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Scotland Yard

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Gameplay in Brief:

In this deduction game, one player is Mr. X, a wanted criminal. The other players are police officers attempting to capture Mr. X. The game is played on a map of Scotland, with three methods of transportation: taxi, bus and subway.

Mr. X's whereabouts are generally hidden, although he must show himself at several times during the game. If he eludes capture, Mr. X wins; otherwise, the police win as a team.

Basics:

For 3 to 6 players, ages 8 and up. About 45 minutes per game.

Designers:

Scotland Yard was designed by Dorothy Garrels, Fritz Ifland, Manfred Burggraf, Werner Scheerer, Werner Schlegel, and Wolf Hoermann.

Publisher:

Scotland Yard was first published by Ravensburger in 1983 and Milton Bradley in 1985. It is still in print today, published by Ravensburger.

Related Games:

The same basic gameplay of Scotland Yard (with a few tweaks) was used in New York Chase and Mister X: Flucht durch Europa (Chase Through Europe), both published in 1999.

Why Scotland Yard is Part of the Games Timeline:

Scotland Yard was the first German game co-published by a major U.S. company; it introduced the one-versus-many mechanic to a broad audience. Here are the other games I believe are the most culturally and historically significant games published since 1800.

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