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Winner - November 2006 - Four Deuces

Postby cschoepp » November 27th, 2006, 5:41 pm

For my 18th Birthday, I decided to host a murder mystery party. Being a veteran of hosting and playing murder mysteries, I looked online for a differently-themed game to buy. I'd done a few before-- a ski resort, ancient rome, a high school, and a vampire/monster one, all of which were scripted. My friends and I found them all to be fun, but we had no idea how much better it could get. I stumbled upon your site in a google search and was shocked to find games that allowed players to do as they please--even kill! So, I purchased Murder at The Four Deuces and thus began my month-long giddy anticipation and preparation.

I managed to wrangle up 15 friends and gained my dad's permission to use his house while he was gone over thanksgiving. The layout was perfect--I made the basement into the actual speakeasy (with brothel!), while the main floor served as a cover-up lounge and casino. My mom and her friend manned the kitchen table (covered in a green tablecloth and poker chips) as casino dealers. Downstairs, the lucky prescence of a bar made for a real speakeasy atmosphere, and I transformed the bedroom into a brothel of sorts (without any business, of course). I posted various signs all over, taping "casino employees only" signs anywhere in the house that was off limits. I even put a red light and a stuffed tiger in the window as done in the era to draw customers to the secret brothel and speakeasy.

I put bowls of old-fashioned horehound and sassafrass candies all over, as well as pretzels and candy cigarettes. I made a wonderful box to display the "gaspers" adorned with the original 1920s Camel logo. Similarly, I re-wrapped two-liters of A&W root beer with makeshift 1920s logos. Decorating and preparing was half the fun! I regret not taking more photos of the decorations and props...

I explained how the game worked over dinner, which was Bazbeaux pizza--the best pizza in Indianapolis, or for the night, Chicago. I then passed out individual memo pads and pencils, fake money, and clues to find the hidden weapons, as well as clues to find an element I added to the game--the 4 deuce cards. I hid four playing cards in honor of the game's title, each with a different surprise use written on the back. For example, the 2 of spades, being the universal trump card, granted its finder amnesty from one murder attempt. The rewards were less drastic as the suit value diminished. The 2 of hearts allowed its user to demand $25 from anyone else; the 2 of Diamonds granted a freebie win at one hand in the casino; and the 2 of Clubs authorized its user to take someone else's notepad and read their notes. Writing the clues was so much fun! This extra scavenger hunt really got people excited to get into character and start backstabbing, lying, and blackmailing.

Finally, players were told to get into character and start mingling. From the start, the leading mob bosses took over the "brothel" and made it into a restricted access base for mafia operations. Al Capone took a paid position guarding the door. :)
After a half an hour, I served non-alcoholic mint juleps to prepare for Big Jim's speech. The cocktails were delicious--I let sweetened lime juice soak up flavor from mint leaves for an hour and then mixed the lime/mint syrup with ginger ale and garnished with mint. It was a hit! As was the reaction when when I turned off the lights and fired a cap gun. My friend did an excellent job dying on the stairs...
From then on, everyone was very busy investigating and plotting. A second murder occured within 15 minutes of the first, killing off the murderer before they could properly defend thier innocence. Two more murders occured before I had even finished debriefing the second victim. It turned out that two players made an alliance early on, with the knowledge that each had accumulated two weapons, and went on a murdering spree together. I was the inspector, so I had my hands full trying to determine not only my character's objective of apprehending the black hand gang killer, but as well figuring out 3 murders at the party that all occured in the first hour! To top off the fun, I awarded Starbucks gift cards to the Best costumed, best performer, super sleuth, and wealthiest players, and everyone took home some chocolate truffles and candy cigarettes.

Everyone had plenty of fun--those who had done scripted parties before (like myself) will never be able to go back. Two of my friends have already asked for the website so they can plan their own parties.

Thank you so much for a thrilling night of murder! I hope to do Death by Chocolate next!
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Postby 2coolbaby » November 27th, 2006, 5:58 pm

Looks like a load of fun. There really is no comparison between an interactive game and a scripted game. Scripted games are not even in the same ballpark when it comes to fun.
Mary Lee
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Postby 2coolbaby » December 27th, 2006, 8:20 pm

This was a wonderful entry and we are choosing it as the winner. It was not easy as we had some really great entries this month, but this one stood out in originality and creativity. In fact we might incorporate the playing card idea into our other kits.

Thanks for the great entry!
Mary Lee
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For murder, intrigue, extortion & back stabbing with no scripts to read!
http://www.dinnerandamurder.com
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Postby cschoepp » January 11th, 2007, 9:28 pm

Thank you! I can't wait to host another party! This means I win a free game, right? I haven't been contacted yet with any information about that. I could not have pulled off this party without your creative writing! Again, thank you so much--my friends still talk about it... :D
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Postby 2coolbaby » January 12th, 2007, 3:57 pm

I have emailed you the Gift Certificate. Let me know if you do not receive it.
Mary Lee
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http://www.dinnerandamurder.com
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