The Island of Doctor Lucky!
Today we’d like to focus on an altogether different game: The Island of Doctor Lucky! This new game in the Kill Doctor Lucky series won’t be crowdfunded, but goes to press at virtually the same time as Girl Genius: The Works, so we’re making it available as an add-on to this campaign!
The Island of Doctor Lucky is an all-new board game in the Kill Doctor Lucky series. Of course, you’re still playing bloodthirsty enemies of that despicable philanthropist Doctor J. Robert Lucky; but this time, you’re trying to kill him on Isla Fortuna, his mysterious tropical island. Isla Fortuna is much more dangerous than Lucky Mansion, so you’ll be dodging monsters and traps the whole time you're there.
If you’re unfamiliar with Kill Doctor Lucky, the premise is simple. You and your friends hate Doctor Lucky, for reasons that are not always entirely clear, or sane. Although you all want to kill him, you aren’t aware of each other's murderous intentions. You chase him around the board, waiting to find him alone and make your murder attempt, but the old man isn’t called “Doctor Lucky” for nothing; he has an uncanny knack for escaping all kinds of mayhem.
The Island of Doctor Lucky takes a few of its rules from Doctor Lucky’s Mansion that is Haunted, a supplemental game board that eschewed the traditional sight lines of the original game in favor of a simple “if you can move to it, you can see it” rule. This rule helped the ghosts in the haunted expansion move through walls and ceilings, and it now helps the adventurers on Isla Fortuna move from one region to the next.
You can still attempt murder the old fashioned way, by finding Doctor Lucky alone in a place where no one can see you. Or, you can take advantage of the new Hazard cards to hit him from anywhere else on the map! A Hazard card is not usually as strong as a murder attempt, but it gives you a faster movement for the rest of the game. What’s more, you can also throw Hazards at players!
Doctor Lucky’s Island pet is Javier the Panther, who has the same abilities as the cat from the core game. You can’t see out of a space with the Panther in it, because you’re too busy watching the Panther! We’ll let you decide if that’s because of his cuteness or his dangerousness. Or both.
The Island of Doctor Lucky will be illustrated by the talented trio of Israel Evans, Nate Taylor, and BJ Becker. Israel gave us the character art for Get Lucky and the new 19.5th Anniversary Edition of Kill Doctor Lucky. Nate is coloring all the cards for Girl Genius: The Works! You might also recognize Nate's work from Button Men and some of our limited edition Pairs decks. BJ Becker is our very own Doctor Lucky himself, and he’s providing art for the Weapon and Hazard cards.
You may add a copy of The Island of Doctor Lucky to your pledge for $40 plus shipping. (Shipping will be calculated by the pledge manager, after the campaign is over.) The Island of Doctor Lucky will be available in stores in August, but if you’d like to add it to your pledge, you’ll get it along with all the other Girl Genius tidbits, which are scheduled to ship in September. That means it won’t necessarily be the fastest way to get it, but if you don't have a friendly local game store, it may be the most convenient!
Also, if you can, please stop by our booth at Gen Con! We’ll be sharing a big space with Studio Foglio. You can meet Phil and James and get a photo with Doctor Lucky himself in front of a tropical island backdrop that’s a perfect spot for a murder!
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