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Great game, but I miss the wood pawns and tokens.
on December 4, 2011
I bought this version of the game because it included the "...And His Little Dog, Too" expansion, and was disappointed to find that the wooden pawns and spite tokens from the previous edition (from Titanic Games) had been replaced with illustrated cardboard punch-outs for this Paizo edition. The illustrations are good and the cardboard is sturdy to be sure, but I think I preferred those wooden pieces. Also, the cards in this edition are not textured like they were with the Titanic edition, and therefore don't shuffle as well. I assume that's why the price for this Paizo edition is a little cheaper even with the expansion included.
You win by killing Dr. Lucky, who moves around his mansion in a generally predictable pattern. You can only kill him when you are in the same room with him, and no other player can see you. Go for it with your bare hands, or play a weapon card to increase your chances. Move yourself OR the Doctor by playing a room card when the timing is right. Other players will try to foil your attempts by playing "failure" cards that don't have to be, but probably should be read aloud, because most of them range from absurd to hilarious.
As someone who plays this game often, I unfortunately don't find the Dog expansion or its rule variants to offer that much more interest. However, the basic game is so good, that I will still continue to play it with friends and even my kids, now that they're old enough to appreciate the humor. Finishing him off in the kitchen with a Civil War cannon, or in the armory with a monkey hand always makes for a good laugh around the table.
I own 4 versions of this game, going back over 10 years to when it came in a skinny little black-and-white box with board sections made of laminated card stock, and you had to use the pawns from monopoly or some other game you never play. It cost about 6 bucks. The humor and the simple game mechanics made it one of my favorites then, and made me realize that a great design is the most important feature of a game. If it isn't fun or interesting, nobody will want to play no matter what it looks like. The original design with the finely illustrated board and cards make this a winner all around, and highly recommended even without the wooden pieces.