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Noir: Killer VS Inspector

We have the pleasure to introduce you today to Noir: Killer VS Inspector, a game from D. Brad Talton, Jr. published by Level 99 Games.

Noir: Killer VS Inspector presents you with the confrontation between a killer doing his job pretty well, and an inspector trying to do his own job well too by stopping the former. You can be either one of those two. As the inspector, arresting innocents won't stop the killings, so you'll have to accurately guess who the killer is among 25 suspects cards displayed as a 5x5 table. As the killer, well, you have two options: just kill enough people (16) without getting caught, and you win; or, well, you can just kill the inspector, and be done with this annoying meddling from the police :)

On his turn, the killer and the inspector can shift one row horizontally or vertically to change who's next to whom. This is important, since the other main action for both of them depends on proximity: the killer can kill anyone next to him, and the inspector can arrest anyone next to him (if he arrests the killer, he wins; if he arrests an innocent, he releases him in the morning after filing some paperwork and making excuses). In addition to that, the inspector can choose to exonerate one suspect among 4 in his hand, and the killer can disguise himself to exchange his identity with one picked at random among suspects not yet proven innocent or deceased. Some of these actions also have a "canvassing" effect that gives a proximity clue as to the identity of the killer or inspector.

As you guessed from this description, Noir is a deductive game, with an extra nice and tense atmosphere for those of us who like noir police movies. It can go pretty fast or last longer depending on the level of caution exercised by the players, but anyway it goes, you'll get into character pretty quickly!

Please note that the default game option in BGA matches the "Advanced variant" from the rulebook, which is now considered the standard way to play the game by the designer. Nonetheless, you'll also be able to select the classic option for an alternative gameplay (there is no canvassing,and the disguise action kills the suspect matching the secret identity of the killer instead of proving him innocent).

Noir: Killer VS Inspector is the first of 6 mystery games included in the NOIR boxed game. A brand new "black box edition" of this minigames library has just been released last month, and is available now in Europe, the USA and Canada.

We would like to thank the publisher Level 99 Games for giving us the opportunity to host this game on Board Game Arena, and to congratulate the developer ch huang who did a really great job with this adaptation, especially considering that it is his first development with BGA studio!

07/19/2015 Comment on this

Tash-Kalar official CGE World series 2015

Czech Games Edition and Board Game Arena are happy to organize this summer the very first official World contest of Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends.

This tournament is open to everyone. This is a 100% online tournament, all on BGA. You may even win some CGE games!

Qualifying series will take place on July 23th and July 24th. There will be 10 qualifying series, with 3 matches to be played (Swiss System - each match = one hour). You are allowed to register to ONE and only ONE of these series - for example the serie with a date/time that suits you best. Be careful, if you register to several qualifying series, you may be disqualified.

Here is the list of qualifying tournaments:!tournamentl ... 017&page=0

The 20 first players from each qualifying tournament will be qualified for the semifinals on July 27th and July 28th (again, 3 matches, Swiss System).

Finally, the 20 firsts players from the semi-finals will be able to participate to the World final on August 10th.

Good luck everyone!
07/14/20155 comments

BGA turns 30...

Yes, 30... languages available, with Slovenian now open! That's quite a milestone!

Congratulations and thank you to Slovenian translators, and to all translators making it possible to play on BGA for people speaking only their native language.

There is only one word to describe our feelings about this: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! :)

And to all Slovenian players: Pozdravljen!
07/10/20152 comments

Pimp my BGA!

Some of you may have noticed that we add a new tab "advanced" in your preferences section.

If you know CSS language, you may customize the appearance of your BGA from there! You may also share your customization with other players.

Click here if you want to try

Don't hesitate to share your customizations in the comments below!
07/07/201520 comments

Server instability

You probably noticed that BGA service is having some stability difficulties these 4 past days.

We owe you an full explanation of the reasons of these stability issues, and what we are doing to solve them. Here it is:

From the beginning of Board Game Arena, the real-time notification service that allows you to be notified of your opponents moves is having some weakness and instabilities. If you are sometimes disconnected/reconnected, if you have to do "F5" very often during a game, or if you sometimes discover that it was your turn despite your browser says it is not... then you experienced this weakness.

Five years ago, when we created BGA, a website that was able to be updated in realtime was very uncommon. Very few technologies was existing at this time to do this. We had to do some specific work to achieve this, but as you notice it was not 100% reliable.

Now, the situation is quite different. The technology has evolved, and there are now good and reliable technologies to have a realtime support in browsers. We recently decided to switched to one of this new technology.

This change is not easy. This is like replacing some building foundations without breaking the building. 4 days ago, few hours after we started to make change, the service crashes unexpectedly. Then, 4 or 5 times we thought we fixed this issue, but 4 or 5 times the service crashed again. Now, we are 100% back to the previous situation when everything was stable.

We are going to analyze what happened and will try again to do this evolution in few weeks. I know this may be painful sometimes, but this will allow all of you to enjoy a much comfortable service afterwards. Of course, we removed all penalties from the past 4 days on BGA.

Thank you for your understanding and sorry for the games that has been lost.
07/01/201544 comments

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