You know, I tell myself that I like board games from other companies, but whenever I pull out my wallet it always seems to be for FFG. =P
Believe me, I know what you're talking about very well ::laughter::
I haven't really been following Letters from Whitechapel thus far, but it certainly looks like a game with similar play to FoD. The limitation of four rounds implies that it won't go on forever (which FoD sometimes can), and that's a bonus, I think. I will definitely be looking forward to more information about the game. I'm not familiar with the 2011 release.
Yes, the game is similar, yet different for one specific reason: no dice. I was kinda skeptical at the beginning, because it looked too similar to FoD, but the "no dice" clause made me think a lot. I love FoD, but too often games end in scorn because of the roll of a die. And often some "perfect games" (on both sides) are lost because of the "luck" factor. In this way there is no luck. Plus, the 199 starting locations can also be a bigger improvement in replayability. I'm very curious to read the rules :-)