Ruby and Eva create the Satepa costume

Ruby and Eva go thrift shopping to find what they need to make a costume for the Satepa character in the Murder Happens mystery party game called “Nefru’s Last Night on the Nile”.

They chose this character because he is one of the most interesting in the Murder Happens series. Satepa is actually a woman, but due to palace intrigues, she was forced to pose as a man to be appointed to the position of the Chemnis palace priest.

It is a time during which Egypt was subject to the waning power of outsiders, the Sea Peoples, or Hyskos. Politics, power, influence, and trade were all subject to chaos in this transitional period. Everyone was scrambling to gain new power, or regain old power. In the midst of this turmoil, a promising young princess is found by her ambitious prince, face down in the Chemnis palace pool.

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I have been explaining it in my thank you emails but I will reiterate it here.

The goal is to get a huge list of emails of the people signing up. Then, when I start my Kickstarter campaign, I will send out an email to everyone on the list asking them to visit the Kickstarter page. Just by having rush of viewers in the first days causes the campaign to be featured which will bring thousands more viewers and will give a heads up to those people interested in murder mystery party games. Plus, if you would like to support the Kickstarter campaign by contributing in exchange for games and gifts, that’s even better.

That will be the only email you will get, except possibly one or two if something of major importance happens in the meantime.

Games on the back burner:
Renegade motorcycle club – Find the guilty party in a group of cut throat criminals who would probably like to take credit in the first place.
Water Park – Someone drowns at a waterpark, but wait! It wasn’t an accident.
Shipwreck – In the midst of a storm and the ship wrecking on the rocky coast someone takes advantage of the chaos to do the evil deed.
Pirate Murder mystery – In the case of pirates a murder isn’t much of a mystery, but who did it is. Really fun and easy costuming.
Halloween murder mystery – Everyone was in costume so that kind of makes it hard.
The island murder – A special one that I have been working on.

Got any other ideas…? Games you have wanted to see? Share!!!!!

Here is a good description of how the Kickstarter campaign works.

Will

Who wants to playtest now?


Getting together a playtest group

There are people who have play tested some of the Murder Happens games, but not all of them, and would like to play another. There also are some people who have never played, but are early joiners of the web site, that are interested in playing a Murder Happens game.

I’m thinking about getting together people from the two main play test groups, along with a new comer or two, for one of the games they all have not played yet. That would probably be “Done in at Prescott”, but could also be “Nefru’s last night on the Nile”, or “The Beatnik Who Was Not Beat, but Shot”.

We will find a central location in Santa Barbara County when we get the group together and plan a cool game.

If you are interested then please post on the website, Facebook page, email me will@murderhappens.com, or send us a text. Let me know which of the above listed games that you haven’t played yet. We can work out a date after getting the group together. We are looking at eight to twelve players. This is a hosted game so there is no cost to join, other than a dish for the potluck, and your own costume.

Clever Steampunk costume idea

The people who have played the Murder Happens mystery games never cease to amaze me with their costumes. The following is a great example of ingenuity.

The Lilly Hotel has a Steampunk theme. Joanna needed a final touch to her costume but had little time create it in. Here is what she did.

She had a black top hat from a previous party. Using a black elastic band she fastened a partly opened compass that was made of metal. It was a simple idea but looks great as you can see from the picture.

Do you have some equally clever ideas for costumes? Let us know.

Will

The murder mystery party game experience

This is a player’s point of view as to what it is like to play a Murder Happens mystery party game. Your game experience will vary depending on your personality and that of the other players.

The eight characters all arrive, some in costumes that are extravagant, others more plain, some with none at all. We all greet each other, it’s good to see your friends, it’s been too long, we should do this more often.

We snack and chat, catching up, laughing, and we talk about our character and what we know about them from the invitation. Some players really get into their character, we all laugh and have fun with that.

The room settles down and the detective reads the police report detailing the interesting facts of the murder. The photos, maps and other evidence are laid out on the table for inspection, and more information is passed out to each character, some to be kept close to their vest. Some pieces are given to the non-character players, having extra players works just fine.

Everybody grabs a plate full of food and then sits down to digest the story and all the clues. After several minutes of quiet reading, the characters begin to gasp, or giggle, then glare at other players accusingly. Everyone has suspicions but realizes that they won’t get to the bottom of the mystery until they start asking some questions and clarifying facts.

