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When you were invited to the Adler Country House for a weekend getaway, you didn't expect the after-dinner entertainment to be...

MURDER!

While you wait for the police to arrive, you decide to put your finely honed detective skills to good use to try to figure out which of the four suspects is guilty.

But you had better hurry, before the killer strikes again!

This is the second, thoroughly revised version of A Weekend in the Country.

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A Weekend in the Country is available as a A5-size zine of 20 pages.

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A Weekend in the Country uses the Wretched & Alone-mechanics by Chris Bissette and Matt Sanders.

The second edition of A Weekend in the Country has a completely overhauled system for clues and accusing suspects!

Chris Bissette's game The Wretched can be found here: https://loottheroom.itch.io/wretched

The Wretched and Alone SRD is available here: https://sealedlibrary.itch.io/wretched-alone-srd


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Weekend_in_the_Country_2ed.pdf 6 MB

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I love investigation games, they are an important part of my role-playing DNA; but I love even more, as time goes on, those that twist the usual formula of the all-powerful GM knowing the ins and outs of a case and having to lead the players to the Truth. I've done mine, there's also Brindlewood Bay,  and now this game. I like the way it intertwines the above-mentioned principles with the mechanics of The Wretched, thus drawing an investigation game where time is running out and where questioning the wrong suspects could well allow the real criminal to escape... Really a brilliant idea, which results in a nugget of a game!

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We (played as 2 players) found the game PDF really beautiful and the descriptions for specific clues well written, but our experience with the game was sort of lacking. Apart from drawing from the tower and the final guess there is nothing 'game-y' to do - you just randomly select paragraphs to read and then who is the killer and whether you find the killer is also entirely random. There are no decisions for the players to take. One simple thing that could improve this issue could be allowing the player to choose whoever they want to investigate (which suit to draw from) - so that there's at least a small aspect of 'strategy' in whether you want to focus on someone thoroughly to exclude them or spread out in your efforts. 

Overall - cool idea and great packaging but left us hungry for more substance.

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Thank you for the comment!

I think this is something I was a little afraid of as well, that the player part becomes too passive in the end. I have been thinking a bit about how to make a mystery that would include more of a player strategy or participation – I had been thinking in terms of having the prompts being a bit more open, and having the player fleshing out some of the details. But your idea of choosing which avenue/suspect to pursue is interesting as well!

Thanks again, and sorry you didn’t have an optimal time. If you’d like, I’d be happy to offer you one of my other Wretched & Alone -games as a reimbursement of sorts. Both Unmoored and Wickies have far more player participation, and might be more fun. I’ll be happy to send you a download link.

Best, Lari

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Thank you for the offer, but I didn't want to sound like I felt like I wasted my time/money! It was a cool experience and inspiring in how it made me think about different ways one could go about hacking it :).  Already followed you on twitter some time back and I'm pretty sure I'll grab some of your other games at some point.

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Thanks for your kind reply! And I really am thankful for your comments. In the end, they do confirm what I was a bit afraid of regarding the play experience of this game. I might try to think about it a bit and see if I can come up with something that would force the player(s) to take a more active part, and update the game. And as I said, your idea of choosing to focus on a certain suspect is actually quite good, so I might just steal that. 😄

Thanks again, and happy new year!