Introduction to the ever loved board game

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Introduction to the ever loved board game

Post by cacums » Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:07 pm

I remember the first ever game of clue that I played like it was yesterday:

*clears throat* 'Twas a dark rainy evening. Perfect for a murder. I was dragged to a party by my parents who thought I would have fun with the other kid(s) that were there while they played poker in the kitchen. One other kid was there besides my brother and I (this was when I was seven, which means my brother was about four or five and couldn't care less) Anyway, the kid brought a board game, it was titled Clue (1986). We played a game but he warned me there were no more notepads left (today I could probably play a game without the notepads, but back then I didn't know the difference between Mrs. White and Mr. Green). I was Professor Plum, he was Miss Scarlet, and I didn't have the faintest idea what I was doing or why there were colorful cards in my hands. In the end he won (shocking since I didn't know the rules). It was Colonel Mustard with the Wrench in the Hall. And to make a long story short, that Christmas I got the 1996 version of Clue. I was happiest until I realized that this was much different from the one my new friend has.. Alas, the search began! I was in love with the 1986 version (having it been the first I ever played on). I searched antique stores all over the state (even some in Indiana) to no avail. After a year of searching my mom took me to a thrift store that is less than ten minutes from my house and it was sitting on the top shelf. It was complete but the box wasn't in the greatest condition.

Anyway, that's my story. What's yours?
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Post by go_leafs_nation » Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:23 pm

Mine's boring. I got it for Christmas (Eve- Polish traditions and all), hadn't heard of it before that day, played it on Christmas Day, and you know the rest.
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Re: Introduction to the ever loved board game

Post by Murder by Death » Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:26 pm

cacums wrote:And to make a long story short,
Too late! :-)
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Post by kova » Mon Dec 28, 2009 1:31 pm

It was an enchanting game in my grandparent's game closet. As a five year old, I knew I would love it. But that's too young to play a murder mystery. So instead I role played with the 1956 characters. And then I magically turned 8 and could play Clue. Of course they let my 6 year old brother play. I loved it and played it often. The next Christmas (Eve...) I got Clue Junior from my uncle and the 1986 edition from my parents.
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Post by Adam106 » Mon Dec 28, 2009 1:38 pm

I first saw Cluedo 2000 UK advertised on tv a lot and I was quite intrigued (bare in mind that at that time murders and stuff freaked me out). Then, Cluedo 2003 came out and the adverts were more than persuasive. Eventually we ended up running down town and buying it.

We got home, set it up excitedly, but then of course had no idea how to play it. I couldn't understand the rules properly. I remember I nearly had a panic attack infront of my ex-friend when we lost one of the weapon pieces. It was put away and we never played it.

Three years ago, my brother and I were looking for a decent board game to play and I thought what about Cluedo. I read the rules on the internet as they were a bit more clearer. We set it out on the carpet floor in the living room, played it properly and just loved it ever since. I wouldn't say I instananeously loved it ala love at first site, it took a while, but after more and more games it just seemed to me to be unbelievably entertaining. The characters, weapons etc had such an intriguing charm that I couldn't resist it. Yes, I know it was the 2003 one, inwhich a lot of people think is ugly. Eventually, I just ended up buying more and more editions, finding myself even more embroiled with Master Detective etc.

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Post by Black » Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:32 pm

I remember playing my very first Simpsons cluedo game (though it wasn't the first cluedo I had, that story is boring)

It was three days after I came home from the hospital about 10 years ago. I had an operation that scared me for life (2 of them acturally)

I can't remember all the facts. I do remember oddly that Homer was the murderer.

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Post by TheWhitePawn » Tue Dec 29, 2009 12:24 am

go_leafs_nation wrote:I got it for Christmas (Eve- Polish traditions and all).
Catholic traditions, actually. Almost all Catholic countries celebrate Christmas Eve, while most Protestants celebrate Christmas Day.
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Post by Jamie » Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:49 am

All I remember is that it was Mrs Peacock - Dagger - Kitchen

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Post by WarnerPlum » Tue Dec 29, 2009 4:30 am

Well, I remember getting the Murder at Boddy Mansion game in a cereal packet when I was young. But when me mam started it up it scared the heck out of me and she had to retire from it!
2006 saw the true start of my interest, when I joined CluedoKid's 'Blackwell Close' forum game. It was very intriguing, but then.. it did end in total disaster on my part.
A year later, I was at the 'Titanic-Story' site when I was invited to this forum to play 'A Good Detective Game of Clue', which was very exciting. And so, to compensate for my newest interest, I started posting more here, and getting the games!
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Post by alwaysPeacock » Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:58 pm

I remember seeing the game on a shelf at my after-school daycare center, when I was about 8 years-old. The box intrigued me, so I spent my afternoon looking at the pieces, and reading the rules. I told my parents about this game I had discovered called "Clue," and how fun I thought it looked. The next day, my dad picked me up from the daycare, and h took me to WalMart to get the game. I took it home,pened it up, and played it with my mom. unfortunately, I didn't have a firm grasp on the rules of the game, and opened up the envelope after my first suggestion. It was Col. Mustard, in the Lounge, with the Revolver.

