How To Host A Murder
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The Watersdown Affair How to Host a Murder Game (Episode 1)
It is January 1936 at an English country mansion. Sir Roger Watersdown, the wealthy owner of Watersdown Beverages, Ltd., has invited several friends to a weekend party in the countryside at his mansion. But soon murder is discovered, and the friends must decide who among them committed the crime. Perhaps the answer to this crime can be found in a deeper investigation of the setting and the relationships between host and guests? How too, too awful a beginning to a country weekend. I welcome you on behalf of Sir Roger and the entire Watersdown Mansion household, and I hope your stay will be a pleasant one. As you assume the role of one of these eight characters and solve the mystery, you and your guests will enjoy hours of suspense and intrigue. All you need is a sense of humor and a light-hearted approach toward blackmail, theft and deceit. - How To Host A Murder is so much fun, it's almost criminal !
The Chicago Caper How to Host a Murder Game (Episode 5)
It is September 1928 in Chicago. Coppone has vanished, mystifying police and the criminal world. There's no shortage of suspects, motives, speakeasy glamour or gorgeous flappers in this crime tale. You've been invited to S.P. Keasys place, a speakeasy near the HQ of vile gangster Hal Cappone. Just as you get there, Hal is found murdered! Dress up and take the role of one of the suspects; Molly M. Awbster (the ultimate flapper in Chicago), Ernie ("Bet A Million") G. Ambler (Chicago's outrageous millionaire), "Silky" M. Adam (owner of the The Everlay Club), Eddie ("Socks") R. Gyle (avid golfer and gambler), Malissa F. Orrthot ("Scoop" made a name for herself as crime reporter for the city's paper The Trumpet), S. Treighton Harrow (US District Attorney), Anna Maria Carlotta Sassine (traditional blues singing has earned her the nickname "Torchy"), or Billy ("The Kid") Thrower (star pitcher for the Stock Kings). Imagine your venue is a 1920s speakeasy in Chicago as you and your guests enjoy hours of suspense and intrigue but mainly humor as you solve the crime over a dinner. So much fun, it's almost criminal!
The Class of '54 How to Host a Murder Game (Episode 7)
Roley City High School Class of 1954, celebrates its fifth reunion this month with a weekend of activities highlighted by a rock & roll concert featuring the class' most illustrious graduate, Rock N. Roley. The two-and-a-half-hour performance will begin at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 15, and is expected to fill the Roley City Municipal Auditorium. "Rock has fond memories of Roley High," said the star's business manager, Joseph K. Awledge, "and he's looking forward to seeing many of his old friends again." While the Class of '54 has much to celebrate, it will not eagerly recall the outcome of the 1954 Homecoming game. The Big Game with rival Lowe Valley was lost by the Roley Rollers 24 - 21, the first ever loss to the Lowe Riders. Homecoming was also marred by the tragic death of Becky Sue Lamour, a student at Roley High who was killed near midnight after the Homecoming dance, when the car in which she was a passenger stalled on the railroad tracks at Back Road Crossing and was struck by a freight train. The driver, Rock N. Roley, escaped without injury. Reunion activities will commence at 9:00 a.m. Saturday with a tour of the new gymnasium, after which Principal R. Anton Ravon will make his remarks.
Powar & Greede How to Host a Murder Game (Episode 8)
You are invited to the premiere of Powar Film Studios' latest release 'Powar and Greede'. As an important member of the production, you are a guest of producer W. Anton Power. Your guests find out that the year 1936 is curtains for a mutual friend. Dress up and assume the role of Hollywood's dominant mover and shakers: Denise N. Dayer (beautiful and talented actress and director who does not enjoy the recognition she deserves); Heidi Voltaje (one of Powar Films' newest stars); Ivonde B. Ahlone (Swedish-born glamorous star); Hackford Ryder (Hollywood's finest scriptwriter); Savoy R. Fayre (his strong British accent and elegant charm have made him Hollywood's leading man); Seldon "Sel" U. Lloyd (Hollywood's preeminent director); Stuart D. Muphin (Stu embodies the tall, dark and handsome actor); or Tatyana "Tat" Eltale (formerly a successful actress, now retired but a syndicated gossip columnist). Imagine your home is a glamorous theater banquet hall as you and your guests enjoy hours of suspense and intrigue - but mainly humour - as you solve the crime over dinner. So much fun, it's almost criminal!
