After a game of Railroad Tycoon, we pulled out Scotland Yard for a shorter game. We had six players and randomized who would be Mr. X (excempting one person who was a bit rusty on how to play).
With Mr X selected, and everyone placed, the agents made their way to major hubs as usual. We had a rather surprising number of agents on the lower side of the river (2 of 5). Only one agent was in the upper right.
Mr. X's first surfacing (on turn 3) was at 127, which is just on the south side of the river, but near the middle of the board. Most of the agents were to the left side of the board, and it was decided to contain Mr X on the lower right quarter as best we could. With a 2x move and a black ticket, Mr X sucessfully disappeared, as we attempted to cover the river and underground exits to keep him on the right side of the board.
In retrospect, we found that this was Mr. X's fatal move. The agents goal was to contain Mr X on the right, and the next time Mr. X revealed he had gone further right, to surface at 105 on turn 8.
Overuse of the bus after space 105 had us closing in on Mr X's possible locations, and really enabled the encirclement.
When Mr X surfaced on turn 13, at 129, it was almost over. One agent was on 105 to the upper right. A second agent was at 159, covering below. A third agent was a 157, ready to move in from the lower left. There was no use for a black ticket here, as only taxi's serviced Mr. X's location. Mr X decided to chance it, and go for a chance shot at 117 and was caught.
Mr X's route was interesting. His route was 102-115-127 -126-114-115-118-105 -72-107-161-135-129 -117. The underlined moves are the surfacings.
In retrospect, it looks like Mr X could have moved back towards the middle of the board instead of comming back right, towards the agents. Taking the river right was a poor choice. I suspect we covered the river to the left at the time (we had the river and undergrounds well covered), but taking a taxi from there we would have lost him for a longer time.
Good game, but we still haven't had Mr. X make it away. I'm eager for a crack at the helm myself.