Your objective is to discover the miscreant who pushed Brother Adelmo off to his death at the bottom of the cliffs surrounding the Monastery.
To do so, you will in turn need to visit the Abbey's darkest recesses, grabbing some relics here, flipping the pages of some forbidden manuscripts there, attend Mass of course, and question your brethren in a shwred manner without attracting undue attention to your own deductions. A healthy dose of deduction, a sprinkle of intuition and an unshakable faith in higher powers will all be needed to unmask the culprit in time!
Each turn, your monk will move through one or two spaces in the monastery, running to the confessional to hear some heavy secrets, to the scriptorium to borrow some books and to the parlor to welcome some new visitors. Each time you encounter a fellow monk, you will have the opportunity to ask him ANY one question of your choice. Bound by their monastical duties, your fellow players will have to answer honestly... if they answer at all! They then get to ask you a question back in return. Of course, they can also always opt out and make vow of silence, in which case no information will be traded.
Throughout your deductions, you will keep track of your progress in your own personal diary. This indispensable tool will help you quickly narrow down the characteristics of the suspect, which you can then run and reveal to the Reverend abbot. Each correct revelation ("the suspect is a Franciscan", "he's a hooded fellow",...) will be worth 2 points each at the end of the game, while framing the culprit will bring you an additional 4 points, ending the game.
Through it all, do not forget to run to Mass according to the drastic monastic rules, or you will be sent to penance!
The peaceful Templars' Abbey is a rare haven of tranquility for road weary travelers. And so you found it when you arrived late last night. That serenity was shattered this morning with the discovery of the lifeless body of Brother Adelmo at the foot of the Monastery's cliffs. Did the usually nimble-footed Brother slip to his death? Or did someone help him in his fall?
Mystery of the Abbey is a new kind of "whodunit" game of deduction and intuition, set in a medieval abbey. Players compete and collaborate to solve the mystery by moving through the Abbey's beautifully rendered board and questioning their brethren. Gameplay is in turn fun, captivating and tense; the atmosphere, vivid; the immersion, complete. Constant interactivity between the players, intelligent questioning and dynamic intrigue make Mystery of the Abbey the game of choice for an hour of fun with friends and family alike.
Players: 3 - 6
Time: 60-90 minutes