April 17 Adult Game Night - Hidden Movement "Letters from Whitechapel"

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Date: 
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 6:00pm

Tuesday, April 17 at 6:00 P.M.

This month we will focus on games that use the hidden movement game mechanic. Our feature game will be Letters from Whitechapel, but we will also have copies of Fury of Dracula, Last Friday, Specter Ops, and Captain Sonar available for participants to explore.

What are Hidden Movement games?

In Hidden Movement games, only the player controlling certain playing pieces has perfect location information about the whereabouts of those pieces. This mechanic is often used in wargames to simulate "fog of war".

Description provided by Board Game Geek.

About the Game:

Get ready to enter the poor and dreary Whitechapel district in London 1888 – the scene of the mysterious Jack the Ripper murders – with its crowded and smelly alleys, hawkers, shouting merchants, dirty children covered in rags who run through the crowd and beg for money, and prostitutes – called "the wretched" – on every street corner.

The board game Letters from Whitechapel, which plays in 90-150 minutes, takes the players right there. One player plays Jack the Ripper, and his goal is to take five victims before being caught. The other players are police detectives who must cooperate to catch Jack the Ripper before the end of the game. The game board represents the Whitechapel area at the time of Jack the Ripper and is marked with 199 numbered circles linked together by dotted lines. During play, Jack the Ripper, the Policemen, and the Wretched are moved along the dotted lines that represent Whitechapel's streets. Jack the Ripper moves stealthily between numbered circles, while policemen move on their patrols between crossings, and the Wretched wander alone between the numbered circles.

Description provided by Board Game Geek.

Game Instructions:

PDF icon LettersFromWhitechapelRules.pdf

Game Playthrough:  Watch as Girls' Game Shelf plays through a game of Letters from Whitechapel. (Video content may not be suitable for children).

Watch Harry's explanation of "Letters of Whitechapel" on his channel, The Board Room, part of the Dice Tower Network. Harry is playing the first edition of the game. The issues he discusses at the end are addressed in the revised edition, which is what we will be playing. (Video content may not be suitable for children).