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Clever distraction

Keep your eyes on Munchkin Thieves at all times. The moment you look away, you'll find a dagger in your back and your precious treasures in someone else's back ... pocket!

- Smash Up: Munchkin rulebook

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

Thieves love to steal things. And they sell their treasures for VP.

Cards Edit

Thieves

The Thieves 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 Master Thief - power 5 - Talent: Draw a treasure card.

2x Fence - power 3 - You may discard two treasure cards to gain 1 VP.

3x Cat Burglar - power 3 - Reveal any number of treasure cards from your hand. Place a +1 power counter on this minion for each one you revealed.

4x Pickpocket - power 2 - If there is another Pickpocket here, draw a treasure card.

Actions Edit

1x Backstab - Discard a treasure card to destroy a minion of power 3 or less.

1x Clever Distraction - Special: Play after a base scores, if you have a minion there. The winner loses 1 VP and you gain 1 VP.

1x Mugging - Transfer an action played on a minion to one of your minions.

2x Potion Bandolier - Choose a minion. Discard a treasure card to give that minion +3 power until the end of the turn.

1x Secret Stash - Play on a base. Ongoing: When this base scores, add two treasure cards to the reward.

1x Smuggling - Discard two treasure cards to gain 1 VP. Shuffle your discard pile into your deck. Place this card on the bottom of your deck.

1x Strip Bare - Choose a treasure card in play. Place it into your hand.

2x Swipe - Draw a treasure card.

Thieves

Bases Edit

Clarifications Edit

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

Strip Bare: Removing actions does not count as an effect, so cards like Dork Orc don’t stop this.

Mechanics Edit

Thieves specialize in drawing treasure cards and trading them for effects, such as power boosts and VPs.

While players could think Thieves depend on Munchkin bases, they actually have several cards to draw treasures without having to destroy monsters.

While the treasures are useable as treasures, Thieves can use them to greater effects to get VPs, or to boost their minions. Cat Burglar is especially potent if you manage to keep many treasures in your hand.

FAQ Edit

Questions on Master Thief Edit

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Questions on Fence Edit

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Questions on Pickpocket Edit

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Questions on Backstab Edit

Q: What if I play this card and don't have any treasure cards in hand? How do I prove that I don't have any treasure cards in hand?

A: You don't have to prove anything. 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] So play Backstab and say that you don't discard a treasure card. No need to justify yourself.

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 Clever Distraction Edit

Q: What happens if several players are tied for first place? Do you take a VP from each winner?

A: Clever Distraction doesn't make you take a VP from a player! It makes the winner lose 1 VP and you gain VP. That's the difference. If there are several winners, each of them loses 1 VP and you gain only 1 VP.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.
Q: If the winner won no VP from the base scoring (e.g. Great Wyrm, Ruins), do they still lose 1 VP? Do I gain 1 VP?
A: Yes to both. They are the winner, so they lose 1 VP no matter how many VPs they got from the base, while you gain 1 VP.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.
Q: If the winner won no VP from the base scoring (e.g. Great Wyrm, Ruins) and they also have 0 VP, what happens.
A: They don't have any VP to lose, so they don't lose any. But you still gain 1 VP.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.


Questions on Mugging Edit

Q: Do I take control of the action I stole? E.g. If I steal Missing Uplink, do I now draw an extra card at the end of my turn? If I steal Daisy Chain, does my minion get +2 power because, well, I control it?

A: No, you're not "stealing" it, you're "relocating" it. The controller doesn't change! So even if Missing Uplink is on one of your minions, it's the player who played Missing Uplink who controls it, and therefore they're the one who will draw an additional card at the end of their turns. Same thing with Daisy Chain, you don't control it, so the "you" on the card refers to Daisy Chain's controller, and therefore your minion will get -2 power, not +2 power, because their controllers differ.

Rule 1: When you transfer an action, it doesn't change controller.
Rule 2: "Other players" on a minion or action means everyone except the controller of the minion or action.


Questions on Potion Bandolier Edit

Q: What if I play this card and don't have any treasure cards in hand? How do I prove that I don't have any treasure cards in hand?

A: You don't have to prove anything. 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] So play Potion Bandolier, choose a minion and say that you don't discard a treasure card. No need to justify yourself.

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 Secret Stash Edit

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Questions on Smuggling Edit

Q: What if I play this card and don't have any treasure cards in hand? How do I prove that I don't have any treasure cards in hand?

A: You don't have to prove anything. 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] So play Smuggling and say that you don't discard a treasure card. No need to justify yourself. However, you still have to shuffle your discard pile into your deck and place Smuggling under it, because those effects are independent from you gaining the VP.

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 Strip Bare Edit

Q: What is a "treasure card in play"?

A: A treasure card in the play area, so either a treasure card played on a base (either a treasure minion or a "play on a base" treasure action), or a treasure card played on a minion.

Rule: A card is "in play" when it's on another card (minion or base).

Q: When a treasure card leaves play, it always goes to the treasure discard pile. So what's the point of this card?

A: This card actually gets around that rule, so the treasure card is really placed in your hand.

Rule: Do exactly what the card says.


Questions on Swipe Edit

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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 Francisco Rico Torres, who also designed the art of many other factions.
  • Warriors are present on Backstab, Mugging and Smuggling.
  • A Dwarf is present on Swipe.
  • A Cleric is present on Pickpocket.

References Edit

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

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