I have become my own island state. A ravaged, war-torn land where nothing grows and the horizons are bleak.
LV, DV, Kelly, and I returned again to the Mystery of the Abbey. Father Adelmo was once again most foully murdered and it was up to us to identify the suspect.
I had an awful lot of trouble acquiring information in this particular game. It seemed that everywhere I went, the other players were having a party somewhere else in the Abbey. As I tried to get to rooms where people where to ask them questions, they always seemed to be able to slip away in time. Meanwhile, the other players were swapping cards (as instructed by Scriptorium and Bibliotecha cards) and asking questions (and shrouding their questions like, “how many monks do you have of the girth and order of the card I just gave you at mass”). Try as I did, I could not seem to break into all the information they were sharing with each other.
I got duped early on some faulty reasoning on my part. I had the skinny Franciscan Father. Kelly asked me how many Franciscan Fathers I had and I said one (I asked her something else first, so I was obligated to answer). I assumed she had some information on the other Franciscan Father, so I marked him off (albeit with a large question mark next to it). Later, Kelly had to swap her entire hand with LV, then LV asked a question specifically about Father Gilbrath (the other Franciscan Father). I immediately realized that I made a false assumption (had Kelly been holding Father Gilbrath when she asked me her question, that card would be in LV’s hand at this time). I caught my mistake and erased my markings. DV made the same assumption, but did not realize it like I did at LV’s question.
I got to a point where, of my remaining suspects, 5 were skinny and 2 were fat. So, I went to the Capitulum and made a revelation that the killer was skinny. Later, we were forced to make a revelation (as instructed by a Scriptorium or Mass card). Of my remaining suspects, 4 were Benedictine and 2 were not. I made the revelation that the killer was Benedictine.
The killer turned out to be Father Gilbrath, who is neither skinny nor Benedictine.
The past few times I’ve played this game, I feel like I have been able to eliminate suspects in droves during my first few turns. After the second mass, though, I seem to hit a significant lull. Granted, in this game I always seemed to be a few steps behind the other players on the board and couldn’t catch up to them to ask questions. I then started raiding the Parlor and the other players Cells. Each time I got to the Parlor and asked someone to show me a card, they did not have the traits I asked for. I was striking out on every turn.
DV accused Brother Jacques with confidence, but I had him in my hand and had been able to keep him secret the entire game. Kelly had it narrowed down to Jacques and Gilbrath. After DV was sent for penance, Kelly went to the Capitulum and accused Father Gilbrath. Though I had marked him off, then erased the markings, I was convinced he was out there somewhere. Well he wasn’t, and Kelly won. I had 5 suspects left when the game ended, and both my revelations were wrong. This was by far my worst performance in this game.
But LV and DV are a blast to play with, so I enjoyed the game thoroughly nonetheless.
This breaks DV’s streak of 3 straight wins (Puerto Rico, Modern Art, and the last playing of Mystery of the Abbey). We discussed the game over bowls of Holiday Peppermint Ice Cream
Gelatinous Goo (#70324),
Uh, oh. I see you are adopting my strategies now.
Soon you too can have a -7!