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One type of party that has been gaining a lot of recognition lately is the murder mystery party. It gives guests something to mingle with each other about, and they get to use their minds to figure out sometimes difficult puzzles. Not only that, but there’s a lot of excitement and such that also comes along with a murder mystery party. Let’s take a quick look at how you can put together a murder mystery party for your family and friends and what you need to think about in order to do so effectively.
Who, What, Where, When, How?
These are the words that are often associated with solving a crime, but they are also the things that you need to consider when you’re looking at putting together the murder mystery party as well. First off, who are you going to invite? Many murder mysteries are meant to be adult parties, but some of the kits that you can find make it so that you can include teenagers in on the fun as well. Think about your audience and how you want to reach them.
The “what” is already done, but what about the where and the when? Where do you want to host the party? You want to make sure that it is somewhere that has plenty of space for people to walk around and for teams to work together, but you want to make sure that you aren’t going to get interrupted by things like loud music or other interruptions that can make the whole thing difficult. Of course, the where may also determine the when – if you do it in an area with outside seating, you may not want to do it in the dead of winter. What time of day do you want to do it? Do you want to do it in the evening to get a bit of a creepy feel, or do you want to do it during the day? It’s all up to you as the host.
Last but not least, you want to figure out the “how.” What are you going to use? Are you going to put everything together yourself, or are you going to use a kit that another company has produced in order to throw the party that you want to throw? Either option is fine, it just depends on how much work you want to put into it and whether or not you have ideas to take care of it.
If you’re doing a party where people are getting up and moving a lot, make sure that the food is easy to eat; finger foods and hors d’oeuvres are usually great choices. Also make sure that people at least are comfortable with one another, and that you have all the supplies that people will need in order to work together. This is where a kit, like we mentioned above, would be a good idea – they will give you everything that you need in order for your murder mystery party to be a big success.
So, there are a lot of options for you to consider if you are looking to host a murder mystery party. If you’re looking for a website that may be able to help you out, go and check out murdermystery.com.au. They’ve got a comprehensive party kit that you can use and have fun with, no matter how big or small your murder mystery party may end up being. Most of all, make sure that you have a great time, even as the host! Check it out today.
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How to host a murder mystery party!
Three weeks before your party:
From the contents sheet (printing guide for downloads) identify each item and make sure it’s all there. Note that you can read “The Presenter’s Handbook” but do not read “The Full Story” or “The Clues” (unless you are the presenter) as this identifies the murderer.
Read This Information Thoroughly
It’s really important that you read this guide thoroughly, and you may like to use a pen and paper and make some notes as you go.
Select your presenter
When you are deciding how to host a murder mystery party the presenter will make a big difference. Either a hired host, yourself or one of your most outgoing friends will need to be your presenter. This person will facilitate the event and their job is to lead the action, keep everything running smoothly and help people have a great time.
- Anyone can do this, but we particularly recommend someone who:
- Is outgoing, friendly and loves the spotlight
- Has a big voice and can hold attention
- Is willing to dress up, get into character and set a great example
- Will have the time to spend 2-3 hours preparing for the party
- Ideally, has some experience in acting, public speaking or facilitating groups
You can certainly be the presenter yourself but keep in mind that it is an extra job in addition to being the party organiser, which will require its own preparation. We strongly recommend you only take on both roles if you feel like you’ll have plenty of time to devote to it and don’t mind being busy at the party.
If you do not know anyone who would like to be the presenter, why not hire a local actor to do it for you? Otherwise the Murder In A Box web site murdermystery.com.au has a list of experienced hosts in your area. If you are expecting 40 or more guests, we recommend that you ask someone to assist the presenter. Please give the presenter the “Presenter’s Handbook” ASAP!
Select your venue
You can hold your party almost anywhere that you could hold an ordinary function or party.
