cumuluscastle: (fat pony)
I just got 3 new board games to play on our board game nights:

The Resistance: Avalon

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective

Dead of Winter

I'm looking forward to playing them. We have a board game night on Friday, this week.

I've played The Resistance before, so this version of it should be familiar - from a quick glance there seems to be a bit more complexity to this version. It's a bluffing game, primarily.

Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective can be played co-op or every player can try to solve mysteries on their own. It has 10 cases only and these are designed to be played in order.

Dead of Winter, a zombie apocalypse game that is partially co-op. Every player will have a main objective that is the same as everyone else's but they will also have a private objective that may pit them against other players. This is a mechanic that I haven't seen before and I am interested to see how it turns out.
cumuluscastle: (flying sheep)
Have you seen this? A Sherlock Holmes movie slated for 2009 with Jude Law as Watson? I am not sure what I think about Robert Downey Jr. playing Holmes, but Jude Law I can definitely get behind.

But wait, pictures. I will definitely be watching this.
cumuluscastle: (cicadas are tricky)
This map, again from Strange Maps is very cool. It's a floor plan of 221B Baker Street as drawn by Ryan Stutler. If you're a huge fan of Sherlock, like I am, you'll want to see this.

You'll also want to read an Enola Holmes mystery. I just finished The Case of the Missing Marquess, by Nancy Springer. Enola Holmes is the sister of Sherlock and Mycroft and the novel begins at the family home, where their mother also resides. Enola is a wonderful character who has inherited Sherlock's capacity for deduction, although he is too haughty to recognize it in his brief encounters with her. The only complaints I have with the novel are minimal. One, that it was too short. I mean only that I would have liked to have read another right away and would enjoy seeing this in an anthology format the way the original Holmes stories are often collected. The other complaint I have is that Sherlock and Mycroft are painted with too black a brush for my tastes. I added Mycroft in the interest of trying too look objective. The fact is that I love Sherlock and I don't see him being quite as aloof as the author paints him. I agree with her that he wouldn't know what to do with a clever younger sister if he had one, but I don't see him being quite as frosty as he is here. Then again, as I mentioned I am certainly biased. I look forward to reading more of these stories when I can get my hands on them.

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