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Sherlock Holmes and his companions are at your disposal as you try to catch the most notorious villains of Victorian era London.
Sherlock Holmes and his companions are at your disposal as you try to catch the most notorious villains of Victorian era London.
Sherlock Holmes and his companions are at your disposal as you try to catch the most notorious villains of Victorian era London.
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I Say, Holmes! The Case Solving Card Game

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UPDATE 6/6/14: Another Stretch Goal has been unlocked!

UPDATE 6/3/14: Another Stretch Goal has been unlocked!

The Game is Afoot and it’s up to you to solve the case! Sherlock Holmes and his cadre of clue-seeking companions are at your disposal as you attempt to catch some of the most notorious villains of Victorian era London in Victory Point GamesI Say, Holmes! You’ll have a variety of different cards at your disposal, including Arrest, Clue, Alibi, and the I Say? cards, which call on Holmes and his friends to help discover the whereabouts of the criminal elements.

This new version of I Say, Holmes! features completely new custom art created by Clark Miller (Darkest Night, Trieste) showcased on 125 playing cards, alongside custom-shaped, laser-cut counters; we’ve brought all of our expertise to bear on making I Say, Holmes! into one of our most stunningly beautiful games yet.

If you’ve played the original version of I Say, Holmes! you’ll be happy to know that we’ve stayed true to the core game design, but we’ve updated a few of the mechanics and created a competitive campaign for the game. I Say, Holmes! features the following:

  • 3 to 8 player support.
  • Quick and easy play, great for parties.
  • Around 30 minutes per round, even with new players.

You can download the rules here.

$1 You’re Awesome!: You’re an amazing person and we want to give you a hug.

$5 Thanks!: Not only are you awesome, but we’ll put your name in the “Thank You” section of the game.

$30 Early Bird!: You’ll receive a Kickstarter Exclusive version of I Say, Holmes! (MSRP $35) at a discounted price plus your name will be in the “Thank You” section of the game. Shipping within the US and Canada are included; please add $20 if you’re an International backer. 

$35 The Game Is Afoot!: You’ll receive a Kickstarter Exclusive version of I Say, Holmes! (MSRP $35) plus your name will be in the “Thank You” section of the game. Shipping within the US and Canada are included; please add $20 if you’re an International backer. 

$55 Games Are Afoot!?: You’ll receive a Kickstarter Exclusive version of I Say, Holmes! (MSRP $35) and a copy to give a friend (or to hoard for yourself), plus your name will be in the “Thank You” section of the game. Shipping within the US and Canada are included; please add $28 if you’re an International backer.

$60 Holmes Meets (Medieval) Italians: You’ll receive Kickstarter Exclusive versions of I Say, Holmes! (MSRP $35) and Trieste (MSRP $30), plus your name will be in the “Thank You” section of I Say, Holmes!. Shipping within the US and Canada are included; please add $28 if you’re an International backer. 

$65 Holmes Heads to Japan: You’ll receive Kickstarter Exclusive versions of I Say, Holmes! (MSRP $35) and Tenka – Shogun Edition (MSRP $35), plus your name will be in the “Thank You” section of I Say, Holmes!. Shipping within the US and Canada are included; please add $28 if you’re an International backer.

$85 Holmes’ World Tour: You’ll receive Kickstarter Exclusive versions of I Say, Holmes! (MSRP $35), Trieste (MSRP $30), and a copy of Tenka – Shogun Edition (MSRP $35), plus your name will be in the “Thank You” section of I Say, Holmes!. Shipping within the US and Canada are included; please add $35 if you’re an International backer.

$125 Holmes Gets (Wood) Burned: You’ll receive a Kickstarter Exclusive version of I Say, Holmes! in a custom-made wooden box (MSRP Unknown) plus your name will be in the “Thank You” section of the game. Shipping within the US and Canada are included; please add $28 if you’re an International backer. 

$150 Even More (Wood) Burned Holmes: You’ll receive a Kickstarter Exclusive version of I Say, Holmes! in a custom-made wooden box with custom-made wooden counters (MSRP Unknown) plus your name will be in the “Thank You” section of the game. Shipping within the US and Canada are included; please add $28 if you’re an International backer. 

$250 Holmes Investigates Your Design: You’ll receive a Kickstarter Exclusive version of I Say, Holmes! (MSRP $35) and our Board Games Producer will review your personal game design with his development team as a top priority; plus your name will be in the “Thank You” section of the game. Shipping within the US and Canada are included; please add $20 if you’re an International backer. 

