New South Wales
Buster Keaton from 'Go West'
The kid asked to play this game, so on Sunday morning with the coffee barely managing to keep me awake, he set up the game and we played a three player game - the kid, Scrabblette, and me. "How many cards Dad?" Umm... you deal 5 to each player and 5 go in the middle. No problem.
The first round started very nicely for me. The kid and I went to the Parlatorium and drew suspect cards. At a loss for sensible questions to ask, I asked Scrabblette how many Benedictines she had and the kid how many Templars and Franciscans he had. I had 3 Benedictines, Scrabblette had 2, the kid had 2 Templars and 2 Franciscans and had picked up a card, so he must have 3 Benedictines which makes 8... so all of the Benedictines are eliminated! Woohoo! Pretty good deducing for a bleary Sunday morning!
I needed more caffeine so I went and made myself a cup of tea while the kid was trying to figure out what question to ask. No milk. I had to have a can of Coke instead. That's NOT what I needed on a Sunday morning. Nevertheless, caffeine. Hey! Did we remember to put the killer under the board?! We hadn't, so we put the top guy from the suspect pile under there. Hmm... there still seem to be a lot of suspects in that pile. How many did I tell you to deal out?
ARGH! You're supposed to get six suspects each in a three player game! We only had five! My deduction about the Benedictines assumed we had six! We dealt one more card to each player (because otherwise the game would have had to go for another round just to get rid of the suspect pile). I was still missing a Benedictine, and the kid or Scrabblette might have received it. Oh no...
So I made the best of a very bad situation and went to the Parlatorium again in the second round to see if I could find the missing Benedictine. Luckily, I did! I was a bit confused, but I thought my deduction was correct again, and I could eliminate all of the Benedictines. Very confusing, and not looking good for me at all.
Meanwhile, the kid and Scrabblette were following the best strategy in this sort of game - picking on Dad. They went and heard my confession, then both went and rifled through my cell. Between their efforts and the event card I was down to three suspect cards in my hand. I took that as a sign that I was needed to work in the Library, so I went and looked at the dangerous books. I was a bit disappointed with the card I drew - write down the name of a monk and if someone later falsely accuses that monk you get 4 points. That wasn't much use to me as my opponents had seen most of my cards already and at the next mass I was going to give them all to the kid anyway... so I wrote down someone I hadn't eliminated either, as an outside chance.
At the next mass I gave my 3 cards to the kid, and Scrabblette revealed her Scriptorium card that said "pass one card less", so she only gave me two cards. Oh great! And one of them was the monk I'd written down secretly. So there was no chance she'd falsely accuse him, and when the kid saw that card he'd be too smart as well. ARGH!
I spent the next round going to confession to see if I could reassemble a hand of cards. I'd been completely stripped of any monks I'd been trying to conceal, so my opponents probably had better information than I did. I interrogated the kid, and he took a vow of silence. Nothing was working at all!
At the start of the fifth round there was one suspect card left, and I'd narrowed the suspects down to five - two fathers, a Templar novice, a Franciscan brother and a Franciscan novice. Just to make conversation as much as anything, I questioned Scrabblette and asked how many fathers she had eliminated. "Six." "Oh no, can I take a vow of silence?" Yes, you could have, but you didn't. The kid rushed off to the Capitulum and revealed that the killer was a novice, but was he correct? For some reason I was allowed to proceed peacefully to the Parlatorium and establish the innocence of the Templar novice.
I'd narrowed my suspects down to two, and the kid seemed to think it wasn't the brother. I knew Scrabblette was very close to making an accusation, so I decided to take a guess. I went to the Capitulum and accused the Franciscan novice. Indeed, I was correct. Whew!
Somehow I managed to pull this game out of the fire! Scrabblette made a bad mistake by telling us she'd eliminated the fathers, and I depended on the kid's deductions for my accusation. Still, I've never seen him make a bad deduction, I should give him some credit. Scrabblette, of course, was distraught - she'd thrown the game away, particularly as I have a tradition in this game of stealing the win from other people who know more. I'm sure she'll win one day, but this was not to be that day.
Ramping up my reviewing.
Happily playing games for many, many years.
Great report... Hmm, I wonder if sleep deprivation would make it better (with caffeine)?
- Last edited Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:14 am (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:13 am