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March 2004 Winner - Meredith S.

Postby 2coolbaby » February 28th, 2005, 4:12 pm

Murder at the Four Deuces is the second game from Dinner and a Murder I have purchased and played. Both were huge successes, but Four Deuces was spectacular (only because I knew what to expect and had worked out the kinks of hosting a murder mystery party--not because of storyline or characters).

I researched the 1920s, gangsters, speakeasies, and flappers on the internet to gather as much information about the decade as I could. I wanted to make my party as authentic as possible. I started with the invitations. I purchased art-deco looking card-stock invitations from the stationary store and printed them from my computer (very easy but they looked very formal). I mailed them out about 6 weeks before the party date with a required rsvp deadline. Once everyone confirmed or declined, I assigned the characters. I chose to be one of the characters from the Extra Character pack (kikki kickit whom I renamed "Bonnie Moll" to fit the theme). I am a terrible actress but an excellent party organizer, so I enjoyed this role much better than my first mystery party where I was an essential character.

Via email, I forwarded costume information to my guests--examples of attire and where they could find costumes in the Marietta, GA area. In doing this, I wanted everyone to feel prepared, and I wanted to keep the party on my guests minds--this way they wouldn't wait until the last minute to get a costume and not be able to find one.

In my 1920s research, I discovered that passwords were required to enter a speakeasy. To help get everyone in the Roaring Twenties mindset, I used a puzzlemaker website to create a word-search puzzle with a hidden message. The message was the password --"Two-year-old triplets rule the joint" (I used this password because I have triplets). I mailed the word search to each couple about a week before the party. This gave them enough time to solve the puzzle without having too much time elapse allowing them to forget the password.

When each couple arrived they were greated by a gangster silhoutte standing beside my frontdoor. Because I have french doors with no window coverings, I decided to make a 'brick wall' to cover one half of the outside of my front door. On the inside of the other half of the front door, I used brown craft paper to cover it and made a peep hole with a flap. Thus no one could see into the "speakeasy."

When the guests knocked, I raised the flap and asked for the password. Luckily everyone knew the password and gained admittance. However, since two murders happened at the club (which had to shut down because of this) I might be a little more particular about who I give the password to in the future :)

As the guests entered they were greated by another gangster silhoutte and the gun check box. (the silhouttes were easy to make--using an overhead projector, I outlined them on 8-foot foam construction board then painted them entirely black,)

After the guests put their coats down, they made their way to the casino (aka my kitchen). I rented a black jack table and a roullette table. My husband was the roullette dealer (aka Peter Jacobs, the waiter) and one of his employees was the Black jack dealer. Each of them did a fantastic job and had a lot of fun (my husband is shy so this was the perfect role for him--no acting).

My family room was the lounge/bar. I had three small tables set up and a self-serve bar. I had made room for a dance floor next to the TV which I had playing the Jazz music station (however, the cable went out, so no music--wasn't a big deal because no one noticed).

Once all of the guests arrived, I introduced everyone as their real self and as their character. I reviewed the newsletter that came with the mystery to refresh everyone's memory about what had recently happened and what was about to happen. I gave each person $1,600 of fun money. (I used a larger amount than included with the mystery because I had the game tables and I had prizes for an auction at the end of the evening.) Then the party began.

Once it was time for the murder, the soon-to-be-deceased gave me the signal. The roullette dealer and I turned out the lights and the Blackjack dealer popped a balloon to simulate a gun shot. It was fabulous! When the lights came back on, it was nothing but drama. One of the deceased's loved one's carried on ( she would have had to been sedated had it been for real).

Carrie Crooner-Ravioli tried to take the guests mind off the murder by singing us a couple of songs (she was so entertaining). Then the inspector presented the evidence. After that, the guests enjoyed more gambling and tried to solve the murder. Shortly before the time I had deemed appropriate to end the suspense, a second murder took place. The murderer and an accomplice hired Bonnie Moll to take out Capo "Toto" Tequila. He was such a good sport because it took quite a while for someone to discover his body.

After this I handed out the Guest's Solution Sheets and had everyone write down who they thought killed the first victim and vote on best costume, best actor and best actress. Two people solved the murder correctly. I awarded them toy magnifying glasses and scratch-off lottery tickets for being Super Sleuths. For the Best Actor, Actress and Costume awards, I had purchased toy trophies from the party discount store. I wrote (engraved) on them "Best Actor...Four Deuces and the date of the party." Our Big Jim Ravioli won Best Actor and Best Costume. Our Carrie Crooner-Ravioli won Best Actress. After the awards presentation, the guests used their winnings and extortion money to bid on prizes I had purchased at the discount department store.

Everyone's costumes and props were fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and can't wait to organize another one. (One of the couples is moving to Chicago, but said they would fly in for all of my future parties.)

Thanks to Mary Lee for writing and creating these stories and make them easy to produce.

Best wishes,
Meredith S.
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Postby Meredith » September 29th, 2005, 4:48 pm

Hi Mary Lee,
I want to go ahead (finally) and claim my prize--I'm very excited!!! I'd like the four deuces #2.

can't wait for your new games to come out.

Meredith Starr

Postby 2coolbaby » September 29th, 2005, 4:51 pm

Hi Meredith,

I need you to send me an email stating that so I have your address to send it to :lol:
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