Sharing The Love: Kill Doctor Lucky

I haven’t done one of these in a long time — too long, so I’m going to try and get back into the habit of talking about books, movies, TV shows, games, comics, and whatever else catches my attention in a good way.

Today I’m posting about a game my wife and I received from our friends Dustin and Cathy: Kill Doctor Lucky by Cheapass Games. Basically, this is Clue in reverse: the players creep around a mansion trying to murder Doctor Lucky.

The game mechanics are pretty simple so it’s a fast game to learn, but the strategy factor is high. Being within line-of-sight of other players can prevent you from doing anything, including attempting to murder Doctor Lucky. Other players also essentially help protect Doctor Lucky from murder attempts, but in doing so drain their own resources — but a carefully played round of protecting Doctor Lucky could leave a crafty player in a good position for an unblockable murder attempt of his own.

And then there is the cat/dog NPC option that complicates things further. And the variant scenario that has the immediately deceased Doctor Lucky rising from the grave as a revenge-driven ghost who hunts down his killers. And an alternate board that gives you more rooms to explore. You get a lot of game for your money.

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Sharing The Love – Letters From Whitechapel

Copyright Fantasy Flight Games
Copyright Fantasy Flight Games

Taking a minute or two out of my first full writing weekend in a month and a half (yeesh) to let folks know about a cool now board game I picked up this week.

The game is Letters From Whitechapel, which is based on the Jack the Ripper murders. One player controls Jack as he hunts down and kills “the Wretched” (a gentle term for prostitutes) over the course of five nights, while one to five more players assume the role of investigators tasked with capturing Jack.

If you’re not bothered by the admittedly morbid source material, I’d recommend this game — especially if you’re a fan of Fury of Dracula, which uses a similar game mechanic. The player controlling Jack moves around the board surreptitiously, while the investigator players have to find clues the reveal his escape path so they can determine where his hidden lair is. Jack wins by killing all five Wretched and returning successfully to his hideout. The investigators win by arresting Jack as he tries to evade capture.

Along the way, Jack can throw investigators off with false clues and redirect them as they patrol Whitechapel with taunting letters — which are based on the actual letters Jack sent police during his murder spree. Several elements of the game likewise draw from history; the game board is based on a map of Whitechapel at the time, certain key spots on the board correlate to the locations of the actual murders, and the investigators play the actual police officers and detectives who worked on the case. Fun and educational!