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Party Host Tips List

PostPosted: January 27th, 2005, 11:35 am
by 2coolbaby
This is going to be my tips list. I will add things to it as I think of them or as they come up. These tips will help insure your party runs smootly.

1. Bring enough pads and pens for each of your guests. This allows them to take notes and organize information during the evening.

2. If you have a lot of guests or are going to be having a casino at your party then it is a good idea to buy a bag of play money to give out to your guests. This will save a lot of printing & in the case of a casino it will give your guests smaller denominations to work with and stretch their money out further. It really doesn't matter how much you decide to give your guests as long as they all receive the same amount at the start of the party. Have some extra money on hand to give to any guests that may get murdered and looted. This happens a lot at murder mystery parties. I don't think we have ever had a 'victim' whose money wasn't stolen by some quick thinking guest.

I found a few sellers on eBay who sell large bags of play money for only a few dollars.

3. Read your Host Guide thoroughly. We try to keep this short and to the point, but everything in it is necessary for your party. If you just skim it or skip over something it could affect your party. If you have any questions or are not sure you understand something then post here, email or call me! This may seem obvious, but I have had customers who just skipped things or didn't even read them, then they wanted to know why something didn't work right! It is always a good idea to do a last minute check over your guide before the party starts.

4. Print extra Guests Lists and a copy of each character to have on hand for someone who doesn't think to bring their information with them. If you have access to your computer during the game then this isn't necessary as you can print them if you need to. I have only had a couple people that lost or left their information at home.

5. Assign characters using the Guest List. If your game is for up to 20 people and you only have 15 attending your party then just scratch off the last 5 characters from your Guest List, then assign the remaining characters to your guests. Keep in mind that if there is a murder planned out for your party then the guest playing this murdered character is assigned a second character to play after his demise. This is why for a party of 20 we will have 21 characters listed. This applies to all of our mature games except for Killer Reunion and Class of 57. With these games the murder takes place before the game.

6. If you have any characters that are not assigned to guests then print a copy of these along with their Nametag & money and stuff in an envelope with the characters name written on the outside. If you have a murder that takes place after the 1st planned murder then give one of these unused characters to this guest. After all of your characters have been used then any murdered guests will come back as detectives or inspectors. Our games average 2-4 additional murders during the party.

7. It is a good idea for the Host to talk to the guest who will be playing the planned murder victim before the party. You will tell them why they have 2 characters and tell them after their first character completes his/her task that they need to give you a signal. This can be developed between you two. Let them know the second character is the one they will be playing after the murder.

I will post more tips as I think of them. If you have hosted one of our parties and have any tips to share just post them here.

PostPosted: January 8th, 2007, 9:47 am
by sigrune
I would like to add to this tip-list :)

- Cut everything out the day before and put everything that each guest should receive in small envelopes or fasten it together with paperclips. Dont do this at the last minute, it always takes more time than you think.

- Print the guestlist out in big print and put the name of the guest that's playing each character beside it on the list. If it's possible to send the list with email to the attending guests, do so beforehand. It saves time if you already know who's playing who.

- Use plastic cups and dishes. It saves a HUGE amount of time afterwards if you dont have to wash everything. Each guest WILL use at least 2 glasses during the evening and sometimes 2 or even 3 dishes :) People do not remember where they last placed their glass/dish :)
This applies if you're not sitting down to eat, of course :)

PostPosted: January 8th, 2007, 10:01 am
by 2coolbaby
Thanks so much for the tips.

For your second tip, we provide the Guest List Worksheet which does the same thing. It actually has a line out next to each character to write in the guest assigned to them.