“Watson how many times have I said that you see but do not observe?” asked Sherlock Holmes, interjecting into my thoughts.
Confused I looked up and asked, “What?”
“Well you have been staring at that stick for the past 2 hours and yet have not come up with any theories about the owner of this stick. You are seeing, but not observing,” Sherlock said, standing up and taking the stick in his hand.
“Really Holmes. Then what do you make of it?” I asked, somewhat miffed by his careless attitude. Yet again he had managed to make me feel like an imbecile. Sometimes I wondered why I still stood by him after so much time.
“Hmm…now that you ask, I cannot tell you much about the owner,” Sherlock started.
If I hadn’t been so used to his ways, I would have fallen for his tricks again. But I knew that he was about to astound me again, “Go on Holmes. I know you’ve got a lot to tell me about this owner.”
However, I was doomed not to learn about the owner of this stick, for there was a knock at the door. Sherlock simply shrugged, “maybe another time Watson”, put the stick down, and called out, “Enter.”
A middle-aged woman came in with Mrs. Hudson. The woman was sobbing and Mrs. Hudson was trying to calm her down. Sherlock pointed to the sofa and Mrs. Hudson steered the woman there, “There, there Emma. We’re here now. You tell Sherlock exactly what happened and I’m sure he will help you.” To Sherlock, she asked, pointedly, “Won’t you Sherlock?”
Sherlock usually lacked in the department of emotions and barbs, but somehow, here he caught on, and immediately agreed, “Of course I will Mrs. Hudson. Any friend of yours in need will get help from Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson.”
I should have known then. He usually never mentioned me. But I guess I am an imbecile at times. Nonetheless, Mrs. Hudson managed to get Emma calmed down and then she told her story. I have presented it here word-for-word. Emma said, between sniffles, “My name is Emma Thatcher. My husband, Emil, and I have been married for 10 years now. Emil was a criminal lawyer and I would run the household. For the past few weeks, Emil had been very disturbed. Usually his cases didn’t disturb him so much, but his latest case was causing him many grey hairs. He was also staying up quite late into the night working on it. Or at least that’s what I think he was working on.”
Emma paused to catch her thoughts and Sherlock asked, “What was the case about?”
“I do not know all the details. Just that it was some type of a murder case. I think. Emil wouldn’t tell me much about his cases. I would just catch snippets here and there. Whatever it was, it was disturbing him a lot. He mentioned once or twice that he suspected his client wasn’t telling him the entire truth and that he had indeed committed the murder,” Emma replied.
“How did he die?” Sherlock asked.
Emma responded in a low voice, “The detectives are saying it was suicide.”
“But you think otherwise,” Sherlock prompted.
“My Emil was a good man. He was a happy man. This case had disturbed him, but not enough for him to kill himself. Oh, Mr. Holmes. I am sure that he could not kill himself. Please help me before his case is closed as a suicide,” Emma moaned.
“Why don’t you think it’s a suicide?” Sherlock asked.
“Because Emil would and could never kill himself. The detectives are saying that he shot himself, but Emil didn’t even have a gun! When I told them that, they said he could have bought it without telling me. But Mr. Holmes, Emil was in a jovial mood yesterday. Despite his biggest rival visiting him, despite his client visiting him, despite our fight, he was in a very happy mood,” Emma responded, earnestly.
“You said Emil was a criminal lawyer. What type of cases did he usually fight?”
“Murders mostly. Especially those that came out extra-marital affairs. He said that those were the worst kinds because they involved not only killing a person, but also killing trust and humanity,” Emma responded, in a low voice, wiping tears with her handkerchief.
There was a silence that engulfed the room after that. I expected Sherlock to ask more questions about the case, but instead he asked, “Who is investigating the case?”
“Detective Inspector Lestrade,” Emma replied.
“And has the body been moved? Or any evidence removed yet?” Sherlock asked.
“I don’t think so. When I left 20 minutes ago, everything was still in the room,” Emma responded.
“Ma’am please go back and let Lestrade know that you have hired me on the case. He will know to keep everything as is until I get there,” Sherlock instructed.
“That means you’ll take the case?” Emma asked, happily.
“Of course I will. I said as much earlier,” Sherlock said. Then he turned towards me, effectively dismissing Mrs. Hudson and Emma. Once the two had left, he said, “Watson I cannot leave these rooms.”
“But what about this case?” I demanded.
“I have already solved it,” Sherlock shrugged.
“What? But how? I heard the same details you heard and yet I have no idea who committed the murder,” I demanded. I knew that it was impossible for Sherlock to have already solved the case. He was fibbing.
“Because as usual you have not observed. But I cannot leave these rooms and catch the murderer. You know the case of the vanishing cat has been occupying my time and for that I have to be in these rooms all the time. Until I do not solve the case I cannot leave. You will have to do the groundwork for me. Find the evidence, question the suspects, and catch the murderer. Take that new assistant, whatever their name is. I will be here for consultations if you get stuck, but I cannot leave this room no matter what,” Sherlock said.
“But you accepted this case! Mrs. Thatcher will be expecting you there! And what about Mrs. Hudson?” I exclaimed. I didn’t bother providing Sherlock the new assistant’s name. Not that there was any assistant, it was just a wannabe Holmes that I had mentioned once in passing.
“I will explain the situation to Mrs. Hudson and Mrs. Thatcher will be happy to see you as well. Now go before Lestrade gives up waiting for me,” Sherlock all but pushed me out of the door.
