a better whodunit ...
beginner's variant authorizing negative revelations in Chapter
Hall was used throughout all preliminary heats and the semi-final
to accomodate the debut of this new release. The much larger
than anticipated number of participants and high ratio of first
time players made this desirable, as it allowed for greater scoring
opportunity for all involved. The final was played under the
official six-player variant rule to accommodate as many semi-finalists
as possible, though next year's format should include a formally
Father Eyal, Sister Alex, Brother Brian, Reverend David, Novice
Gary and Friar Tod convened in the Chapel in the wee hours to
celebrate the first Mass, with Father Eyal firmly in control
of the Abbey's bell.
Sister Alex quickly went to confess Father Eyal in the courtyard's
confessional. Novice Gary, hot on the trail, promptly questioned
him on his dealings with Templar novices, in a divinely prescient
focus on this monastic order! Brother Brian followed the lead,
resulting in more scrutiny for these mysterious Templars.
Reverend David visited the parlor just as Sister Alex ran
into a seemingly endless procession of mute monks: Turn after
turn, robed men would bring their finger to their lips the minute
the poor Sister stepped in their room!
Eyal, attracted by the forbidden texts of the secret library,
and equipped with the key, stumbled onto some lucky find giving
him a free revelation. His wild guess "the murderer was
unhooded" would cast a long shadow of suspicion on bald
men. Others started rummaging through the scriptorium, prompting
Friar Tod's innovative enquiry "What books did you borrow
from the Scriptorium?"
Shortly after the second mass, thanks to an event that cast
the Templars under further suspicion, a flurry of revelations
were made: "He's a Templar, and he's thin" muttered
Father Eyal. "He's a Brother, too" piped in Reverend
David, while Friar Tod started pointing at all bearded monks.
Pushed by destiny (or perhaps God's hand?), Reverend David
walked to the Crypt, seemingly oblivious to Father Eyal's mounting
accusations (that would amazingly all turn out to be correct,
giving him a seemingly uncatchable 6-point lead at this point).
A couple of turns later, carried by the fervor of the relics
he'd taken from the Crypt, Reverend David ran into Chapter Hall
yelling Brother Malachi's name and edging out Father Eyal on
Final score: David Wenstrup 6 (and tie-break for correct accusation)
Eyal Moses 6 (three correct accusations)
Tod Drozd 2