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The Cases of Watson & Holmes

A Preview of Four Perplexing Investigations

27 January 2017 | Watson & Holmes

 

Sherlock Holmes has been in the spotlight for over a century now, and with a mind and character such as his, he's not likely going anywhere. One of the greatest draws of the genius detective is the fun of trying to keep up with him. Reading one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's books allows your mind to wander to the possible truth, and you can further immerse yourself in the action and excitement by watching one of the many television shows and films inspired by those same stories. 

What's more, there's now even one more way to dive into these intriguing and puzzling cases, which is solving them yourself! In Watson & Holmes, you're competing not only against the perceptive Holmes and his thoughtful partner Watson, but also against the players across the table from you. Each of the game's thirteen cases features a curious premise, numerous clue-filled cards, and a set of questions you must answer to solve each mystery. With the help of Watson, Holmes, and their many sources and assistants, you will be given the opportunity to show off your own detective skills, step by step. To prepare you for this uncertain task, we've put together briefs on a few of the mysteries that lie ahead.

The Adventure of the Looted Wagon

"Sir, I have been fired from my job, completely unfairly. I have been accused of theft!"

"I understand that there is no solid evidence or you would not be here."

"No, nothing, no proof at all!" 

"Calmly explain everything to us if you please." 

Watson & Holmes' introductory case concerns a very curious theft that has been blamed on the wrong person. To open the case, a Mr. Rowland Bean will tell his story. A former train conductor (as of just an hour prior), Bean has been accused of negligence as the train car he was assigned to guard had been burglarized. With just one locked door into the train car—a locked door through which nobody proceeded—Bean is at a loss. How could somebody have robbed it?

This is your case: to determine who committed the theft, how they accessed the train car, and how they removed the items from the train. 

An Unanticipated Concert

"A disaster, Mr. Watson. There were people walking in and out, all inebriated, anyone could have done it!"

The most common of crimes, while one of the most sinister, is homicide. The murder of an unwitting person, an innocent body, is one of of the cruelest crimes anyone can commit, though this will not be the only murder you'll encounter as you race to solve these thirteen cases. 

The second case in the collection–also of single-star difficulty—considers the murder of Rodrick Porterfield at a raucous party. Between the chaos, the many suspects, and the sprawling estate, this investigation may take some time. You may find it prudent to visit Porterfield's widow first, in order to catch her in her most authentic emotional state. But you could also suppose that the body would seem a sensible place to start. Or maybe you should obtain photographic evidence of the event, perhaps covering more bases than one. Each of these is a viable starting point, though perhaps none of these will give you so much information as one of the other thirteen locations. That is a mystery you'll have to figure out yourself, and a decision for which you'll have to fight, considering the other investigators present on the scene and the interference of the local authorities. 

The Sutherland Experiment

"My mother never gives up on her projects. I know that last month she and her assistant travelled to Scotland, but I do not know exactly where they were. Since she returned to London my mother has been busier than normal, it is true, but for three days now I have not heard or seen anything of her."

The disappearance of Hypatia Sutherland's mother is one that Holmes might normally be compelled to dismiss, but normalcy was written nowhere on Miss Sutherland's description of the absence. Elizabeth Sutherland, the missing party, had long been a woman of science, and Hypatia told of recent abnormalities in her behavior. She has been engrossed in a secret project of which she will not speak, the government will not take her seriously, and a recent trip to Scotland has left her impossibly busy. Given that her mother's assistant is also missing and considering the many strangers who had been visiting as of late, Hypatia is deeply concerned about her mother. As are Holmes and Watson. And so... now are you.

Time to hit the streets to figure out where Elizabeth Sutherland and her assistant have disappeared to, why the abrupt departure, and what they were working on. It sounds unremarkable until we tell you that you cannot make notes. Not a single scribble. So can you keep it all in your head, or will a forgetful mind be your ultimate downfall?

The Riddle of the Hieroglyphs in the Sand

Lestrade had requested our assistance on numerous occasions and this case had one of those exceptional details that invariably managed to attract Holmes' attention. This is why half an hour after the inspector had finished his story, we found ourselves standing on Paddington Station waiting for a train to take us to a coastal town in the county of Cornwall. 

The eleventh case is the most complicated of those previewed here, bearing the highest level of difficulty and a number of special rules. The investigation is centered around the disappearance of a woman—the daughter of Commissioner Penrose. But the disappearance is just the half of it; Penrose tells a story of symbols drawn in the sand outside their house by the sea. Every morning, a new symbol, only to be erased by the tides and the wind and then replaced by another symbol the following morning. His watchful eye could not determine a culprit, and he worries that there may be a political motivation behind not only the drawings, but the disappearance of his daughter, Lucy. 

Your objective in this case is to determine three things: Who drew the symbols on the beach, what broke Lucy's window, and where is Lucy Penrose now? You will notice a pattern with these later cases of additional rules complicating your investigation. In this, the eleventh case, you will begin without police tokens or characters, instead collecting them throughout the case, and some locations will be somewhat obstructed, forcing you to ask yourself: How important can the be? Is it a distraction or are these locations the key to the whole investigation? Only time will tell...

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