Friday, June 3, 2011

Barbie Jo's Bunkhouse: Mystery Games

I actually don't know what made me think of this. Maybe it was all the phone everyone had out on Martha's Vineyard...I'm not sure. Have any of you gone to a Murder Mystery Dinner or something similar, where you are served a very nice meal, but all the while there are clues and you have to figure out the "who-dunnit" for the night?

I never have. Up in Alexandria Bay, NY they do this at one of the Inns along the St. Lawrence River (or at least they used to), and I think I've even seen writer's groups or I believe there's even a conference like that? I swear I've read it somewhere in my travels. I think it sounds like a lot of fun, and I can almost believe my hubby would come with me and enjoy himself!

Several years ago I came into possession of a murder dinner party game. I read the rules and it sounds like a blast! Have you ever seen them, or has anyone ever played? You invite guests to dinner, and each guest is a "character" in your dinner/plot. During the evening, the murder is discovered (someone NOT playing sets it up because they will know who actually did it) and your guests "mingle" and talk amongst themselves IN CHARACTER to try to figure out who did it!

OMG, well this sounds like sooo much fun and I want to do it, but I'm not sure if A.) I have enough guests to make it work, and B.) Would my crazy friends actually "play along"? Hmm.... But I figure since I have been bit by the cozy mystery bug, I would LOVE to try this out.

I'm thinking it sounds like an awesome summer BBQ/dinner type game where we can make full use of the house and outside. I just may have to dig that little box with instructions and the story out of my sock drawer and figure out how to do this.

Has anyone ever done this before? If so, how did it work out? I'd love to know!!!

Meanwhile...stay tuned for a report later this summer and I will tell you all about it!


Kari Lee Townsend said...

That sounds like a hoot Barb. I remember you telling me about it one time. And to stay "in character" the whole night would be fun, too.

Hope I'm on the invite list this summer!

Barbie Jo Mahoney said...

absolutely!!! Gee, I wonder how far my peeps would want to travel?? (hee hee) Might have to send the kids away and have adult night!! lol.

Liz Lipperman said...

That sounds like a riot, Barbie. I've never done the mystery theater thing, but for two years now, on my trip with my bunko friends, one girl brings a puzzle that is a mystery. There is a set-up - about one chapter long - and you have to figure out the clues from the puzzle. Then you turn one of the sheets upside down and read it in a mirror to get the answers. It was a blast. Of course, I cheated and peeked.

This year, it was especially hard because it didn't show you the picture on the box. We could only guess where the pieces went.

Oh, I got my idea for a subplot for LIVER LET DIE from that first puzzle.

Cassy Pickard said...

Barbie Jo, you are too funny! I'm not sure how'd I do with a dinner like that. People think I'm gregarious but I"m actually fairly shy. Well, maybe after a glass of wine not so shy. Sounds like a great night.

Barbie Jo Mahoney said...

Liz, I can totally see how a plot could form from the puzzle and even from doing a mystery dinner! You figure you're talking it out as you try to solve it, kind of like "hands on" brainstorming!

Cassy, I'm shy too (I know, hard to believe huh?). Instant blabbermouth...just add alcohol - that would be me! But even without it, you can be in my own home where a murder has been staged, I'd be talking to everyone to solve it! :-)

Diane said...

When I found this site, "I thought I died and went to heaven."

"Classic Murder, Mr. Romance" by Mary Martinez is making its debut at Killer Grove Winery Tasting Room on Friday plus wine tastings. Murder and wine, what more can you ask for?
I added your web site to my Facebook and blogsite, travelsand It has three sections - Exploring SLC's neighborhoods for free and/ or inexpensive activities; travel and lifelong learning...
I have attended the Mystery dinner theaters, they are the best.

Lindsay said...

If anyone is shy and introverted it's got to be me. I'm always hiding in the corner at a conference hoping not to be noticed