A meeting of a local game group that I have yet to find a name for, so for now I'm using our geographical area.
This doesn’t really merit a session report, but I wanted to save the game for posterity. If only so Gerry doesn’t forget it.
Players: John, Geoff, Steve, Gerry, and two of Gerry’s friends who he ate dinner with before gaming, who stayed for Scotland Yard and then left – I’ll call them FriendA and FriendB.
I brought Scotland Yard to our game night last week, so half the players had been introduced to the game already. Because being Mr. X is ‘special’, Geoff, who was Mr. X last week, was ineligible this week for selection.
Too many players for Shocking Roulette! Scandalous. We drew tokens from a cup and Gerry ended up as Mr. X.
John began in central-north, FriendA in the southeast, FriendB in the west, Geoff in a central area, and Steve also in a rather central area. This made it difficult for everyone to get to different underground stations in time for the first Mr. X reveal on Turn Three, as people started near similar stations – John had to actually move away from an underground station in order to allow others to retain maximum mobility.
Turns One and Two saw Mr. X taking a taxi and bus, while the detectives moved to the closest underground stations. Turn Three saw Mr. X revealing himself in the northeast section of the map, but on a location that had only taxi service. He saw no reason to use a Black Ticket to move, since taxi was the only option, and we made the assumption that he moved south, and the detectives arranged themselves to trap him there.
However, Gerry/Mr. X had actually moved west, towards one of the detectives, figuring that as everyone moved south to trap him, he could escape to the west.
Unfortunately, FriendA moved east, rather than south, and captured Gerry/Mr. X on Turn Four.
Generally, we try not to play the same game too often, but that can certainly be ignored in this case for Scotland Yard – I can see it returning in the next week or two, as a Turn Four win for the detectives, while satisfying, didn’t scratch that detective itch.
I think a friend of mine still holds the record, getting caught on Turn Two.