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Unplug and Play at the Library

One night a month, and the occasional Saturday, we invite you to "unplug"--turn off your TV, cellphone, computer, and video games--and join others to play board games at the library. Choose from our collection of 150+ games or bring one from home to share. Light refreshments are provided for program participants.
  

  On Display in the Library  


Sleuth


Sleuth box cover












A Classic Deduction Game From Master Designer Sid Sackson


In Sleuth... players are searching for a hidden gem, one of 36 gem cards hidden before the start of the game. The remainder of this gem deck – with each card showing 1-3 diamonds, pearls or opals in one of four colors – is distributed evenly among the players, with any remaining cards laid face up. Thus, you and everyone else starts with some information about what's not missing.

A second deck contains 54 search cards, each showing one or two elements, such as diamonds, pairs, blue opals, red pearls, or an element of your choice. Each player receives four face-up search cards; on a turn, you choose one of those cards and ask an opponent how many gem cards they have of the type shown. If you ask for, say, pairs, the player must tell you how many pairs they hold but not which specific pairs; if you ask for something more specific, say, red diamonds, the player reveals to everyone how many such cards she holds while you get to look at them in secret.

Players track information on a score pad. You can guess the hidden gem at any time, or on your turn you can ask any one question regardless of which search cards you have, then immediately make a guess by marking your sheet and checking the hidden gem card. If you're wrong, you keep playing but can only answer questions; if you're correct, you win.

The simplicity of the rules and the cards belies the complexity of the game. In some cases you see cards, while in others you hear only the number of cards that an opponent holds, making it tough to deduce. Any notation system you devise must be both flexible and reliable, recording negative information as well as positive in order to tick off the possibilities one by one...

(images and description from boardgamegeek.com)


Sleuth

Published: 1971 by 3M (several newer editions have been published)

Number of Players: 3-7

For ages: 10 and up

Duration: 30-45 mins


Sleuth will be available at both June meetings of Unplug and Play.


Board games are displayed in the Unplug & Play display case between the Main Desk and the elevator. Look for a new game every month!