Doctor Who: The Card Game, Card Game Review

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Doctor Who holds the Guinness document for the longest-strolling technological know-how fiction television display within the international, airing from 1963 till these days. For the ones surprising with the display (truely inexcusable I would possibly say!!) Doctor Who (or The Doctor) is a humanoid alien, a Time Lord, whose planet has been destroyed and is traveling via area and time with a timing device called TARDIS, exploring the universe and supporting the helpless. TARDIS looks as if a blue British police container, a not unusual sight in Britain at some point of the 60s while the show first seemed. Through the years, it has become an indicator of the show. Doctor Who has confronted many enemies via the course of the display, the oldest and most sizeable ones being the Daleks, an alien race whose sole purpose is to smash all beings not as good as them. Martin Wallace, a famous impartial board sports designer from U.K., undertook the difficult task of recreating the ecosystem of the display in an as a substitute easy card game. Let’s see how the sports measures as much as its theme and the way attractive it’s far in preferred as a card game.

Game Overview

Although I am a big sci-fi fan, I’ve visible very little of the famed display. However as I sat right down to play this game I had in my thoughts the overall concept of “The Doctor”, his time-touring system and the atmosphere that the game ought to have. In my point of view, the fact that I’m not a hardcore fan of the sport neither absolutely ignorant of the subject, makes me extra suitable to jot down an objective overview of the game. Let’s go through the fundamentals of the game for starters:

In Doctor Who: The Card Game, gamers take the position of Doctor Who and his partners, trying to shield locations from various enemies but in addition they take the function of the “awful” men, by way of sending enemies to attack different gamers’ locations. During each of their turns, gamers may have the opportunity to carry out a number of actions, which involve playing cards. There are four exclusive sorts of cards in the game:

Locations. Players will need to fight for the manage in their personal locations as well as their fighters’. Each region is worth a number of victory factors on the cease of the sport.

Defenders. Defenders could be used to defend a player’s locations. There are in reality 4 defenders, all based on the Doctor Who TV-collection, each one with their own defense strength: The Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory and River Song

Enemies. Players ship enemies to their fighters locations, seeking to benefit control of them. The enemies are well-known races and monsters from the Doctor Who universes like The Daleks, Cybemen, the Sontarans, and Davros. Each enemy has a specific assault fee.

Support cards. These are allies, unique devices or activities so as to assist a participant or restrict his warring parties.
At the start of the game, every player must choose a color and get 10 counters of the best color (five DALEKS and five TARDIS). Daleks are used to signify that we’ve got placed an attacking enemy at a combatants’ place, whereas TARDIS is used to reveal that we’ve efficiently defended a vicinity of our personal. Each participant also profits a starting location which is selected randomly. The player having the best cost starting location becomes the first player. All cards are shuffled in a face-down pile and 5 cards are dealt with every participant besides the participant sitting to the proper of the first player, who receives best cards. There are also thirty-time tokens in the sport, which might be set by means of the facet of the draw deck.

Each participant, at some stage in his flip, may also play as many actions he needs, restricted handiest via the truth that on the cease of his flip he ought to supply to the player on his right 3 cards. Extra cards can be offered in the course of a participant’s flip the use of time counters, that can be won with a number of methods. Available actions a participant may do during his flip are:


There is not any fee for gambling any of the cards a player owns and gamers can carry out any quantity of the above movements. A positive action can be done more than as soon as. At any case, the active participant must emerge as with three playing cards which he have to give to the participant on their proper. At the stop of a player’s turn, he attracts 2 cards from the deliver and puts them in his hand. After the first player, play maintains clockwise as traditional.

The most interesting factor in the sport is combat, which takes place on every occasion a defender and an enemy card have been performed at a given area. All defender and enemy playing cards are then revealed and their strength is as compared. If the defender’s total energy is identical to or extra than the attacker’s, the defender wins. All attackers and defenders are discarded and the protecting player places a TARDIS counter at the place card to suggest that it’s miles below the Doctor’s manage. If the enemy wins, all defenders are discarded and the attacker has to discard one or more enemy cards with general power much less or same to the whole power of the defender.

The sport ends whilst a participant has all of his DALEK or TARDIS counters in play or when the Game End card is discovered (it’s far to start with put on pinnacle of the 20 ultimate playing cards of the draw deck). In the first case, the sport ends without delay, even as inside the 2d one an “End Game” duration starts, in the course of which gamers preserve to take turns however are obliged to take a unmarried action and they do not draw playing cards at the quit in their turn. They do not pass cards to the participant on their proper both of route. This period ends whilst a player cannot carry out an motion. Then all players rely the victory points on their locations that are not below assault plus the enemy places they’ve their DALEK counters on. The participant with the maximum victory points is the winner.

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Shirley D. McCormick


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