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Iain Cheyne
United Kingdom
Reading
Berkshire
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10
Jan 2009*
Thought provoking, but not too stressful. Because it can be played collaboratively, it is very social. The flavour of the period comes out beautifully. You can play it lying on a sofa!
2003-10-21*
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G Quinn
United States
Unspecified
New Jersey
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Feb 2005*
Brilliant!
2005-02-23*
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Stephen Tavener
United Kingdom
London
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10
Mar 2005*
Great atmosphere, lovely plotting. Rosie and I have always played this cooperatively rather than competitively.
2005-03-15*
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United States
Bay Area
California
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10
Sep 2005*
Thomas Cauet
France
Paris
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10
Dec 2011
Excellent thematic game! The drawback is only to have 10 stories to do...
2012-09-06
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David Peterson
United States
Santa Clarita
California
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10
Feb 2006*
Simply the best mystery themed game of all time.
2006-02-23*
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Teemu Salohalme
Finland
Imatra
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10
Jun 2010
The following contains NO SPOILERS.

CASE 1: Got tricked. I was on the right track but then I found an alternative motive which somehow convinced me and I made a wrong bet. So close. Now I know to check all the leads before making any assumptions.
CASE 2: So, I was stupid. I got the killer and understood much else, even some of the little things, but the motive escaped me. Now, of course the solution was logical and the clues were plain to see but I still didn't get it. Frustrating and exhilarating at the same time. Can't wait for the next one. I made the decision to investigate every case thoroughly and not to compete with Holmes. Two reasons: Holmes can't be beat and the cases are so well written that I want to enjoy them fully.
CASE 3: A bit easier case, although part of the case was spoiled by a case of The Mansion Murders but maybe not by that much, the solution was quite plain to see. Solved the case and knew almost everything about it.
CASE 4: Solved it. Good case, a bit complicated at first sight but not really after that. Only bits of the coded message went unsolved.
CASE 5: Solved, quite easy especially when compared to some of the other cases.
CASE 6:Solved.
CASE 7: The Thames Murders was one of the best cases of the Consulting Detective. Nicely complicated case which made me really scrap my head until I understood and admitted that it really had happened what I thought had happened. Solved completely.
CASE 8:Good case again. Quite simple especially when comparing it to the case that preceded it, but interesting nonetheless. Mostly solved, a small detail escaped me.
CASE 9: At beginning this was quite easy and I realized some basic details very soon. Best part of the case was how it surprised me with bitter tenderness. Very good case.
CASE 10: Like the previous, some details, even major, were easily grasped at the beginning of the case - but the rest of the details were very nicely done and made the case truly excellent. I really liked the motive, which, I must admit, espaced me.

Consulting Detective is definately one of the very best and without a doubt the most original game I have ever have an honour to play. Although all the cases weren't that deep or hard as one could wish, they were very immersive and very well written. I was glued to the game from the moment I started a new case and was thinking about clues even when I wasn't playing.
2010-06-27
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Don Bennett
Ireland
Dublin
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Feb 2007*
The only game better than chess.
2007-02-19*
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Rod Bauer
United States
Larned
Kansas
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10
Jul 2009*
Just a superb game!
2011-10-14
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M Hellyer
United States
Aurora
Illinois
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Jan 2009*
Great game for those who like mysteries and are looking for a total immersion experience in late-Victorian London. Very well done mysteries. No board, but you use several reference materials (replica 1890 London address book, city map, London Times newspaper, etc.). Good solo game, or with a partner trying to solve the mystery in as few clues as possible. Great atmosphere if you have imagination.
2007-12-23*
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Audrey Popson Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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Feb 2008*
A favorite
2008-02-26*
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Bruce EIDELVEIN
France
Paris
Region Parisienne
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10
Sep 2012
Like Gumshoes too
2012-09-30
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Jeremy Brown
United States
Gorham
Maine
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10
Jan 2013
I rate this a 10 because I love what it is striving to achieve and because I want to play it more often than I do. I'd play it more frequently, in fact, if it were not for the limited number of cases. It does have some flaws though that I've had to overlook: the conclusion of some of the cases appears impossible to arrive at for the players.
2014-03-28
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christmann yann
France
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Jan 2010*
French version "détective conseil".

The best cooperative investigation game I know.
Imersive and intelligent.

