Last Saturday, I had a murder take place at my home….
Did I hook ya? All writers DIE for those kind of draw-you-in headlines! But, alas, just as many advertisements on T.V…. I’ve exaggerated the truth.
Back in the day, I use to play a role-playing game called Dungeons & Dragons, an RPG or Role-Playing Game. (Remove mind from gutter, you’ve got my wrong blog… >;-) I enjoyed playing because it really challenged my brain with crazy scenarios, excitement, strategy and I got to hang-out with my buddies. All you needed to play was a few fellow gamers, a dungeon master (basically a narrator that keeps the game going, tho they do love to be referred to as God), dice of many sides, and an expansive imagination. No T.V., no $400 game console, no $ either!! OK, I don’t know what a pack of dice is going for these days, but it’s nominal.
Maybe I haven’t fought hard enough to find a game to join.. Scheduling can be hard, locations can be distant, games do fill to capacity… The list goes on. Hopefully, I can find a niche of time to feed my imagination playing again!
I digressed as usual…
My point is that sometimes when you can’t have what you want, you get what you need….
A month ago my BFF, her man, my hubby and I went to the Bed & Breakfast down the road for a Murder Mystery Dinner. There were five detectives interrogating six characters. We all were suspects, but I figured out early I couldn’t have done it. It was somewhat scattered and a difficult task as everyone had motive. We all guessed and none succeeded in getting the murderer. This was almost like role-playing! Something that I want!!
I then told many of my friends about the evening and they sparked of interest in playing. Awesome! I figured I could just schedule it with the B&B, but why pay them $50 a head? Why not just host a party of my own? I could be the Dungeon Master! Muh-ha-ha!
So, off to the internet to find what I needed. I quickly found a site that sells murder mystery parties, and takes care of most of the incidentals like invites, menu ideas and props. All for $30! Can’t beat that! Otherwise, I’m pretty crafty and I created the name tags, props and hidden clues for the event.
Since we all settled on March 15th as the available date, I thought a St. Patrick’s Day themed murder would be fitting. I found Murphy’s Wake. Here’s a tid-bit from the site:
Patrick Murphy was the most popular man in town – he owned the highly successful town pub, was a large contributor to the parish charities, and came home every night to his lovely and devoted wife. Last week he was killed coming home late from his pub. At first, everyone thought it was a tragic accident…but now at his wake, it is very clear that Patrick was NOT popular man in town…and that his murderer is present at Murphy’s wake… Fully scripted clues give you and your guests the chance to use your best Irish accents as you play the game. ‘Tis a fine way to spend an evening!
Who would want to kill popular tavern owner Patrick Murphy? Attend “Murphy’s Wake” and find out! Fully scripted clues gives everyone a chance to put on their best Irish accent. It’ll be a grand time. (Host-party.com)
- Funeral Pyre.
Murphy was a doppelgänger for Colin Farrell… Who knew?!?
Wee folk dance circle.
This was my first murder and the interesting thing was that I needed to ‘write-in’ 3 extra characters, as there were 12 of us (I played a non-suspect). There were only 8 parts written in the supplied game. It wasn’t easy, as this was my theatrical writing debut. However, after about 10 hours of editing time, it was impossible for the group to figure out who I wrote in. (Patty-O on the backy!)
I also put together a meal plan of appetizers, corned beef, red taters, cabbage, dessert and Irish coffee. My hubby is a whiskey officiano. I’m just an Irish car-bomb kinda girl…
This game is scripted, there are three ‘conversations’ where you speak twice about information you are willing to share, but you are also given a clue you know and shouldn’t share unless directly asked. No lying aloud. Technically, the killer is lying, but even the person playing the murderer doesn’t know it. The fourth and last round is the reveal. In-between rounds everyone grilled each other on their motives.
In the end, the crazy Deidre Connelly did it to save the Wee Dance Circle from the expansion on the Archway Tavern.
We had a deadly good time! And although not exactly like the RPG I’m used to, it tamed the urge for now, it gave me what I need!
Have a Happy St. Paddy’s day!!!