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Postby sloldh2 » February 19th, 2012, 12:34 am

We had our party tonight. It was a group from church, so we knew it needed to be tame, and my husband made me pick something that involved subtle costumes because there are some very shy members of our group. This was a good game for that because people could be as creative (or not) as they wanted. As it turned out, the person who is typically the most reserved came in the best costume-- he won the prize!! Everyone dressed up and really got into their characters. I have hosted two other murders and this one was the most interactive. Very engaging.

For dinner we had a baked potato bar. We provided potatoes and salad and assigned people to bring different toppings or dessert. This was a very easy menu for everyone.

The day before the party we sent out an e-mail addressed to the characters to remind them to read their bio books. We also tried to help them get into character by writing:

"As you have probably heard, our friend David tragically died a few days ago. His wife Debbie said we should still have the reunion; David would want that. She has sent the Tribute David was putting together so we can display it at our party.
You may have also heard the news about Michael's shopping center. Although he is very upset, he said it would be a good stress reliever to join us for the party.
We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow night. We can't wait to see how much everyone has changed!"

-We made treat bags (with character names on them) that we handed to each person as he/she entered. They included confidential information booklets, a nametag, a pencil and small notebook, the money, gum and some chocolates. This was an easy way to get information into people's hands in an organized way.

-At the end of the evening, we gave out prizes along with the certificates, with a little note to explain their significance. We used things like a Magic Eraser for the murderer ("for cleaning up evidence"), Tide To Go stain remover for the best dressed ("to get out any suspicious stains"), a Payday candy bar for the one who had the most money at the end ("for doing such a good job raking in dough"), and a little tool for making snow bricks for the one who guessed the murderer ("to build a snow fort... or make a snow brick to put in a purse?"), etc. This was a big hit!

Here is our feedback on the event:
-I read on the reviews that typo's had been fixed, but we still found quite a few in the downloaded version. This drove me a little crazy because I felt like I needed to apologize for the misuse of grammar and explain that it came that way. (An example is the use of "do" for "due.") This was our only criticism.

-I found it hard to be the hostess and be one of the characters. It's very doable-- it's extremely well organized-- just a lot to keep up with! In the future, I might choose a character that I know is not essential to the game and just play along so that I can keep the party going without trying to also solve/help solve a murder.

-On the who-done-it cards, we decided it would have been more interesting for us to have had to also guess who killed Marilyn (if anyone?) and maybe who (if anyone?) was responsible for burning the shopping center. It wasn't useful to have people write down who killed whom throughout the evening, although it made for very interesting conversation after the solution was read! WHY people were killed was much more interesting that who was killed! It may also be interesting for people to have to guess a MOTIVE for David's murder on the cards.

-When a person was killed, we gave them a new identity, per the instructions in the game. I wouldn't do that next time. It was hard for that person to get up to speed on a new character and it made the costuming hard (however, it was helpful for the rest of us to learn new information!) Our crew would have been fine to have just sat out once they were killed.

-I read a suggestion to use real pictures of the attendees from high school. We did not do that. However, in retrospect, this would have been great fun, and easy to compile with so many people having high school pics on Facebook.

-We did use the weapons scavenger hunt. It worked out well.

All in all, this was a very fun evening. The group did a fabulous job dressing up and staying in character. We had a great time trying to figure things out, and had just as much fun exchanging information as a group after the murderer was revealed!

Only a few people figured out the murderer, but it was possible to figure him/her out from the conversations and evidence (in past games, even the murderer was surprised to learn he/she had done it!) The guests were very complimentary of the complexity of the game. It was very well scripted! Bravo, and thanks!

(I don't have any pictures with me, but I can post some once I get them from our photographer!)
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