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What's better than zapping your enemies with lightning from your fingertips? Summoning something else to do it for you! Munchkin Mages are great at distracting their foes by dropping monsters on their heads. Surprise!

- Smash Up: Munchkin rulebook

The Mages are one of the 8 factions from the Smash Up: Munchkin set.

The Mages focus on discarding cards for good effects.

Cards Edit

Mages

The Mages have the usual 10 minions and 10 actions. The total minion base power (not counting any abilities) is unusually low at only 28 or an average of 2.8 per minion compared to the usual 30 and 3.

Minions Edit

1x Blaster Master - power 5 - Talent: Discard a card to destroy a minion of power 2 or less.

2x Happy Zapper - power 3 - Talent: Discard a card to give this minion +2 power until the end of the turn. Special: Before this base scores, you may use this minion's talent.

3x Wand Whiz - power 3 - You may discard a card to play an extra minion or action.

4x Scroll Shuffler - power 2 - Discard a card. Draw a card.

Actions Edit

1x Charm - Take control of a monster and treat it as one of your minions until the end of the turn.

1x Embiggen - Choose a minion. Discard any number of cards. The minion gets +1 power until the end of the turn for each card you discarded.

1x Mass Summoning - Play a monster on each base.

1x Portal to Beyond - Play on a base. Talent: Discard a card to play a monster here.

2x Recover Arcane Wisdom - Draw until you have five cards in your hand.

1x Some Enchanted Evening - Discard any number of cards. Play an extra minion of power 3 or less for each card you discard.

1x Speed Reading - Discard a card. Draw three cards.

2x Zzzzzap! - Discard a card to destroy a minion of power 3 or less.

Mages

Bases Edit

Clarifications Edit

Here are the official clarifications as they appear in the Smash Up: Munchkin rulebook:

Charm: If a monster is controlled when a base breaks, its treasures still go into the general pot.

Happy Zapper: Its ability triggers when its base scores even if it was used earlier that turn.

Mechanics Edit

Mages specialize in discarding cards to do things, especially gaining power, playing extra cards or destroying minions.

They also have some interaction with the monsters, being able to summon them into play and temporarily take control of them.

FAQ Edit

Questions on Blaster Master Edit

Q: If I use its talent, do I have to discard a card?

A: No. It's a "Do X to do Y" type of ability, so while it doesn't say "you may", doing X is actually optional![1]

Rule: When a card says "Do X to do Y" or "You may do X to do Y", doing X is optional in both cases.


Questions on Happy Zapper Edit

Q: If I use its talent, do I have to discard a card?

A: No. It's a "Do X to do Y" type of ability, so while it doesn't say "you may", doing X is actually optional![1]

Rule: When a card says "Do X to do Y" or "You may do X to do Y", doing X is optional in both cases.
Q: If I give this minion an extra talent (e.g. Potion of Redundancy Potion, Flighterizer), which talent can I use before the base scores?
A: Good question. TBD

Rule: TBD


Questions on Wand Whiz Edit

Q: If I play a Wand Whiz and discard a card with its ability, do I have to immediately play an extra minion or action?

A: If Wand Whiz is played during your Play Cards phase (phase 2), then no, you can play it later during the same phase. Otherwise, you have to play it immediately or not at all.

Rule: An extra card isn't played right away, unless it was gained by a Special ability or outside the Play Cards phase.
Q: If I play a Wand Whiz and discard a card with its ability, do I have to immediately decide if I'll play a minion or an action, or can I decide later?
A: You must immediately decide which type of card you want to play, even if you play it later..

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.


Questions on Scroll Shuffler Edit

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Questions on Charm Edit

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Questions on Embiggen Edit

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Questions on Mass Summoning Edit

Q: If I play a Web Troll, does its ability trigger?

A: Yes.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.

Q: What if a monster is played on a base where it cannot be played? (e.g. Tsar's Palace)

A: The monster is discarded without resolving its effect. TBD

Rule: TBD

Q: Is the monster played with this card affected by Flame Trap, Leprechaun, Pay the Piper, and other cards like Leprechaun because logically, that's what the card should be saying?

A: Yes. You're considered to have played the monster, so you're treated by those cards as another player playing a minion.

Rule: Monsters are considered as minions.


Questions on Portal to Beyond Edit

Q: An opponent plays this card on a base, so on my turn, I can use its talent, right?

A: No. Your opponent played the action, so they control it, and therefore only they can use the talent on their turns.
Rule: A talent can be activated on each of its controller's turns.
Q: If I play a Web Troll, does its ability trigger?

A: Yes.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.

Q: What if a monster is played on a base where it cannot be played? (e.g. Tsar's Palace)

A: The monster is discarded without resolving its effect. TBD

Rule: TBD

Q: Is the monster played with this card affected by Flame Trap, Leprechaun, Pay the Piper, and other cards like Leprechaun because logically, that's what the card should be saying?

A: Yes. You're considered to have played the monster, so you're treated by those cards as another player playing a minion.

Rule: Monsters are considered as minions.


Questions on Recover Arcane Wisdom Edit

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Questions on Some Enchanted Evening Edit

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Questions on Speed Reading Edit

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Questions on Zzzzzap! Edit

Q: If I play this card, do I have to discard a card?

A: No. It's a "Do X to do Y" type of ability, so while it doesn't say "you may", doing X is actually optional![1]

Rule: When a card says "Do X to do Y" or "You may do X to do Y", doing X is optional in both cases.

Trivia Edit

  • The artists are John Kovalic, who is well-known for drawing the art of many boardgames including Munchkin and several of its expansions, and Gong Studios, who also designed the art of many other factions.
  • An Orc is present on Embiggen.
  • Warriors are present on Wand Whiz, Recover Arcane Wisdom and Blaster Master
  • A Halfling is on Zzzzzap!
  • A Web Troll is present on Charm, Mass Summoning and Portal to Beyond.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 https://boardgamegeek.com/article/17014769#17014769

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