Castle: The Detective Card Game First Look

By Mike Rosenberg

Step into the roles of Richard Castle or detective Kate Beckett and figure out who the murderer is in the Castle Detective Card Game, coming in early 2013!

The Castle Detective Card Game puts players in a race to figure out who the murderer is from a group of suspects before anyone else. In a single game, referred to as an Episode, players take on the role of one of the characters from ABC's Castle. Pick whoever you'd like to be, as each Character Card lets you do something different during a game.

Richard Castle is one of six Character cards that players can choose to play at the start of the game.

Next, players grab the eighteen Suspect cards, shuffle them, and place five of them face up in the middle of the play area. Then, players grab ten Not Guilty tokens and shuffle them face down. Select four of them, along with one Guilty token from the box, and shuffle those around. Place one token on each of the Suspects where they are marked.

Start the game with five face up Suspect cards. Shuffle one Guilty and four random Not Guilty tokens together, face down, and then place one on each Suspect card.

Next, each player gets dealt a hand of three cards from the 90-card Investigation deck. There are nine copies of each Investigation card in the game and nine different Investigation cards in total, along with nine special text investigations that have special effects.

During each player's turn, they can do one of the following:

-Draw a card

-Discard one card and then draw two cards

-Play a special text card

-Confront a Suspect

-Use their character's special ability (only once per Episode)

In order to find a Guilty Suspect, you need to have the proper Investigations in order to do so. The Investigation cards that you need to confront a Suspect are listed on the bottom of the Suspect cards:

Once you have drawn into the 'Interview Victim's Friends', 'Poker Game Consult', and 'Crime Scene' Investigation cards, you can use your turn to Confront the Suspect 'The Manipulative Best Friend'. Will he be Guilty, or Not Guilty? Well... you'll find out!

The only way to find the Investigation cards that you are looking for is to draw from the Investigation deck. You can either draw one card, or discard a card you don't need in order to draw two cards. This lets you find all the investigations you need to start Confronting Suspects.

To Confront a Suspect, discard one of each Investigation cards that are required by the Suspect you wish to confront. Then, turn over their token. If it says Guilty, then congratulations! You found the murderer and won the game! If it says Not Guilty, however, it will come with effect text that you must read aloud and complete, and the game continues. Eventually, as players Confront more Suspects, it will become clearer who the murderer is.

Work together to catch the murderer before the Investigation deck runs out of cards and the murderer gets away, but remember that you are competing to find the murderer first. Don't let the murderer get away, but be quick to beat your friends!

The Castle Detective Card Game can be enhanced for longer and more challenging games as well that go beyond playing a single Episode. For more details on this upcoming card game, check back regularly, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Rosenfloggen's picture Mike Rosenberg

Mike Rosenberg has been a long-time trading card game fan and an active freelancer in the hobby game industry since 2004. He wrote, editted, and managed web content for Cryptozoic Entertainment from March 2012 until October 2013.