Doctor Who: The Card Game, Card Game Review

Physician Who holds the Guinness document for the longest-running science fiction tv present on the earth, airing from 1963 until as we speak. For these unfamiliar with the present (actually inexcusable I’d say!!) Physician Who (or The Physician) is a humanoid alien, a Time Lord, whose planet has been destroyed and is travelling by way of area and time with a time machine known as TARDIS, exploring the universe and serving to the helpless. TARDIS appears like a blue British police field, a standard sight in Britain in the course of the 60s when the present first appeared. Via the years, it has turn out to be a trademark of the present. Physician Who has confronted many enemies by way of the course of the present, the oldest and most vital ones being the Daleks, an alien race whose sole objective is to destroy all beings inferior to them. Martin Wallace, a widely known unbiased board sport designer from U.Ok., undertook the difficult activity of recreating the ambiance of the present in a somewhat easy card sport. Let’s have a look at how the sport measures as much as its theme and the way interesting it is generally as a card sport.

Recreation Overview

Though I’m an enormous sci-fi fan, I’ve seen little or no of the famend present. Nevertheless as I sat all the way down to play this sport I had in my thoughts the final idea of “The Physician”, his time-travelling machine and the ambiance that the sport ought to have. In my viewpoint, the truth that I am not a hardcore fan of the sport neither completely blind to the theme, makes me extra appropriate to jot down an goal overview of the sport. Let’s undergo the fundamentals of the sport for starters:

In Physician Who: The Card Recreation, gamers take the function of Physician Who and his companions, attempting to defend places from varied enemies however in addition they take the function of the “dangerous” guys, by sending enemies to assault different gamers’ places. Throughout every of their turns, gamers could have the chance to carry out quite a few actions, which contain taking part in playing cards. There are 4 various kinds of playing cards within the sport:


    • Places. Gamers should struggle for the management of their very own places in addition to their opponents’. Every location is price quite a few victory factors on the finish of the sport.


    • Defenders. Defenders shall be used to defend a participant’s places. There are literally 4 defenders, all based mostly on the Physician Who TV-series, every one with their very own protection energy: The Physician, Amy Pond, Rory and River Track


    • Enemies. Gamers ship enemies to their opponents places, attempting to achieve management of them. The enemies are well-known races and monsters from the Physician Who universe like The Daleks, Cybemen, the Sontarans and Davros. Every enemy has a distinct assault worth.


  • Assist playing cards. These are allies, particular devices or occasions that can assist a participant or hinder his opponents.


At first of the sport, every participant should decide a coloration and get 10 counters of the suitable color (5 DALEKS and 5 TARDIS). Daleks are used to point that we’ve got positioned an attacking enemy at an opponents’ location, whereas TARDIS are used to indicate that we’ve got efficiently defended a location of our personal. Every participant additionally features a beginning location which is chosen randomly. The participant having the very best worth beginning location turns into the primary participant. All playing cards are shuffled in a face-down pile and 5 playing cards are dealt to every participant besides the participant sitting to the fitting of the primary participant, who receives solely two playing cards. There are additionally thirty time tokens within the sport, that are set by the aspect of the draw deck.

Every participant, throughout his flip, might play as many actions he desires, restricted solely by the truth that on the finish of his flip he should give to the participant on his proper 3 playing cards. Additional playing cards could also be purchased throughout a participant’s flip utilizing time counters, that may be gained with quite a few methods. Out there actions a participant might do throughout his flip are:


    • play a location card in entrance of him. He receives quite a few time counters as indicated on the cardboard


    • play a number of defenders on a location owned by him. The defender playing cards are performed face-down on a location, leaving a part of it uncovered in order the worth of the situation will not be hidden. You can’t play two or extra of the identical Defender card on a given location


    • play an enemy card on an opponents’ location. In distinction to defenders, usually, just one enemy could also be positioned on every opponents’ location (exceptions do exist). The enemy card is positioned face down close to the situation beneath assault and the attacking participant places a DALEK counter on the situation beneath assault


    • play a assist card


    • discard one or two playing cards to achieve a time counter for every card discarded


    • purchase playing cards by paying 5 time counters for every one


  • put a number of playing cards within the reserve. Gamers might put as much as 2 playing cards within the reserve (face down in entrance of them) in an effort to use them in a later spherical. The scale of the reserve might improve utilizing sure assist playing cards


There is no such thing as a price for enjoying any of the playing cards a participant owns and gamers can carry out any variety of the above actions. A sure motion will be carried out greater than as soon as. At any case, the energetic participant should find yourself with 3 playing cards which he should give to the participant on their proper. On the finish of a participant’s flip, he attracts 2 playing cards from the provision and places them in his hand. After the primary participant, play continues clockwise as normal.

Essentially the most attention-grabbing level within the sport is fight, which happens every time a defender and an enemy card have been performed at a given location. All defender and enemy playing cards are then revealed and their energy is in contrast. If the defender’s whole energy is the same as or larger than the attacker’s, the defender wins. All attackers and defenders are discarded and the defending participant places a TARDIS counter on the situation card to point that it’s beneath the Physician’s management. If the enemy wins, all defenders are discarded and the attacker should discard a number of enemy playing cards with whole energy much less or equal to the overall energy of the defender.

