So You’ve Been Invited to a SHOT Murder Mystery on Zoom! Now What?!
You should definitely RSVP Yes to the Host, because it is going to be a killer night! Shot In The Dark Mysteries is the original interactive, mingle mystery party! Our true-investigation style is what makes our mystery experiences so unique and fun! We have kept that format for our virtual parties.
Are you looking to Host a murder mystery on Zoom instead? Read our guide: How to Host a Virtual Murder Mystery using Zoom
Here we have listed the 10 Steps to Playing a SHOT Murder Mystery Party on Zoom! Some of them are listed as optional. Those are just there to make the party more engaging and interactive.
Before the Party
1. Create a Zoom Account (optional)
You can join a Shot In The Dark Mysteries’ virtual murder mystery party with a Basic (free) Zoom plan! Visit Zoom.us to sign up and get acquainted with the app. However, an account is not required to play!
2. If You Are a Suspect, Read the Suspect Guide
If you are going to be a Shot In The Dark Mysteries’ Suspect, your Host will send you over the Suspect Guide! Reading the Suspect Guide is a MUST! It will give you full instructions on what to do at the mystery and how to prepare. You will learn juicy tidbits about your character, and learn your ‘share’ and ‘hide’ information. As the names suggest, you will want to share your ‘share’ information with anyone who comes your way – it has information about your movements around the time of the murder, as well as information about others that will help deflect the suspicion off of you!
The ‘hide’ information is just that – meant for hiding. You want to keep this information secret as much as possible – without lying! If someone asks you directly about your hide information, you have to answer, and answer honestly, but you don’t want to blurt it out the same way you do with the ‘share’ info!
Just remember that as a suspect, you can, and should, still investigate! The killer doesn’t know they are the killer – which means that the killer could be YOU!
3. Visit the Play! Site!
Shot In The Dark Mysteries has a great resource for those attending parties, and that’s the PLAY! site. The PLAY! Site gives you a lot of information on what to expect at the party, a bit about the victim, a list of the suspects so you can get familiar with them, potentially a trailer and more! Visit the PLAY! site to learn more about the mystery, view the suspects in advance and get an edge on everyone else! All you need to access the PLAY! site for your virtual murder mystery party is to ask your host which mystery and which version (ie: how many suspects- for example, 3 females and 3 male suspects) you will be investigating! Once there, find the mystery, then select the version! The PLAY! site can be accessed here:
4 . Customize your Avatar
If you do have an account, in your personal Zoom profile you can update your Avatar (profile image) to reflect your suspect or character for the murder mystery!
Go to My Account and then Profile
Select ‘change’ under the square and upload your image. The file size must be less than 2mb. If you already have a photo for your Zoom profile, consider customizing it for the party. Just remember to change it back before you have any work meetings!