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A card drafting game of deduction and wits for 2 players. It's Sherlock Holmes versus Professor Moriarty. Who will win?
A card drafting game of deduction and wits for 2 players. It's Sherlock Holmes versus Professor Moriarty. Who will win?
A card drafting game of deduction and wits for 2 players. It's Sherlock Holmes versus Professor Moriarty. Who will win?
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These alternate case cards will include unique twists for advanced players, such as:

  • “Tower Bridge cards get +2 in this case” 
  • “All Whitehall cards in this case get +X, where X is the number of Whitehall cards in this case”

The 'Lost in Thought' Holmes card is similar to the other Holmes cards except that it allows Holmes to score an extra clue in any area.

“… If a detailed account of that silent contest could be written, it would take its place as the most brilliant bit of thrust-and-parry work in the history of detection.”
- Sherlock Holmes to Dr. Watson in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Final Problem.”

Professor Moriarty is almost ready to enact his nefarious plan! Sherlock Holmes suspects that something is about to happen, but he doesn’t know the details. As Moriarty’s crimes set the final pieces into place, Holmes desperately searches London for the clues he needs to foil his nemesis. London’s greatest intellects go head to head in this intense battle of wits!

Holmes & Moriarty is an asymmetric 2-player drafting game in which players take on these iconic roles. Over a series of hands, players try to win “cases” by drafting crimes and clues drawn from Conan Doyle’s stories. Players mark their winning positions on the scenario board. If Moriarty can score 3 in a row, he can activate his master plan for the win! If Holmes can foil Moriarty’s plans, he wins!

Holmes & Moriarty is played over a series of up to 5 rounds. Each round, players will be dealt a hand of 7 cards. Holmes and Moriarty will each choose 2 cards to play. After selecting cards, players will exchange hands of cards and select their next two cards from the available cards. After switching hands and selecting cards one last time, players will resolve the 3 cases.

Following the resolution of each hand, markers are placed onto specified positions on the Scenario Board. If, after placing the markers to resolve the hand, Moriarty has 3 of his markers in a straight line (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally), then he wins. If, on the other hand, Holmes can show that it is no longer possible for Moriarty to get 3 in a row, then Holmes wins.

If you'd like more detail, Glenn at Boardgames & Bourbon put together an excellent little overview video (please note the video uses prototype pieces and artwork is not final):

 Currently, a draft of the rules is available here. Please note that the rules are not final and will continue to be updated as the campaign progresses.

"Cerebral... I’m really thrilled for it, my friends are thrilled by it... it’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s deep, what more could you ask for? " - Glenn Flaherty, Boardgames & Bourbon

"I think it’s great... this game was a mind blower for how interesting and unique the mechanics worked all together... really cool, really simple, really unique little game” - Micheal Wright, Unfiltered Gamer

"All in all, we definitely loved this game!" - Lee, Geek City USA

“The micro games are back and Escape Velocity is taking it to a whole new level... It’s an excellent 2-player game that has my crowdfunding recommendation.” - Ferdinand, The Cardboard Stacker (full review not yet posted)

"An elegant drafting game of deduction, strategy, and counter-strategy truly befitting of detective fiction's most compelling rivalry." - Lex Jackson, Holmes & Moriarty Playtester

Premium PnP - $6     

The Premium Print and Play (PnP) option is great for backers with a nice printer and plenty of ink! The print and play version will have the full color, final production art. This is also a great option for international backers who are concerned about shipping fees or where delivery may be difficult. The files will be provided via a download link in a future Kickstarter message or update.

Basic - $9  

The Basic edition is for gamers on the go. This version may be printed from a US-based manufacture and will include only the cards. This is essentially a travel edition and is perfect for gamers that want the full Holmes & Moriarty experience, but none of the fluff (backers will provide their own box and scoring tokens). This pledge level also includes the PnP version detailed above.

Deluxe - $14  

The Deluxe edition is the definitive version of Holmes & Moriarty. The game will come with: 

  • 16 Plot cards, each with a unique illustration
  • 15 Case cards
  • 2 role reference/player aid cards
  • 16 double sided scoring tokens
  • Rules 
  • Box with magnetic lid

This version will be produced by Whatz Games, a proven game manufacture. Whatz Games is the same manufacture that printed Iliad and Les Miserables and we have been very impressed with their quality so far.

Holmes & Moriarty + Les Misérables + Iliad!

Get the complete set or just your favorite two! If you're looking for a slight shipping discount, this is the place to look.

Shipping & Customs  

Backers within the EU will have their games shipped from within the EU and will not need to worry about additional VAT charges.  

This project will also be AU-Friendly. Backers outside of Australia, the EU, or the USA are expected to pay any applicable taxes/duties/customs/fees. The actual price for the game ($14) will be marked on the box for calculation purposes and it will be labeled as merchandise, not a gift.

 

Escape Velocity Games is an independent game publisher based in Baltimore, MD run by Steven Cole. Steven is the producer on this project and is most likely the one you will hear from if you send any questions or comments, which are quite welcome!  

Holmes & Moriarty was designed by Josh Tempkin and Brad Lackey. This dynamic design duo also have a recent release from WizKids called Wartime: The Battle of Valyance Vale, which is a ton of fun. 

Artwork and graphic design were provided by the talented Heiko Günther. Heiko has worked on a variety of game projects, such as Glory to Rome, Burgle Bros., The Networks, Tesla vs. Edison, and Dune: The Dice Game

For the Kickstarter video, music was provided by Kevin MacLeod and licensed under Creative Commons (Attribution 3.0 License).

Risks and challenges

Every project comes with its own risks and challenges, and this one will be no different. The final touches for manufacturing could be delayed, production could be slower than expected, errors could be found in pre-production proofs, or any number of things could happen to introduce a delay.

On a positive note, the game design, illustrations, graphic design, and playtesting are all complete. We're partnering with a proven manufacture, and this is Escape Velocity Games' sixth Kickstarter project.

Thank you for trusting us and helping to make Holmes & Moriarty a reality!

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