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1975
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2 − 6
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Best with 2 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 players
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10 and up
Playing Time
90 minutes
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12 and up
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221B Baker Street: The Master Detective Game
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221B Baker Street
221B Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes' Master Detective Game
221B Baker Street: The Sherlock Holmes Master Detective Game
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221B Baker Street is the London address of the world's most celebrated fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his dedicated companion, Dr. Watson. In this game you start at 221B and travel through the streets and alleys of London picking up clues and attempting to solve the most intriguing cases Holmes and Watson have ever faced.

Each player assumes the role of Holmes and matches wits with the other players to determine who possesses the most skillful powers of deduction. The basic game includes 20 cases (40 in the first UK Gibson Edition), and eight additional sets of cases are available from the publisher (www.johnhansenco.com). Each case is represented by a card that features a crime told in story form, a selection of probable suspects and a list of locations involved in that crime.

Clues are hidden throughout London, one in each of fourteen locations. Players must collect clues from each location, noting them down on their checklists as they attempt to find the answers to the questions listed on the case card.

Naturally, the crime scene will often contain vital clues, and a prudent detective always checks with the neighbors. Still, you can learn something vital almost anywhere in town. The first player to figure out the correct answers to a particular mystery or crime, return to 221B and announce the solution, is the winner.

The original 221 B Baker Street Board game was created and copyrighted by American writer Jay Moriarty (dba Antler Productions) in 1975.

The Brazilian version of this game is known as Scotland Yard, not to be confused with the 1983 Spiel des Jahres winner also called Scotland Yard.

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221B Baker Street: The Sherlock Holmes Master Detective Game
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Gibsons Games second edition
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Year: 2015
Product Code: G778
Size: 10.25 x 10.25 x 3.13 inches
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Year: 2014
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
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Publisher: Grow Jogos e Brinquedos
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Year: 2005
Product Code: 01730
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Year: 1992
Product Code: G887
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Hansen Yellow Box Edition
Publisher: John N. Hansen Co., Inc.
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Year: 1977
Product Code: Style #230
Size: 17.62 x 9.00 x 1.50 inches
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8 221B Baker Street- Rules Summary
A short two page summary of the rules for the base game- I don't own any expansions but don't believe that they add any additional rules. Created in Word and formated to be a pretty orange color (which reminds me of the orange/brown tweed outfits that Holmes is always pictured in), this document takes an already simple ruleset and condenses it down. I had mine laminated so any accidental spill of tea won't damage it!
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2012-06-07
42 221B Hansom Variant
A diceless variant with new Hansom Cab cards to aid movement. PDF file, v1 080818
2008-09-17
12 221B Solution Checklist -- Large Format
Reformatted checklist, 2-up on A4 to allow you more room to write your clues down. PDF file. 080818 v1
2008-08-18
13 221B Baker Street Solution Checklist2.doc
Solution Checklist - 221 B Baker Street
2004-10-05
12 221B Baker Street Rules.doc
221B Baker Street Rules doc format
2004-05-10
25 221B Clues.pdf
PDF file with all clues, one per page (page # is clue #). Avoid hunting for the right clue in the rule book (and inadvertently seeing extra clues)! Safely jump to specific clues as needed. Go to extra last page (which has no clues) inbetween viewings.
2003-08-25
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