Defeat Foes and Uncover the Mysteries of Wildemount in the First-Ever Critical Role Licensed Tabletop Game
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CARLSBAD, Calif. — March 6, 2020 — Usaopoly (The Op) announced today that it has signed a licensing agreement to combine Critical Role, a leading story-driven and world-building digital media brand, with Steve Jackson Games’ beloved popular card game Munchkin.
MUNCHKIN: Critical Role will bring together Critical Role’s celebrated weekly tentpole web series with the Munchkin game world where players take risks, betray their friends, and grab loot to reach Level 10 and win. Critical Role’s weekly popular web series features The Mighty Nein adventuring party, which includes eight renowned voice actors who gather for ongoing livestreamed roleplaying game sessions.
“We’re thrilled to see the world and characters of the Mighty Nein come to life in card game form with Munchkin, and we can’t wait to share it with the Critters. We wouldn’t be here today without them,” said Ben Van Der Fluit, Vice President of Business Development for Critical Role.
The collaboration looks to inspire Critters (Critical Role fans) and longtime Munchkin fans to continue kicking open doors and battling monsters. It is the latest product of the longstanding partnership between The Op and Steve Jackson Games.
“Fast-playing and silly, Munchkin appeals to a very wide audience,” says Phil Reed, CEO of Steve Jackson Games. Munchkin launched nearly 20 years ago and claims a prestigious Origins Award for Best Traditional Card Game. “In this version of Munchkin, fans will compete to grab magic and kill monsters specific to Critical Role, such as Lorenzo and Avantika.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to release this game to fans of Critical Role and Munchkin and meet an ever-growing demand for both franchises,” says Heather Campbell, Vice President of Sales at The Op. The game will be available this fall in North America, the UK, Australia and New Zealand in specialty stores with a $24.99 MSRP. Two 1,000-piece Critical Role jigsaw puzzles will also roll out this year, each with a $14.99 MSRP.
Keep an eye on The Op’s social media channels for sneak peeks of what you can expect from the new title, and bookmark www.TheOp.games for announcements. To watch videos, listen to podcasts, and learn more about the highly engaging show Critical Role, visit www.critrole.com. To learn more about the best-selling card game Munchkin, visit munchkin.game.
The deal was negotiated by Critical Role’s Licensing Agent, Jason Kletzky, President of Collaborations Licensing.
ABOUT THE OP
The Op, also known as usaopoly, is a leading publisher and manufacturer of board games and puzzles for over 25 years! Our diverse portfolio includes award-winning and best-selling titles such as TELESTRATIONS®, BLANK SLATE™, and HARRY POTTER™ HOGWARTS BATTLE™ as well as licensed versions of MONOPOLY®, CLUE®, MUNCHKIN®, TRIVIAL PURSUIT®, CODENAMES, RUBIKS CUBE, and more. The Op continues to partner with marquee brands and licensors such as Hasbro, Disney, Marvel, Nintendo, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, FOX, and Nickelodeon. The Op is passionate about bringing family, friends and fans together to create memorable experiences through play! Learn more at www.TheOp.games.
ABOUT CRITICAL ROLE
Critical Role is the most popular story-driven and world-building digital media brand in the world. What started in 2012 as a roleplaying game between friends has evolved into a multiplatform entertainment phenomenon with a variety of shows, including the flagship show Critical Role, comic books, graphic novels, animation, live performances, podcasts, fan art and more. A passionate and engaged community tunes in each week to watch their favorite storytellers take on new adventures led by veteran voice actor Matthew Mercer and composed of other well-known voice actors Ashley Johnson, Marisha Ray, Taliesin Jaffe, Travis Willingham, Sam Riegel, Laura Bailey and Liam O’Brien. Engrossed in the stories, characters and camaraderie, over half a million regular viewers watch every week and hundreds of thousands more per month continue to discover Critical Role for the first time. For more information on Critical Role go to www.critrole.com.
ABOUT STEVE JACKSON GAMES
Steve Jackson Games, based in Austin, Texas, has been publishing games, game books, and magazines since 1980. SJ Games recently released Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 and Munchkin Warhammer Age of Sigmar, based on its best-selling game Munchkin and the leading games of miniature combat from Games Workshop. Other top sellers are Simon’s Cat Card Game, Zombie Dice, and Illuminati. Past hits have included Car Wars and the GURPS roleplaying game system. Steve’s very first game, Ogre, originally published in 1977, has been recently released as a video game on the Steam platform, bringing a tabletop classic to a new generation of fans.