Thursday, October 18, 2012

Munchkin Apocalypse

An ad for Munchkin Apocalypse caught my eye this week thanks to the giant Godzilla-style monster shown destroying a city (as they tend to do).

From the World of Munchkin:
Game Design by Steve Jackson * Illustrated by John Kovalic

168 regular cards, 12 square Seal cards, a unique six-sided die, and a rulesheet.
Suggested Retail Price $24.95 * Stock #1503 * UPC 837654321560. In Production.

It's the end of the world!

In Munchkin Apocalypse, every possible natural (and unnatural) disaster has happened... or will happen during the game. You are a rugged survivor in a world full of people – and things – that want to kill you and take your stuff. So do it to them first!

This set introduces four new classes and a new, yet eerily familiar, card type: Disasters!

And what's with all these seals running around? Don't they know the world's about to end? You should really keep an eye on that seventh one in particular . . .

Munchkin Apocalypse will be available in Fall 2012. That should give you a few weeks to play it before the world really ends, at least if the Mayans are right . . .

There's also a +6 Bag o' Radioactive Munchkin d6, which comes with 4 bonus cards:

 And as if that weren't enough, there will be a Mars Attacks! booster:

From Steve Jackson Games:
The Topps Company and Steve Jackson Games announce Munchkin Apocalypse: Mars Attacks, bringing the pulpy sci-fi action of the classic card set into their newest Munchkin core game.
Created by Topps in 1962, MARS ATTACKS is in the midst of a contemporary revival. In addition to celebrating the brand's 50th anniversary, Topps is reintroducing the property through an all-new comic book series from IDW that serves as the launching point of a new MARS ATTACKS universe.

"We've always been huge fans of MARS ATTACKS and it's been a thrill to see it return in such a big way," said Andrew Hackard, Munchkin Brand Manager for Steve Jackson Games. "The brand's outrageous sci-fi action and off-beat, dark humor will play very well within the World of Munchkin and we can't wait to show fans what we've got in store!"

Adds Steve Jackson, "We are going to be completely faithful to the original MARS ATTACKS concepts. We are going to blow things up without reason or mercy or even very good aim. We will continue until the squashy Earthmen force us back to make a last stand on our dying desert home. It's them or us."

Munchkin Apocalypse drops players into the end of the world and challenges them to acquire loot and level up. Its humorous text and cartoon art make it only the latest hit game in the best-selling Munchkin line.

"While it originated as a trading card series, this will be the first time MARS ATTACKS will be seen as a card game," said Adam Levine, Topps' Licensing Manager, "and we can't think of a more perfect world than The World of Munchkin for our Martians to invade."

Munchkin Apocalypse: Mars Attacks will be a 15-card booster for Munchkin Apocalypse, using art from the original 1962 trading cards. It will be in stores in Summer 2013.
So far I've only played the original Munchkin, but I think this is a variant I'll have to pick up. I need to know whether there are cards that allow you to destroy meteors with oil drillers, or outrun freezing temperatures on foot, or wipe out alien motherships with your Apple Powerbook.

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