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K-9 Promo Showcase

This week we are taking a closer look at the K-9 Promo.
Doctor Who Time of the Daleks
 

“Optimism: belief that everything will work out well. Irrational, bordering on insane.“ - K-9

 
“Romana, I did it.” the Fourth Doctor proclaimed.
“Did what, Doctor?” Romana lifted her head from her book. 
“I just linked a Time-Vortex Manipulator to K-9’s control circuits. He should now be able to help us well, me… well, all of me as it were.” The Doctor continued to explain, “K-9 can now scan my time-line and travel to points where I will need help the most.”
“That’s brilliant, Doctor!” 
“Well no need to look so surprised, Romana. I am me after all.” 
“Affirmative!” K-9’s Voice started low but became stronger as he fully activated. “All systems are working at peak efficiency, Master. My scans indicate that I am needed to aid your 11th incarnation. I will leave Immediately.” And with that, K-9 shifted out of reality.
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“Oh good boy, K-9! Just in time!” The eleventh Doctor didn’t stop running around the crashing TARDIS as he addressed K-9. “Stabilize the Time Couplings as I adjust the Krono-Sphere Factor.” 
“Affirmative, Master.”
 
 K-9's Model and Card
Doctor Who Time of the Daleks
 
This K-9 figure is a special promotional expansion that will be added to the first print run of Doctor Who: Time of the Daleks. The expansion includes one K-9 model and a rule card that explains how to use him in your games. Make sure you pre-order your copy of the game now to secure your own K-9 promo.

K-9 adds an interesting element to the game, allowing players to re-roll a single story die each turn. It’s up to the player who had K-9 last to make sure he goes to whichever Doctor most needs his help.




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Let’s have an Adventure!

This week we look at how to create a Story Dice pool during an Adventure, and how the Doctor's companions aid him and help him focus. 

 

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The Fifth Doctor Showcase

This week game designer Andrew Haught talks to us about the Fifth Doctor and how he works in the game. We also take a closer look at the Fifth Doctor's Model.

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Its So Much Bigger on the Inside!

This week we go over how to recruit a companion, and we take a closer look at some of the companions found in the game. 

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The Tenth Doctor Showcase

This week game designer Andrew Haught talks to us about the Tenth Doctor and how he works in the game. We also take a closer look at the Tenth Doctor's Model.

 

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The Tenth Doctor Showcase

This week we are taking a closer look at the Tenth Doctor.
Doctor Who Time of the Daleks
 

“Whatever you've got planned, forget it! I'm the Doctor. I'm 904 years old. I'm from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. I'm the Oncoming Storm, the Bringer of Darkness, and you... are basically just a rabbit, aren't you? Ok, carry on... just a... general... warning...”

One of my favorite moments with the Tenth Doctor was from the “Children in Need” special where he teamed up with the Fifth Doctor, bringing the new into the old in a way as a fan, I always wanted but never thought they would do.  

The Tenth Doctor, Rose, Mickey, Martha, Donna, Mott, and Captain Jack, these names bring back great memories. Even his monsters were iconic, from Weeping Angels, Clockwork Robots, to the return of Sontarans, the Tenth Doctor had it all. 


 

 
 Tenth Doctor's Model
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 "There is an old earth saying Captain, filled with power and wisdom, and consolation to the soul in times of need… ALLON-Y!”

In the game the Tenth Doctor gains three Sonic Charge tokens instead of two at the start of each turn. He also has a more flexible added color die allowing him to either add a single red or green die. 

I know the question on your mind, “Why is the Tenth Doctor not linked to Rose?” 
It is simple, because Rose has to be linked to… (Spoilers!)   

 
 Tenth Doctor's TARDIS Console
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Martha ended up being a good match for the Tenth Doctor, giving him some real focus with the blue story dice. Not only does Martha give the Doctor access to up to three blue dice but she gives him some good re-roll opportunities.  



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The Fifth Doctor Showcase

This week we are taking a closer look at the Fifth Doctor.
Doctor Who Time of the Daleks
 

“Oh, marvelous. You're going to kill me. What a finely tuned response to the situation..”

