W. Eric MartinUnited States
Munchkin from Steve Jackson Games, but you probably already knew that, didn't you? Munchkin is like oxygen, constituting 21% of the gaming atmosphere and providing the means to start fires in gaming forums whenever it's raised as a topic.
Whatever your feelings, though, lots of people love Munchkin and SJG is only too happy to introduce new titles to that universe, such as Munchkin Oz, which allows players to travel with — or become — characters from the L. Frank Baum books, and Munchkin Hipsters, which is a thirty-card booster of non-hip hipster things that can be added to any standalone Munchkin game.
Strangely (or not), both titles are exclusives with particular retail partners. Munchkin Oz is available solely through the Target retail chain in the U.S., with some stores carrying the game now and August 2015 being the chainwide release date, and Munchkin Hipsters is with online retailer ThinkGeek. SJG has done such exclusives previously, with Munchkin Legends debuting in Target in 2013, then becoming available to the entire market in 2014.
Additional Munchkin titles in the offing include Munchkin Christmas Lite, a scaled-down standalone introductory game for 3-4 players that retails for $10; Munchkin Kittens, a thirty-card booster pack for any standalone Munchkin game; and Star Munchkin Cosmic Demo, which is both a 17-card booster for Star Munchkin and a rigged demo to lead others through how to play the game.
Finally, in May 2015 folk rock band The Decemberists handed out a promo card for Munchkin titled "Hireling: Cavalry Captain", the design of which is based on a song on one of their albums. As SJG's Brian Engard explains, band member Chris Funk is a fan of Munchkin, so he contacted the publisher and this promotional card, which the band handed out at concerts, is the result of their collaboration.
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