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Jan-2-2010 06:00

Hi guys,

After about 3 years I haven't played Sleuth I came back (Mafia Wars bores me, apparently).

I have 2 questions:
1. Where can I see a true skills table? The table published in Help is apparently wrong - it says that stress detection should cost 7 SP although in reality it costs 5 SP.

2. I'm a tough and charming detective.
Toughness: 3
Smarts: 4
Charm: 7

Pick Pocketing
Judge of Character
Sweet Talking
Lock Picking
Rule Bending
Thread Analysis


What should I take next? I'm thinking about intimidation.
How much effect does intermediate sweet talking/interrogation have?




Sleuth Sindy
Sleuth Sindy
Pinball Wizard

Jan-2-2010 17:01


Lots of questions! :)

Actually, other detectives looking at your profile cannot see what skills you have already learned. But I'm rather confused as to why you would invest skill points in thread analysis when you have the Tailor as your contact and therefore don't need it?

Sweeting talking/interrogation doesn't improve your chance of getting an answer, it gives you a greater chance of getting more questions out of a supsect once that suspect clams up. How tough or charming your gear needs to be depends on what level of cases you are playing. At the easy to hard level, my experience was that you didn't need a lot to make it effective. However, as the cases get harder, you will need gear with more tough or charm points associated with them for them to be effective.

As for whether you get your analysis skills or interrogation/charming skills first depends on your game strategy. I tend to use witness evidence more on the easier cases making the advanced analysis skills not as crucial, but if you depend more on physical evidence to solve your cases, then the advanced analysis skillw would be more beneficial to you.

Welcome back to Sleuth!

Joseph Zeo
Joseph Zeo
Tale Spinner

Jan-2-2010 19:57

As long as you are staying in New York (unsubbed and not going to another city), then Sleuth Sindy has a point. It's better to use your skill points elsewhere instead of thread analysis with your New York tailor contact. However, if you decide to sub one day and go to another city, in which tailor may not necessarily become your contact, then yes, the thread analysis skills become as important as other PE analyzing skills.

Most players here gear themselves towards either tough OR charm, with smarts as their second strength. In comparison you balance them out more or less equally, with a bit of emphasis on charm. Personally i would recommend that after you have all the charm skills, go for all the analysis skills first before cracking the tough skills, but then again as Sindy said, it's all about game strategy and how you play it. Anyhow, find a way that works and you're comfortable with, and enjoy the game!


Jan-3-2010 03:05

To be honest, there is at least one skill I think it's crucial that you get, and that is basic hair analysis (if your list is right). Becasue since hairs are so difficult to find, you need the basic hair skill just to find the hairs. This goes for basic thread as well, but that's a skill you have.
Footprints and threatening notes you will find regardless of what skills you have.


Jan-3-2010 06:21

Thank you for your comments.
As I stated - I picked the basic thread analysis, so I could use my contact with the tailor more efficiently. If I had a contact with the barber I would've bought the hair analysis skill...

I think that for now I will go with intimidation...


Jan-3-2010 06:36

I don't want to disappoint you... - but you cannot have both the Tailor and the Barber as contacts, but you will still have a great advantage of buying the basic hair skill ;-)


Jan-3-2010 07:06

I know I can't have both (discovered it recently). That's why I think it's better to stick with the contact you have. The hair analysis can come later.

Actually I think that from the evidence analysis, the best I should get now is
the Handwriting/Footprint analysis skill, because they come as a basic skill.
If I'll buy the hair analysis skill, in order to eliminate some of the suspects, I would need to buy also the advanced hair analysis......

Lady Jas
Lady Jas
The Chosen One

Jan-3-2010 10:20

Looks like you've already made up your mind on what you want to do with your character..


Jan-4-2010 05:15

What do you know, I've actually decided to go with advanced rule bending, and I think it really pays off.
It increases the chances to get an answer by rule bending by 20% !


Jan-4-2010 06:32

I somehow believe that you have not seen what need the basic hair skill covers. The basic hair skill makes you able to FIND the hairs at the crime scene. Just that a case does not seem to have any hairs, if you don't have basic hair skill, does not mean that it does not HAVE them, it just means that you have not found them. Unfortunately that hair, had you found it, might even happen to be the one crucial evidence that would make you pin the killer.
Depending on what difficulty level you play, and what strategy you use, the need might not be so big yet, but, believe me, on the harder levels you cannot afford to not know if you have found all your evidences. ;-)


Jan-4-2010 12:21

For now I'm playing at the Really Hard level. It's enough for now, although once in a while I need to take a smart guess who's the murderer.

With the advanced rule bending skill, I have a much higher chance to convince the townies to answer my questions.
However, I think the next one will be indeed hair analysis.

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