I like to think of the crime in the Haunted Mansion edition as possession. Who was possessed by Which ghost and Where? Which is probably what Disney had in mind when they're wrote "haunted" into the rules & description, though they obviously couldn't sell it with that wording in their family friendly parks.Murder by Death wrote:And that's an excellent point. That's one of the reasons I can never understand why people don't like a particular game because of the premise it's sold under. Take the DTS spinoff, Secrets in Paris. That is an absolutely beautiful game, and a nice twist on the usual stodgy old mansion.BBP wrote:Aye!Murder by Death wrote:
The other way to play is simply, who killed which victim where? Did Mickey kill the Traveler in Seance Room? I find the premise for any Clue game much more appealing if someone is murdered.
I really couldn't stand that Clue is for 8 and up (or 3 and up according to the PC game) and about a murder, and then there's a DVD game made, with more suspects and rooms and even an extra category, for 10 and up - and that's about a lousy theft. Really takes the zazz out of the game.
Simply discard all the rubbish DTS stuff, ignore the theft of the prized artwork using a theatrical prop, and play the game normally with your own premise. Mine is, a group of friends touring Europe during their gap year, wake up in Paris after a night of partying, to find one of their mates murdered. The motive writes itself, and if you're struggling for one, just watch The Talented Mr. Ripley!
Re Secrets in Paris: I really wish I'd bought that edition when I had the chance. I dismissed it at the time, but looking back I can see what a really well designed edition it was. Still not sure who the target audience was since Carnival had the junior market at the time.
Speaking of Hasbro, I was thinking the other night we might be due for another revamp in the standard edition. 2008, 2011, 2013, and 2015 all brought us new editions. We're nearing 3 years of "Introducing Dr. Orchid" ...
... so what's next? She's been introduced. She's been included in one special edition She's fully embraced in the digital edition and a graphic novel. Is she staying? Is Mrs. White coming out of retirement? Is Clue going to finally be physically on par with its European counterpart?
At any rate, Hasbro's been really hands off with the brand since this last redesign, at least where spin off editions are concerned. Star Wars and a rehashed junior edition are all they've produced themselves. I don't mind the focus on licensing the brand into other media, but it does make collecting a bit dull.