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Board Game Geek's Gen Con Interview

 
 We had a great time at Gen Con this year showing off Doctor Who Time of the Daleks and getting to know the players. During the convention, W. Eric Martin sat down with John-Paul Brisigotti to talk about the game and to get a feel for the rules.  

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Gale Force Nine revises Doctor Who: Time of the Daleks

As demand for GF9’s Doctor Who: Time of the Daleks has grown so too has the feedback from our partners and buyers around the world. Based on this feedback we have chosen to update our initial offer and present the game in a four-player version instead of the previously announced version. The four-player version will include the First, Fourth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors. It is the same game as before but players will begin their adventures with four Doctor’s to play as before adding more with game expansions. The other two Doctor’s from the six-player version, both the Fifth and Tenth Doctors, will now come in their own expansion to give you 5 and 6 players options shortly behind the release of the game. Our expansion plan beyond this has not changed and we will be bringing all of the other Doctors to the table as well as some Companions and specials in the second half of the year ...

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Dalek Showcase

This week we are taking a closer look at the Daleks.

 

“I have waited a long time for this. Once the Doctor is exterminated, I shall build a new race of Daleks. They will be even more deadly and I, Davros, shall be their leader! This time we shall triumph. My Daleks shall once more become the supreme beings!”

 
In Doctor Who: Time of the Daleks, Davros has infiltrated the Matrix on Gallifrey, mapping out the Doctor’s timeline and devising the best way to wipe him from history.
 
Dalek Markers 

Dalek markers are placed on a Location if a Doctor fails a challenge and making it harder to complete the challenge in future. 
 
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 Davros Marker

The Davros marker is the sixth Dalek marker. Place him last to remind players that all the Dalek markers are in play.
 
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Exterminate Dice

After discarding down to eight dice, The Doctor must Exterminate (discard) a further die for each Dalek marker at the Doctor’s current Location (regardless of which Time Zone the Dalek marker is in).
As an exception to this, if The Doctor is on Earth, only Daleks in the same Time Zone as The Doctor Exterminate dice from his Dice Pool.
 
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“They cannot escape! Our time machine will soon follow them! They will be exterminated! Exterminated! Exterminated!” 
 
The Sixth Dalek Marker

The sixth and final Dalek marker is Davros, the creator of the Daleks. Once he has been placed, the Time of the Daleks is at hand.
If you are ever required to place a seventh Dalek marker for any reason, the Time of the Daleks has arrived. The Daleks conquer the universe and the game ends immediately.



Not Just Time Lords. We're the Same Time Lord

This week we look at how Doctors can help each other during an Adventure, and how Regeneration works in the game. 

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The Eleventh Doctor Showcase

This week we are taking a closer look at the Eleventh Doctor.

 

“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. Hey, the good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.”

 
The Eleventh Doctor may not be the only Doctor to wear a bow tie, but he is definitely the Doctor that made it iconic. Of course, there is more to this Time Lord than a cracking bow tie. His great quotes and amazing episodes prove from day one that the Eleventh Doctor is indeed a madman in a box.    
 
 Eleventh Doctor's Model
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The Eleventh Doctor has had some amazing companions during his regeneration: Amy Pond, the girl who waited; Rory Williams, the boy who waited even longer; River Song, his killer or his wife; and Clara Oswald, the impossible girl.
 
 Eleventh Doctor's TARDIS Console
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"The universe is big, it’s vast and complicated, and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles. And that’s the theory. Nine hundred years, never seen one yet, but this would do me."

The Eleventh Doctor starts the game with Amy Pond. Because Amy is linked to Rory, he can easily join the Eleventh Doctor's TARDIS. The Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory create a dynamic team that can automatically get some tough symbols. Between them they get plenty of Blue and Green dice. They don’t have much access to Red dice, though, so grabbing a red-focused companion like River Song or the Brigadier would be very useful.  
 
Like all of the Doctors, the Eleventh Doctor has a powerful unique ability. His makes equipment cards cheaper to play. This comes in very handy in the first part of the game when the Doctors are trying to gather the resources they need to complete adventures and stop the Daleks.



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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The Tenth Doctor Showcase

This week we are taking a closer look at the Tenth Doctor.
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“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.  



The Fifth Doctor Showcase

This week we are taking a closer look at the Fifth Doctor.
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“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
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 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
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"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. 



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 we are taking a closer look at the First Doctor.
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"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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