Comments: 21
Obsidian Blue 5 months ago
Think I'll play solo since I read so fast and work on completing the cards :-)
Obsidian Blue 5 months ago
Dumb question though, so if I play solo I have to read for the whole card and then I can guess right?
The Quilty Reader 5 months ago
Yes - you can't guess until you finish one of the tasks for the card. You can, however, take the benefit of other people's guesses!

And you can only have one guess on Tuesday, one on Thursday, one on Saturday, etc. If you've read multiple cards, you have to pick one for a guess.
Obsidian Blue 5 months ago
Thanks for the clarification.
Murder by Death 5 months ago
Clarifications:
1. A task on a card has to be completed BEFORE you can guess that card? So if I want to guess Conan Doyle, I have to read for one of the tasks, OR read an A.C.D book first?

1a: Is it possible for all the correct guesses to be made but nobody wins immediately because nobody has read for all four of the tasks?

2. If #1 is yes, this applies also to the other 3 categories of victim, method, place?

Questions:
1. If, in your scenario above, I've read A.C.D and it gets a 'wrong' but someone else guesses Agatha Christie and gets a 'right' - do I still have to read for a task on the AC card, even though the suspect has been identified?

2. If a suspect continues their crime spree until they are correctly identified, varying their methods and scenes, how are the correct weapons and scenes identified? Or are we solely trying to identify the suspect FIRST, then worry about the how and where?

3. If the suspect has to come first, and by the time he/she is identified has killed multiple times, in multiple places, then do all the 'correct' guesses of how/where count towards a win?

4. Can the Wild Cards guesses be used for how or where, and if so, do we then not have to read for the tasks on those cards?

Sorry for the deluge, but I'm really looking forward to playing. :)
The Quilty Reader 5 months ago
Clarifications:

1. Yes! However, if you are playing as a team/partners, only ONE person has to read for the card.
2. Yes! You can play however you want - if you want to work on something other than suspect, that's fine. Only correctly identifying the suspect will freeze the game play.
3. See below. I will also announce that there has been a new victim/COD/scene added to the game play so everyone will know.
4. Yes, buuuuut if the new victim/scene/cause of death has already been guessed before it enters game play, it will need to be re-guessed for it to count for the new victim. A person who has previously read and guessed doesn't have to redo the card, but they do have to use one of their guess cycles to re-guess it!
5. Yes!
Murder by Death 5 months ago
One last question (I think): If the suspect has killed multiple times before they are identified (freezing the spree), then do ALL the victims, weapons and scenes have to be identified in order for the game to end and a winner determined, or just one? Is it enough to identify just one victim/weapon/setting to win the game?
The Quilty Reader 5 months ago
I'm still thinking about this question. I am leaning towards the game doesn't end until all of the victims, weapons & crime scenes that are active are identified. I'm thinking about the possibility of multiple "winners" - i.e., first to solve the first crime, most diligent detective, etc.
Tannat 5 months ago
Multiple winners will probably be best. It sounds like it makes more sense to focus on the suspects first though. Otherwise you might have to re-guess stuff.
The Quilty Reader 5 months ago
Questions are really helpful to work out the details of the game. Updated rules info will be forthcoming!
Witty Little Knitter 5 months ago
I am a bit lost about the timeframe/speed with which this game will be played: supposedly someone completes the Agatha Christie card quickly, posts their guess and is right would you tell them immediately? Or does one round take X days in which everyone can post their guesses and once X days have passed you tell who is right?
The Quilty Reader 5 months ago
guesses will be taken Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. In order to make sure that I don't "lose" any, I'm going to be opening a thread in the Bookish Bingo Group for every one to post their guesses, and then I will "close" the guesses and respond to all of them in ONE post.
@WLK: MR said somewhere else that she'll respond publicly (and immediately) to all guesses, so everyone will know whether those guesses are correct.

@MR: If we make a wrong guess on an author / suspect, can we still use that author as a wild card afterwards?

ETA: More generally speaking, can we use a given book only for one specific guess? (E.g., suppose I read a book by Stephen King, which would qualify for his suspect card, but also for another card; say, a given victim or location card -- or even another suspect card. If Stephen King isn't the right suspect, can I still use the completed book for one of the other cards ... or as a wild card (see question above)?)
The Quilty Reader 5 months ago
Once you play a book for a card, it is tied to that card and can only be used for that card. So, if you play it for a suspect card, it's gone because there will only be one murderer. If you play it for a victim/crime scene/weapon card and it is wrong when you play it, but becomes correct because that victim/crime scene/weapon becomes active in game play after you play it, you can replay it without rereading.
Murder by Death 5 months ago
Two more questions based on your post in the Guesses thread:

"Each player can play ONE card per round or THREE cards per week.

You may play your card at any time after you finish your book, but please, only have one open card at a time."

1. Can a player play all three cards on one day during that week? Or just one card per round?

2. "One open card at a time" - Does this mean please only be actively reading for one card at a time, don't read 2/3/4 books for 2/3/4 cards at the same time?
The Quilty Reader 5 months ago
You can read an unlimited number of books and acquire an unlimited number of cards all at the same time. You can also read a book that qualifies for five or six different cards, and not choose the card to acquire until you decide to play it. You just need to keep track of your game play!

For each round, you can play ONE card. There are three rounds per week, so you can play up to three cards per week (you are not required to play each round, either if you don't have a card or if you are waiting for something). Once you acquire a card using a book, you are forever stuck with that card, so it probably makes sense to keep options open until you are actually ready to play the card.
Follow-up question: If a suspect goes on a spree before they are identified as the killer, i.e., if the number of victims multiplies, do we have to match up victims, crime scenes and weapons in our guesses? (E.g., imagine a back alley beat down of Samwise Gangee is already identified, but we don't know where it happened, yet -- then you tell us there is a new victim, and before anybody has identified the new victim, we learn that Watts, L.A. is definitely one of the crime scenes, but we still don't know whether that is the scene where poor Sam Gangee was beaten to death or where the new crime occurred. How do we find out about that?) Or is a correct guess on that something we'd get bonus points for, while the identification of *any* additional victims, crime scenes and / or weapons would suffice for a basic level of points?
The Quilty Reader 5 months ago
You do not have to specifically identify which murder you are playing a card to identify. So, if there are 3 open crime scenes, and one of them is Watts, L.A., playing that card will identify that crime scene. I think once you see the way that the crimes are identified, it will make more sense.
Tannat 5 months ago
If we're playing in a team, could we theoretically start working toward the same type of card (i.e. suspects) even if we may end up guessing in the same round? (Since we may not end up finishing for the same round anyway).

And we don't have to announce which card we're reading for until we're done and assign a book to it, right?
The Quilty Reader 5 months ago
Yes - each player gets to a play a card each round, so all team members could play different suspect cards if that's the way you want to play.

And, yes, you don't have to announce which card you are reading for, and, even if you do announce, if the book also fits a different card, you can switch your card until you actually play it.
Tannat 5 months ago
Ok, just checking. :)