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One of the most easiest , fast paced and fun to play games to come along in the past few years has to be the Munchkin series. It is a pretty straightforward game that allows you to get together with your friends and have a great time. Now Steve Jackson games has come up with a new core set of Munchkin. Get ready to kill monsters take their stuff and hear the lamentations of their women in Munchkin Conan.

The game plays like the original set of Munchkin as you draw four cards from the door and treasure decks and put them into your hand. Everyone in the game starts off as a level one character but you can play one of each race, class or birthright cards. These cards will give you bonuses in combat as well as some other abilities to give you an edge in the game. This set brings the flavor of Conan to munchkin so you might see a Cimmerian Warrior or a Stygian Priest prowling the lands.

For those that have not played Munchkin here is a short tutorial on how the game is played. The objective is to go from level 1 to level 10 and you do this by kicking in doors. When you kick in a door you turn the card face up and if it is a monster you must fight it. If it is a curse it comes into play immediately. Curses range from the funny “You are weak and civilized” to the frightening “Forced in the arena.” If no monster was drawn you can choose to either look for trouble (playing a monster from your hand) or to loot the room (draw a door card and place it in your hand).

How do you fight a monster? Your combat strength has to be greater than the combat strength of the monster. If you exceed this you defeat the monster and take its treasure. If you fail you have to run away (which can be done on a 5 or better on D6). If you fail that roll then you have to obey whatever it says on the bad stuff portion of the card. Now if you can’t defeat the monster by yourself you can always ask for help but then again those same players can also backstab you by making the monsters harder to fight. You can also die in the game and if you do so you lose all your items but you keep your level and the other players can loot your corpse. That may sound harsh but such is life in the world Munchkin Conan.

The art of the game is done by the wonderful John Kovalic who has done art for previous versions of Munchkin. Some of the art is just hilarious as we have seen cards of Conan being drunk or you annoying conan (which never ends well). Also the backs of the cards have the same backs that the original Munchkin set had so it blends in with the core sets. And always adding more cards to your game makes it more fun to play. The price for this new core set is $24.95 which is a great value as you will be getting 168 cards, the rules on how to play the game and a six sided die. The box also has components to keep your cards neat and tidy (along with any other expansions you pick up.)

If you are a fan of Conan you should definitely pick up this game as it is fun to play andhas loads of characters and monsters from the Conan universe. For more information on this game and the whole Munchkin universe visit www.sjgames.com and get ready to kick some monster butt!
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