alwaysPeacock wrote:It's also just struck me that this year marks the 30th Anniversary of Clue Master Detective. Could explain why it's just appeared at the start of 2018 instead of a few months ago for the holidays. Definitely justifies why it's been reprinted at all, even if the 30 years point isn't mentioned anywhere on the product.
Ah. That's fine, but there are plenty of anniversary launches before the beginning of the anniversary year, especially in order to capitalize on the holiday sales. On the other hand, as a license from Hasbro, that might well have been a condition of the license, to intentionally not compete with the Silver Line Edition, or even the Dr. orchid edition (as its first full holiday worldwide). Frankly, the fact it marks the 30th anniversary edition makes my frustration worse.
As for the other points you raise -- whatever other valid thoughts, the pawns are attrocious. And yes, they could have offered anything else besides the cheapest possible option. I'd pay $35 for a decent set of pawns, especially some deluxe pawns. I bought the regular DETETIVE game, but until I opened it it, I was prepared to take it back and exchange it for the 3D edition, since that box specifically stated "metal" weapons, while the regular edition did not. Fortunately, the weapons were metal. I wasn't going to pay $30 for plastic weapons, and was prepared to pay the additional $5 even though I didn't need or want the 3D glasses.
With that in mind, while I realize it is NOT WinningMoves job to redesign the game -- remember, before they found a niche role in re-issuing classic games for nostalgia, they landed on the radar with The Limited Gift Edition -- a special version of the 1996 edition with an extra weapon even! It also had deluxe touches like special tokens, and some new weapon designs, and all this a year before Hasbro's 50th Anniversary Edition. Add to that their success in designing other original games, like the card games, Suspects, and a personal favorite, Mystery at Sea, based on the 1996 artwork, which gave us Mr. Boddy for the first time as an optional suspect. Also, keep in mind Winning Moves IS a more "luxe" company: Winning Solutions, that owns the Franklin Mint versions.
So no, it's not without precedent that Winning Moves could have done something else. Add to that, I'd never heard of Master Detective until I joined this forum a decade ago. And I loved Clue, and was a board game enthusiast as a teenager. So an exact reprint doesn't exactly hit the nostalgia button. As an expansion game, yes, it might be an exciting new offering for some who've never heard of it. Then again, I already have it -- so there's no motivation for me whatsoever to buy it. And that's going to be true for many previously aware of the game, who already have clean copies they obtained off eBay. Why intentially cripple your potential sales market by taking the cheap way out?
Seriously, as a collector, I may buy the Silver Line edition, just to get the silver version of the unique MD tokens only. But there's absolutely no reason for me to buy a reissue of MD. The thing about the 1949 re-issue, is that they offered something that was almost certainly in poor condition due to age and materials from the 1950s. But thats not true for MD. And this is just my opinion, but I don't really see value of an accurate MD reprint. It wasn't that interesting a design to begin with, and doesn't carry the prestige of being an authentic reprint of the original 1949 edition. Even the 1949 re-issue offered that special silver metal rope token -- worth the price of the game for me right there. What does MD offer? Cheaper tokens.
Don't get me wrong. You have a valid point in tying to offer a game for price point, especially one that may appeal to a whole generation of board gamers previously unaware of it. But in an age of digital, the only defining characteristics of a physical game, is the quality of the parts. If not pure nostalgia, the original MD is remarkably dated by today's standards, on all fronts, except the weapons tokens -- the one redeeming quality for those that don't have them. And you can be sure this game exists purely because Hasbro used them for their silver line edition. I wouldn't be surprised if Winning Moves had to pay for them, with Hasbro benefitting.
We can only hope this means we will still get a proper updated expansion edition from Hasbro ...