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I'm looking for a game I can play with my regular group that's along the lines of T.I.M.E Stories.
My group often welcomes a new player every now and again but I like the idea of a role playing game that's almost like a Murder Mystery but doesn't get very complex. Finding clues, sharing information, social deduction.
I'm definitely not looking for a 'Warewolf' style game - no player elimination or secret roles - I have plenty of those. More so looking for scenario games that can be taught quickly and doesn't take up the whole night.
it's like an accident that we keep on knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting...
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases may fit the bill. There are barely any rules and it's almost 100% "finding clues, sharing information, and social deduction".
Is it a moose that became a detective ? Or a detective who searches for moose?
You might want to look into the escape room games.
Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer's Manor and its sequel Escape the Room: Secret of Dr. Gravely's Retreat or the recently released Escape Room: The Game
The first two are listed as 90+ but take about an hour each. And the box says 3-8 but you might want to stick to 1-4 (like TIME Stories) since they were so linear, the fewer the better.
The last one has 4 60 minute scenarios. (But two of them might be super short.) And can probably support a few more players easier.
They're not an exact match for TIME Stories, there's no real narrative beyond the opening text but they have the group puzzle solving aspect. Being puzzle games, they have 0 replayability but the Escape the Room games are totally repackageable and Escape Room: the Game is sorta mostly repackageable if you are careful.