This months winner was Erin. from Conneticut.
I'm writing to tell you what a great time we had playing your game! Everything was perfect, from the character names to the intricate plot. Here's a recount of our experience with the Murder at the Four Deuces game.
About two weeks prior to the big event we sent out an email inviting everyone to the party. After receiving confirmations, we sent each guest their character packages (sealed in confidential envelopes). Later, we then found a fun 1920's slang dictionary online that we emailed out so that the guests could brush up on their lingo before the party. We color photocopied 20 and 10 dollar bills (we shrunk them slightly so as not to be confused with real money) and handed everyone $300 in "cash" as they walked in the door (Unfortunately, as the night progressed, most of us lost our money in the Gaming Parlor!!). In addition, all of the guests were given the password, "123Skidoo" to give to the bouncer in order to be let into the speakeasy.
Our house was decorated modestly - we put up signs around the house leading to the Gaming Parlor, the Lounge, Dinning Room and to Madame MeMe's House of Joy upstairs (which was closed that evening). We set up a bar in the kitchen with all of the glass wear and ingredients to make some classic 1920's drinks. Our gaming parlor was well equipped for blackjack and poker, my sister agreed to posed as our blackjack dealer "Peaches" - she had the classic white shirt, black pants and armband on to play the part. On top of all of that, we downloaded 1920's music as well as some Ragtime and swing music that was played the entire evening
In CT we don't get many nice evenings in April, but on this particular night the weather was nice and warm - so as the guests arrived everyone was already in costume and in character. We had 20 friends that were able to make it, and every one of them went all out for their costumes. Most of the ladies rented their outfits, one of the guys even bought his over the internet. We asked each person to bring a dish of something to share as well as a drink ingredient. We ended up with a wonderful buffet table and enough Gin & Tonics to last us all night long. Cappo "Toto" Tequila brought New York style pizza, naturally, since he had just arrived in town from New York that day.
At the door, Al Capone did a great job as bouncer, and Neville the Nose Nutella seemed to be lurking in the bushes as the guests arrived, checking them all out. Once everyone had gotten there, we went over the host's welcome sheet and announced the beginning of the game. From that point on, it was all fun, and surprisingly everyone stayed in character! At the end of the night we had 3 murders. Big Jim, was of course murdered, but soon after that we found Vanessa Crooner dead in the hallway. Madame MeMe had
paid Al Capone to kill her because of their "sordid" past. Then another scream was heard and we all rushed to the bathroom to find Rebecca Ravioli dead from poisoning. The Baroness killed her because she thought that Rebecca had looked at her strangely!
After the detectives did their sleuthing and the awards were handed out, we ended the evening at a dance club nearby in full costume (which raised a few eyebrows). To say the least the night was a blast. Its now several months later and we're all still talking about what a great time we had.
In the infamous words of our own Al Capone, "I do appreciate".
Erin C. aka Carrie Crooner-Ravioli
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