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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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Nick Stables
Australia
Lawson
NSW
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Apr 2014
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G Quinn
United States
Unspecified
New Jersey
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10
Feb 2005*
Brilliant!
2005-02-23*
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Stephen Tavener
United Kingdom
London
England
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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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Espen Gätzschmann
Norway
Trondheim
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10
Jul 2005*
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Jens Guder
Germany
Hamburg
Hamburg
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10
Sep 2005*
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Founding Fathers: try your hand at being President.
United States
Bay Area
California
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10
Sep 2005*
Scott
United States
denver
Colorado
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10
Dec 2012
Udo Möller
Germany
St. Wendel
Germany
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10
Jan 2006*
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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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George Anderson
United States
Fort Loudon
Pennsylvania
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Mar 2007*
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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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Cameron Crawford
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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10
Jan 2009*
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Sam Corwin
United States
Kansas
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Dec 2007*
Stéphane Thuilière
France
Montpellier
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Dec 2007*
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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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Michael Bowling
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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10
Jan 2009*
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Peter Gustav Bartschat
Germany
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Feb 2008*
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Audrey Popson Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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10
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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Dennis Murray
United States
Quakertown
Pennsylvania
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10
May 2015
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Tina S.
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Jan 2009*
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Ulrich-Peter Weiand
Germany
Bingen/Rhein
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Mar 2009*
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Fabien Gridel
France
Lyon
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Jun 2009*
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Christopher B
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Sep 2009*
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John McKevitt
United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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Sep 2009*
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Jonathan Burd
United States
Minneapolis
Minnesota
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10
Jun 2013
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Fabio Binder
Brazil
Curitiba
PR
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10
Jun 2014
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Fred A.
Canada
Sainte-Adele
Quebec
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10
Jan 2015
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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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Nicklas Brandefelt
Sweden
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Dec 2009*
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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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Stephen Jennison-Smith
United Kingdom
York
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May 2015
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The Autumn Gamer is a pirate, Blustering in from sea, With a rollocking song, he sweeps along, Swaggering boisterously. The Autumn Gamer is a raider, Pillaging just for fun. He'll knock you 'round and upside down, And laugh when he's conquered and won.
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Jun 2015
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Claus
Denmark
Sorø
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Oct 2010
Reprint! NOW!
2010-08-24
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Nate Downs
United States
Granville
Ohio
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Jun 2013
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Kathleen Fowler
United States
Alturas
California
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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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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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Aug 2010
This is simply the pinnacle in mystery gaming.
2010-10-10
Gunter D'HOOGH
Belgium
WESPELAAR
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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
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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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Allan Clements
Norway
Oslo
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Jan 2011
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Gontran
France
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Aug 2010
Christian Graeff
Germany
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Jan 2014
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Deana David
Netherlands
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Feb 2011
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Marc Bishop
Canada
Gatineau
Quebec
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Nov 2011
Best solo game ever.
2012-08-18
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