I’ve recently been called a “munchkin” by a gamer friend of mine and I had no idea what it meant. I might be an old school minis player, but I never got involved in RPG games so it was only right that I had no idea. After looking up the definition of munchkin on wikipedia, I quickly consulted the gaming group to establish some definitions.
First, let’s run through FIVE words that relate to the same thing. These are: Munchkin, Powergaming, WAAC, Min-maxing and Competitive. I personally consider myself a competitive and min-maxing, but I wouldn’t consider myself a powergamer nor would I consider myself a munchkin. Before I go any further, let me define what these terms mean. Now I know that many people have different definitions of the same thing, but these are the definitions that I commonly know them:
So which one is the worst attribute? For me, it’s anything that goes outside the boundaries and rule set of the game. Anything else goes. Things like bad sportsmanship, bending existing rules or cheating is just intolerable for me. I can’t care less if you’re a powergaming tournament-class player; in fact, I welcome the competition. Cheating on the other hand? No way! I once played a guy that measured his forearm so he could pre-measure with it on the table. I called him out for it and needless to say, I was furious. There’s some forms of decency that’s expected of all players and this kind of behavior is just unacceptable. Winning just doesn’t cost that much.