Unfortunately no more edited. And then limited in cases to solve...
A collector that each fan of sherlock and watson should have home.
2010-01-02
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Claus
Denmark
Sorø
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Oct 2010
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2010-08-24
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Kathleen Fowler
United States
Alturas
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10
Jun 2010
This is one of my favorite games. I love the fact that you can play alone, with one other person, or with a group. The components are of good quality and include a map of London, newspaper archives (printed in book form, but still nice), a directory of London residents and businesses, and introductory materials that set the scene (in case you're not a Holmes' fan) and establish how you are to proceed in order to solve each case. The cases themselves are plausible and the clues are reasonable. It's possible to draw this game out for hours if your group is given to debate, or to wrap things up relatively quickly if all players are in agreement as to how best to proceed, and on the interpretation of the clues collected. My only complaint about the game is that part of the scoring for each case is based on a quiz requiring knowledge of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. This puts those not in the know at a disadvantage. (5+5) solo plays: 2
2010-07-23
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Sean Duncan
United States
Bloomington
IN
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10
Jul 2010
One of my very favorite games of all time -- no randomness involved, and next to no replay value (if you remember the mysteries). But it's all narrative and player choice. And kinda hard!
2012-10-28
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Robert Ridgeway
United States
Greenville
South Carolina
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10
Aug 2010
This is simply the pinnacle in mystery gaming.
2010-10-10
Gunter D'HOOGH
Belgium
WESPELAAR
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10
Aug 2010
THE best deduction game out there!

We have the Sleuth Publications Boxed Edition and this will always be the best version "to have" in our opinion.
2015-04-02
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Starla Lester
United States
Las Cruces
New Mexico
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Jun 2015
Dead. Solid. Perfect.

For the first time since joining BGG six years ago, I tried to give a game a 10.5! BGG wouldn't allow me to do this, and I understand that it would skew the ratings...but the game deserves it!

This is so much fun as a cooperative game. My family called an intermission, intending to continue the next day, but twenty minutes later my daughter sat down next to me and initiated a conversation sorting through all the possibilities that went on until we all decided to take our chances against Holmes.

The game plays absolutely fair, but it IS tricky!

Highly recommended for all who-dunnit fans. The game puts the gamer INTO the mystery!

2015-06-13
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Scott
United States
denver
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Dec 2012
UPDATE, 1/7: Consulting Detective is a hard game. It is hard enough just solve the case, let alone beat it faster, or with more points, than Sherlock. The key is to remember that you aren't simply deducing the solution from known facts that you uncover as you move around London, but that you are actually trying to imaginatively find a hypothesis that fits those facts. Many cases require intuition and vision, or maybe even psychic powers, to solve completely. In other words, you have to find the solution the same way Holmes does: through creative work, careful (and by that I mean CAREFUL) attention to detail, and rigorous sleuthing. Making the assumption that you can solve the mysteries by going from lead to lead until the truth reveals itself in facts that follow coherently from one to another will probably lead to frustration. Finding the connections between clues and reconstructing the crime scene require a writerly imagination as much as a logical mind.

New plan of attack: Five cases in, I think I'm going to quit worrying about even trying to beat Sherlock and just spend as much time as possible in this Victorian London world tracking down leads and enjoying the writing and world-building of this brilliantly-imagined game. My impatience to solve the cases as fast as possible has lead to my missing important clues.

UPDATE, 12/30: The new Asmodee is great, if a little too glossy for my tastes. My original rating (see below) was based on solitaire play. Having played it cooperatively now, I absolutely adore this game. Consulting Detective is a thematic and fun as any other game I own. Like my other recent favorites ASL and High Frontier, SHCD is immersive in exactly the way I love: you actually 'feel' your way into the Holmes' Victorian world.

Unlike TotAn or CYOA, which I find limiting in ways that aren't as quite as satisfying, in SH you feel more free to move about its world because the nature of mystery storytelling encourages you to limit your choices (by racing against Holmes) and stay "on script" (by only following up on viable leads). The lovely writing, despite the occasional typos and mistranslations, paints in the edges of the canvas in a way that encourages a deeper narrative-immersion than ToTAN (which I still love). What a disappointment to see a game as engrossing and original as Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective sit in the 300's on BGG with all the cookie-cutter dreck between it and the top 10.

I have very little interest in playing Consluting Detective competitively; the game is hard enough with a team of detectives and a good part of the fun is reading outloud with the other players and discussing the next best step. As with all co-ops, beware the bossy-pants alpha-male gamer!

