JEALOUSY... BETRAYAL... MURDER...
It’s 1935 and death's a way of life on the mean streets of New Orleans, but you're a gumshoe on a case and you have a job to do. But when you go poking around in dark corners, sometimes you turn up something much worse than an ugly mug with a heater.
Still, your worst enemies just might be the Big Easy's other gumshoes! There's no honor among thieves or desperate shamuses.
The Big Easy is a stand alone card game for 2-4 players set on the mean streets of Deadlands Noir's New Orleans. Players take the role of grizzled private detectives seeking a solution to a brutal crime. Deadlands Noir is an ENnie Award-winning roleplaying game from Pinnacle Entertainment Group.
Inside the box you will find everything you need for 2-4 players:
Gaming Knights: Gaming Knights Kickstarter Preview; We Play The Big Easy (published Mar 1, 2019)
Meeple University: The Big Easy Board Game — How to Play & Setup, a Kickstarter Preview (published Feb 18, 2019)
Unfiltered Gamer: The Big Easy - Board Game Review (published Feb 14, 2019)
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Games Previewed: The Big Easy - a set collection / hand-management game-Games Previewed (published Jan 6, 2019)
The most up-to-date version of the rulebook can be found here (pdf). This file is still a work in progress and subject to change.
Your hardboiled detective visits Locations in New Orleans' three neighborhoods, tracking down clues, while trying to prevent other detectives from beating them to the punch. The first gumshoe to come up with a Suspect, Motive, and Evidence can make their accusation and solve the crime.
At each Location you must overcome an encounter, ranging from simple obstacles to the Big Easy's most fearsome adversaries. The other detectives have the opportunity to meddle in your affairs and make life difficult for you.
Each turn is broken into 5 phases which you complete before play passes to the next detective to the left.
At the start of your turn, draw enough Gumshoe cards to fill your hand to its maximum hand size. Your hand size is six, unless modified by some other card.
In the Legwork Phase you can play cards to equip your detective for the coming investigation, add Locations to the Neighborhoods in play, and play Legwork cards to give yourself an advantage later in the round.
In the Move Phase, your detective can travel between neighborhoods, or from one neighborhood to an attached Location at that same neighborhood.
When you arrive at a new destination, you reveal the top card of the encounter deck, and must face whatever challenge you find there in the Investigate Phase.
In the Investigate Phase, if your detective overcame the encounter at the new location, he or she may Investigate the scene to reveal a clue.
To succeed, your detective must equal or beat the Target Number of the Location by discarding a card with sufficient Value. The card's base value is modified by each icon it has that matches those on the Location.
If the gumshoe is successful, you draw a Clue card of the type shown on the Location card (a suspect, in the image above). The Clues you collect are added to your Case File alongside your character card.
At the end of your turn, you must discard any cards in excess of your maximum hand size. You can choose to discard as many other cards as you want to.
The game continues until one player is able to collect one Suspect, one Motive, and one Evidence clue in their Case File. When you have the clues you need, you can make your accusation. Reveal the clues you are using to solve the case and describe how they fit together to resolve the mystery.
One copy of The Big Easy and all stretch goals unlocked during the campaign. Immediately after the end of the campaign, you will also receive the print and play files for the cards and rules.
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