So there you have it players. You are each now the wannabe assistant and I am Dr. Watson (and technically Sherlock Holmes). Dr. Watson and you will work through this case via puzzles, treasure hunts, and riddles as you reach the conclusion of the game.
1. Each round you will get either puzzles, treasure hunts, or riddles that you have to solve to get to the next step.
2. Each player will get marks for how many riddles/puzzles/treasure hunts they are able to solve and will get special information related to that round that will help you solve the murder mystery faster.
3. Even if you are unable to solve 100% of the puzzles/riddles, everyone will start at the same place in the next round (with all of the same information). You just won’t get it earlier.
4. This information will help you find the culprit and motive earlier than others so you definitely want to get all this info as soon as you can.
5. Each round will start 24 hours after the previous round has finished to allow players a chance to use the information to solve the case before it is shared publicly.
To put this into perspective, imagine that you have reached the third round where suspects will be interrogated. If you manage to solve only a third of the puzzles correctly, then you will only get a third of the information earlier than everyone else. When the fourth round starts, then all that information will be shared with all the players directly in the thread (in the story – so definitely read the story portion).
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You will get points for every correct solution. The points will vary per round based on the difficulty of that round, but this will be announced prior to the round beginning.
If you are able to find the culprit with the correct motive, then there are bonus points to be won that are as follows:
If solved after round 1 – 200 points
If solved after round 2 – 150 points
If solved after round 3 – 100 points
If solved after round 4 – 50 points
If solved after round 5 – 25 points
If solved after the final round – 0 points
The person with the most points will win the game!
If you are interested in the game, please sign-up below. Sign up ends on Feb 20th 11:59 PM IST.
I'm really not good with riddles and puzzles and stuff but do sign me up.
Btw how long will the game go on for?
There are 6 rounds. I expect each to last between 3 days to a week depending on difficulty, so probably around a month.
Hey Shreya! This looks uber cool!
I wanted to ask that would the treasure hunts be very exhaustive and long like going through 150 pages?
Or they'll be short and sweet
Short and sweet. The topics can be 150 pages long, but the item will be in the first 5 pages. I will note this again when the treasure hunt round comes up.
Question: If we make wrong guesses about the murderer and motive during R1-R5, do we get our points cut?
Nope. The murderer and motive are ancillary - they give you bonus points not the main points. Even if you don't solve the mystery by the end, you will not lose any points.
Ek question hai.. this game doesn’t have fastest finger first na..??
Cz this time I am slowest fingers slow..
Nope. Even if you submit at the last minute, you will get at least 24 hours with the info I PM you to find the murderer.
what if i miss any round in between...? i will be out of the game ?
No. You just won't get any points for that round.
What if we send the wrong answers 🤔
You won't get points for them and you won't get the clues early related to those wrong answers. Like if you get riddle 2 wrong, I won't give you the clue related to it in a reply PM. But you will see that clue in the next round's story.
What if my 1 or 2 or all answers wrong. Game se out or deadline tak answers (multiple times) dene ki chance milega?
No resubmissions are allowed. But given I just said this and not everyone was aware, the 3 people who submitted answers are allowed one resubmission. I will count the answers from the resubmission as your submission if you choose to do so.Edited by Minionite - 6 days ago
I got out of the cab and turned to Player, “Remember keep your eyes open for any important clues. We have to solve this case together and show Holmes that we are no less than him.”
Lestrade came out of the house and sighed, “Well, well, well. If it isn’t Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson here to prove Scotland Yard idiots.”
“Lestrade you know that’s not what we do. We just help people out,” I objected.
“Yes and make Scotland Yard look like a bunch of fools. Fine. The crime scene is intact inside. You can only look, no touching, and no taking anything away,” Lestrade warned. Then he looked around, “Where’s Holmes?”
“Stuck in a pressing matter. It’ll just be myself and Player. He will help us, but we will have to go back to the rooms to call on his help,” I responded.
“Well good luck then,” Lestrade shrugged.
He stepped away and I made the way to the door, looking at the ground carefully for footprints, just like Sherlock always did. Not seeing any, I stepped into the house, followed by Player, and made my way to the crime scene, Emil’s study (or office).
Before examining the crime scene, note that you have to find 5 major clues – apart from the dead body – and there are a few minor clues. Below are 5 riddles that will lead you to the 5 major clues only. Each correct riddle will give you 2 points and, of course, the clue. Along with that you will get some special info from Holmes about each clue. There are a few minor clues that you won’t get points for, I simply mention them because they will be useful later on (and will be pointed out at the right time).
Once you solve all the riddles, you will send a PM to me. For every correct answer, I will send you some information (that will be revealed in Round 2's story). Round 1 ends on Feb 25th 11:59 PM IST.
EDIT: Just to clarify, no resubmissions allowed. Once you send me your answers they are final.
EDIT 2: The pic is related to the riddles.
Riddle 1 – I can be loud, I can be quiet. I can whistle or I can be silent. When I find my mark, I let out the colour red. What am I?
Riddle 2 – I can run, walk, sit, or stand. I will always be your faithful companion. My tongue sticks out and yet has no bone. What am I?
Riddle 3 – What demands an answer, but asks no questions?
Riddle 4 – I come in many shapes and sizes. I can be used in many places. I am easy to waste and if you burn me up, then you have to save me on time to get anything out of me. What am I?
Riddle 5 – Open me, be sent to another world. Close me and come back to this world. What am I?
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