By: James Freeman
Hello true believers. This will be my last review at TDFG as I pursue other interest. I would like to thank Mandi for the opportunity to work with her and to meet some amazing people that will be my friends for life. You may ask yourself, well how did I get here? Just kidding that's a Talking Heads joke. I have reviewed more than a hundred games and when I started reviewing on my own the first company to send me a review copy of a game was Cheapass Games. They have been incredibly supportive of me during my whole review career, so it only seemed fitting to review something by them. Thanks Cassidy.
Doctor J. Robert Lucky wishes to sell his haunted house to a pair of unsuspecting newlyweds from across town — but the ghosts of Lucky Mansion have a different plan. They love Doctor Lucky so much, they want him to stay with them forever!
With the Doctor Lucky's Mansion That Is Haunted expansion board, the players are ghosts, so they can move through ceilings, walls, and floors! Any two rooms are connected as long as they share an edge, not just a corner. Players can see from their current room into all the connected rooms, but no farther. What's more, the board contains three secret portals that connect two rooms, represented by duplicate objects (the raven, globe, and portrait); you can move through these portals, but you can't see through them.
This game board can be folded in half to create different play spaces with at most 4-5 players in the game, or the entirety of it can be used for games with up to eight. Whenever the number of players is close to the upper limit of the board, you should probably play with the Cat; if the board seems too roomy, you should add the Dog instead.
First, I want to say you will need to kill doctor lucky to play this as the expansion is only the board game. I love the 3d effect that the board has in specific areas such as the winter garden and how the kitchen stairs lead to the dining hall. Also, the addition of adding secret passages that the players can pass through gives you different strategic options. This game is about timing, and you need to have exhausted some of the other player's cards that prevent you from taking out the good doctor. If you a fan of taking that games and card management and you have not played Kill Dr. Lucky, I recommend grabbing it, and if you already like KDL this is a super affordable variation on an excellent family game.
So long....and thanks for all the fish.
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