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Kevin L Jones
QUEEN’S RANSOM is a card game based very loosely CLUEDO (CLUE to our American buddies) with a touch of chaos thrown in by way of event cards that can move clues around.
There are two sides of the game - the Suspects and the Locations. 3 Suspects are placed face up and a Suspect Evidence card is placed above and below each Suspect. The same occurs for the Locations except you use Location Evidence cards. There are 2 sets of 6 evidence cards. Each set has the same cards, 3 x +1 a -1 a -2 and a +2. 
The idea is that by spending money cards or using event cards you look at the evidence and deduce which Location and which Suspect have the highest total and then declare the result.
It’s okay as a 2 player game but it doesn’t hold up well with 3, 4 or 5 players as there is so little to do and not much enthusiasm for doing it. The author has seen this and thrown in some random event cards that allow you to move some of the cards around. Instead of adding excitement it adds to the player’s attitude of icouldn’tcarelessiveness. 
It is one of those games that you love or you wonder how it ever got to publication. 
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