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Subject: Poor Man's Mysterium (a pre-purchase test?) rss

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Leron T
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Greetings all, I'm interested in Mysterium, but I'm weary of buying such an odd game that my group may not like (I've told them about it and they're reluctant and some still don't understand it). They don't like watching videos of other people playing. They want to experience games themselves to form an opinion...

So that leads me to an idea. Poor Man's Mysterium. I have Dixit, I have an old copy of Clue. Why not combine them into a makeshift Mysterium? You have dream cards, locations, suspects, weapons. I figure, as long as you house-rule it that the suspect's color is off limits (i.e. you can't play a primarily yellow card to implicate Col. Mustard, etc.). I figured I could also use the character's bios from "Clue Mysteries" to give a bit to go off of.

What do you all think? Would this work as a proof-of-concept to see if they like the game? Is there something else I should be aware of?
 
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It's worth a shot to test out! Know, however, that the Mysterium cards, in particular the suspect cards, have a lot going on in them. What I mean is that the portrait of each character is surrounded by a number of paraphernalia, giving the ghost more to go off of when making card selections.
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One possible issue is that the art in Dixit might have nothing to do with the clues you have available. Mysterium's art was designed with the clues in mind.

On a tangent Deception: Murder in Hong Kong kind of replaced Mysterium with my groups. It's got a similar feel but is shorter, less fiddly and includes an interesting traitor mechanic. You might want to look into Deception if you're having trouble convincing people to play Mysterium.
 
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You're rather close to Portland, any local gamestores that you can swing over to with a Library copy to try with your friends?
 
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DanielRobison wrote:
It's worth a shot to test out! Know, however, that the Mysterium cards, in particular the suspect cards, have a lot going on in them. What I mean is that the portrait of each character is surrounded by a number of paraphernalia, giving the ghost more to go off of when making card selections.


That's why I figured I'd add the biographies from Clue Mysteries. You have a lot to work with when you know Ms. Peacock is a three time widow with a wealthy estate, Professor Plum often travels to Egypt, and Mr. Green is a former reverend of the church. might help clues along.
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LunaWolvesMan wrote:
You're rather close to Portland, any local gamestores that you can swing over to with a Library copy to try with your friends?


I'd considered a store's play copy, but they won't let me borrow it (from what I know), and scheduling is tricky enough as is with people needing to find sitters and things, it's easier to just have it at one of our houses.
 
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dugman wrote:
One possible issue is that the art in Dixit might have nothing to do with the clues you have available. Mysterium's art was designed with the clues in mind.

On a tangent Deception: Murder in Hong Kong kind of replaced Mysterium with my groups. It's got a similar feel but is shorter, less fiddly and includes an interesting traitor mechanic. You might want to look into Deception if you're having trouble convincing people to play Mysterium.


Have Deception, but the group is all traitor-mechanism-ed out. Might bring that one back out later, but I was hoping this was similar flavor with more trusting each other.
 
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Do you guys have a game meetup where you could connect with someone and borrow a copy?

I'm just afraid the sort of "ad-hoc" style won't appeal as much and therefore it could fall flat.

The game artwork is quite outstanding and really fits the theme.

If it were me, I would buy it, knowing I can sell it on BGG later to recoup a lot of the expense.

Good luck!
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I know that Dixit is the obvious comparison, but if you think about it, Mysterium is a lot like Codenames. A clue giver gives a word to make a team associate it with a related word on the table. A clue giver gives a picture to make a team associate it with a related picture on the table.

The games are mostly different in the clue giver role, which presumably would be you. For the rest, its a fairly parallel thought process.

Just putting it out there because Codenames is fairly ubiquitous. So, "Codenames matching pictures instead of words" might deliver a better picture...than using a lot words...
 
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Leron wrote:
dugman wrote:
One possible issue is that the art in Dixit might have nothing to do with the clues you have available. Mysterium's art was designed with the clues in mind.

On a tangent Deception: Murder in Hong Kong kind of replaced Mysterium with my groups. It's got a similar feel but is shorter, less fiddly and includes an interesting traitor mechanic. You might want to look into Deception if you're having trouble convincing people to play Mysterium.


Have Deception, but the group is all traitor-mechanism-ed out. Might bring that one back out later, but I was hoping this was similar flavor with more trusting each other.


Well if they like Deception but want a full cooperative version then Mysterium is a good bet. Slight fiddliness aside it has a very similar overall feel.
 
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