We were lucky enough to get to play a pre-release of Cheapass Games’ Anniversary Edition of Kill Doctor Lucky and I can tell you right now that we can’t wait for the official release! We never got to play the original 1996 edition of Kill Doctor Lucky but after doing some research it looks like Cheapass Games did a great job of streamlining the rules and making the game more accessible and entertaining without sacrificing the feel of the original.
“Kill Doctor Lucky, a “pre-mystery” board game about a handful of peculiar villains trying to kill a very lucky old man, is back. Cheapass Games is reissuing its first ever game in a deluxe 19.5th anniversary edition, which launched on Kickstarter today.”
When we first played the game there was one thing that made the game stand out right away: the rules made sense. After a quick read-through of the rules, everyone playing understood and was ready to go. For the first few rounds we maybe referenced the rules two or three times but after that it was smooth sailing.
After a few more rounds we started to run into strategic dilemmas – the good kind though. Do you sneak off away from everyone else to get more cards, position yourself to stop a few rounds of murder attempts or try to take a shot at Doctor Lucky yourself?
As far as we’re concerned, this is one of the marks of a great game: easy to learn but deep enough that it keeps being fun after a few games.
To top it all off, the rules include a 2-player variant (with ghosts!) that make the necessary adjustments to keep the game fun for only two people (we love games that take the time to adjust the rules when there are just two players) and maybe even one with a zombie!
“The 19.5th anniversary edition will feature all-new art, rules, and components. Israel Evans, who also illustrated Get Lucky, is hard at work on fiendish illustrations of the would-be murderers and Doctor Lucky himself. New and streamlined rules incorporate nearly two decades of design experience and player feedback. Modest components enhance the antique look and feel of the game. Kickstarter backers will receive extra perks, like a cat-shaped pawn for use with a new variant rule. Meow.”
All in all, Kill Doctor Lucky – the Anniversary Edition is a fun, quirky game with enough depth to stick around our game nights for a long time.
Head on over to their Kickstarter and check it out and don’t forget Cheapass Games will run a Kill Doctor Lucky contest alongside but independent of their Kickstarter campaign, with the glorious grand prize being a portrait of the winner as a Doctor Lucky murderer.
Tell them your ingenious method, or your unique reason, to kill Doctor Lucky by posting to Twitter using the hashtag #jrobertlucky. @cheapassgames
The Kill Doctor Lucky Kickstarter campaign will end on Friday, November 13, at 8:00 PST. There will be a
closing party that night at Lucky Mansion, with board games and special guests including Doctor Lucky