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Mystery games you can host at home

January 08, 2004|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

Interactive mystery game writer Steve Hatherley, founder of www.great-murder-mystery-games.com, gave the following tips for planning and hosting murder mystery games:

  • Allow at least two weeks to prepare - including familiarizing yourself with the game, sending out invitations, arranging for catering and dealing with any last-minute problems that might occur.

  • Choose a game that's suitable for your target audience.

    "Some of the murder mystery games have drug references, so you need to think about the suitability of the game for your guests," Hatherley said. "Some groups are very conservative, and you may need to bear that in mind when picking a game."

  • Decide if you want to have a formal dinner or a casual buffet.

    "The more interactive the game, the more people will need to talk quietly to each other and the more appropriate a buffet meal will be," he said. "I always provide plenty of soft drinks as murder mystery games involve lots of talking and can be thirsty work."

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  • Make casting decisions with contingency plans.

    "I try to cast as late as possible so that my options are open," Hatherley said.

  • Secure a venue large enough for the game you are running.

  • Think about safety. For example, make sure any trip hazards are repaired to avoid accidents.
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