Benny rolls into London, in this review of the roll and write (and print and play) game, Holmes & Watson 1890-1914: Adventures in the London Fog
Welcome friends to gritty ol’ London! Tonight we’re exploring London looking for clues and attempting to stay out of the machination of the dreaded Moriarty.
Holmes & Watson 1890-1914: Adventures in the London Fog does some interesting things for sure! Each turn you roll dice and draft. Avoid the dreaded double 6’s if you can! That will cause Moriarty to destroy 3 of your items and one you have yet to pick up that you’ll never be able to get.
In this game, you’re playing as Holmes and Watson moving with the dice from a starting location (door) then moving to other icons on the map following the streets of London. Here’s the rub though, you cannot cross back over a path you already laid. Yikes! Fortunately, London has a fair bit of winding streets and ways to circle back for icons you may need later.
Each time you collect an icon you have the option to solve a mystery. Each mystery that you solve, you then cross out from 1 to 9 starting at 1. Collect either points, coins, or icons matching the mystery number that was crossed out. In my first game, I went hard after the points with the cheap options. Later I saw the value of coins as 3 coins gives you an additional icon of something you may need, like a knife if you already have the gun and brass knuckles. That gets you 3 points! Score!
Some of the wording in the rules could use work for the sake of clarity. J.S. Bridges is good about hopping on the forums on BGG though and gives feedback to those who have questions. This is extremely helpful to be able to read his comments about stuff that was confusing to me.
I found this one pretty engaging. I played it solo and only had 1 occurrence of double 6’s. It screwed me up though. Also, I only managed to complete 8 of the 9 mysteries. Bummer!
I recommend checking this one out as it does some really things with roll and move options as well as giving the player(s) plenty of chance to get ahead. Nice work, Mr. Bridges!
Holmes and Watson can be found here: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/228677/holmes-watson-1890-1914-adventures-london-fog
It’s a free download and definitely worth the ink to print it and play!
Be well, have fun, get to rollin, get to writin! Also, watch for that open manhole there… oh, too late huh? Sorry, Watson! Next time!
About the Reviewer: Benny is the game designer behind Yakitori and Bones of the Caribbean. Lover of roll and write games, husband, and father of three. When Benny isn’t playing or designing roll and writes, he can be found gardening in his fruit and vegetable garden. Benny Sperling can be found on Twitter at @benny275.