Over ten years later (holy crap!) I'm still playing (and properly, this time).

As for my "obsession": my neighbors had a Clue Jr. game. This was one of the first non-standard Clue games I had seen. Later, my mom found two of the puzzles at a yard sale, and in the 4th grade (about a year after I first discovered Clue) I found some of the books on my teacher's classroom shelf. It was around then that I started collecting.

Now I have about 100 individual Clue items. :D
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Post by Lord Caspen » Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:44 pm

I remember finding a copy (1972-style) on a shelf in my brother's bedroom. I hauled it down, and I must have been four? Five? Anyway, I'm pawing through all the pieces and there are rules, I think, but I think I didn't know enough reading yet to make complete sense of them. I recall calling Mrs. Peacock "Murz Peacock," and Mustard "Cole Mustard." I knew that the words that preceded the names were titles, I think, but I didn't know what to make of those titles -- they didn't mean anything to me. Even the title was "Cloo-ey," for a short time.

I don't remember how I worked out that it was a game about murder. But my imagination was absolutely captivated by the look of the thing. The atmosphere.

I know that somewhere shortly I would learn the rules, and also shortly (don't remember the exact timeline), my parents, knowing of my fascination for the game, partook of the new fad of video tape rentals, and rented the movie Clue: The Movie.

Talk about captivating the imagination! Initially, I was bummed that Mrs. White wasn't a maid, but it wasn't long before I left that kind of childish demanding behind and just enjoyed the product that was made. I didn't understand maybe a third of the jokes and there were a good dozen or couple of dozen lines that I couldn't quite make out what was being said, but there was so much style to it. The ease with which it seemed they turned a fairly abstract board game into a genuine story, where the characters seemed so powerful and invested and realistic, amazed me. And I fell absolutely in love with the house, the secret passages, and Tim Curry, in that order. Oh, and I kind of liked the falling chandeliers, too.


Hence began a love affair with the film that would outlast two (or three?) VHS cassettes, including a recording from one of the very few times the premium channels (Showtime in this case) ever aired it, and has survived unto the present DVD, and my desire to get the thing staged as a legitimate live play. The affair also spawned my word-for-word memorization that sometimes allows me to escape otherwise-lost moments, like showering, by saying the dialogue aloud and picturing what it will be like when my actors say those lines.


I recently was gifted two copies of Clue adaptations, for The Office and for 24. They seem interesting-ish, and I'm grateful, but nothing will ever quite match up to the setting, the romance and drama, of the early settings of my youth -- neither to that grand relic of Hill House in the movie, nor to that drafty, dark old pile from the 1972 game.
It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. -- Blithe Spirit, Noel Coward.

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Post by Murder by Death » Wed Dec 30, 2009 12:57 am

Lord Caspen wrote:Initially, I was bummed that Mrs. White wasn't a maid [in the movie]
LOL, now that's irony!

I too came to Clue with the 1972 edition, spending many hours as a child playing with friends, family and babysitters (they would always pick Clue over Monopoly because it played so much faster with just two LOL). I have only recently learned how vast the world of Cluedo actually is and have a lot of catching up to do!

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Post by Kristev » Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:38 am

I was drawn in by the movie, having seen it first. And I just fell in love. It was 1988. And I got it for my birthday, and just fell in love. I found it a bit off that there was no orange person and there was a white, and some questions about the board (no bed & bath, but I was nine), but I still enjoyed i.t I spent a lot of time reading the rules, and played by myself a couple of times for practice. Then I got my brother to play, just the two of us.

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Post by CluedoKid » Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:22 pm

When I was six, my sister got the 1996 game for Christmas. It was great. The characters looked suspicious and alluring, and the idea of murder seemed to make it an adult game, so naturally I wanted to be challenged. My sister insisted to be Scarlet (or Peacock whenever her friend was over), wheras I mostly played Mustard. I didn't understand the mechanics at all and made accusations based on colors (i.e. Mr. Green did it in the Dining Room because the doors are green.)

Like most of you, I soon discovered Clue: The Movie. I fell in love with that too. Anybody else thought Yvette was Mrs. White at first? Also, did anybody else think her name was Yetta on the first viewing?

Nonetheless, I was upset "Yetta" died.
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Post by Lord Caspen » Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:09 am

I experienced a certain amount of confusion on the White/Yvette thing, but I pretty soon worked it out. I don't think that I thought her name was Yetta, but it's not impossible that I had.
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Post by cacums » Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:00 am

I remember upon looking on the cover of the movie's box I thought Scarlet was Peacock because of the Blue/Green dress and I thought Peacock was Scarlet for some reason..
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Post by Murder by Death » Fri Jan 01, 2010 1:54 pm

CluedoKid wrote:Anybody else thought Yvette was Mrs. White at first
Actually, for some reason I never thought of Mrs. White as a maid. I grew up with the 1972 edition, where it's pretty obvious. Still, I merely thought of her as this lady with a feather duster. So no, I wasn't confused by the movie, though, now it strikes me as really odd. Imagine a British person's confusion, not only is Yvette not Mrs. White, but Mr. Green has nothing to do with the clergy.

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