You know what the best thing is about fandom? You get the chance to make friends based on shared interests. You know what the best thing about that is? Sometimes the friends are so cool and so creative that the whole world gets to experience something fantastic.
Such is the case of Sherlock: The Game. I found out about this game via a friend I’d met through Sherlock fandom, which just goes to that the internet is not, in actuality, driving us unto a lonely hellscape with only computers for company. During the two-year-long hiatus for series 3, two fans got together and decided that Sherlock would translate very well to an old-fashioned RPG. The original plan was to just do a “small project”, as one of the creators told The Daily Dot; yet fast forward a year, and those two fans have turned into 200; the game itself has turned into a massive undertaking complete with main cases and side cases. From The Daily Dot:
Sherlock: the Game begins, of course, in 221B Baker Street. The starting concept for the game revolves around a month in the life of John Watson. The object? Keep Sherlock’s boredom meter from getting dangerously high by solving crimes—and keep your own money meter from getting too low.
Sounds amazing, right? At this point the only thing that might stand in Sherlock: The Game‘s way is if the BBC decides to insist that the game infringes on its copyright. The creators say that the game is legal under fair use law in both the U.K. and the U.S., but if the BBC contacts them, they’ll have to shut it down. As a fan of both Sherlock and collaborative fan endeavors, I hope that doesn’t happen. Just listen to all the accents in their behind-the-scenes video (which also has captions in twelve different languages). This is a truly international effort of love.
If you’re interested in this game, you can find out more about it via Sherlock: The Game‘s Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter. If all goes well, the team will release the game for free as a downloadable PC game. Despite not being much of a gamer myself, I can’t wait to play this!