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player94780
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New Player: Is this question legal? Fri, 08 April 2005 00:52
I bought Mystery of the Abbey, and had my first game with a couple of friends. On of them made the following question during the game: What are the 5 characteristics of each one of the monks that you have checked as "innocent"? This question blew up the whole game, because some of us thought the question was illegal, and some of us legal. So, is this kind of question legal or not?
      
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Re:New Player: Is this question legal? Fri, 08 April 2005 01:46
The question is probably legal, as long as it doesn't require the person to name a monk that he has identified.

If presented with this question, I would just take a vow of silence. That will stop the person from asking that type of question . . .

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Re:New Player: Is this question legal? Fri, 08 April 2005 03:42
you cannot ask a question that disguises multiple questions, so the answer is no, can't be asked. Likewise you cannot ask someone to give you the binary encoding of their suspect sheet (much more efficient than the question your colleague asked, btw Very Happy ).
But you could ask a question such as what is the trait most shared by the people you believe innocent.
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Re:New Player: Is this question legal? Fri, 08 April 2005 11:07
Well, actualy, the question could not be avoided with a vow of silence, because it was made by a person who had allready been asked a question (and had answered). So, the question could not be avoided, and thats why I am trying to clarify if it is a legal one. You see, the manual only says that "you may ask any kind of question, as long as it can be answered without giving a suspect's name". It doesnt clarify if you ask can questions that in return gives you the 5 characteristics of the monks you consider innocent, or the monks that you consider suspect (or something like that), although I personally think that such questions are PROBABLY illegal, and are really devestatiting for the game...
      
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Re:New Player: Is this question legal? Fri, 08 April 2005 19:57
The rules stipulate that you cannot ask the name of monks, such as who do you suspect? all equivalents to that (such as asking for all their characteristics, or whatever) are also forbidden of course.
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Re:New Player: Is this question legal? Fri, 08 April 2005 21:05
At last, when you're in doubt, try with common sense: if it utterly and instantly ruins the game, it can't be done.
If your friend is a "rule lawyer", politely explain to him/her that the goal is having fun. If he/she can't accept such a simple fact, try to play with someone else (a bit drastic, but can be the only cure for some people...).
Have fun! Smile
      
    
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