Caution: Consulting Detective is not like any other game I've played. It combines (light) literature and gaming into a hybrid art that works wonderfully as gaming-lit. It requires literacy, patience, and the ability to allow oneself to be teleported to and immersed in another world through the cooperative use of imagination. The mysteries are difficult and occasionally frustrating, requiring leaps in logic that involve imaginative reconstruction rather than simple deduction from known facts. This can give the impression that the cases are either flawed or just too damn hard, but close attention to the solutions and Holmes's thinking usually reveals each case's inner coherence.

Potential downsides: 1. The solutions can sometimes be really obscure. 2. It might be impossible to beat the case in fewer leads than Sherlock, though I think outscoring him is possible thanks to the tangential mysteries that each case contains. 3. The strange and old-fashioned nature of the gameplay (reading outloud, etc.) may turn off gamers who have limited imagination, who lack of patience, or who are uninterested in the theme. The lack of replayibility, while sad, makes each case sweeter in the same way that meditating on the fact that you're only allotted so many sunrises ought to make each day a little sweeter. Limits make things beautiful and help you appreciate them. Plus, unlike life, there is the potential for expansions.

ORIGINAL COMMENTS: I guess I'm not a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. I found this slightly boring. There are better paragraph based boardgames out there. Strictly for Holmes fans in my opinion.
2013-06-27
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Marc Bishop
Canada
Gatineau
Quebec
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10
Nov 2011
Best solo game ever.
2012-08-18
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ROMON Paul
France
BOOS
Normandie
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10
Jun 2013
Boîte plastifiée.
Etiquettes OK.
Bloc ROSENBERG.
2013-06-13
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Ivo Dekoning
Belgium
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Dec 2011
If you really want to think AND feel like a (master) sleuth, try this one. The real stuff!!
If you don't win, don't blame it to the others or bad luck.
2011-12-15
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Jérôme Morel
France
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10
Jul 2013
Quel jeu !!! Un OLNI

8 scénarios non officiels de fait (dont 3 de relecture avant publication)
2013-09-20
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Grognard David
Belgium
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10
Dec 2011
2011 finally the NEW French version !!!!
2011-12-26
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Maël Brustlein
France
Lyon
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10
Jan 2012
A one-of-a-kind gem.
2012-05-22
Simon Blome
Germany
Herne
NRW
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10
Jan 2013
I love Sherlock Holmes stuff and this is awesome stuff!
The narrative and emphasis on detail in this game are unbelievable.
2014-11-27
Mike Brosco
United States
Mahomet
Illinois
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10
Aug 2015
I own every version of this game. All are great. Gaming perfection. Easy to teach to new players. Dripping with amazing theme. Very true to the original stories. Highly recommended.
2013-04-26
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vins baudet
Spain
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10
Oct 2012
Sin duda lo mejor del año pasado.
2012-10-22
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Marcin Mościcki
Poland
Warszawa
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10
Mar 2013
As replayability is zero, I can't technically always want to play it, but I don't care. It's the most fun I had without leaving home. Of course, if you are not fan of Sherlock Holmes or who-dunnit stories, you won't like it as much, especially as it's very far from a classical gaming experience.

2013-09-01
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julien lehembre
Romania
Bucharest
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Nov 2012
budapest
2012-11-18
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Julian Coles
United Kingdom
Horsham
West Sussex
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10
Jan 2013
Played the first scenario. Both my wife and I loved it. Though I must admit that I didn't understand the bit about the transcribed telegrams. My lack of understanding of 19th century communication is poor, but this didn't make sense to me. Still, looking forward to the next scenario!

Played the 2nd scenario, enjoyed it even more!

Hopefully the expansions are going to come out soon. At the moment we're going through the cases at the rate of one a week, so in 2 months we'll have to try something else unless Ystari print English editions of the extra cases, here's hoping.
2013-01-08
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Stephen Erwin
United States
Syracuse
New York
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10
Feb 2015
I'm the biggest Sherlock Holmes fan I've ever met. It took all of my effort to not buy this for myself as it was an ideal Christmas gift and no one ever knows what to give me. My brother and I have been combining wits and are working through the cases together. The scoring system is busted in that you're scored for your ability to answer questions in Part Two, but Holmes doesn't bother with those. You lose points for taking extra turns, but you can't answer Part Two questions without taking extra turns. Without paying attention to the scores, the game is perfect. I love it. It's amazing. The more thought you put into the case the more enjoyable it is.

UPDATE: Case #3 is total bullsh!t. There isn't enough evidence for a reliable deduction.