$1,000 Opposed to Holmes: You’ll receive a Kickstarter Exclusive version of I Say, Holmes! (MSRP $35) and we’ll have our artist, Clark Miller, create a new villain for the Kickstarter Exclusive version based on you; plus your name will be in the “Thank You” section of the game. Shipping within the US and Canada are included; please add $20 if you’re an International backer.

I Say, Holmes! was inspired by Gibson Games’ Sherlock Holmes: The Card Game (1991), but it takes the basic mechanic and adds a great deal of depth and strategy around it; it will feel familiar to fans of the old game, but there are plenty of new and exciting elements to keep them playing for a long time. The 2014 Gold Banner Edition of I Say, Holmes! will keep that idea going with the addition of the competitive campaign, which has a variety of ways for you to score victory points in each hand before Holmes retires in His Last Bow.

When Victory Point Games (Facebook | Twitter) was founded by Alan Emrich in 2007, it started in Alan’s attic, with the games having a “garage” feel; the focus was squarely on the gameplay rather than fancy components and flashy graphics. Moving forward to 2014, whether the game is designed by a VPG insider or an outside designer, we now develop and manufacture everything in our own production facilities in Costa Mesa, CA. Over the years, we’ve slowly increased our component quality to our modern standard, known as Gold Banner; this includes printing in the full CMYK range, laser-cut counters, custom-cut paper components, and packaging games in Victory Point Games boxes with custom-produced slipcovers.

Now that we have all these tools available, we want to give the Gold Banner treatment to I Say, Holmes!, and one of the last component upgrades we need to present you with the best version of the game possible is improved card quality … which is where Playper comes into play.

Playper is a specially designed type of paper from Arjo Wiggins for high-end, mass-produced playing cards that can be used in a regular commercial grade printer, like the kind we have at Victory Point Games. This will let us make cards that are similar to those in other high-end games, since Playper is used to make a number of titles, including some extremely popular CCGs (collectible card games). We created various Playper cards from the samples we were sent and you can see the difference between our current and new card quality in the main video above. 

As a Kickstarter backer for I Say, Holmes! you’ll not only be one of the first people to receive a copy of the new Gold Banner version of the game, but you’ll receive your game in a Kickstarter Exclusive slipcover and the front of the rules will have matching art.

***FOR INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: Contact us for add-on shipping costs.***

Richark Wilkins (Box of Delights Board Game Reviews) has a video review of I Say, Holmes!

Chris Meussen has written up a review on Today in Board Games! Click here to read the review.

All rewards have U.S. and Canadian shipping and handling already included! International backers, please add additional stated amounts in each pledge for shipping and handling to everywhere else in the world. We did a country-by-country breakdown of the actual packages and weights to determine these average amounts. All sales are final. Packages may be insured by your request, and all claims for damaged packages/goods must be made with the shipping carrier.

Bulk Orders

Anyone who would like to place a bulk order, such as retailers or distributors, should contact us directly at distribution@victorypointgames.com or through Kickstarter and we’ll be happy to work with you to get you set up with whatever you need.

  

Comic Quest, one of our local comic and game shops, graciously allowed us to film some of their game night attendees playing I Say, Holmes!; we want to thank Comic Quest for helping us to prepare our video for Kickstarter as well as supporting our company in numerous other ways.

*Appearance of Final Published Product May Differ From Images Shown.

Risks and challenges

We at Victory Point Games have a long history of developing and publishing games, with over 100 titles released since our founding in 2007; in 2013 alone we released 22 full titles, 4 expansions, and 2 mini games (known as Bagged Game Originals). At this point, we’re completely ready to release I Say, Holmes! as a Gold Banner Game and could do so immediately, but we need your help to get the Playper to make this game truly shine.

There are two potential risks with this project:

1. Meeting Demand: As everything is done in-house at our Costa Mesa, CA, location, games are produced at a slower rate (approximately 75 to 100 games a day) than at the mass-production facilities many other publishers use. However, we can start manufacturing games as soon as the Playper arrives, which we’ve been told should be just a couple of weeks after payments are made. Additionally, since games are produced in small batches, we don’t have to wait for all of the games to be built in an overseas facility, shipped to us in the US, and then out to all of our backers; once we have the Playper, we can immediately start production and we will start to ship games out as soon as they’re available.

2. New Materials/Processes: We have tested Playper in small batches, so we know it will work with our machinery, but one of the biggest reasons we want to make this change is that Playper is actually better aligned with our equipment specifications while also increasing quality. Our current paperstock for cards is slightly too thick for our printer and cutter, which causes the paper to slip and increases the margin of error; Playper will decrease waste and increase our component quality without requiring any change in the way we do things.

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