out the villains. How to fit in the incest though…

Game of Thrones

Doctor Who

The Ten Doctors

If there’s one thing that is needed for a Munchkin game, it’s plenty of material to draw upon. With almost fifty years of television history behind the sci-fi series there’s plenty to use. Sonic screwdrivers, 3D glasses, timey-wimey detectors, bow ties, yellow cars, psychic paper and dozens of other strange items are ready for combat against Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, The Silence, Autons, The Master, The War Machines, Axons, The Timelords, Daemons, Silurians, Sontarans and many others. A unique twist can be taken on races, with eleven cards representing the eleven different Doctors and their unique traits. Classes appear in the form of Companions so the players can travel with River Song, Sarah-Jane, Capt. Jack, Rose, Amy and Rory and others. There would only be one response to a Doctor Who Munchkin Set…

Shut Up and Take My Money