Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Great Murder Mystery Prequel Game and Kill Doctor Lucky Wrap Party!


We’re thrilled to see that our friends over at Cheapass Games are doing well with their latest KickStarter–it’s the 19.5th anniversary edition of the murder mystery prequel game Kill Doctor Lucky! In the game, Phil and I are aspiring culprits, and you can see us making our nefarious attempts on the life of poor old Doctor Lucky in the KickStarter’s video. (I actually manage to get him. Pity the editor cut the bit where we both fell on the grass and rolled. It was very surprising.)

We’re especially looking forward to the wrap party at Lucky Mansion. It’s on Friday the 13th, which seems appropriate, at the Old Consulate Inn in Port Townsend. There are three rooms available for high-level backers of the KickStarter, so there’s the chance that we’ll have some new faces there. If not, the old usuals will kick back and relax by NOT killing Doctor Lucky–although, since one of the attending luminaries is to be the actual actor who plays Doctor Lucky, we’ll probably play the game with him!

The picture at the top is the despicable Mumford Consequence (played by Phil Foglio) who, despite showing every sign of enjoying his time as a guest at Lucky Mansion, is secretly plotting to kill the old boy. (Phil promises not to sing at the wrap party, by the way.)

Things that Happened Today


This little guy bashed into Phil’s window. You could almost see the tiny stars spinning around his head. At first I thought he was going to die of shock, but I kept him warm and eventually he shook it off enough to fly to the top of the wisteria arbor, where he sat for at least another half hour before flying off.

Edit: I’m told this is a Golden Crowned Kinglet (!) and now that I’ve gone and read a bit about them, I think it may be a queenlet, because the males apparently have an orange spot in the gold streak on the head. I’d thought it was a boy because of the bright colors. At least I could tell it was a bird…heh.

Carol was in today, getting more KickStarter rewards out the door…and we discovered that we are very close to the end of the current volume of Girl Genius. This is worrying, since we’re still shipping the last one. Argh.

I’ve been working on the last of the old KickStarter rewards that I’ve still got on my “to do” list. This week, I’ve been remastering all the old wallpapers. I’m going back to the master files and re-exporting everything as highest quality jpegs. I’m also making new size ratio versions of some of the older wallpapers. I should have had it all done ages ago. It’s taking so long, I think I’ll have to take some time out from the project to work on one of the other things we promised as a stretch goal: the PDF print-your-own box for volumes 1-13 project. This will probably take less time than remastering all those wallpapers. I’m determined to get the LSFW (less safe for work) set done before I move on to the box, though.

Eventually, I will get all these old monkeys off my back and move on to new monkeys projects!

Our Lives as Would-Be Murderers

murderersTwo weekends ago, James Ernest of Cheapass Games threw a pretty great slumber party up at the Old Consulate Inn in Port Townsend. The actual point of the gathering was a film shoot for the upcoming 19.5 year anniversary release of James’ most popular game: Kill Doctor Lucky.

The game is an old-fashioned murder mystery prequel. Every guest at Lucky Mansion has an excellent reason to want Doctor Lucky dead–and everyone wants to be the one to do it. So everyone is sneaking around the mansion trying to kill Doctor Lucky, and keep the others from killing him first.

…and that is exactly what we all did for the cameras. It was huge amounts of fun. I can’t wait to see the footage.