Deception: Murder in Hong Kong board game
Deception: Murder in Hong Kong board game

Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

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A social game of deduction and deception. Who among you can see through the lies? Who is capable of getting away with murder?

In Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, players find themselves in a scenario of intrigue and murder, deduction and deception. One player is the Murderer, secretly choosing their weapon and the evidence they leave behind. Another is the Forensic Scientist who holds the key to convicting the criminal but is only able to express their knowledge through analysis of the scene. The rest are investigators, interpreting the clues to solve the crime – and the killer is among them. Investigators must collaborate and use their wits, their hunches, and their keen deductive insight to correctly identify the means of murder and the key evidence to convict the killer. The murderer must mislead and confuse the investigators to save themselves.

Do you have what it takes to see through the lies and catch the criminal in your ranks or will they muddy the waters long enough to get away with murder?

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  • Also getting the deception undercover allies
  • One of the best social deduction games. In this game you have a more immediate understanding of the deception concept of social deduction, through use of the clue cards, so it's easier for new players to jump in.The game also plays very quickly so it's one of those games you'll play over and over in a single sitting.
  • An immediate hit for the two groups I have played with. Easy to learn, fun to play a few times.
  • 8/23/20 | 8 plays | 8/10 | Of the social deduction games I have played (ONUW and Secret Hitler), this is my clear favorite. It provides a more structured conversation and allows for more "tangible" evidence to point to when making accusations are discussing possibilities. The cards give those less comfortable with being deceptive to hide behind and give a defense. I really enjoy this game!
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Some great games in there! #The Estates wasn't so great for my group. I had much higher expectations and it fell flat. Always wanted to try #Deception: Murder in Hong Kong though!

Dang, I actually am surprised so many people won't even consider it (not saying there's anything wrong with that)! Personally, I feel that house rules can at least tighten up games that tend to lean a certain way due to group meta. For example, with #Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, one group determined that it was too difficult for the murderer to pick his weapon/evidence without seeing more items around the table first, so now we always go around and share what cards we have in front of us before the murderer picks. It feels a little less random this way, and while one could argue it's not the designer's intention to moderate difficulty outside of just changing the card count, not everyone has the luxury of playing (and purchasing) enough games to find the "perfect" one. If I can get a game played more often and have it be more enjoyable with a little rules nudge, then I'm all for it. I think this applies a lot to party games, especially; how many people here have ignored scoring rules and just played a game until it feels natural to stop?

Congratulations and good luck with the "launching event"

1) I would start with:


#Blood Rage

#Brass: Birmingham

#Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

2) Would love to get my hand on a few Knizia's classic:


#Tigris & Euphrates

I think this shows that so much people are really down for the experience and may not know the similar fun board games have to offer. 

I also have many around me (gf for one) that can't do with the stress of straight lying to someone next to them. Because of this games like #Skull and #A Fake Artist Goes to New York have been easier to get to the table. Another one I enjoy is #Deception: Murder in Hong Kong as it gives players clues to go off rather than constructing a lie from the ground up. 

A lot of similar Among Us feels can be found in #Secret Hitler , #Hail Hydra and #The Resistance: Avalon among many others too. 

Reading this reminded me of #Deception: Murder in Hong Kong. I'm a little confused about how the tile placement ties into the game. By placing tiles, are you revealing more areas of the map to search for clues from? Also, would the app know who the killer is and be able to give them false leads? 


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