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11-24-2011, 12:32 AM
Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:

November 24, 2011: Why I'm Thankful For Munchkin (http://www.sjgames.com/ill/archives.html?m=November&y=2011&d=24)



It&#39;s Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. Millions of people are stealing turkey legs, eating mashed potatoes, and sticking a fork into a big slice of pumpkin pie. When I think of all the things that I could be thankful for, one of the first things that comes to mind is all the games I&#39;ve played. Today I want to share why I&#39;m thankful for Munchkin (http://www.worldofmunchkin.com/) from a more personal perspective.</p>

I first played Munchkin at a small convention almost eight years ago. A man wearing a black T-shirt with the letters M.I.B. on the back, grabbed me and asked if I wanted to play. I said "Yes," and sat down with a variety of people: male and female, old and young. Back then, I was floored by the diversity of the players. I knew people played Dungeons and Dragons, GURPS (http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/), and (in my case) Vampire: the Masquerade. I also understood the popularity of the Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering trading card games. What I didn&#39;t realize was that Munchkin was a new kind of game for me. My immediate impression was that this silly game with its cartoon-style artwork wasn&#39;t just for serious players or tournament winners, it was for the geek in all of us. It was a game where not only did I understand the jokes, I could repeat them and others would laugh, too.</p>

And then? I sat down and played for a while. I giggled, I made other people cry, and I proudly showed off my min/maxer side. After eight years (and many, many Munchkin games later), I&#39;m now working with Steve Jackson Games and John Kovalic. Did I have any idea what I&#39;d be doing at the time? No, I really didn&#39;t. But I&#39;ll tell you one thing: with or without the job, I&#39;m very grateful for Munchkin and the joy it&#39;s brought me and everyone else around me.</p>

Thank you, Steve!</p>

-- Monica Valentinelli (monicav@sjgames.com)</p>