Players interact at will, there are denials, suspects caught in embarrassing lies, clues are revealed and accusations fly. Some characters fight back with passion, others break down in remorseful tears, players gasp in shock. The group relentlessly works their way towards the truth. Meanwhile, the murderer must develop a strategy. They must derail the focus, present distracting evidence, make up facts, and portray others as the killer, what ever it takes.

Finally, time has run out. We must decide who is the guilty party. Some players want to keep working at it, they feel so close, but are just not certain. Others are sure they know who the killer is and want to convince the others, but the murderer wants it over NOW, for them, victory is in sight.

The detective calls time and asks everyone to point at who they think the murderer is. All hands fly up pointing at various players. Then the murderer stands up to present themself amidst laughter, surprise, and exclamations of “I knew it” and “I was so darn close!” or they accept defeat. Then all listen with rapt attention to the murder victim’s story as it is read and all is revealed.

The end of the evening has come, guests are reluctant to leave. They have their stories to tell, the little details about their character. Everyone has played a good game, they compliment the coolest costume, the most extravagantly played characters, the delicious food. And their parting question is, “Which Murder Happens mystery party game should we play next?”

Update – New Game – Strategy

I have been working on this web site, but also I have been working on a new game. Murder in a motorcycle gang. I can’t help myself!
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Thank you,
Will

The Lilly Hotel

It’s a seance with ghosts, kinda ghosts, and a soon to be ghost.

We had a great time play testing The Lilly Hotel. Everyone got into their characters and then got down to the business of detecting the murderer. There were some veteran players, and the murderer was a first time player, so they were eventually found out. They did a great job though and everyone had a lot of fun. Since this blog, and upcoming Kickstarter campaign, are all about marketing games that players have found fun, absorbing, and intriguing, and then writing more, I will say this one was great! And that’s the point, to eventually spread the fun. I have a growing list of new murder mystery themes and characters that I want to develop. So stay tuned.

General Update

I am still kind of thrashing around trying to figure out how to build an audience for this site and thus the future Kickstarter campaign.

Currently I am writing a more complete description of each of the games that are ready to go. Keep your eye out for that.

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A few words from fans

Here are some comments from people who have play tested the games. I hope you are ready to jump into the fun too!

Oscar wrote…

“Such a very cool and creative way to party! Dress up or dress down. Lie through your teeth or team up to find truth. No matter; fun times will be had by all!”

A creative way to party!

Becky wrote…

“So, if you enjoy playing games with friends and you like a good “who done it “theme, if you like mysteries and murder all wrapped into one, and you enjoy immersing yourself into the role of a crazy character- complete with costume design suggestions , psychological background and a well written script, look no further than these games.

Get a group of friends together, plan a potluck around the theme (80’s prom, cowboy western, etc), dress up as your assigned character and let the fun begin. You will be briefed by the leader of the game in the role of the cop/detective and each character will read a short statement of where they were at the time of the crime. Then, there are many clues that will be shared with the players , some of which are just to throw off your guesses as they have no meaning to help solve the murder. All drawings, maps, clues provide the group with many intricate pieces of information to solve the murder. Players must interact and ask questions of each other to try to solve which one amongst themselves is the actual murderer. Story lines are in depth and keep the characters digging deeper to find the answers.”

If you like mysteries and murder all wrapped into one, look no further.

Audrey wrote…

“A great way to get a group of friends together, dress up and have a game themed potluck, we had a blast!. It’s something different than your usual backyard gathering! Our group can’t wait for the next game!”

Our group can’t wait for the next game!

Rose wrote…

“Fabulous Interactive murder mystery games, they keep evolving and are even more fun and intriguing. I enjoy the extensive social interaction and learning certain details of the crime through evidence, eavesdropping, and questioning other characters. The latest game STEAMPUNK game was awesome!”

I enjoy the extensive social interaction.

Joanna wrote…

“Dressing up, setting the scene with decorations, music, and themed food, getting into character, reading clues, and then matching wits with the murderer is an exciting and gripping experience. Time flies and before you know it accusations fly and the mystery is solved.”

Matching wits with the murderer is exciting.