This set of cards is intended to be added when you combine two or more Munchkin sets, to make your sci-fi kung fu space pirate dungeon-delving adventures run more smoothie…err, smoothly. It is not a stand-alone game.
Also, We Think 7 Is a Neat Number
This set replaces both Munchkin Blender and More Good Cards, which was the original Munchkin 7. We didn't want to reprint More Good Cards, because it was only 56 cards and most of those were originally from Munchkin Blender, anyway*. We didn't want to re-use the name Blender, since this new set—by popular demand—has the classic Munchkin brown card backs rather than Screaming Purple Cards. And we didn't want to eat our vegetables, because vegetables are yucky.
We hope you are confused now, because we are, too…but we thought it would be SLIGHTLY less confusing to release a new Munchkin 7 than to call this expansion Munchkin 8 and have frustrated people writing us for the rest of our lives asking, “Why can't my store get Munchkin 7 in stock?”
*And what about the cards NOT from Munchkin Blender? They're in Munchkin Monster Enhancers, a booster pack available wherever you bought this set.
Munchkin 7—Cheat With Both Hands can be used with any combination of Munchkin sets. However, it was designed to be used with (at least) two sets together, including both Races and Classes. If it's added to a single game, the new cards will overpower the old ones. They're supposed to be occasional Easter eggs, not a constant thing. Suggestion: Always include all the new Treasures, but use only part of the CWBH deck of Doors if you're adding it to a smaller set of cards.
Any single set (e.g., just Munchkin): use only 1/3 of the Cheat With Both Hands Doors.
Any single set with at least one expansion: use only half of the CWBH Doors.
Any two sets together: use about 2/3 of the CWBH Doors.
If you have at least two sets with at least one expansion, or three or more sets: Throw all the CWBH Doors in there!
Special note: If the only sets in the mix are Munchkin Fu and Cheat With Both Hands, remove six or so of the Level 1 monsters from CWBH, so as not to make it too easy on the Yakuza. If no set being used has Races, take out the Old Edition, Half-Breed, 1/3-Breed, and Chimera cards. If no set being used has Classes, take out the Old Edition, Super Munchkin, Ultra Munchkin, and Super Duper Munchkin cards.
What a Humongous Deck!
If you have all the Munchkin sets, or even most of them, your piles of cards WILL be too tall. There are at least three things to do about this: (1) Divide each deck in half and put half on either side of the table, and let players draw from whichever stack is convenient. (2) Divide each deck in half and just put half out of the way; you probably won't get that far anyway, and if you do, bring the other half into play. (3) Keep each set together, so there's one draw pile for Munchkin Doors, another for Star Munchkin Doors, and so on. Allow players to pick what decks they draw from. This usually makes the game faster but less weird.
Cards abd Rules
Any card or rule in any set which refers to Cheat! also covers Cheat With Both Hands and Cheat Like There's No Tomorrow.
Any card or rule in any set which refers to Wandering Monster also covers Dogpile and Monster Mash.
All restrictions on the use of Half-Breed also apply to 1/3-Breed and Chimera. You must have at least one Race in order to play any of these cards, and if you lose all your Races, you lose the multiple-race card, too. You can only have one of these cards in play at a time. If you have any of these cards in play, you may freely discard it and replace it with one from your hand or one you just drew.
Likewise, all restrictions on the use of Super Munchkin also apply to Ultra Munchkin and Super Duper Munchkin. You must have at least one Class in order to play any of these cards, and if you lose all your Classes, you lose the multiple-class card, too. You can only have one of these cards in play at a time. If you have any of these cards in play, you may freely discard it and replace it with one from your hand or one you just drew.
If something happens to a multiple-race or multiple-class card you have in play, and you have another one in your hand, you may immediately play it, and you don't have to discard any Races or Classes that are permitted by the replacement card.
Always remember: No matter what kind of penalties may come up, the Level and Treasures of a monster, and the Level of a character, cannot go below 1. (Combat strength, of course, can go below 1.)
“Enhancer enhancers” are a new type of card. They can only be played on enhancer cards which have been played on monsters. Example: You cannot take an ordinary monster and play Incredibly on him. He has nothing to make incredible. But if he is already (for instance) Humongous, you can make him Incredibly Humongous!
The Dancing style in Munchkin Fu cannot remove an enhanced enhancer, but it can remove the enhancer enhancer that enhances the enhancer. Say that three times quickly.
Just to avoid arguments: Enhancer enhancers cannot be used to power up Mooks or Monks (or any other character that gets benefits from monster enhancers).
