|19 June - Mr. Jack, a terrific deductive duel|
Friday, October 16, 2015
Today is probably the last pleasant day in northern Virginia for a while - perhaps our final opportunity for a boardgame in the backyard this year. Here's a reflection on games we played out back this season.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
One of my PrezCon auction store acquisitions was Mr. Jack (designers Bruno Cathala and Ludovic
Maublanc, artist Pierô, publisher Hurrican). I'd run across it in a number of people's list of favorite two-player games, and reviews really impressed me. The only reason I'd hesitated in the past to pick it up was its association with Jack the Ripper. I've written a couple of times about the ethical implications of game theme, and I was concerned that, like Letters from Whitechapel, this game would cross a line for me. But I recently read a review that indicated that Mr.J does not have the "Jack" player trying to perpetrate murder (as does LfW) but instead attempting to escape apprehension for an unspecified (if tacitly understood) crime. In this respect, Mr.J is strictly a cat-and-mouse deduction game, and with that understanding, I thought I would pick it up and give it a try.
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