Evil Doctors and an Angry Mob: A Good Help Game Expansion Review

The Basics:

  • For ages 7 and up (publisher suggests 12+)
  • For 3 to 6 players
  • About 90 minutes to complete

Geek Skills:

  • Counting & Math
  • Logical & Critical Decision Making
  • Reading & Writing
  • Strategy & Tactics
  • Risk vs. Reward
  • Hand/Resource Management
  • Auction & Bidding
  • Worker Placement & Area Control

Learning Curve:

  • Child – Hard
  • Adult – Easy

Theme & Narrative:

  • Despite all your efforts to keep your nefarious activities quiet, the word is out that evil is afoot in the town and the town folks are not at all pleased!

Endorsements:

  • Gamer Geek approved!
  • Parent Geek approved!
  • Child Geek approved!

Overview

Note: This is an expansion for the board game, Good Help. You can only play this expansion if you or someone you know has the game and is willing to share it with you. If they are not willing to share it with you, perhaps it is time to reevaluate your friendship.

The expansion is comprised of 1 Angry Mob token and stand, 24 Action cards, and 6 Evil Doctor cards. All the bits are of the same quality found in the base game, Good Help.

Using the Expansion

Included in this expansion are 6 Evil Doctor cards that give each doctor a special ability. These cards are shuffled into the Assistant Deck and bid on at the start of the game. This changes the original rule where the players just grabbed a Doctor token. If not bidding, randomly distribute one Evil Doctor card to each player.

There are 4 different groups of townspeople included with this expansion. These are “Peasants with a Pitchfork”, “Serf with a Scythe”, “Toiler with a Torch”, and a “Worker with a Wedge”. These are special Action cards and can be played in front of the player using the standard action rules.

The 3 remaining Action cards are used to remove townspeople cards from play.

Angry Mob vs. Angry Monster

Once a player successfully builds their Monster and turns it loose, the Angry Mob comes into play.

The Angry Mob starts in the Cathedral town space and moves a number of spaces equal to the roll of a six-sided die. The player who has the most townspeople Action cards in front of them gets to control the Angry Mob and is moved on that player’s turn. If two or more players are tied for the most townspeople, they all get to move the Angry Mob on their turn.

If the Angry Mob and Monster should ever occupy the same space at the same time, a fight ensues! The Angry Mob’s strength is equal to the results of a six-sided die roll, plus the total number of townspeople in front of the controlling player. The Monster adds its Victory Points to a single die roll if its brain Body Part is not-so-fresh or a double roll if its brain Body Part is fresh. In case of a tie, the Monster wins.

If the Angry Mob wins, the Monster is destroyed. If the Monster Wins, the Angry Mob retreats to the Cathedral. Regardless of the outcome, the player controlling the Angry Mob looses a number of townspeople cards equal to the Monster’s brain Victory Point value.

The Doctor’s special abilities are always “in use” and can be invoked by the player at any time where the special ability makes sense.

The victory condition for Good Help remains the same except that if all the Monsters have been killed, the player who controls the Angry Mob wins the game.

Learn more about the expansion by visiting the game’s official web site.

Prediction

I think this expansion will be rather well received as it provides the players the ability to directly interfere with another player’s Monster if they are still racing to make theirs. In this way, players can continue to collect body parts and slow down the rampage of the Monster. Of course, control of the Angry Mob hinges on who has the majority. This is also a very good thing as I think it will cause Action cards to be played more often and in greater abundance.

When I showed it to my little geek, he was very excited about it! He and I both agreed that what was missing from the game, thematically speaking, was a bunch of peasants running around town with pitchforks in their hands. This expansion adds that much needed element to the game but also provides some interesting Doctor special abilities, too!

After I explained how the expansion was to be used and how it would influence the game, I asked my little geek his thoughts.

“It’s about time the game had an angry mob! I’m going to chase down your Monster!” ~ Liam (age 7)

Huzzah! I love it when my little geeks get excited and all fired up! Let’s play!

Final Word

Some game expansions just add “more things to do”, which is more or less the trend nowadays. There is nothing wrong with extending the life of a game! Some expansions actually “fix” the base game. Seldom do we see an expansion that improves a game overall and improves the theme. Evil Doctors and an Angry Mob does wonders to the game play and to the game theme! In fact, I’d say that it completes the game and improves the overall player’s experience. In some respects, I now see the game as an old horror movie being played out in front of me based on the player’s actions!

My little geek and I loved the Angry Mob and how it is used in the game. Adding it to the base game was exceedingly easy, which is always a bonus, and didn’t require much in the way of new rules. The new Doctor special abilities were also neat to play with and made us think all the more about who our Doctor and Assistants were going to be. Now Doctors were more than just piece on the board. With the right Doctor/Assistant combo, a player could do some serious damage on the game board and have a real advantage over the others.

And on this point, I must throw up a cautionary flag. There isn’t much in the way of “game balance rules” that would suggest there is anything stopping a savvy player from creating a “Dream Team” of evil. A more confident and seasoned player will have no problem selecting the right mix of Doctor and Assistants to obtain a clear game advantage. Of course, this also creates a much more interesting and worthwhile bidding experience! Talk about a cutthroat auction!

Monster vs. Mob: Ultimate Fighting Extreme!!!

Gamer Geeks, this is just what the evil doctor ordered for Good Help. It completes the theme, adds a different dynamic to the end game, and provides more options to the players. All this without increasing the game’s difficulty or learning curve! Unlike the base game, the expansions rules are very straight forward and easy to understand. This will make it easy and fast to incorporate into your next game play as the new rules are few and very light.

Parent Geeks, if you and your little geeks are enjoying the theme in Good Help, this is a wonderful expansion to get. Now you and your little geeks can battle it out for control of the Angry Mob who will save the town from the Monster’s attacks! A very worthwhile edition that provides more fun for everyone at the table!

Child Geeks, now you can stop the Monster from attacking the town directly while you still work on building your own monster! Learning how to use the Angry Mob is easy and a lot of fun to send off to fight the Monster as you secretly and quietly continue to build your own in your castle!

I am most pleased with this expansion and am surprised to see it not included in the base game. However, when we consider how much you are getting in the base game, it makes perfect sense why you wouldn’t want to include it in the first place. There is already a lot going on in Good Help and adding the Angry Mob and the special Doctor abilities would most likely be lost in the game’s complexity instead of shinning like a gem as an expansion. If you are a fan of Good Help, this expansion is a must!

This game was given to Father Geek as a review copy. Father Geek was not paid, bribed, wined, dined, or threatened in vain hopes of influencing this review. Such is the statuesque and legendary integrity of Father Geek.

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Editor in Chief, Owner/Operator, Board Game Fanatic, Father of Three, and Nice Guy, Cyrus has always enjoyed board, card, miniature, role playing, and video games, but didn't get back into the hobby seriously until early 2000. Once he did, however, he was hooked. He now plays board games with anyone and everyone he can, but enjoys playing with his children the most. Video games continue to be of real interest, but not as much as dice and little miniatures. As he carefully navigates the ins and outs of parenting, he does his very best to bestow what wisdom he has and help nurture his children's young minds. It is his hope and ambition to raise three strong, honorable men who will one day go on to do great things and buy their Mom and Dad a lobster dinner. Cyrus goes by the handle fathergeek on Board Game Geek. You can also check him out on CyrusKirby.com. Yes, he has a URL that is his name. His ego knows no bounds, apparently....

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