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Get Lucky, the Kill Doctor Lucky Card Game

Get Lucky is a new stand-alone card game based on the classic, “Kill Doctor Lucky”. Made by award winning Cheapass Games, we were honored to get the opportunity to review this title for their kickstarter campaign. At the time of this review the minimum pledge was blown out of the water, we’ll explain why below.

When Boardgame Tavern saw the familiar face of James Ernest on Kickstarter, we knew we had to get a copy of Get Lucky. James was great and gave us access to a beta copy which is the one we will be reviewing today. The only difference between the beta and final version are the card designs will be improved. The mechanics remain almost unchanged. We’re definitely looking forward to getting our copy of the cards with a much anticipated original Victorian design.

The Kickstarter

The team at Cheapass games really out did themselves with a very clever and creative kickstarter video. It explains the games mechanics and gives a glimps of game play through some very interesting encounters between Lucky and his possible murders. This kickstarter has some really nice stretch goals and a good range of pledge levels. Being able to pick up the game at the pledge level of $20 is definitely a bargain. Right now the following stretch goals have been met:
  • 25K Color Rule Book
  • 30K Slighting Better Cards
  • 40K Much better cards
  • 50k Puzzle from Mike Selinked
  • 60K coloring Book
We’ll keep an eye out to see if the 75k stretch goal will be hit. If it is this will mean a new prequel game will be in the works.

How to Play

Instead of explaining how to play the game I have linked the “How to Play” video below.

Thoughts

So lets get down to it. What did we think of the game? What did we like? what did we dislike? After a few play through these were our thoughts: What we Liked
  • Great Story and content on the cards. Each card was filled with text to help you visualize and understand the reason for it.
  • Interesting mechanics, especially the push your luck aspect when a murder attempt is taking place.
  • Spite, these are great cards that allow you to permanently change the effectiveness of your competition.
  • Simple game components, basically all cards and 1 marker piece.
  • Compact and easy to travel with.
  • Easy to learn rules.
  • Great number references on the cards if your a numbers person and want to be able to make quick moves.
What we Disliked
  • When played between 2 people the game can be predictable, I’d recommend to play in groups of 3+.
In closing I would highly recommend this game to anyone looking for a travel game or a game for less than $20. Game sessions are short, easy to learn and it has great replay value. I enjoyed the game much more when 3 or more players were involved but it can definitely be played between 2 people.

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