You Can Now Host A Virtual Murder Mystery
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Feeling uninspired by that invite to yet another Zoom quiz? We can relate.
Well, good news, because you can now mix up your lockdown social life by hosting a virtual murder mystery party.
The crime fanatics at My Mystery Party have launched a series of grizzly mystery parties that can be played virtually.
Specifically crafted for video chat platforms like Zoom, Facetime, Skype and Google Hangout, they're a great way to connect with pals and put a murderous spin on quarantine.
There's no waiting and no shipping time, you simply download and play.
Take the chilling case of Murder in Dreary Hollow, for instance. The synopsis reads:
"Leota Xavier was the most despised lady in the town of Dreary Hollow. With a sharp tongue and scowls galore, this spinster managed to make more enemies than friends during her miserable lifetime.
"A five-time widow with more money than good sense, she had retired from being the headmistress at Dark Harbor Preparatory School long ago and lived alone in a mansion on the outer edge of town.
"To nobody's surprise, Leota's body was discovered in her front yard when her butler left her alone one night.
"The Dreary Hollow Police have summoned you. You either have the missing pieces of the puzzle needed to solve the case, or you are a prime suspect."
Anyone else stupidly excited by the prospect of what is essentially a video chat version of Cluedo?
Here's how it works...
- The host sends character packets in advance of the game to each player. These were designed specifically for video chat.
- Players are allowed to view specified pages and a pre-game website until the game starts (the files are marked heavily).
- There's no printing required, but it is best to have a second device to keep the PDF open with during game play. Most use a phone while on a PC or laptop.
- When the host starts the game, they read the player instructions. Some games might have an introductory video to set the scene
- The players will take turns performing their scripts until everyone has a turn. Then, they will work on a group activity.
- Round two will follow and depending upon the game, might have a second video to play.
- The players will take turns with new information and work on a second game activity.
- Some games might have an autopsy or forensic report to consider before making a guess of whodunit.
- Then, the host reads the solution to the group - with all the drama of a Poirot revelation, obvs.
Murder mystery games work best for 4-10 people and are suitable for ages 13+.
Prices start from $37.95 (approximately £30.35).
We're ready to get out super sleuth on.