The famous Munchkin tabletop game goes digital
Love it or hate it, Munchkin has been an integral part of the tabletop gaming scene for 20 years, a back-pocketing card game where players seek to be the first, the richest, and the most horrible little person. to reach level 10. digital, since Dire Wolf announced an adaptation in partnership with the publisher Munchkin Steve Jackson Games.
In Munchkin, players compete in a series of rounds to explore the dungeon, obtain loot, and take treasure. Along the way, they find magical weapons, like the Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment, get races and classes, and battle monsters like Internet Trolls and the Plutonium Dragon.
If you hadn’t realized, Munchkin was at the time of its release in 2001 a parody of the least popular type of player in tabletop roleplaying: those who weren’t there to play a role at all.
Dire Wolf plans to release its digital edition of Munchkin in the fall of 2022. It will include cross-platform multiplayer for what looks like up to six players. There will be a tutorial segment that promises to teach “tricks of the adventurer’s trade” which I can only assume means how to drive your friends crazy. There will also be “Solo Challenges with special rules!”
Dire Wolf’s previous work spans the gamut of digital tabletop gaming. Their releases include games like Root, A Game of Thrones, and the recent best board game adaptation Everdell. Dire Wolf has been pretty reliable in the past for – at the very least – nice and functional ports.
Depending on who you ask, Munchkin is either a legendary classic from tabletop gaming’s past, or sadly miserable and overrated, with little opinion in between. It’s one of those games that people refuse to play, play to kill time, play drunk or take it way too seriously and get really crazy when they lose.
It’s one of the most expansive games I can think of, with reworks and expansions ranging from Cthulhu and Sci-Fi Star Munchkin to Zombies, Westerns, Super-Munchkin, Shakespeare, Adventure Time, Post-Apocalypse, Pathfinder , Mythology, The Wizard of Oz, Marvel, Warhammer 40,000, Warhammer Age of Sigmar and The Walking Dead. None of this is made up, I am very serious.
So I guess you can see why some people might get sick of Munchkin. I guess the real question is, how many of these expansions do you think we’ll see on digital, and will that allow us to throw them into a giant pile and shuffle them like people do in the real life ? I doubt we’ll see that kind of wild success, but we’ll definitely find out when it comes out this fall.
You can find Munchkin Digital on Steam. (opens in a new tab)