Hi all, I've just bought Mr. Jack as I love 2-player games as well as games of deduction. My husband and I tried playing it last night for the first time, and I am embarrassed to say we were stuck from the beginning. My main area of confusion is, the person playing Jack picks an alibi card (thus becoming aware of the true identity of Jack), then the detective can choose the 1st of the 4 cards being played on the first round. What if the detective (unknowingly) chooses to play the character who is supposed to be Jack? Thanks for any help!
It doesn't matter if the detective picks the character card corresponding to the secret alibi card identifying the killer. The detective simply moves that character, just like any other character. I'm not sure what you're confused about; perhaps if you explain why you think this would be a problem...?
The detective doesn't win by picking the character card of the killer. The detective wins by making all the other characters eliminated as suspects. accusing the killer.
(EDITED TO ADD: Originally I brainfarted and was thinking of how the detective wins Mr. Jack Pocket. Doh. Thanks for catching that, loule.)
Picking character cards is simply how you manipulate the game state to try to eliminate suspects (after each turn of 4 characters, Jack reveals if the killer is visible or not, and the detective hopes that this eliminates some suspects, by arranging that some characters are visible and some are not visible at the end of the turn.)
Hi Russ, Yes thanks a lot. That is everything I needed to know, but was too slow to realise! I'm not too sure what I was confused about now, I think trying to play for the first time at 10:30pm when you're tired perhaps isn't the best idea. Looking forward to giving it another go now! All the best.