- The advantages of holding your party at home are:
- It’s free!
- You have complete control over the space
- You can easily set up in advance
- You can use several rooms throughout the night
- If you are going to hold your party at a function venue such as a hotel or restaurant, we recommend you select a venue that:
- Is a totally private function room, ie: not a restaurant with other patrons
- Has plenty of room for guests to move around
- Is very quiet – what would it be like with a band playing next door?
- Has staff who understand what you will be doing and are happy to work with your plans
Understand the characters and groups
Each person at your party will be playing an individual character and will be given a character name badge at the party. We recommend that you don’t allocate characters until the night. This means if guests can’t make it the game won't be affected.
Your guests will work in roughly 4 to 7 groups of about the same size. You can decide how you want to break people into groups before the party or the presenter can split people up into groups at the party (recommended).
Send out your invitations
Your invitations explain to your guests that they have been invited to a Murder Mystery Night and provide costume suggestions. Print or email the invitations provided online murdermystery.com.au/myparty (even if you have already verbally invited your guests) so they know what to expect. We have included electronic invitations to save you time.
Collecting RSVPs is always important for planning any function. However as we suggest putting people into groups on the night, it shouldn’t be a problem if some of your guests can’t make it at the last minute or if extras turn up.
Leading up to the big day…
Decide on your food and drinks
- Your food and beverage choices will depend on your budget, your venue and your individual preferences. However, please note the following:
- Light “finger food” is ideal during the event.
- If you have to have a sit down meal it is best to play our game before or after the meal.
- If you do wish to have a full meal, please eat before or after the entertainment as stopping half way through tends to detract from the night.
- If you feel inspired, why not try some theme-based food? It adds to the atmosphere and interest. This can include what you serve, what you call it and how you serve it. Use your free murder themed recipe book for ideas.
- Try not to allow guests to drink too much too early or things may well lose their way…
Speak with your presenter
Check in regularly to make sure your presenter has read their notes and is well prepared. Offer to help them rehearse and confirm what you will be providing.
Costumes are an important part of the build up to you party and great outfits will really enhance the event! It is up to you to encourage your guests to dress to fit the theme and offer your help if they need it. Costume suggestions are on your invitations.
Decorating your venue creates a great atmosphere and can make all the difference to your event. You can do as much or as little decorating as you like and there are plenty of low cost ways to transform your space. If you do wish to decorate, use the “Decoration Ideas” sheet to get you started and allow plenty of time to set up on the day of your party.
Final things to think about
Here are a few final things to think about to make your event extra special:
Background music can really enhance the atmosphere! Try to choose music which suits your theme and ensure the stereo is in easy reach for the presenter to adjust the volume. MP3.com, itunes and other online music sites are a great way to get music.
- It is a good idea to visit your venue in advance and plan what will go where and how you will use existing furniture. For example:
- Where is the best gathering space?
- Where is a good place for the presenter’s materials?
- Where should the groups gather?
Most groups do not need a microphone but it can be a big help if you have more than 40 guests or if you are using a particularly large venue. If in doubt, ask your presenter if they’d like one.
On the day:
Venue set up
- Get some friends to help set up your venue, checking the following things:
- Decorate to suit your theme.
- Clear your main room as much as you can to make plenty of space. Put chairs around the edge of the room.
- Close off any rooms that you do not want used. Why not use theme-specific signs on the doors e.g. “Marilyn’s Powder Room - Keep Out”.
- Put away any delicate or valuable items for protection.
- Confirm with the venue owner exactly what part of the venue you will be using.
- Identify your central area which all the guests can gather in at once.
Set up your presenter's area
This should be easy for the presenter to access from their central “presentation area” and should contain all the items provided in your Murder In A Box Package. Use the “Contents Sheet?” to ensure you’ve included everything.
Never assume your presenter doesn’t need an item.
Relax and enjoy
This is the most important part! Remember the guests will be more likely to have a good time if you do! Let the presenter work their magic and let the mystery unfold.If you don't know how to host a murder mystery party then you can relax. Our how to host a murder mystery party games contain everything you need.
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