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Well, everyone did such a great job suggesting a game to me in my last thread, I hope you might indulge me in one more recommendation request. Are there any deduction games that you might recommend. Something like Clue perhaps? It doesn't have to be a "who done it?" game. Just any sort if game where you have to deduce some mystery. Thanks again!
 
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Mystery Express is essentially a modern take of Clue where you need to know what time it happened and why. Games that go further away from that, can include Hanabi, The Resistance: Avalon or the plain version, Letters from Whitechapel, Fury of Dracula (second edition), to a number of Mr. Jack games, etc. There is a category for deduction games in the advance search menu.
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Mystery of the Abbey
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Another one to consider is Mystery of the Abbey.

And for only a few bucks, everyone should have a copy of Love Letter. It is short-form deduction, plays in a succession of quick rounds, and just works great!
 
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If you don't mind a 2-player only game, I would strongly recommend Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War.
 
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Have a look at Plunder
 
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The Name of the Rose

A somewhat hard to find hidden gem. This is deduction gaming done right.
 
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+1 toMystery of the Abbey, Love Letter, and either Resistance.
Sleuth is a good deduction game that is boiled down to the basics.
For another mini game you might check out the pay what you want kickstarter for Where Art Thou Romeo?. It will ship before Christmas and the price is right.
 
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And if you want to take it to the next level and play a two-vs-two deduction game in which you have to figure out who your partner and who your enemy is:

Inkognito.
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Love Letter, Hanabi, and Resistance: Avalon are all great. For something heavier on the brain try Sleuth.

Mystery of the Abbey I think is so chaotic that the deduction element is lost. It's fun, but it doesn't feel like a deduction game to me.
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Chaosmos will be coming out sometime in the not too distant future. It's all about deduction and misdirection.
 
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Black Vienna is my favourite deduction game. So much so that I made an online moderator to play the game:

http://www.aleknevicus.com/bv/

The game itself is long out-of-print, but it's pretty easy to put together a home-made copy.
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+1 Mystery of the Abbey. As one of the reviewers here said, "it's like Clue, but FUN!"

Another one that our family really likes is Tobago, which involves a neat twist on deduction games in that the players contribute to the "treasure map" by playing cards that continue to narrow down possible locations (i.e., "on the beach" or "not next to mountains") of the hidden treasures. So, really, it's more "induction" than "deduction," but the game is a lot of fun, and the components are about as good as they come.
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For something like Clues (with a "who-done-it" flavor), I recommend Lady Alice
For some good deduction games, I would say Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases and Inkognito
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Every game I can think of has already been mentioned but I'd like to elaborate on them a bit.

Inkognito - A classic that's just been revamped and re-released this year. The deduction feels very similar to Clue but you play in teams trying to figure out who your partner is and what mission you have to accomplish. It's basically only a 4 player game. Quite a good one but this limits the usability. The original version had a variant for 3 players but I've never considered it (the variant) worthwhile. The new version however also comes with 5 player variant which I think would work well.

Hanabi - While it can be played as a pure deduction game you generally won't do very well unless you allow for the more subtle interactions in the game. It's probably one of the most brilliant and elegant out there.

The Resistance / Avalon - Great when you have more than 5-10 players to entertain. Frequently scores multiple plays in the same sitting.

Love Letter is the last game in this thread that I know and I'd consider it the weakest entry. Not a *bad* game, certainly not for it's low price but just a bit more you can get Hanabi which is immensely better.
 
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Germsy wrote:
Are there any deduction games that you might recommend. Something like Clue perhaps?

Sleuth

Here's an article explaining why (an excerpt follows below):

One of the best pure deduction games, now with Sid Sackson's signature
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Comparing with Clue: The board game Clue is a long time family favourite in many households, including my own. So how do they compare?

● Clue requires players to figure out a suspect, weapon, and room, while Sleuth requires players to figure out a gem which has characteristics in three categories (type, number, and colour). In both cases cards are set aside, requiring players to deduce which one is missing, so there is a core mechanic that they share in common.
● In contrast to the simple gameplay of Clue, Sleuth dispenses with the need for a board, at the same time adding considerably deeper levels of puzzle solving and strategy.
● With Clue the player movement is dice driven, and these random elements can cause considerable frustration, a weakness that is not evident in Sleuth.
● Unlike Clue where the deduction is fairly straight forward and largely a matter of simple elimination and hoping for the best, with Sleuth there's potential for more clever questioning and also for more in depth deduction.

While Clue is more suited to families with children, anyone who enjoys serious deduction and logic puzzling will find that Sleuth is by far the superior game when judged on that level. It's less thematic, granted, but by boiling down the game to its deductive essence, logical puzzle solvers won't miss any kind of narrative, because they're compensated more than adequately by immersing themselves in the challenges of pure logic.
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Sleuth looks interesting, but I didn't much care for their comparison which seemed to imply the choices are either Clue or Sleuth and people who like Clue are monkeys in the jungle with fingers up their noses.
 
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I haven't played it, but 011 seems to have the same sort of deduction aspect, and a steampunk theme if you're into that
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Lots of good suggestions already, but one I didn't see and which just came out is King & Assassins. I played this a few times at BGG.CON and it was a sleeper hit for me. Really good deduction game.
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Letters from Whitechapel would seem to fit your needs. One versus one to five players.

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P.I.


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Murder! Mystery! Mastermind!

 
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