Munchkin Christmas in July on Kickstarter is a Loot Box?

Well here is a confusing conundrum

Munchkin is a game I only just mentioned the other day, and now it’s caught my attention again.  The game appeals to a certain mindset of player, and has a loyal fanbase.  The world of Munchkin and puns I enjoy more than the base card game it is all based on.

In a neck breaking change of topic, Loot Crates.  Video Gamers widely hate them, or so the internet screams.  And yet microtransaction and Loot Crate income for publishers increases year after year.

The idea of a Loot Box is simple – pay a set amount of money, and get a box with you have no idea what is inside.  Oh, you know a certain theme or an idea of the contents, but you don’t know for sure.

I personally enjoy Loot Crates and have for a couple of years.  They have even branched out over the last few years with themed boxes, such as Marvel.  I am even thinking of getting a new one, the Loot Gaming crate.  It’s Video Game based, but I enjoy games.

If you would like to check out Loot Crate, you can get USD$5 off your first month here with my referral code.  **If you do sign up with this code, I also get $5 off one box, just to be clear 🙂

A past Loot Gaming crate. The items are Video Game themed, but I have been thinking of this one for a while.

A loot box for Board Gamers, especially new gamers looking to increase their library, is Board Game Bento.  The exact same idea, but instead of some geeky memorabilia and the like, you get Board Games!  Full copy, sealed, just for you Board Games!

Now I don’t subscribe to Board Game Bento, but not because I think it’s a bad idea.  I already have a lot of games, so paying for mystery games each month is possibly a good way to double up.

With my Kickstarter habits starting to have to come under more reasonable spending, I am reconsidering this stance.  It’s a fixed cost so easy to budget for, and is a guaranteed three or so new games a month.

The thing that is really swaying me is that what I have seen of the last couple of boxes includes things that haven’t reached Australia at all.

It’s an older box, but YouTuber Claire Din has an unboxing video from 2017 to give you an idea of what comes in a box.

OK, So we know what a Loot Box is, what’s this got to do with Munchkin and Kickstarter?

Yep, it’s a long journey, but bottom line Steve Jackson is doing a Munchkin Loot Box, and it’s on Kickstarter for a short time.

It’s not being called a Loot Box, but rather ‘Christmas in July’.

For USD$60, that is going to have to be a lot of Munchkin.  Base Munchkin retails for about USD$25, so there should be a lot of swag involved!

And it looks like there is.

From the Kickstarter Project, everything you will and might get in the loot box

There is also a USD$11 tier (Well, $8+Shipping) just for the bookmark and some promo cards, which isn’t a bad deal at all.

However, if you aren’t in the US and would like this box, be prepared to use a service like ShopMate or MyUS.  Delivery is to the United States only, so there will be some shipping costs on top.

I am surprised that Steve Jackson Games has gone Kickstarter for what is essentially a Loot Box run, and that the campaign is so short (5 days!).  There is definitely going to be demand for it – Munchkin, as I said, has a loyal and large fanbase.  The 150 pledges with the signed bookmark by Steve Jackson himself went immediately.  But it’s not a bad thing, and shows that Kickstarter can be used for many things.

If you want to get into Munchkin, this may not be a bad idea, especially if you live outside of the US.  Getting base games are rarely difficult, but the extras are hit and miss in Australia and I am guessing other countries as well.

But remember it’s a loot box – you can’t guarantee the version you are going to get.

Until next time,

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