I've never played Dungeons & Dragons. The only reason I remotely understand how the game is played is the penultimate episode of Freaks & Geeks, Discos & Dragons. Now I have to go listen to the Grateful Dead and cry... Anyway, you need no more than a passing familiarity with the infamous game Munchkin is spoofing to enjoy the living hell out of this card game where you "Kill the Monsters, Steal the Treasure, Stab your Buddy." Here's a sample of some the cards the deck has in store for you.
The duck of DOOM! It's ridiculous, frustrating, and instills the blood lust required to stab your buddy in the back when you draw enough cards to really screw him over. I sat down to play a quick game with my boyfriend so I could learn all the rules and not completely suck when we played with other people. Three hours later, I was refusing to go to sleep until I had won a game. Between being repeatedly stripped down to a level 1 by cards like the Duck of Doom and other monsters that set my character on fire and ate it while it was still roasting alive and all the curses my boyfriend was repeatedly throwing my way, I had yet to come close to winning. But then he drew the Duck of Doom, and oh the tides, they did turn.
The game is hilarious, addictive, and a total blast. So when your eyes are burning from staring at screens all day, and you just can't face Mass Effect 2 or Bioshock 2, play Munchkin!