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Year Published
1971
# of Players
3 − 7
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
30 − 45 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Primary Name
Sleuth
Alternate Names
La Chasse aux Diamants
Diamantenjagd
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In Sleuth, a classic deduction game from master designer Sid Sackson originally released as part of the 3M Gamette Series, players are searching for a hidden gem, one of 36 gem cards hidden before the start of the game. The remainder of this gem deck – with each card showing 1-3 diamonds, pearls or opals in one of four colors – is distributed evenly among the players, with any remaining cards laid face up. Thus, you and everyone else starts with some information about what's not missing.

A second deck contains 54 search cards, each showing one or two elements, such as diamonds, pairs, blue opals, red pearls, or an element of your choice. Each player receives four face-up search cards; on a turn, you choose one of those cards and ask an opponent how many gem cards they have of the type shown. If you ask for, say, pairs, the player must tell you how many pairs they hold but not which specific pairs; if you ask for something more specific, say, red diamonds, the player reveals to everyone how many such cards she holds while you get to look at them in secret.

Players track information on a score pad. You can guess the hidden gem at any time, or on your turn you can ask any one question regardless of which search cards you have, then immediately make a guess by marking your sheet and checking the hidden gem card. If you're wrong, you keep playing but can only answer questions; if you're correct, you win.

The simplicity of the rules and the cards belies the complexity of the game. In some cases you see cards, while in others you hear only the number of cards that an opponent holds, making it tough to deduce. Any notation system you devise must be both flexible and reliable, recording negative information as well as positive in order to tick off the possibilities one by one...

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Gryphon Games Sackson Collection edition 2012
Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Games
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Year: 2012
Product Code: GRY101063N
Size: 5.30 x 8.30 x 1.70 inches
1.00 pounds
English
Release Date: Oct 1, 2012
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Face2Face multilingual fourth edition 2004
Publisher: Face2Face Games
Artist: Paul Herbert
Year: 2004
Size: 7.00 x 5.00 x 1.50 inches
English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanishmore»
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Schmidt German third edition 1991
Publisher: Schmidt Spiele
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Year: 1991
Product Code: 03117
Size: 7.19 x 4.43 x 1.48 inches
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Avalon Hill English second edition 1981
Publisher: Avalon Hill
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Year: 1981
Product Code: 2080
Size: 11.50 x 8.39 x 1.06 inches
0.86 pounds
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3M English Gamette first edition 1971
Publisher: 3M
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Year: 1971
Size: 6.62 x 5.50 x 1.00 inches
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1 Sleuth - Simple Color Investigator Sheet 3up
I wanted to have a simple color sheet. I got inspired by the Excel sheets and created this. Just print (color) and cut to size. Fits Gryphon Games box.
English
2013-11-12
0 Sleuth Search Cards Tuckbox
Tuckbox for the 3M Gamette Search Cards. Mine was missing, so I made this one. Nothing fancy, but effective. Made with http://tuckbox.gameupdates.com/
English
2012-07-23
5 Stylish Envelope
With this colorful envelope you will be able to cover your deduction sheet in style. Designed by a professional graphic designer to match the game's graphics and to fit in the box.
English
2011-09-07
12 Stylish Deduction Sheet
This black & white deduction sheet is ideal for cheap printing while its graphics makes it look interesting!
English
2011-09-07
8 Sleuth Deduction Sheet
Updated version, with colors and some info added
English
2010-04-21
3 Sherlock Jones Personal Sleuth Deduction Sheet
This is an improvement over previous deduction sheets, in that it gives an appropriate quantity of boxes for each possible answer for up to seven players (the maximum number allowed according to the rules).
English
2010-03-17
6 Improved Sleuth Tracking Sheet by Marty Mapes
Improved tracking sheet is in color, has bigger boxes for each card, and still has wide margins above and below for writing notes.
English
2009-04-26
21 Elaborate Sleuth Deduction Sheet
I created this a long time ago because I couldn't fit everything I wanted to track on one small form that comes with the game. The idea was to make notations about how many of each group of cards are held by each player (up to 7). Probably overkill.
2009-01-19
0 Sleuth - Guia Rápido de Regras em PORTUGUÊS
Quick rule guide in PORTUGUESE for Sleuth (guia rápido de regras em PORTUGUÊS)
Portuguese
2008-02-10
31 Custom 'artwork' cards and scoresheet
I've created my own set of cards for Sleuth. Not pretty, but clear and to the point. Included are files for both decks (gem and search) and the scoresheet.
English
2008-01-28
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