The Fifth Doctor was my favorite Doctor growing up. He was so young compared to the other doctors and he had so many companions, three to be exact to start off with. This is where we get the limit on companions you can have in the game, though the Doctor has had more then three at times he never ran with them for very long.  I loved Adric, Nyssa and Tegan and their contrast to each other and the Doctor.   

 
 Fifth Doctor's Model
Doctor Who Time of the Daleks
 
 In the Game the Fifth Doctor gets access to three companions right away, as Adric, Nyssa, and Teagan are all linked to each other so in two turns you can have a full set of companions.  The Fifth Doctor also can help you re-roll two dice by discarding a Timey-Wimey card or Sonic Charge token. 
 
 Fifth Doctor's TARDIS Console
Doctor Who Time of the Daleks
 
"I tried keeping a diary once. Not chronological, of course, but the trouble with time travel is one never seems to find the time."

The two companions we are showing off today is Nyssa and Adric both Alien companions that can change rolled die symbols. Nyssa is a blue Dice specialist, allowing the Doctor to swap two black dice for two blue dice, re-roll any blue dice and change one blue die to science. Adric gives the Doctor access to swap for any colored dice he may need, though you will have to decide between red and green.  Adric also add a black story die and can change a black die to Cunning. On top of all that if Adric is with the Fifth doctor he gets you more Timey-Wimey cards. 



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Flying your TARDIS

This week we take a look at movement rules and how to fly your TARDIS. We also take a closer look at Dilemmas, Locations and the TARDIS dice.

 

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The First Doctor Showcase

This week game designer Andrew Haught talks to us about the First Doctor and how he works in the game. We also take a closer look at the First Doctor's Model. 

 

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The First Doctor Showcase

This week we are taking a closer look at the First Doctor.
Doctor Who Time of the Daleks
 

"One day, I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine.”

Every story has a beginning and end. The Doctor’s story starts when he steals a TARDIS and runs away with his granddaughter Susan. They travel to many worlds before stumbling on earth where Susan decided to attend school. After awhile her school teachers Ian and Barbra became concerned with Susan’s well being and followed her home, to find she lived in a strange blue box with her Grandfather. And this is we begin our journey with the Doctor, and we haven’t stopped.

When Creating cards for the first Doctor I struggled a little bit, there is so much history in this one card and I really wanted to do it right. One of the feelings I wanted from this Doctor was the new beginning feeling where he didn’t know how to pilot the TARDIS correctly and never knew where he was going. As a game designer I didn’t want to force one Doctor to be always chaotic, as this would give him a handicap the other Doctors wouldn’t have so instead I landed on giving the first Doctor a bonus if he went to a random location without choosing it, and making it a choice whether he wanted to use this ability or not.  This worked out well in play testing and really gave the feel to this Doctor that I felt he deserved. 

 
 First Doctor's Model
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"Have you ever thought what it's like to be wanderers in the fourth dimension? Have you?... to be exiles? Susan and I are cut off from our own planet, without friends or protection. But one day we shall get back. Yes, one day. One day."

The First Doctor is linked to Susan who is in turn linked to Barbra and she to Ian. What does this mean? The Doctor always starts with his linked companions so the First Doctor gets to start with Susan. If the Doctor stays on earth for his first few turns he can use Susan to get Barbra and then Barbra to get Ian giving him access to a full set of Companions.   
 
 First Doctor's TARDIS Console
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Susan, being a Timelord herself adds a Black die, something rare for companions and found more often then not on Timelords. She also gives the First Doctor an extra Sonic Charge token each turn. There are several companions that give bonus to certain Doctors, which can be nice, but it also makes regeneration a tricky thing as this bonus will go away when they are not with the correct Doctor.

Whether you are a new Who fan, a classic Who fan or like me you love everything Doctor Who, we all owe William Hartnell a debt of respect and thanks for bringing this time loved character to life and starting a show that is loved by countless fans thought-out time and space.  
 



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