February 3, 2014 by dracs
A new RPG has appeared on Kickstarter, one to titillate the taste on any aficionados of the Great Game. It’s time to grab your deer stalker and pipe and solve the mystery of Fearlight Games‘ Baker Street: Roleplaying in the World of Sherlock Holmes.
It is Victorian England, a world of unforeseen growth and change, of rigid class divisions and nationalistic pride, of terrible crimes and fascinating mysteries.
Sherlock Holmes has been solving the crimes of England for ten years, but now he is missing, presumed dead, after going over the Reichenbach Falls and taking Professor Moriarty along with him.
Still, cases continue to make their way to the door of 221b Baker Street. Now the ever faithful Dr Watson must call upon you and your team of fellow investigators to help solve them.
Baker Street is a Role Playing Game in which the players attempt to solve some of the most baffling crimes in history. Featuring over 30 careers, 25 unique criminal extras, and rules for making your own nefarious villains, Baker Street features a robust investigation mechanic, easy character generation, and rules for making your own mystery.
An interesting mechanic is the inclusion of clue cards and the game’s own Sherlock Die.
Three of the sides have images of either Holmes, Watson or Moriarty. Watson allows you an extra success, Holmes is a wild results allowing the investigator to choose between 1,2 or 3, and Moriarty wins you the game. Just kidding, Moriarty means that for every unsuccessful result rolled one success is removed.
The game is licensed by the Conan Doyle Estate, which to my mind is a promising sign that it should be able to capture the atmosphere and style of the classic stories.
The idea of solving crimes through Holmesian deduction is an intriguing one and it would definitely be interesting to see how it plays out on the tabletop. Personally, I want to get this and then mix it with the rules for Call of Cthulhu!
Will you be joining the Great Game on Kickstarter?