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This Christmas was pretty interesting at the household, as it would be the first time my middle 20's aged daughters and I would try a Euro type board game. They'd grown up seeing dad's wargames but to this point hadn't really expressed an interest other than chess as kids. The cast would also include our son-in-law, an oilfield engineer, in his first ever "boardgame". The pressure was on me to find something easy to get into, compelling, and fun.

What to pick? After seeing me with Cosmic Encounter, D&D Wrath of Asharaldon, and Twilight Imperium during the Fall, and seeing the new version of Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective my dear, wise wife said, "Ooh. Get that one and play it."

I was nervous, because this was the first gaming experience for all of them except my wife, and I really, really wanted them to have fun.

Play it we did. On the 23d we fired up the first case, The Munitions Magnate, after my brief protests that I hadn't even read the rules yet.



A great thing about this game is of course very few components. A map of London, a Case book, an Address book, and a collection of newspapers is what you get, and really all you need to play.

We got organized quickly and soon set off about London to solve the crime. Three hours later, allowing for rules reading and first time game experience, we arrived at a correct solution with a group score of 60. The comments ran like this during the game; "This is so much fun!" "I love this game!" "When can we play again?"

So play again we did the very next night, Christmas Eve, into the wee hours. The case this time was The Tin Soldier, and man were we a group on a mission. We correctly solved the case with a score of 80. Much better.






Honestly, we had so much fun playing this that I started to get worried about burning through the cases.

The net result of all this was three new family gamers very excited about playing regularly, and four brand new social gamers as my wife was frequently updating her facebook page. My youngest daughter insisted we buy the complete old series, and is even talking about designing some games.

The new Ystari version is excellent, and we're looking forward to many happy gaming sessions in the future.



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I just picked this up for Christmas, as well, and I'm hoping we have a similar experience. Thanks for sharing!
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LoweringTheBar wrote:
I just picked this up for Christmas, as well, and I'm hoping we have s similar experience. Thanks for sharing!


Wonderful!

I was really surprised at how much excitement it generated, hopefully you all will enjoy it as well.

It is definitely very easy to get in to, with loads of theme to grab you. The case introductions and leads are very well written, and the rest is up to the group.

Hope you all have a great Christmas!



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I tried the first case last week of the new 2012 re-printed English edition together with 2 friends.

We had what could be considered a shotgun pellet approach to searching out the clues. We lurched from one suspect to another whilst not bothering with the actual scene of the crime until much later. shake

Eventually, we stumbled upon the main suspects and eventually realised who had done it and with a reasonable idea of why, but it had taken some 13 clues more than Holmes. gulp

Despite our ineptness we still scored 40/40/30pts respectively. We did learn a lot from this case, like going to the scene of the crime first, using the map of London to find locations and maybe thinking twice about going to Scotland Yard.

All in all a very good evening was had, I thoroughly recommend this game despite it's obvious re-playability short-comings. But lets face it you do get 10 cases that will give you at least 20+ hours of Holmesean entertainment.
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Re: Christmas Sleuthing with New Gamers and the new Ystari SHCD Version
Hi Steve,

Those really sound like great individual scores for the first time up. Good job.

You're absolutely right about the scene of the crime in each case. I was the one who'd read the Holmes stories as a boy, constantly, and yet I'd forgotten how important the scene of the crime was. The game has been the same so far - max information and leads at the scene of the crime.

We sure followed our share of rabbit trails...

Fun though!
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Thanks for posting, Pete.
I had never heard of this game (non-wargame, therefore off the radar) but it is squarely in my GF's wheelhouse.
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Definitely more of a wargamer myself Mo, and hadn't seen this at all. My recent euro binge is mostly an experiment to hopefully expand the gaming circle just a bit.
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Great write-up, Pete! I'm looking forward to trying it again!
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BradyLS wrote:
Great write-up, Pete! I'm looking forward to trying it again!


Thanks Brady. Well, a little light on detail perhaps, but long on enthusiasm.

I purchased a copy for my youngest daughter, the one in the background of one picture, to have delivered to her in Ohio. She texted me this morning that her copy had arrived and she already had some games lined up with friends.
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May I ask how you play it as a group? Discussing the next step or each one makes his own moves but shares all informations?
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Hannes wrote:
May I ask how you play it as a group? Discussing the next step or each one makes his own moves but shares all informations?


Sort of all the above Hannes.

We discussed our strategy as a group throughout the game with the idea of getting the highest score possible. In the game you try to beat Holmes' "perfect" score of 100 points.

Each of us would take turns being basically a lead investigator. The lead person would listen to the groups suggestions/ideas and then make the decision where to investigate next. They would then read the narrative aloud, and based on this new information we would discuss what was a real clue, a false lead, etc. The next lead investigator would then decide, with input, the next best place to visit.

As a family, we were all very interested in playing cooperatively initially to help us learn the game. We did discuss playing against each other later.

Hope this helps!

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Thanks, it did! We will play it exactly that way the next time we meet for it.
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Sounds great Hannes.

Have fun, and Happy New Year!
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