The Munchkin Book: The Official Companion - Read the Essays * (Ab)use the Rules * Win the Game

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James Lowder
BenBella Books, Inc., Feb 23, 2016 - Games - 288 pages
By gently?and sometimes not so gently?mocking the fantasy dungeon crawl and the sacred cows of pop culture, the Munchkin® card game has stabbed and sneaked and snickered its way to the pinnacle of success. Along the way, it has sold millions of copies, been translated around the world, and spawned more than two-dozen sequels and supplements.

More fun than a Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment and more useful than a Chicken on Your Head, The Munchkin Book is a lighthearted and suitably snarky celebration of all things near and dear to the munchkin heart, featuring contributions from the game's designer, Steve Jackson (president of Steve Jackson Games), and its signature artist, John Kovalic (creator of web comic Dork Tower), as well as notable mavens of geek culture.

The Munchkin Book also includes exclusive game rules to supplement reader gameplay.

Steve Jackson Games, based in Austin, Texas, has been publishing games, game books, and magazines since 1980. Its best-selling game is Munchkin, with well over 2 million copies of the games and supplements in print worldwide. Other top sellers are GURPS (the Generic Universal RolePlaying System), Zombie Dice, and Illuminati. Past hits have included Car Wars and Toon. Steve's very first game, Ogre, recently drew almost a million dollars' worth of Kickstarter support for a super-deluxe edition to be released in 2013.
 

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Contents

Munchkin by the Numbers
1
To Backstab or Not to Backstab
15
Madness in 168 Easy Steps
31
Monty Haul and His Friends at Play
45
Monster Grievances
57
The Comedy of Munchkin
67
Confessions of a Munchkin Demo Pro
83
Munchkin as Monomyth
95
The Evolution of a Young Gamer
105
An Interview with Phil Reed
115
How Playing Munchkin Made Me a Better Gamer
127
Throwing the Dice in Munchkin and in Love
139
The Charity Rule
151
Munchkin Hollywood
161
My Favorite Munchkin
175
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James Lowder has worked extensively on both sides of the editorial blotter. His bestselling, widely translated dark fantasy novels include Knight of the Black Rose and Prince of Lies, and his short fiction has appeared in such anthologies as Shadows Over Baker Street and The Repentant. As an editor he’s helmed over a dozen anthologies, including Curse of the Full Moon and the recent Smart Pop collection Triumph of the Walking Dead, and has directed book lines or series with subjects ranging from Arthurian Britain to zombies. His nonfiction writing on film and comics has seen print in Amazing Stories, Sci-Fi Universe, and the Smart Pop collections King Kong Is Back! and The Unauthorized X-Men.

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