I'm going to one of those murder mystery things this Saturday

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  1. Man Afraid of his Shoes

    Man Afraid of his Shoes Vice Admiral Admiral

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    You know...where you're given a character and you're supposed to dress up and act like that character.

    It wasn't my idea...somebody signed me up and then told me about it.

    The cool part is it's at the Memphis Zoo So we'll be going behind the scenes, after hours there...I'm guessing it's going to be mostly with the Amphibians.

    Anyway, here's my character...

    So I'm thinking I'll be bringing some tongue depressers and medical tape for making splints, a first aid kit, and a stuffed froggie doll. Additionally, I'll need to study up on the camoflage properties of big cat coats.

    Has anybody else done this before? Got any advice?
     
  2. Goliath

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    I went to one of these events once, and my only advice would be: talk to everybody, all the time, and pay close attention to what they say.

    I was completely lost. I couldn't follow the mystery at all.
     
  3. TheBrew

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    I would say fill the first aid kit with cookies.
     
  4. ria 75

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    I had friends who did it. They seemed to say that someone was picked at random to be the victim and that person missed out on all the fun.
     
  5. backstept

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    I've wanted to do one of these ever since I saw them do it on Mathnet!
     
  6. All Seeing Eye

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    not my cup of tea
     
  7. Gertch

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    That sounds neat.

    We used to do that with the home game. I still have one of them...

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Crusher Disciple

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    Aw, it's been years since I went to the Memphis Zoo. That place has always been awesome. :(
     
  9. Mallory

    Mallory Moderator In Memoriam

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    I went to one of these once at a dinner theatre. Hated it and spent the entire night in the bar. My advice is to drink heavily and count the minutes until it's over.
     
  10. TGTheodore

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    There are different types of Murder Mysteries:

    1. You're having dinner (or a company meeting) and actors play various scenes between courses, and each table is a team who must guess the mystery

    2. The guests are the participants mixed in with actors,

    3. The guests are the ONLY participants besides the host.

    And of course, the success can vary from WOW to OW, depending on how well it's organized, how active the participants are, and how good the general storyline is.

    Just go with it and have fun. There's always one guest that totally submerges him/herself into it, and it's great when s/he turns out to be the victim!

    --Ted
     
  11. Man Afraid of his Shoes

    Man Afraid of his Shoes Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Well, my wife went to the very first one the Memphis Zoo put on. The way they did it was they had the head herpetologist show everyone around the reptile exhibit, and take them behind the scenes to the labs. He showed them stuff like how they artificially inseminated snakes, brought snakes out for people to hold and such...then suddenly grabbed his throat and died.

    The participants then had to follow clues, usually having to do with scientific stuff that he showed them, until they figured out who done it...turned out it was his assistant...another zoo employee...who wanted his job.

    This time, they're hinting that the murderer/victim might be fellow participants...but they might not.

    I'm now thinking about the "Always prepared" part of my character. I'm going to bring along my "get home bag" that I keep in my truck in case of mutant zombie uprisings. It's got all kinds of stuff like paracord, change of clothes, various tools, flashlights, thermal blankets, and such.

    Might come in handy!

    I'm also hoping the "victim" is a hot chick so I can use my mad "CPR" skillz! :D

    "Spread Out!!!! Give her some air!!!! Expert here! I shall now start the compressions and the life saving smooches."
     
  12. Lindley

    Lindley Moderator with a Soul Premium Member

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    That was the only Pat Tuesday episode I really remember!
     
  13. Spot's Meow

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    My sister used to do the home versions of these every year for her birthday. I was usually designated as the person who would hand out the materials and make the decisions since my sister wanted to be able to play without knowing the outcome. It was fun to watch, especially when you had people who got really into their character. And the murderer would turn out to be the sweetest most harmless person at the table. Fun times.
     
  14. Locutus of Bored

    Locutus of Bored I Will Devour Your World Moderator

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    That's the type that I went to. It was kind of cheesy (purposely so), which if anything helped to make the night more enjoyable, but once you really started getting into the mystery it was a lot of fun, with people comparing theories and rival tables trying to sneak a glance at your notes or overhear your conversation.

    I don't really have much in the way of advice MAOHS, since this was a much less elaborate event than the one you're going to, but I hope you enjoy it. These kind of things aren't for everyone, but if you got past the pitch and were still interested (and it seems that you are) I imagine you'll have a good time.
     
  15. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    Ah, "Zombie Uprising Night At The Zoo." Now that would be fun. :bolian:
     
  16. the 4th hanson bro

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    I've been forced to do two. After the first one, I was praying I'd be the victim in the second one so I would get to bow out early.
     
  17. Ethros

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    ^ Having never been to one, why? Are they just really boring or something?
     
  18. The Lady Eve

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    Put a bottle labeled Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol in your first aid kit and fill it with vodka. You'd be in character because "As a former scout, you are committed to being prepared."
     
  19. Mallory

    Mallory Moderator In Memoriam

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    They're boring to me because I generally find them silly. If I wanted to play Clue and figure out that "Colonel Mustard killed him/her with the lead pipe in the Dining Room" I'd stay home and play Clue.
     
  20. TGTheodore

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    Just like books, TV shows and movies, there are horrendously bad ones and incredibly fun ones.

    --Ted