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Gregory Baker
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I love Clue, but can recognize some of its weaknesses. I am looking for a deduction game like Clue, but without bluffing. I do not enjoy lying as a part of my gameplay, so all the social deduction games are out. Asymmetrical chase games like Scotland Yard and more modern descendants are only mildly interesting. I love Mysterium, but that is really more of a party game with an awesome theme. I've tred Hanabi, but it has been a dismal failure at my table - I don't think my group really appreciates the everyone-knows-but-me mechanic. Mystery Express looks promising, but not $200 promising. 13 Clues looks interesting, but I am a bit worried about the Hanabi mechanic. Mystery at the Abbey also seems out because it is too easy to or avoid sharing info.

Any other ideas I may have missed?
 
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Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
 
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Keith Carter
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How about Sleuth? It is a pure deduction game designed by Sid Sackson.
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You may look at Captain Sonar
 
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P.I. is great fun.
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Black Vienna is an excellent deduction game.

Very hard to find a real copy, but there are print and play files around.
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Larry Rice
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Gauner raus!
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Mystery of the Abbey is one. Only honest answers allowed as each player tries to deduce which abbot was killed.

Nuns on the Run is another fun one where most players play novices sneaking out of their cell to achieve an objective while trying to avoid the Mother Superiors (controlled by another player) who are chasing them around. It's all hidden movement and players keep track of their movements on a sheet.
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I'd trade you my new copy of Mystery Express at a reasonable rate if you're interested.
 
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Old Town/Schinderhannes

Looks like Old Town is being reprinted as Gads Hill 1874.

Pure deduction, no bluffing. No mystery, either - just a gradual uncovering.
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If you are open to more abstract games with one gamemaster and the players competitively trying to discover the secret rule, then Zendo and Eleusis/Eleusis Express are excellent and might be of interest.
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One of my favourite deduction games at the moment is Think Str8!. Great deduction game, with woefully woeful component quality.
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Tomer Mlynarsky
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How many players are we talking about?

Tragedy Looper is a game where you have a scenario that about something bad happening and the players need to figure out what happened and who was behind it. If you get it wrong, you "go back in time" and try again with a limited number of tries.

It's great as far as deduction goes, however, it's a 1-vs-all type game not sure if you like those or not.


Alchemists is a great worker placement\deduction game (keep in mind it needs an app). You basically get randomized attributes of ingredients and you need to deduce their qualities by constant logical experiments.

Keep in mind that you don't ask each other questions, so you're not really lying or bluffing, but you can make wagers if you're not sure.

Code 777 is a classic but a good one.
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GrandMasterFox wrote:



Alchemists is a great worker placement\deduction game (keep in mind it needs an app). You basically get randomized attributes of ingredients and you need to deduce their qualities by constant logical experiments.



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Bill Eldard
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squiz wrote:
P.I. is great fun.


+1. P.I. is what Clue could've been. For one thing, each player is trying to solve a different crime set (suspect, crime, location). That means that a player isn't eliminated for making an incorrect guess; he/she is penalized points, but allowed to pursue the correct solution.
 
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Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases - this would be our current favorite.
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+1 on Alchemists and also:
Think Str8!
 
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GrandMasterFox wrote:

Tragedy Looper is a game where you have a scenario that about something bad happening and the players need to figure out what happened and who was behind it. If you get it wrong, you "go back in time" and try again with a limited number of tries.

It's great as far as deduction goes...


In fact it is great as far as games go, and the number one deduction game, period. But unfortunately, complexity-wise it is not necessarily the next step after Clue...

The mastermind (the player playing alone) needs to REALLY know the rules, otherwise it won't work. Learning it is worth the effort!
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Bounder wrote:
How about Sleuth? It is a pure deduction game designed by Sid Sackson.


+1 for Sleuth
 
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For something super quick and cheap Rumpelstiltskin
 
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GrandMasterFox wrote:
How many players are we talking about?

Alchemists is a great worker placement\deduction game (keep in mind it needs an app). You basically get randomized attributes of ingredients and you need to deduce their qualities by constant logical experiments.



That's the one that came to mind for me, too.
 
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Perfect Alibi would be my strongest recommendation. It reminds me of Clue, but without many of its flaws and it's a nice step up in complexity.

Hanabi and 13 Clues feel completely different to me, even if it's true that you're the only one who doesn't know your cards. I'd see if you can try 13 Clues somewhere.
 
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