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The inspiration, of course, would be "Holmes", the BBC series. However, the designers wouldn't be forced to pay for rights (if they don't actually use the shows' plots, and Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman's likenesses).

"Holmes" proved how a modern day "Consulting Detective" could be phenomenal - and for sure I would buy it, if done properly.
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I'd be curious, but frankly I'd simply prefer to have a steady supply of new cases for the original.
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I would be very interested! I am planning on writing two cases myself, together with my SHCD partner.
 
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I Strongly prefer Victorian England to a modern setting.
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I think I prefer a period setting for this game.

For a modern setting the writing would have to be spot on. Small plot inconsistencies or ambiguities can sometimes be explained away as 'possibly things were different in Victorian London' whereas in a modern setting they may be far more noticeable and jarring.

Also - a modern setting may have some trouble with modern IT or it could lose some realism. e.g. why don't we check web/phone records and CCTV?
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"Also - a modern setting may have some trouble with modern IT or it could lose some realism. e.g. why don't we check web/phone records and CCTV?"

Excellent point and something that would have to taken into account. It seems like there would be even more possibilities/threads to follow or ways to the answer, making things potentially more complex.
 
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Or making things essentially Detective: A Modern Crime Boardgame.
 
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JudgementDave wrote:

Also - a modern setting may have some trouble with modern IT or it could lose some realism. e.g. why don't we check web/phone records and CCTV?


I thought about this, and the best answer could be an App (something which is becoming more and more common these days).

You want to check the calls made by a suspect? (or anything else which leaves an "electronic trail") Enter the Case Number and the relevant entry # in the App, look at the data and count it as a "move".

For CCTVs it could be more complex, since it would involve filming (very costly). However a workaround could be that if your deductive work "nails" the right camera(s), then you are just shown the most relevant frame - the time needed to find it being abstracted.

tl;dr I do love "Holmes" (the sanity shattering "The Hound of Baskerville" being my favorite episode so far). I would really like to tackle modern day cases too.
 
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Reckall wrote:
JudgementDave wrote:

Also - a modern setting may have some trouble with modern IT or it could lose some realism. e.g. why don't we check web/phone records and CCTV?


I thought about this, and the best answer could be an App (something which is becoming more and more common these days).

You want to check the calls made by a suspect? (or anything else which leaves an "electronic trail") Enter the Case Number and the relevant entry # in the App, look at the data and count it as a "move".

For CCTVs it could be more complex, since it would involve filming (very costly). However a workaround could be that if your deductive work "nails" the right camera(s), then you are just shown the most relevant frame - the time needed to find it being abstracted.

tl;dr I do love "Holmes" (the sanity shattering "The Hound of Baskerville" being my favorite episode so far). I would really like to tackle modern day cases too.

I'd been thinking of mentioning ARGs - Augmented Reality Games (which I'd recently mentioned in another thread). These are games that mix reality and websites/resources created specifically for the game. The players won't always know what is really real and what has been designed just for the game.

Several years ago, In Memoriam was the 1st one I played - involving tracking a killer who was taunting the police. It involved codes & puzzles that necessitated researching things like greek islands and the religious buildings of Istanbul (iirc).

A more recent (and ongoing) take is The Black Watchmen - which uses a game-created archive where entering the correct reference number will pull up the related clues/intel - documents, images, video, audio clips etc...

IMO A modern Holmes seems more suited to moving towards an ARG than the format of the original SH:CD.
 
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I personally prefer the original stories and setting over BBC's modernization of Sherlock.
 
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Give me Victorian England any day, but then i am bias as i am English.
 
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I think early imperial/late republican Rome or Pericles's (and Socrates's) Athens are closer to Holmes's personality and professional approach. In contemporary times I would prefer a contemporary character with a universe of his/her own, such as Hercule Poirot, Commissaire Maigret, Columbo, or the detectives from Psych. Of course, names would have to be altered to protect the copyrights.
 
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themanfromsaturn wrote:
I Strongly prefer Victorian England to a modern setting.


Important to me is that the setting provides many more constraints than a modern one would. London is smaller, with a limited number of skilled individuals and artisans, or thieves and nefarious gangs. In the period theme, you could pursue someone based on the tobacco they smoked. Now? Thieves and murderers could use methods and technologies that would be to magical in the other frame. The investigation would fundamentally be different to cope with these new angles and it wouldn't be Sherlock.

Similar constrained themes that might evoke a similar battle of wits:

- In the Name of the Rose would be interesting basis.
- Players acting as slaves, recruited to keep the "Pax Romana" in regional settlements in the Roman Empire.
- "Arabian Nights" Persia (the storytelling context, not the stories). Players report to a fickle Shahrayar but secretly tell the results of the investigation to Scheherazade for her to weave into her stories. The time limit becomes important!
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The original SHCD game is more of a paper and pencil type game since it was designed prior to the advent of the public WWW internet access where information is easy to get for both game players and characters within the game. So moving the theme to a more modern era would have to drastically change the way the game is played.

For instance instead of running around London to find clues from characters from a Directory, it would have to have something like Text Messages on cell/mobile phones, video surveillance, and CSI type clues. And possibly internet site searches. I supposed it could be adapted to that, but it might lose the charm and the intent of the original game. Not that it wouldn't be a ripping fun game to play. But it also might be very hard to come up with new game play mechanics.

So I think my opinion would be no, it wouldn't work as well with a modern Sherlock in the way SHCD is played. But if someone was clever enough to come up with something I think it could work in a different format.
 
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