Breakout Rooms (Optional)
(Note: You can choose to keep everyone in the ‘main room’ and go around asking questions as a group. )
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.
Want to investigate without everyone hearing your questions? The Breakout Rooms give an added element of suspicion and surprise.
You will need to assign everyone at the party as a Co-Host so that they are able to move between rooms without the host having to facilitate. Make sure the Adding a Co-Host is enabled in your meeting settings. Then, at the start of the investigation, you will hover over each participant’s video, click the three dots (…) and select Make Co-Host.
When you (the host) first joins the party, you will click on Breakout Rooms and create however many you want! Once they have been created, you can rename them! Ideas include the bar, the washroom, the smoking room, the servant’s quarters etc. (depending on your mystery you can use the Floor Plan). Also, you will choose to manually assign participants.
Then, click on options:
a) Allow participants to return to the main session at any time
b) Set a timer so that breakout rooms close after a certain period of time (i.e. 60 minutes)
Following the Announcement of Murder, all of your guests will start investigating who had the motive, the means & the opportunity! They can move to any breakout room to interview suspects, or eavesdrop on other sleuths! All sleuths and suspects can return to the main room or other breakout rooms at any time. Private chats can take place now as well, adding another layer of mystery!
Once the timer goes, all the breakout rooms will close automatically and everyone will return to the main session to cast accusations!
The Big Reveal!
Now that all guests are back in the main session, it is time to cast the accusations. This can be done via chat to make it simple and to ensure no one reneges on their choice! Once everyone has picked their murderer, it can be fun to go around ask why they accused that suspect!
The Big Reveal audio file is included in the Host Materials. The audio can be shared the same way as the Announcement of Murder. Or, you can choose to read the document aloud.
That’s It, That’s All!
Time to wrap up the party and plan for the next one! We LIVE for your pictures, even your virtual mystery party pictures, and we love to see how you and your guests bring our mysteries and characters to life. Remember to take screen shots and share them with us and other hosts – we are @shotinthedarkmysteries on Instagram, Facebook and Google.