SUMMARY: It has a few flaws, but overall it's a winner. Just loses some points for not being replayable.

UPDATE: I believe this to be the most thematic game in the entire BGG database. It's the most exciting and memorable gaming experience I've had in a long time. Fantastic game!
2015-02-06
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Tobias R.
Switzerland
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10
May 2015
Unique. But not really a board game. It's more like an interactive crime novel.
2015-05-11
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William Heitman
United States
Norwalk
Connecticut
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Aug 2013
An unforgettable experience every time. Best played with a group of friends (who aren't afraid of a little reading and imagination).
2013-08-01
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Marcus Lau
Malaysia
Petaling jaya
Selangor
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10
Apr 2013
Grail game. Nuff said.
2013-04-18
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Ada B
Romania
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10
Jan 2014
Although it is not replayable and it is not exactly a board game, it was love at first sight.
2014-01-17
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Fedor Ilitchev
Canada
Ottawa
ON
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10
May 2013
One of a kind. Wonderfully written. I've thought about how it could be improved, but mechanically - there is nothing. There is nothing superfluous here, no fat - ffg this isn't. Really, the only possible improvement would be even better writing / case design but that would take a very significant talent indeed. ...or more cases - but that is not to say that there is not enough content here: we are admittedly slow players but it took us 6 hours to crack the first case. The second case only took 2 but we also spent two on the third without really getting to the crux of the matter... and those were some fun hours indeed.
2013-05-16
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Brett Ovcen
United States
Boynton Beach
Florida
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10
Jun 2014
I LOVE this game. I spend waaaaaay too much time talking to people who I don't need to be visiting. Of course Sherlock always beats me...I wish more games like this existed.
2014-06-14
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Clay Larsen
United States
Los Angeles
California
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10
Apr 2015
Whew, I LOVE this deduction game...I've only done the first case, because I'm trying to savor all 10 and space them out.
2014-11-04
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Phil Dreizen
United States
Kew Gardens
New York
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10
Jul 2014
An amazing game. It's well written. It requires lots of (dubious) inference, some deduction, and teamwork.

It's also frustrating -- sometimes the conclusions are not entirely satisfying from a puzzle-solving point of view. But they've, so far, been entirely in line with Doyle's original stories.
2014-02-02
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Rachel Poulos
United States
Worcester
Massachusetts
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10
Jan 2015
This game is so cool. I will cry when I get through my final mystery.
2014-01-22
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Clay McConnell
United States
Sarasota
Florida
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10
Nov 2013
Own the ystari edition. Everyone LOVES this game. Flew through the ten base scenarios in a few months. Hoping for expansions ASAP
2013-11-13
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gob karas
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Dec 2013
Just excellent. A UFO in board game world. I own all the expansions
2014-11-05
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Lorena Torres
Spain
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10
Jan 2014
Los libros de Vive tu propia aventura, pero en juego de mesa y mejores aún. Total libertad para elegir si quieres ir a un lado, otro, si quieres pasarte 10 minutos en cada noticia del periódico, o si pasas de leertelo (peor pa’ ti). Libreta no incluida, es una lastima, pero no todo puede ser perfecto.

Un juegazo como la copa de un pino
2014-02-13
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Andrés Delgado Gonzalez
Spain
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10
Jan 2014
One of the best games I've ever played.
2014-01-10
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Markus Steinsland
Norway
Oslo
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10
Mar 2014
I love big, shiny games with lots of plastic or wooden pieces. I love games with great replay values, which I can play time and time again without being bored.

This game is non of these things and it's still the best game ever made. I'm seriously considering lowering the rating of all other games I have rated a 10 after playing this. Amazing. Nothing like it. Hard. Fantastic.

(To be fair, I did love deduction games before I played this one, so it wasn't a complete surprise that I would like it, but still... BEST GAME EVER!)

Play with friends. If you play solo, it will be much less fun. MUCH less.
2014-03-11
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Yannick Deplaedt
Japan
Nagoya
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10
Oct 2014
+ Expansions (a lot so far for the French edition!)
2015-02-05
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Gabriele Zuttion
Italy
Udine, Italy
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10
Aug 2015
One of the best solo game ever, but playing cooperatively makes for 10 nights of pure fun.

The immense paperwork which has been done in this game is fantastic by itself.
Gorgeous.

Only issue is replayability, that's why i can't give this game a solid 10.
If and when expansions will appear then vote will be altered accordingly

Edit 2015 raised to 10 as expansions are coming.

2015-08-27
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