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Having recently acquired the game, I have of course read all of the instructions, but have not even cracked open any of the cases - I'm attempting to avoid any and all spoilers. So with that in mind, I ask the following question: would pre-reading or glancing at the quiz / questions at the end of the case risk spoilers?

My overall plan for getting this to the table is to treat it as a murder mystery dinner evening, in order to get the most out of the game. The idea was to start the case, follow some leads, then each person / team could take the quiz when they think they're ready to solve the case. They'd keep their answers confidential, and everyone would keep going on exploring leads. Earliest correct solution wins.
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pugeek wrote:
Having recently acquired the game, I have of course read all of the instructions, but have not even cracked open any of the cases - I'm attempting to avoid any and all spoilers. So with that in mind, I ask the following question: would pre-reading or glancing at the quiz / questions at the end of the case risk spoilers?

My overall plan for getting this to the table is to treat it as a murder mystery dinner evening, in order to get the most out of the game. The idea was to start the case, follow some leads, then each person / team could take the quiz when they think they're ready to solve the case. They'd keep their answers confidential, and everyone would keep going on exploring leads. Earliest correct solution wins.


Don't pre-read the quiz.

Spoilers.
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I definitely agree that you don't want to look at any quiz until you're ready to solve and determine your score. If you want to do this competitively and have each group read it when they're ready, you should make provision for them to be in a different room where they can discuss their answers, etc. You also need to caution them strongly in advance not to give anything away to those who are still working the case.
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pugeek wrote:
Earliest correct solution wins.


Just a caution: Through seven cases, we have never gotten a perfectly "correct" solution.

This is not a game where you can readily expect to solve the mystery like the book Five Minute Mysteries. This game is more about how close you came to figuring it out.

If you are playing a competitive game, I would use the scoring system to determine a winner.

Also, in case you are still wondering, do NOT read any part of the quiz.
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Don't pre-read the quiz questions.

In fact after a handful of cases, we start turning the quiz questions into a mini-game where we try to guess what the questions would be. And it's kinda fun to read a question where you have no idea what they're talking about.
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After we finished the first case, one of the secondary questions had us asking, "Wait, you could figure that out?! How??"
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After we finished the first case, one of the secondary questions had us asking, "Wait, you could figure that out?! How??"

I always played this game cooperatively with my family, and sometimes after completing the case and figuring out our score we would visit additional clue locations trying to figure out such things. When you're playing together just for fun, that can be a great way to wind down after the game.
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Thank you all for your comments. We will not be looking ahead to the questions at the end of the cases.

I particularly liked the suggestion to solve the case, then going back to follow leads that would have enabled us to figure out questions we missed.
 
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