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Family Game Night with a Slightly Sick and Twisted Spin

Whether by chance or choice, every year, the Turtle Clan has a themed Christmas. Where most people choose to decorate their Christmas tree to fit a yearly theme, we gift themed gifts. This year was the Game Year.

The Boy and Baby Girl got a wide variety of games this year, many not even electronic. The Boy wanted (and received) a chess set. Baby Girl wanted (and received) three Angry Birds board games. A game that was on The Boy's Amazon wish list (which I highly recommend, especially if you're a frequent Amazon shopper - we are) was a game called Munchkin.

Anyone familiar with Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Magic might easily merge into this Dungeons & Dragons-like card game "with none of that stupid roleplaying stuff".

The game is full of potty-humored styled cards. The game is played with the simply goal leveling to Level 10 as quickly as possible. Who cares if you stomp on friends and family along the way?

We played New Year's Eve for four hours. The first two hours were spent with the four of us playing; the last two hours were "the guys" against "the lone girl" (me) after Baby Girl went to bed. As customary of our game play, even though I pulled a pretty impressive kick-em-while-they're-down move, The Man Beast pulled an impressive I-always-win move and the game was over.

Munchkin has dozens of expansion packs which can be used with the basic game. The Munchkin website has videos, downloadables, and links to apps that can be used with the game. (The Man Beast downloaded the free Munchkin app in order to keep track of our levels/strength, but the paid app boasts a few tips and tricks for the game.)

The game can be played by 3-6 players and is geared toward the over 10 crowd. A note about some of the language/content of the game. It is filled with potty humor and contains a slight magic element (Boots of Butt-Kicking, Drooling Slime, etc). If your family has an aversion to potty humor or games like Magic, this game is not for you. However, if you're cool with Magic, there's a good chance you'll be triple cool with this game.


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