This is a freeware party game of mystery and intrigue, a blend between theatre games and Clue. It is intended for seven players -- plus a host who may or may not be one of the parts. It will probably take from 2 to 4 hours. The time can be controlled by opening clues sooner. The game is played out purely by social interaction. Each person attending will be playing the part of a character in a murder mystery. They will act in character, and will know only what their character knows. Together, they will discover that a murder has been committed, and collect the facts of the murder. Then, between them, they have enough information to discover the identity of the murderer. They will discuss, accuse, and in general have fun investigating.
There are currently two versions of the game:
For both files, download the zip file, unpack it, and then read the file marked "READ ME". This should direct you to a file of instructions for the host. As a sample, the instructions are also included below.
As Host, your job is manifold. You must:
.invite.txtfiles should be marked ``Background Information:'' plus the full name of the character; the
.start.txtfiles should be marked ``Additional Information:'' plus the full name of the character.
Rick Martin is the murder victim in this scenario, although no one will know it initially. No one will be playing this part - he is listed as part of the cast as a decoy, so no one (except you) knows who the murder victim will be. If you write the names of the players in the introduction, make up a fictitious name for his 'player'.
Louis Cagliostro is an MBA student at the U of C. He is quite well-off and well-connected, and is widely rumored to be related to the local Mafia, being groomed for some important position. This part is best suited to someone who will ham up the Italian mafioso part, but it is not neccessary.
Harold Chun is an assistant professor at the U of C in Finance. He is a friendly sort, known as a 'whiz kid' from his well-known thesis work, but he has not done very much since then. This part is fairly open - it does not require strong acting ability.
Margaret Chun is the wife of Professor Chun, an emotional type who is known to have problems with her husband. This part, also, is fairly open, although there are subtleties which can be shown by a good player.
Bobby Herrara was Fiona's boyfriend, but their relationship now is uncertain as she has become involved with her ex-boyfriend Rick. This part is open to hamming up the jealous lover or angry Don Juan.
Tim Kane is an overly impulsive PhD student in Finance, working for Professor Chun. He shares an office with Rick Martin, a friend of his. This part is open to a nervous, timid portrayal.
Fiona McAllister is Rick's old girlfriend, whom he seems to be getting back together with. This is open to a number of strong emotions at the death of her lover.
Pauline Thompson is a stranger at the party, a mysterious woman who showed up to talk to Rick. This part is suited to a no-nonsense business attitude, but there is plenty of room for variations and subtleties.