Sherlock Holmes RPG up on Kickstarter

By Polar_Bear
In Crowdfunding
Feb 2nd, 2014

Fearlight Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for Baker Street, an RPG set in the world of Sherlock Holmes.
The choice to pledge to this is… elementary.
*puts on sunglasses*


From the campaign:

Sherlock Holmes is Missing and Presumed Dead!

Intrepid investigators are asked by the stoic Dr. Watson to take cases out of Baker Street in Holmes’s absence. Victorian streets, foggy nights, and crime most foul await. Will the nefarious plans of crafty villains come to fruition or can the champions of justice from Baker Street save the day?
Baker Street is a Role Playing Game in which the players attempt to solve some of the most baffling crimes in history. Featuring over 30 careers, 25 unique criminal extras, and rules for making your own nefarious villains, Baker Street features a robust investigation mechanic, easy character generation, and rules for making your own mystery.

Some of the unique features of Baker Street are The Sherlock Die, Investigation Scenes, Clue Cards, Social Status, and the Threat Meter. Additional information on several of these follow, with more detail and content to follow in updates.

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  • Gallant

    So who gets to be Sherlock and who has to play Watson? If no one does, does that mean it’s just a mystery game cashing in on Sherlock fandom?

    • cybogoblin

      It’s officially endorsed by the Sherlock Holmes Society, so it’s only cashing in a little. They haven’t even used Cumberbatch or Downey, which would be a clear sign of doing it for the money.

      • Gallant

        I remember way back in the day, when I was a boy, that unoriginal game ideas simply had “Cthulhu” slapped on the cover to get their Kickstarters funded.

        I’d prefer to think that this is actually a game about awkward teenage girls writing slash fiction of the two main characters and posting it to Tumblr. First person to include M/preg wins.

  • Bwhitacre

    The game takes place from 1891 to 94ish when Sherlock was presumed dead. Watson turns over the cases to an investigation team. (your party). It’s done more in tone with the original stores than movies or TV. Hope that helps.

    • Gallant

      “(I)n tone with the original”? I may have snarked it, but that does put to rest some of my fears about it. I’m a huge Conan Doyle fan and the slightest hint of a Cumberbatch sends me off in fits. Good to know.