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About this project

Gothic Doctor is a card game for 2 to 5 players where players are doctors at a clinic on London’s medically-renowned Harley Street in the 1850s. You and your so-called-colleagues compete to earn the most money treating patients - the monsters from Gothic literature. But what cards will you draw? Ones that allow you to treat The Headless Horseman - or ones that will allow you hinder your opponents from doing the same? And would you rather treat Dr. Frankenstein or Mr. Hyde? Or just a lowly victim of vampire attack?

Why we need your help

We have this great idea, and we’ve done everything that we can afford to do. We’ve designed the gameplay, we’ve figured out the cards, we’ve balanced the treatments. But we can’t draw. Like, at all. So we need to hire someone to do that. Enter Jeff, who’s an amazing illustrator - but who, of course, needs to be paid. We’ve commissioned a few pieces to show you all what he can do - but we need the capital to get him to complete that work.

Also, this isn’t the only idea we have, and we’d like to set ourselves up to bring the world more misbegotten offspring from our diseased brains - so we need a few bucks to LLC up and pay for our website (meltdowngames.com). Other than that, though, we’re going to put all of the money we get from this campaign into making, producing, and distributing this first run of the game.

Finally, we of course need your help printing the game. Ad Magic has found us an excellent price per unit with a reliable printer - but we need your help to cover the costs of the initial run.

Gothic Doctor card examples, featuring original art
Gothic Doctor card examples, featuring original art

More about Gothic Doctor's Rules

If you'd like to know more about the rules for the game game, check out the rules page of our website. If you have questions about them, email us at info@meltdowngames.com, tweet at us (@meltdowngames), or leave a comment on the rules page.

More about the Kickstarter levels

Rather than have a lot of text on our Kickstarter page, we've put up a page on our website where you can see a lot more information about all of these levels. Check out this page on our website for many, many more details.

If you're interested in having the game signed by the co-creators and the artist, please add $3 to your order (unless you acted quickly enough to get the STAT! level).

And just to make it ultra clear and concise as to what you can get in each level, we give you: a Chart.

Gameplay Videos

Here are three gameplay videos to give you a sense of the game. The first one is the first two and last two rounds from a game:

The next is setting up the table to play:

The last one is an entire, two person game. It's just under a half an hour, but it shows everything that happens, start to finish in a game:

Want to try Gothic Doctor for free?

To show you where we currently are with the game, we've put a prototype version of Gothic Doctor on our website. You can look it over online, download it, or even print it out and give it a try with your friends.  And, you can leave us feedback so we can work to make the game even better.

Risks and challenges

Anyone who has been around Kickstarter knows what can go wrong and has a horror story about a time when the project that was supposed to be there in time for a friend’s birthday still isn’t going to be there for that friend’s next birthday. So, we know that things could go wrong with our project.

Naturally, something could happen to Jeff and the art could be delayed - but we’re encouraging him to lead a healthy and safe lifestyle...and he works fast.

We'll be printing with AdMagic.com, a company with a long track record of helping game designers make their ideas a reality, so they'll be able to guide us around the pitfalls of printing.

If you think there might be a risk we haven't considered, please let us know. We'd be happy to address it here.

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    STAT! - You get a print-and-play copy of the finalized game, a physical copy of the game with Doug, John & Jeff’s signatures on the box, the Kickstarter-only dual treatments, and a bag of Earl Grey tea. Because, hey, free tea - if you’re quick about it.

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    Medical License - You get a print-and-play copy of the game with all of Jeff’s finished art and a physical copy of the game with the Kickstarter-only dual treatments.

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    The Medical Arts - In addition to everything at the "Medical License" level, we'll send you a print of your choice of game art on 8.5 x 11 Kromekote paper, shipped to you in a separate envelope from the game. (Estimated shipping time for the art is November 2013; estimated shipping time for the game is April 2014.)

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    Crowded Waiting Room - In addition to everything at the “Medical License” level, you’ll receive an 18x24 poster with every Patient on it, all grouped together and waiting to be treated. This poster will be signed by Gothic Doctor’s co-creators and artist - if you’d like it to be. Alternatively, you may add the poster to any existing level for $25.

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    Patron of the Medical Arts - In addition to everything at the "Medical License" level, we'll send you three prints of your choice of game art (either three different prints or three copies of the same print) on 8.5 x 11 Kromekote paper, shipped to you in a separate envelope from the game. (Estimated shipping time for the art is November 2013; estimated shipping time for the game is April 2014.)

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    Med School - At this level, you’ll receive a printed copy of the prototype deck within a month of the end of the campaign so that you can start playing right away. This prototype deck will include all of the game cards (most without the finalized art) and a clock and counter to keep track of the time in the game. This level does not include a copy of the finalized game - if you would like to add one, please add $25 to your pledge. Alternatively, you may add a printed prototype deck to any existing pledge for $70.

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    Facial Reconstruction - In addition to everything at the "Medical License" level, you'll get to have our artist's rendering of your face included on the art for the Action card. We'll also send you a print of the Action card image once it is completed. (Estimated shipping time for the art is November 2013; estimated shipping time for the game is April 2014.)

    Please see our website for more details about this level.

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    Facial Replacement - In addition to getting a copy of the game, our artist will draw a likeness of your face into a patient on an 8.5 x 11 print. Your face will not appear on cards in the game. (Estimated shipping time for the art is December 2013; estimated shipping time for the game is April 2014.)

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    Multiple Degrees - Bulk set of 5, for those of you who want 5x the Gothic Doctoring. Add $20 for international shipping outside of Canada.

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    Suturing in Style - You’ll get everything at the “Medical License” level, and your game will arrive in a cool wooden box designed specifically for Gothic Doctor.

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    Medical Degree - In addition to getting a copy of the game, you’ll get to become one of the doctors treating patients on a Treatment card in the game - or one of the Kickstarter-exclusive dual treatments. We will contact you in the order in which you backed this level, and offer you the available choices of treatments remaining - first come, first served (with the exception of Fang Extraction). In addition, backers at this level will also receive an 8.5 x 11 print of the art bearing your likeness. (Estimated shipping time for the art is November 2013; estimated shipping time for the game is April 2014.)

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    Panacea - In the mother of all levels, you'll get the following: (1) a physical copy of the game, (2) a copy of the prototype deck, shipped in late July / early August, (3) a beautiful wooden box, hand-crafted by the co-creators, to hold your game, signed by the co-creators and the artist, (4) three prints of game art of your choice, (5) a lab coat in your size with the Gothic Doctor logo on it, and (6) if you live within 25 miles of either Fairfax, VA or Lawrenceville, NJ, the co-creators will hand-deliver your final game and play it with you while we all wear our lab coats. (You may also add this level to a current pledge for $400. You will only receive one copy of the final game if you add on - or only one copy of the prototype deck.) At this level, there is no additional charge for international backers!

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