Still Clueless

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Being a child of the ’80s you’d think the game Clue would have been one I played at least once when in fact I never did.  Scrabble?  Yes!  Uno?  Absolutely!! Monopoly?  But of course!!!  Yet for some inexplicable reason Clue was one I hadn’t owned nor did any of my friends which is why I never played it. This also may be the reason as to why I’d never before seen the movie up until this past Sunday.  Not only was I extremely disappointed from beginning to end it was 2 hours and 45 minutes of completely wasted time.  It would have been more productive to have put curlers in my hair and a facial mask on.  At least my hair would have bounce and my skin would be softer.  Instead of surmising “It was Colonel Mustard in the library with a candlestick” by the time the film was over I wanted to hit myself in the head with that candlestick while Professor Plum looked on.


I began to wonder whether or not I’d made a huge mistake by not having played the game so I went online in order to get a better understanding of how it works.  Once I began reading the rules of the game consisting of 3 to 6 players,  six suspect tokens, six murder weapons, nine rooms, secret passages, 21 cards, a pad of detective notebook sheets, three cards places in an envelope revealing the answer and a staggering 324 possibilities of who, where and what that was enough for me to know not only would I not have been able to figure it out when I was younger I have no intention of ever trying.


The game is similar to other board games in that there’s a die and a deck of cards but there are also murder weapons which become placed in rooms randomly with no more than one per room and all of the tokens represent each character but unlike other games which determine who goes first by way of rolling the die whoever has Miss Scarlet (red token) rolls first followed by the player to the left of Miss Scarlet and so on.  Then the fun begins.  The object is to determine the killer, murder weapon and the room in which the crime was committed as players suggest who they feel the suspect is while the others are called in to disprove it.  When a player thinks they’ve figured out which three cards are in the envelope on their turn they say who they suspect of committing the crime, in a particular room with a specific weapon.  Following this the player looks at the cards in the envelope.  If they’re correct they win the game.  If they’re not they lose the game and must put the three cards back inside the envelope then place it onto the board.  While the person who lost can no longer play they must stay at the table to refute the suggestion of others while the remaining people continue to play until one of them correctly chooses all three cards thus winning the game.


Is it a board game or jury duty?  After reading that entire list of rules it only reaffirms how overjoyed I am that Clue was one game I never had the misfortune of playing.  If anything I’d partake in a murder mystery theater because even if I was completely wrong about my assumption at least I’d get dinner out of it.  The closest I’ll probably ever come to being involved in a murder mystery is watching The Golden Girls episode entitled The Case of the Libertine Belle when all four roommates attend a murder mystery weekend.  Now that was entertaining and funny as hell and I wasn’t as bewildered as I was while reading the rules to the game or irate while watching the movie.  


I so wish I had two or three people to play Monopoly with even if I only end up owning all or just one of the light blue properties otherwise known as the projects at least I’d get some fun out of rolling the dice knowing wherever I land even if it’s on someone else’s estate and I owe them thousands as a result it won’t be nearly as confusing as it would be if I were trying to guess who killed who with what in some room of a mansion simply by suggesting and accusing.  Things like this are the cause as to why many people start drinking.



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