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|Number of Players||2-4|
|Mechanics||Card Drafting, Hand Management, Pattern Recognition|
A crashing noise in the kitchen, a tumbling sound in the attic, a scratch at the window; there is something odd going on in Grandpa's spooky house. It's up to Leo to solve the clues, and figure out the suspects in each room before the timer runs out. But beware, it has been rumored that there are ghosts and monsters lurking in the night!
In this competitive deduction card game, up to four players will compete to score victory points. At the beginning of the game, each detective will receive a secret identity card which will have it's own character image and a custom objective symbol on the top left corner of the card.
On each player's turn, two clues are placed under locations to score community points. Points are achieved in many ways, but in general, ahem.. just be a good detective. In this example, player one has just placed a card with four flower symbols in Leo's room, and another card with four skull symbols in the living room. Each symbol is worth 1 point at the end of the game.
Some clues are action cards, and are performed at the time they are played. Playing cards in a location will also trigger room effects, which may alter the course of the game.
Face up cards will score a point per objective symbol. When this happens, you are scoring for everyone. Therefore, take extra precaution when placing clues down, especially since other players don't know your identity. In addition, players will have a location at the start of the game. Any cards played in your location will score you one bonus point each clue card that is stacked in that room.
Pay attention to the clues that other players are placing. The locations that players are placing the clues are also good indicators of who they are. Do your fancy deduction work to collect even more points.
If you suspect somebody, don't be shy, simply solve the identity of that player in the guessing phase. If you are victorious, you will be rewarded with additional guessing points. If not, the person you are guessing will be getting the hard earned points. Its not the end of the world, its just a penalty for poor detective work.
The game flows in two phases: the clue phase, and the guessing phase. In the clue phase your placing down clues to score points. In the guessing phase your guessing players to score additional points. Guessing points are worth more in earlier rounds, so be sure to watch the timer.
At the end of each round, the timer will go down by one, and a new event will unfold.
When the timer reaches zero, the game is over. The remaining identities get revealed so that all the players know which points can be counted towards their character. The person with the most victory points is clearly the best detective.