Other Rule Issues
While all the Munchkin sets are compatible, they don't all use identical card types. This section talks about some things that you need to know when you're combining sets.
Curses and Traps
Curses and Traps are the same kind of card for rule purposes, and any card or ability that affects one will affect the other. Specifically, a Wishing Ring may cancel either a Curse or a Trap, no matter what the specific Wishing Ring card says on it.
Hirelings, Sidekicks, Mooks, and Minions
All of these cards are examples of a “Hireling” card type. You may only have one of this card type in play, whatever the specific card is called, unless you have a card or ability that allows you to have more.
Follow any rules on the cards. Specifically, Mooks from Munchkin Fu may have monster enhancers played on them, but no other Hireling-type card has that ability.
You may discard any Hireling type card to automatically escape all the monsters in a fight unless none of the sets in the game have that rule.
Styles, Trainings, and Powers
These are all different. A character may have one Style (from Munchkin Fu) and one Training (from Munchkin Impossible). He may also have Powers (from Munchkin Bites!, Super Munchkin, and Munchkin Zombies) with a total Rank equal to or less than his Level.
Steeds, Vehicles, and Ships
Steeds (from Munchkin and The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin) and Vehicles (from Munchkin Impossible) are the same kind of card, and anything that affects one affects the other. (Vehicles should be considered Big items in a CWBH game.)
Ships (from Munchkin Booty and Star Munchkin: Space Ships) are different from Steeds and Vehicles and have their own sets of enhancers.
Reminder: Run Away bonuses or penalties on Steeds, Vehicles, and Ships replace any bonuses or penalties from your Items, Race, Class, etc. If you have both a Ship and a Steed or Vehicle, the Ship's bonus or penalty (if any) takes precedence.
Mutants and British
No jokes here, please!
There is a Mutant Race in Star Munchkin and a Mutant Class in Super Munchkin. Monsters are too dumb to tell the difference (and, let's be honest, one Mutant pretty much looks like another…in that no two of them look anything alike). Anyone with either Mutant card can use all Mutant-only Items.
You can have a British Loyalty in Munchkin Impossible and a British Accent in Munchkin Booty. As with Mutants, monsters are not bright enough to distinguish someone who is British (or at least loyal to them) from someone who just sounds British. All British-only Items can be used by British loyalists and British-accented pirates. Arrr!
Any rule that relies on the name or characteristics of a monster applies no matter what set the monster is from. For instance, if you're combining Munchkin Bites! with The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin, then Bat Masterson triggers the Bites! Bat rule. If you're blending Munchkin Zombies with other sets, then any Undead monsters from any of the sets can join the horde—yikes!
Similarly, an Indian from The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin gets an extra combat bonus for any Item with Bow in the name, not just the ones from that set.
Other specific rules:
Does your Munchkin adventure end too soon? There you are, multi-raced and multi-classed, with three Hands full of killer items, buffed up with Sidekicks and Powers and Ships…and the game's over.
Rejoice, for Epic Munchkin is here. Well, not here here. You can download Epic Munchkin for free from our website. The Epic Munchkin page is www.worldofmunchkin.com/epic.
If you aren't using the Epic Munchkin rules, remove the Epic Junior cards from the Cheat With Both Hands deck, or remember to draw replacements if they come up.
Munchkin comes in lots of flavors! You can get classic fantasy, sci-fi, silly horror, superheroes, pirates, cowboys, kung-fu, spies…and they’re all compatible! Especially now that you bought this set, you smart person!
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Game Design by Steve Jackson • Illustrated by John Kovalic
Chief Operating Officer: Philip Reed • Munchkin Czar: Andrew Hackard • Original Munchkin Graphic Design by Heather Oliver • Production Artists: Ben Williams, Monica Stephens • Prepress Checker and Database Barista: Monica Stephens • Print Buyer: Philip Reed • Marketing Director: Paul Chapman • Director of Sales: Ross Jepson
Thanks once again to Erik Zane and Jan Hendriks, and to the 2004 crew of our Permanent Floating Office Munchkin Party: Michaela Barrett, Andrew Hackard, Fade Manley, Mia Sherman, Monica Stephens, Giles Schildt, and Loren Wiseman.
Munchkin, Cheat With Both Hands, Warehouse 23, e23, the all-seeing pyramid, and the names of all products published by Steve Jackson Games Incorporated are trademarks or registered trademarks of Steve Jackson Games Incorporated, or are used under license. Munchkin 7–Cheat With Both Hands copyright © 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011 by Steve Jackson Games Incorporated. Dork Tower characters copyright © John Kovalic. All rights reserved. Rules version 1.5 (March 2011).