Richard Launius
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It may have been a hot evening in Atlanta, Georgia Saturday when 5 of us sat down to play a game of Ace Detective, but the weather was somewhat chilly for Max Bullet as he was called in to investigate the murder of a prominent Politician that had been giving a lecture at the San Francisco School of the Arts.

The weather had turned cooler in the day, and now, well after 10:00 PM the familiar thick mist had rolled out of the bay subduing the campus and the scene of the crime – a small alcove behind the administration building. Max looked over the scene as quick as he could. The chalk outline of the body on the damp concrete, the rod-iron table and chairs, rusty from neglect, and no clean of sight to any of the surrounding buildings. A perfect place to meet somebody you did not want to be seen with. After surveying most of the area, max decided to head out before any of his “friends” on San Francisco Police force saw him – they did not always welcome his assistance. Nothing unusual to be found here… unless you considered a highly respected city Politician being dead unusual, and Max did not.

Over the next few days Max would discover much about the victim; his illicit affair with a sexy mistress who had plenty to hid herself, his unusual trading with a Wealthy Collector and the fight they had recently had over a rare art book, his odd dealings with a German Diplomat, and even the strange connection with a Local Thug. All very different individuals with one thing in common – they all had good reasons for wanting the Politician dead.


Our game was a fun and interesting session with players each pushing the story in different directions. Jason and his son were pushing every clue they could toward the Local Thug. Mark was constantly making ties with the Foreign Diplomat. Brian and I knew it was a crime of passion gone bad and found many clues that lead to the Sexy Mistress. Although very few clues lead back to the Wealthy Collector, when one did the story shared was interesting and inventive.

In the end, the Local Thug had 6 Clue Tokens on him, the Wealthy Collector 2, the Foreign Diplomat 4, and the Sexy Mistress had 8, but these were just the clues examined at a distance. When the clues were revealed (flipped over at the end of the game) it turned out that the Sexy Mistress had a total of 4 Points on her (Several False Clues and Tampered Clues reducing her total) and the Local Thug had 6 Points – making him the guilty party.

Since Jason had the most total clues on the Local Thug, he won the game and got to make a final summation – that went something like this:

Max was already seated in the Mayor’s office, practicing dangling his foot while swirling scotch around in a crystal glass that probably cost more than he would make in the next six months when the Police Commissioner and several of his “friends” on the force entered. The mayor call to Max to share what he had discovered. Max rose from his chair and with all eyes on him walked to the center of the room, still swirling the scotch in his glass and began his tale. “You see, the prominent Politician’s love for art went too far this time, and when the Wealthy Collector bragged after a lecture that he had obtained a rare book of renaissance art, the Politician offered a significant sum to purchase the book, but was turned down. This refusal was something that seldom happened to him and angered he sought out a fellow he had used a few times for his, shall we say, meetings with his Mistress and commissioned him to steal the treasured book. The Local Thug managed to steal the item and the meeting for the exchange of cash for goods was set up on the campus in the private alcove. Unfortunately, the Thug raised the price, and with book in hand the Politician refused to pay the additional fee, or return the book, pulling a gun on the Thug and telling him take the money as offered and leave. Well, the Thug took the money, and in the end the book also as he pulled his own gun – something he had no reservations about using to get what he wanted. The Politician, shaken by the bold action had the book in one hand and his gun in the other - he wasn’t good enough to handle both…and in the end failed to handle either.

The stories told in this session were fun and inventive with very lively game play as well. Keep in mind, this is a story-telling game. While there is a mystery being resolved, it is not a deductive game, but players are engaged in a mystery themselves as they choose which of their clues to put into play (They have clues rated from( +2, +1, -1 False Lead, and -2 Tampered Evidence, the majority being +1 Clues). In our game we had a lot of creative players, great story-telling (some players did great accents in their stories) – so if you like story-telling games, and if you like the hardboiled detectives of the pulp era, you will most likely enjoy Ace Detective.

Thanks for your interest - Richard

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Seth Pontiff
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I will be vacationing in Hotlanta in July. Maybe I can swing by and play a round of Ace Detective.
 
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You never know - it will depend on whether or not your trip aligns with when we are in town and play testing. July is a travel month for most of us, between game conventions and family trips, I am on the road most of June, July and August. But if it aligns with Jason and my schedules, we might just get in a game of Ace Detective.

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