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Publisher: David R. Godine -- United States
Categories: Complexity Level : Advanced (Full Game System)
Format : Paperback
Game System : Codewords
Game System : Inventory Management
Game System : Randomization Method : Dice
Game System : Scores
Genre : Mystery
Target Age Group : Adults
Writing Style : Present Tense
Writing Style : Second Person
Translated Into: TĂș eres el protagonista (Spanish)

This book contains three solitaire mystery adventures. In each adventure, the player first creates a private investigator character by distributing points between three attributes (Muscle, Moxie and Magnetism), then attempts to solve a mystery by moving from location to location on a map of Los Angeles. Locations on the map can only be visited when they have a star next to them, and only a few locations are marked at the start of an adventure. Each story also has two goals: to survive, and to solve a mystery. Survival relies on good decision-making and luck with attribute tests; mystery solving requires that, in addition to surviving, the reader finds all of the objectives of a given mystery and deduces the solutions to those objectives by using clues gathered during play. Thus, each adventure works not just as a gamebook but also as a "solve it yourself" mystery novel in the vein of Encyclopedia Brown or Two-Minute Mysteries.




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