The sport ends when a participant has all of his DALEK or TARDIS counters in play or when the Recreation Finish card is revealed (it’s initially placed on prime of the 20 final playing cards of the draw deck). Within the first case, the sport ends instantly, whereas in the second an “Finish Recreation” interval begins, throughout which gamers proceed to take turns however are obliged to take a single motion they usually do not draw playing cards on the finish of their flip. They do not go playing cards to the participant on their proper both after all. This era ends when a participant can not carry out an motion. Then all gamers rely the victory factors on their places that aren’t beneath assault plus the enemy places they’ve their DALEK counters on. The participant with probably the most victory factors is the winner.


The sport’s elements are playing cards and tokens. The tokens are customary cardboard ones with nothing particular to be touch upon. The playing cards nevertheless deserve a particular point out as they’re all superbly illustrated with a lot consideration to element. The colours used within the illustrations carry the texture of the csgo boost sport and all footage are of excessive element. All playing cards improve the theme of the sport and the art work is so superior that really captures the attention and units a singular ambiance, particularly the situation and monster playing cards. Design of the elements leaves actually nothing extra to be desired. 9/10


Often one has not many expectations relating to gameplay in relation to such “small” video games. And after I say “small” I imply having few elements and a brief length, normally known as “filler” video games. It’s really a giant accomplishment when a sport designer manages to provide a sport of sufficient complexity and depth that may attraction to hardcore players out of so little materials, whereas additionally preserving the mechanics easy sufficient for extra informal players. From this side I discover Physician Who: The Card Recreation a uncommon gem that deserves a spot in everybody’s sport library, irrespective of if he’s a Physician Who fan or not or if he’s an informal or hardcore gamer. The sport begins aggressively proper from the beginning, when everybody’s put down his beginning location. The idea of taking part in playing cards at no cost, which means with out having to pay a price as it’s normally achieved in most drafting video games, offers a refreshing tone to the gameplay and permits gamers to develop their technique with extra freedom.

Decisions are exhausting in each spherical as throughout every flip gamers have 5 playing cards in hand however should hand out to the participant on their proper, 3 of them. That’s the core of the gameplay and the mechanic that provides the sport a strategic side and depth that you’ll all admire. Which playing cards must you play and which must you go? The thought of getting a reserve can be attention-grabbing and provides to the depth, providing you with the chance to set your sport up the way in which you need in future turns. One other side of the sport that I favored is the way in which conflicts are resolved. Enemies and defenders are positioned blindly and are revealed solely when each are current on a given location. Very intelligent concept that maintains a really feel of suspense, as you by no means actually know you probably have received a location till the battle is resolved. It feels that Martin Wallace has hit the nail on the pinnacle with this one, reminding us how proficient he really is! 9/10

Studying Curve

Regardless of the various attention-grabbing mechanics of the sport, guidelines are stored easy as they need to be for a sport of this class. The 12-page rulebook will be learn inside about 10 minutes (in actuality the foundations are solely 9 pages and there quite a lot of footage too). At first the mechanics of the sport could seem a bit unusual however after taking part in your first sport, you should have all of it found out. 7/10


The sport’s theme is supported in each manner within the sport. From the intuitive TARDIS and DALEK counters to the characters used as Defenders and Enemies and the assist playing cards. The places all replicate the theme of the sport, some set on earth and others on alien planets. Characters from the newest episodes of the well-known TV present are used because the defenders, whereas the largest enemies of the physician have been chosen to function the enemies within the sport. Assist playing cards characteristic objects utilized by the Physician all through the years together with particular characters and occasions that increase the thematic character of the sport. Throughout my first play, I continuously felt being part of the Physician Who universe, I used to be utterly drawn to it. The one factor that felt a bit unusual is the truth that you might be taking part in with the “good” guys usually however if you ship enemies to opponents’ places, you’re taking the function of the “dangerous” guys. That feels a bit unusual, disorients you and takes again among the immersion. I believe it will be higher if roles have been extra distinct however that will most likely result in a complete new sport. The very fact stays that after taking part in for the primary time, it actually made me wish to meet up with the TV present, perhaps attempt to discover among the older episodes too. 9/10


Physician Who: The Card Recreation has sufficient depth and technique that can be sure that you should have the will to play it at any given time. It may absolutely act not solely as a filler sport however as the principle sport on the desk, with consecutive performs. It is that addictive! 8/10


I actually had quite a lot of enjoyable, taking part in Physician Who. There’s sufficient participant interplay by way of attacking your opponents places and defending your individual from assaults and there’s a lot of suspense too as you marvel what enemies / defenders your opponents have positioned on places. Each side of the sport appears to contribute to the enjoyable issue, from the intuitive drafting mechanic to the illustrations on the playing cards and the texture of the theme. Time will go quick, with this sport, as you continuously have exhausting selections to make, limitless unknown enemies to struggle and management of the varied places will change many occasions in the course of the sport. Pure enjoyable in case you ask me! 8/10

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