So, its been nearly a month since my last blog and yes it would have been sooner if I hadn’t had bloggers guilt!
Blogger guilt: having a post idea to write but not posting beacuse ‘it’s been too long’
In the last four weeks I have played and enjoyed more games of Formula D with Mr S, and introduced some other friends to the game that accelerated my love of tabletop gaming.
That game is Munchkin.
A bit of history, for a long time now I have been speaking about Munchkin to a friend at work, not going into too much detail. I held back on the detail as you never know how much of a geek the other person is. I can go on about the game for an age but find out the other person has lost interest when they hear the words dungeon and cards. This didnt happen, Mr A wanted to hear more.
Mr A was asking about the game and the dangerous phase ‘I’d like to try that’ was uttered.
This phase sparked an new geeky friendship, the conversations soon gained another member in the form of Mr D.
These converstaions always revolved around our geek passions, tabletop games for me, model making for Mr A and star gazing/train set building (one off project) for Mr D. We would each describe progress on projects and bounce ideas off each other until we made the decision to get together and have a games night.
This night was to introduce Mr A and Mr D to Munchkin.
Munchkin is a game when you kick in the door, defeat a monster, take its treasure and backstab your friends.
It is essentially a RPG but without the character backstory and long length of storytelling.
The main premise is to get to level 10 first, yup thats all!
You start the game as a level 1 human, you are dealt eight cards (four door and four treasure), these cards will be a mixture of Monsters, weapons, curses, potions, races, classes and special items.
The weapons will give you bonuses, so as a level 1 human with a rat on a stick with a +1 (hey its better than nothing) will mean you have +2 to attack with. This is good if you have to fight a level 1 monster, but you will either need help from another player or run away.
As you defeat monsters you go up a level and get treasure, increasing your attack points, potions and curses as you go.
When you get a few levels ahead of the other players, they will backstab you to stop you from winning. This can be done in any number of ways, cursing the player to lose bonuses, stealing items, stopping them from defeating a monster or aiding the monster by giving it additional bonuses.
For a more coherent overview I would suggest watching the episode on TableTop.
We agreed that we would go to Mr A’s house one Saturday and the introduction would begin. Due to having the deluxe version (comes with a board and figures) of the game we set up on the coffee table and started.
The next thing we knew SIX HOURS HAD GONE BY!!
We played quite a few games, laughed through out, and without knowing started something which has grown.
We left Mr A’s and the next time we saw each other we discussed meeting up again, we now have regular chats as a three via Whatsapp discussing each of our geeky passions, spurring each other on, offering advice and continuing to laugh!
The geek circle grows! (I won’t leave it so long next time!)