Munchkin Panic

Last night was my first time trying Munchkin Panic. I found it to be entertaining, however, in the end I was mildly disappointed.

For those of you familiar with Munchkin, you know that the game consists of bargaining to get ahead as much as possible and inevitably stabbing your friends in the back. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “Monopoly ruins families”, you’ve obviously never played Munchkin. Munchkin will send you on a war path and keep you absolutely determined to make whomever won regret it.

I’m sure everyone has heard me talk about Castle Panic enough to realize that it is a very cooperative game and usually brings the table together.

-Munchkin Panic by Steve Jackson Games and Fireside Games-

1-6 players, 45-60 mins

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Munchkin Panic on the other hand combines these two to create a confusing ballet of backstabbing and bartering because you need each other to keep the castle walls up. Basically you barter with each other for kill points and treasure cards. The thing is that in the end whomever has the most kill points has won the game.

This game is honestly very fun, I had a good time even though I was beyond heartbroken that I lost at my first game. It got the point where I was so concerned about points that I ended up not bargaining any longer because my husband was getting all of the kill points. We actually discarded monsters just so the other person wouldn’t get the kill points. We were being incredibly spiteful the whole game and yet in the end I still had the thought of “at least we only lost one wall”.

Every time a monster is defeated there are treasures, which is where the bartering to defeat them comes from. Although you may not get the kill if you help someone, you could potentially get a fantastic treasure that helps you get ahead in the end. Don’t be shy to offer help, sometimes it’s worth it.

My final opinion on this game is that it’s really good. I know my husband probably thought I hated the game the whole time, but it wasn’t true. I had such high hopes in it being just a goofy version of Castle Panic, that my first thought was how it doesn’t compare with Castle Panic. I was defeated, but I will return just as spiteful as I left. Go ahead and take a look at this wonderful game and be prepared to be a little sore at the other players for a while.

Miniature Market has the game available for a good price. Take a look at The Fireside Website and Steve Jackson’s World of Munchkin Site for more information. If you liked this review and want to be kept up to date please follow my page and like me on Facebook. Until next time… Live by the Board.

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Merry Christmas

Greetings All,

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope all of you have/will manage(d) to get in a board game or two in today. Our Christmas celebration was yesterday, we only played three games between dinner and gift giving. I just wanted to share them with you.

Christmas Trivia by Greenbrier-

-2+ Players, 5+ Mins-

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We played with five us and said the first one to ten got a candy cane. There are three questions on each card and the range from very easy to fairly hard. It’s definitely a kid friendly game, but they made it with enough complicated questions to be fun for adults as well.

Munchkin Loot Letter by AEG and Steve Jackson Games-

-2-4 Players (We played with five), 20 Mins-

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This is “Love Letter with a face lift.”, as my husband says. It’s Love Letter meets Munchkin. It is a great play and easy to learn. All of the cards originate from the game Munchkin and they all have the same abilities as the one from Love Letter.

-Glow Stick Ring Toss-

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This is one you can make yourself, but I bought mine at Dollar Tree. It was too cold to play outside. We waited until it was dark outside and turned off the lights in the house. We played ring toss in the living room. Originally we had planned on playing first to five, however, the task of making one ring proved so difficult that it became the first to one. It took us twenty minutes of playing before my son finally made one ring, but it was really fun.

One last thing I’d like to share with you is the idea of family gifts. We make a small list of family gifts, which are usually board games or movies. This year we had the games mentioned above as well as Munchkin Panic and a Uno variant. I will review these two later as we have not yet played them. Thank you so much for reading, have a Happy Holiday, and until next time… Live by the Board.

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Christmas Games!

Greetings All,

Today I wanted to post some Christmas themed games for you holiday playing pleasure. 🙂

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Many people are familiar with the popular card game Cards Against Humanity, they actually have Holidays Pack available for 2012 and 2013, they are $10 each. Please be warned that this is not a kid friendly game. Scroll to the bottom of their page for more information!

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Do you want to be part of the Lollipop Guild? Munchkin is also a very popular game and has TONS of different versions. Munchkin has a version called Reindeer Games and another called Holiday Surprise. Steve Jackson’s website also has a list of other Munchkin Christmas Products. Go check them out, it’s all pretty cool. 🙂

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Here’s a more family familiar game, Christmas-Opoly is exactly what it sounds like, a Christmas version of Monopoly. You can find it for sale on the Toys-R-Us website. Do Not Pass Go without checking this one out!

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Is Christmas shopping making you want to say Good Grief? Well, now you can… with the Charlie Brown Christmas Board Game! 🙂 Check it out on Amazon!

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12 Days is a neat little card game that you can purchase at DriveThruCards for $12 or print it for free from there as well. There is a fantastic play through you can view from Tabletop! 🙂

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This is a different 12 Days of Christmas game, not to be confused with the one above. This one is a free print and play. Check it out!

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Carcassonne is a great strategy game that just happens to have a beautiful Winter Edition… seriously thinking about adding this one to my Christmas list! 😉

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The Christmas Game is a very different, very cute twist on Christmas Traditions! I haven’t tried it, but I’ve heard great things.

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Fluxx is a game that has constantly changing rules! It is very fun! They have a Holiday Edition that I am just dying to try, I hope you are too!

-Now switching pace to Holiday RPGs-

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I’m not sure if anyone is familiar with Fiasco, but it’s a really cool RPG and I found where someone made a holiday version called Holly Jolly. We have Fiasco and definitely will be saving the link! 🙂

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This is ADORABLE, someone made a holiday RPG dungeon! Ahh! 🙂 Check it out! It’s called The House on Christmas Hill!

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Lastly Castle Panic has an adorable Snowflake that is shaped like the Castle Towers! As seen above!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Until next time… Live by the Board!

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