‘Kill Doctor Lucky’: Deluxe Edition Video Play and Review

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Kill Doctor Lucky: Deluxe Edition Video Play and Review

We gathered together some friends and members of our Geeklings and Parental Units meetup group to film a round of play with the review copy of Kill Doctor Lucky the Deluxe 19.5 Edition.

Our family plays a lot of Cheapass Games. They are a small game company in Seattle, WA. Producing 100 tabletop games, in cheap packages, and without the generic components, like dice and paper money. Doctor Lucky is one of my husband’s favorites.

The play time was about thirty minutes long–pausing only a few times for a re-reading of rules by some interested geekling onlookers. The newly designed playing pieces and cards were a lovely step up from the original game. The early games of Doctor Lucky were designed to keep cost down and play simple. Designed as a family game much like CLUE, it is suitable for all ages. Not wanting to spoil the video, you will need to watch to learn how and who Killed Doctor Lucky.

Game players:  Mark Cronan, W. Jason Naylor, Kendra Moras, Sky Craig

What the video covers:

  • History of the Game
  • Unboxing
  • Reading of the rules
  • Gameplay
  • How to Kill Doctor Lucky
  • Wrap-up and review

The night was my first time filming on a GoPro Hero. I also used the GoPro Studio to edit the footage. Thank you to Cheapass Games for the review copy. It was a fun and enjoyable board game night with friends. I recommend adding Kill Doctor Lucky to your family game night as well.

Kill Doctor Lucky 19.5 Deluxe Edition Photo: Kickstarter.com

Here is some more information from the official site:

Welcome to Lucky Mansion, a sprawling country estate filled with unusual weapons, good hiding places, and craven killers. Killers like you.

The object? To Kill Doctor Lucky. The obstacles? For one thing, all your friends would rather do it first. For another, Doctor Lucky is aptly named.

You would think that after being stabbed, hung, poisoned, and poked in the eye, the old man would be long gone. But in truth, it’s been nearly 20 years since folks first started trying to kill him, and he keeps coming back stronger than ever.

What is Kill Doctor Lucky?

In the Spring of 1996, James Ernest created a new board game called Kill Doctor Lucky. It became the cornerstone of the Cheapass Games library, our first product and one of our all-time best sellers.

The object of the game is in the title: Kill Doctor Lucky. He’s very lucky, so you’re going to try many times before you succeed. But that which doesn’t kill him makes you stronger, so keep at it and you’ll survive. It’s a game of quirky humor, with a mix of luck and strategy.

In 2006, Paizo Publishing produced a deluxe edition of Kill Doctor Lucky. That edition is now out of print, and we’re starting the process of bringing the game back to celebrate its 19.5th anniversary.

You can see the original version of Kill Doctor Lucky, and download a free version, here

You can learn about the card game version, Get Lucky, here.

Release Date: April 2016

Kill Doctor Lucky is in final production as of January 2016, and we are looking at a street date in April. The game was crowdfunded with the help of more than 2700 backers on Kickstarter, and the game will have amazingly nice components including US-made turned wooden pawns, a double-sided board that has an alternate mansion on the back, and double-sided character cards with a total of 16 different personalities to choose from. The game also has alternate rules for a cat (token included) and many more refinements.

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2 thoughts on “‘Kill Doctor Lucky’: Deluxe Edition Video Play and Review

  1. Hi Melody,

    Thanks for the info about the game and the video. It says you enjoyed the game. Can you give some specific things you liked or disliked about it?

    1. Hi Gary, thank you for taking a look at the video review. This was my first play and review and you feedback as what I should highlight next time helps me a lot.

      Here are a few things we collectively liked and disliked about the game, we covered most in the end of the video. 🙂

      1. The speed of the game. Since we often play with our kids in tow, sitting down to a long form board game isn’t an easy option.

      2. The group liked the ‘laying in wait’ to Kill Doctor Lucky
      3. Also enjoyed the ‘Lucky Train’
      4. The friendly manner of play and the social aspect of play


      1. Wished for each unique character to have one special thing to change the game.

      I can’t wait to play again using the alternative options of ‘Ghost Doctor Lucky’ and the ‘Pet’ piece addition!

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