Attending a Murder Mystery night was the second thing we did from our 40 Things to do before Turning 40. My best friend hosted this event. When I say hosted I mean she went all out but we will get to that soon.
Finding our Murder Mystery Game and Theme:
We did some online research into our options and decided to go with an online company for the Murder Mystery called Merry Murder. It is a UK based company but had a variety of options. Once payment was made the game was emailed to us to print so there was no delivery costs or major delays.
There are so many options available on this site, it was hard to choose just one. Given the participants personalities we decided to go with an adult theme ‘Natural Porn Killers II’ where it is set at a Porn Awards night where a legendary Director is murdered. The characters were allocated to each participant with a little overview of the role so everyone could dress for their part.
I was China Rose a ‘flirtatious oriental beauty’ that also happens to be a Porn Star
The set up:
The host has a passion for entertainment and events so when it was her turn to host an event for the night she went all out. Approaching her doorway there were tall, lit bamboo torches either side of the path that had a red carpet.
Her lounge room would normally be cream in colour but, when I arrived I did not recognise it. She had material strung across the roof and down the walls in black and red. There was a main table in the centre of the room for us to all sit around as though we were at an actual major event. She had extravagant centrepieces and accompanying décor. Each chair was covered in black material with a golden sash. She made sure it was a special night.
Guests arrived dressed according to their characters. Impressed with the Décor everyone took a seat and was handed their scripts. There was a host that’s role was to make sure the script ran smoothly. To do this the host used a colour code that was provided. For us, this was done by the chief investigator. At the start of the game, it’s the chief investigators role to explain how it all works. So, everyone was involved on our night we gave him the extra task of guiding us through it as the host. As we read through the script various hints emerged and hilarious backstories. There were also some physical clues included. (the organiser had to arrange these before the night).
The script was very well written. My character in particular was great as the way it was written forced me to have an accent so was very clever. Everyone thought I was just putting the accent on, I should not have told them it was how it was written and left them to believe I was just awesome!
The Social Aspect:
We had a couple of breaks that are written into the scripts. We used these breaks to have some food. Everyone brought a plate that had to work with the theme. There were some very creative dishes served up. I won’t go into detail as I’ll leave that up to your imagination and I will keep it PG.
End of night:
At the end of the night a couple of us guessed the right person. I won’t spoil it for you. We ended with prizes for a long list of items but everyone got to go home with a prize.
Have you participated in a murder mystery night? Please tell me about it in comments below!!