Four years ago I was unemployed for the winter months, so as a cheap way to spend the evenings I started playing a lot of board games with my friends. The favorite for a couple of months was Cluedo. After a few games, I started to think "I could build this." It was the first big creation I started as an adult, and ended up taking about three and a half years to design and build as I only worked on it from time to time. I used a big chunk of my childhood Lego collection to start it, then when I got a job again I bought Café Corner, Green Grocer and, when it came out, Pet Shop so as to have enough bricks to complete it. Then I still had to buy the last few bits and pieces on Bricklink.
It is fully playable (but you need the cards and notepads from the traditional board game) and fully furnished. The four entrances to the secret passages are concealed behind secret doors.
About this creation
Let's start with some photos of the whole thing:
Here's a view from above, showing the familiar layout of the Cluedo board with the grey and white playing spaces between the nine rooms.
The whole thing splits into five parts for storage or transportation.
Diagonal view with the lounge in the foreground, the dining room and kitchen to its left and the hall and study to its right.
Opposite diagonal view with the conservatory in the foreground, the billiard room, library and study to its left and the ballroom and kitchen to its right.
Here's the front façade of the house. From left to right we can see the windows of the lounge, Miss Scarlett's red-lined starting space, the front door and the windows of the study. The front door is barred, because otherwise surely the characters would just call the police instead of trying to solve the murder themselves!
This is the outside corner of the lounge covered in vines. Colonel Mustard's yellow-lined starting space is just visible to the left.
Now for a tour of the interior of the house. Inside the front door is the hall, so it makes sense to start there. After that we'll travel clockwise around the board and look at each room in turn.
Professor Plum in the hall with the spanner! Looking at the grandfather clock.
Reverend Green brandishing the lead pipe in front of the bird cage. Does he suspect the parrots?
Mrs White relaxing on the sofa in the midst of a murder investigation. Miss Scarlett seems terrified of Mr Pouncyboots. Does she have a phobia of cats or is she unusually on edge at the moment?
Mrs White has located the secret passage leading out of the lounge to the conservatory.
The Dining Room:
Miss Scarlett discovers where the candle stick was taken from.
Colonel Mustard seems very comfortable taking the head seat of the deceased Dr Black's table.
Colonel Mustard finds a leak in the kitchen pipes. There seems to be a large section of pipe missing...
This is a fully-equipped, modern (1926) kitchen.
Colonel Mustard makes a quick getaway into the secret passage to the study.
Mrs Peacock and Professor Plum dance across the ballroom as Reverend Green plays the grand piano. Miss Scarlett has other ideas (the harlot).
Her seductive lounging must have had scared them all off, because Miss Scarlett finds herself alone and able to discover the where the rope came from.
The conservatory from the outside. Look at all that lush vegetation!
Mrs Peacock discovers the secret passage to the lounge (under the conservatory, under a trapdoor under the gardener's cart)
The Billiard Room:
Miss Scarlett brings entirely the wrong implement to Mrs Peacock and Colonel Mustard's game of billiards.
That wily Mrs White discovers where the revolver came from. Everyone had been thinking it was Colonel Mustard's!
Colonel Mustard sends Miss Scarlett up the ladder to admire the library's collection of rare mauscripts. That's it, a bit higher, now lean over that way. The old perve.
This house's library is as well stocked as its wine cellar. Make of that what you will.
Ladder design taken from Sullis3
The other essentials for any library: fireplace, Madame Tabbywhiskers, The Stuffed Owl Of Wisdom.
Mrs Peacock and Professor Plum through the windows of the study. Look out! She's got the dagger!
Professor Plum beats a hasty retreat through the secret passage to the kitchen.
Here are some of the decorations on the walls in the corridors between the rooms:
Reverend Green admires a handsome painting of the majestic HMS Warbastard.
Miss Scarlett inspects a landscape of a hillside in Provence. Not a fan of the French, she considers using a potential murder weapon to deface an innocent painting.
Colone Mustard stumbles across a display of medieval weaponry. Any one of these would have made a more efficient murder weapon than the candlestick!
That mandatory decoration found on the scene of any murder, the victim, Dr Black, unfortunately discovered by two women who promptly crack into hysterics. Thankfully the level-headed Mrs White was to hand. The only telephone in the house, set in a wide-open draughty stretch of corridor opposite the billiard room.
Note the slot in the stairs to put the mystery cards in.
Suit of armor in a niche in the wall opposite the ballroom. The Black family's "proof" of Norman ancestry.
Close-ups of some of the furniture from various rooms:
Sofa, stool, sewing machine and lamp from the lounge. Sewing machine design taken from Sullis3.
Armchair from the library, and billiard table.
Grand piano, built "sideways" from the right.
Birdcage from the hall. It has no back.
Island from the middle of the kitchen.
The die and potential murder weapons, all tagged up as evidence.