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The Immortal Murders - Hostess Idea

PostPosted: July 31st, 2010, 9:35 pm
by relientKitten
So, first I'm going to say that I haven't bought the product yet. I'm out of town house-sitting, decided on a murder mystery for our New Year's bash this year, discovered your site, fell in love with the theme of The Immortal Murders and started going crazy with pre-planning. I've read the forums extensively and have come up with an interesting idea as the hostess.

I'm going to be distracted the entire night as I'll be playing barmaid and hostess so playing a character could be rough. Just being a participant at my first murder mystery party took a lot of attention but I want to be more than just a barmaid. So, I was thinking... any ball is going to have a bar and someone tending it--what if the barkeep at this party happened to be a diviner? Not necessarily a good one, but occasionally she gets something right (a la Harry Potter's Professor Trelawny).

The first time a person puts a tip in my jar they get a 'true' but vague fortune. I'll have one specifically for each character. For example (totally off the top of my head): A is married to B but cheating with C and D knows about it. B suspects but thinks A is cheating with D because they're such close friends and is just waiting for a sign to murder D. A's would say: "Someone knows more than you think they do.", B's would say "You're barking up the wrong tree.", C's would say: "Your actions could hurt more than one person.", and D's would say "Someone wants your head on a platter." This establishes me as being credible even if they make the wrong assumptions. :twisted:

After that, all future fortunes are randomly selected from a pool. 50% of them are junk (lottery numbers, etc.), 35% are true or false depending on who picks them up or how they are interpreted ("Death wants to dance with you this evening.", "E knows.", "You won't get away with it.", "You are going to die tonight."), 10% are statements that are flat-out false or might be half-true ("A is cheating with F."), and 5% are completely true ("C is seeing a married person."). With a good mixture of riddles and direct statements, no one really knows what is true and what isn't (though I bet the first few fortunes pulled will be assumed true!). I'm thinking 100 total 'fortunes' at least; I won't reuse them. If C gets the fortune that says they are seeing a married person, well, hopefully they'll think I'm credible since I certainly wouldn't know the names of guests as a barmaid and that fortune could have been told to someone else!

This way I'm participating, sowing some chaos, and hopefully they'll come back with more tips for more 'fortunes' so I'm stealing some of their money and can auction later that night, too, haha. Since I'm the barkeep if I get killed there are no more drinks for the night (maybe I'll make that a PSA before the murder weapons hunt begins). :twisted:

How well do you think this would work? Will having more false secrets out there counter the true secrets that are in the mix? I'm excited to be ordering the box set soon. :)

Re: The Immortal Murders - Hostess Idea

PostPosted: August 18th, 2010, 3:51 pm
by 2coolbaby
That sounds absolutely wonderful. I think it is a great idea. If you do this and send me a copy of the "fortunes" you give out at the party and the diviner character you create, then I will send you a coupon to get your next game free!

Re: The Immortal Murders - Hostess Idea

PostPosted: August 12th, 2011, 4:39 pm
by sgowans
This looks like a great idea! Did anyone ever try it out or create a character or fortunes?
I am hosting this one at the end of September and thought I might try to do this, and was hoping that there might be some material already available and save me some time.

Re: The Immortal Murders - Hostess Idea

PostPosted: October 12th, 2011, 3:41 pm
by 2coolbaby
Not yet, as she is hosting it on New Years Eve. I am hoping she will send us a copy of the fortunes so I can post them here.

Re: The Immortal Murders - Hostess Idea

PostPosted: June 24th, 2016, 11:57 pm
by Leighanne
This looks like a really fun idea. Did you ever receive any feedback and/or fortunes?

Re: The Immortal Murders - Hostess Idea

PostPosted: July 14th, 2016, 3:28 pm
by 2coolbaby
Unfortunately not. It would have been a great idea, but I could see it as also being very hard to come up with all of that.