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Magic the Gathering MTG Unhinged booster box contains 36 booster packs with 15 cards each. Released in 2004, Unhinged is an unaffiliated set that was meant to be comical and is NOT legal for tournament play. Due to the nature of the humor and the many plays-on-words used in both Unhinged and Unglued, sets such as these will always be English language only. The only other English language only sets were released before Magic gained enough popularity to support foreign markets. The set contains 135 silver-bordered cards (40 rare, 40 uncommon, and 55 commons). There are 5 lands which are black-bordered making the set total 140 cards.
Wizards released a humor-themed Magic expansion set, Unglued, on 7 August 1998. Much of the set's humor came from meta-humor references at the game itself and its mechanics. Many cards featured mechanics deemed too strange or impractical for a "serious," tournament-legal expansion. Because of the success of the set, designers began work on an Unglued sequel, named Unglued 2: The Obligatory Sequel. However, Wizards of the Coast felt that releasing another comedy set along with the standard serious sets, would go beyond market saturation. Unglued 2 was scrapped.
Since then, many players asked for a sequel to Unglued. However, they were always told that it would not be happening any time soon. On 1 April 2004, Magic designer Mark Rosewater posted an article, announcing the sequel to Unglued, Unhinged. The next day, amid speculation that the announcement was an April Fool's Day joke, Rosewater posted a poll asking readers if they believed an Unglued sequel was actually in the works and if they would enjoy such a sequel. Three days later, Rosewater confirmed that Unhinged was a reality.
Below are some defining aspects of the set:
"Donkey" creatures are featured on a number of cards, similar to the way chickens were featured in Unglued. This allows humorous puns of phrases containing the word ass. ("Bad Ass", "Cheap Ass", "Ass Whuppin'", and so on).
"Monkey" creatures are also featured on some cards, similar to the way clamfolk were featured in Unglued. Cards with monkeys on them, such as "Tainted Monkey" and "Rod of Spanking", often involve choosing a single word or a player saying a word or sentence.
Fractions, especially 1/2, can be used where only natural numbers could be used before: casting costs, damage, life totals, mana, power, and toughness can all be affected.
Gotcha - Cards which can be returned from graveyard to hand, if your opponent laughs, says a specific word, etc.
Cards that only have a specific effect if you win a short subgame, such as a staring contest, arm wrestling, rock/paper/scissors, or even another game of Magic within the original game (see Shahrazad and Enter the Dungeon, which is a parody of Shahrazad).
Several cards have effects that can apply only to cards with a specific artist, name, or collector's number.
Several creatures have effects that forces the controller to sacrifice them if they do something specific, such as speak or not have a finger on that creature.
Several cards are parodies of cards in Unglued or other Magic sets, such as City of Ass (for City of Brass) and Greater Morphling (for Morphling)
This set includes premium (foil) cards that have hidden pictures or words in it.
This is the only set to include premium (foil) cards that are not black-bordered.
"Avatar of Me" and "Water Gun Balloon Game" have added the colors Pink, Hazel, Brown, and Gray to the original five colors of mana when playing with Silver-Bordered cards.