There are only three rules that you must, MUST abide by or the mystery will not work. Other than these three things, you can pretty much do anything you want.
- Don’t make up information about the other Suspects. There are only three rules that you must, MUST abide by or the mystery will not work. Other than these three things, you can pretty much do anything you want.
For example, unless your Share information says “You saw Joe Jones kill the victim”, don’t say it!
- Don’t lie about your Hide information. So, if your Hide information says “You were running down the dark hallway at the time of the murder”, and someone comes to you and says, “So-and-So saw you running down the dark hallway at the time of the murder”, you can’t say “No, I wasn’t”, “I don’t know” or “Maybe, maybe not…”. Don’t lie.
- You must share your “Share” information. There’s always one person who thinks they’re going to be cool by playing the “tight-lipped” Suspect. No matter how many people ask them questions about things they saw, they won’t share their Share information. These people spoil their hosts’ parties.
No really. Here’s the thing about Share information: It’s designed to be used so that you can place the blame on someone else and deter suspicion from yourself. It also contains information vital to solving the mystery.
So, please don’t be a “tight-lipper” (as we not-so-affectionately refer to them). Don’t spoil everyone’s good time. Share your Share information, don’t lie when asked about your Hide information so we can all be friends, capiche?
Now, having said all that, you CAN be vague. An example of this is “Where were you at the time of the murder?” “I was in the hallway.” You don’t have to tell them you were actually in the hallway with the victim. Wait for them to ask you “Were you alone?” Let the sleuths work for it!
I Have Nothing to Say About That
Sometimes, participants will get REALLY into it and come up with off-the-wall questions. If you are asked something totally out there, something not remotely related to anything provided to you in your Share or Hide information, simply say “I have nothing to say about that”. The other participants will be informed in the Announcement of Murder that this phrase means they are on the wrong track, but saves the awkwardness of having to break everyone’s concentration to explain that there is no information about what they’re asking. This phrase definitively tells the investigator that you aren’t just being vague, but that you genuinely don’t have the answer they’re looking for.
The Killer Doesn’t Know They Are the Killer
Sometimes there are participants who will wander around asking everyone if they are the murderer. If this person is at your party, it will probably be in a loud, accusatory voice, and they will shout, “WHY DID YOU DO IT? WHY DID YOU KILL HIM/HER?” We love these people – they make everyone laugh. So, if this person shows up at the party, don’t worry, you’re not going to be in an awkward position. The killer doesn’t know they’re the killer, so you can be entirely honest with the material you have without worry about letting something slip that you shouldn’t. Here’s why we choose not to let the killer know they are the killer…
Shot In The Dark Mysteries doesn’t just put together a mystery package in theory and assume it will work at a party. We actually host these mysteries ourselves, in small private scenarios and large, public events like fundraisers. Based on our real live experiences, we have chosen to keep the killer a mystery, even from the killer, for a few reasons.
First, not knowing allows all Suspects to be completely honest with the information they receive. Second, it allows all players to piece together the mystery equally. With one Suspect not investigating, the identity of the culprit quickly becomes clear and the mystery ends up ruined. Not only that, when the participants know each other well, it can quickly become obvious who the killer is based on the way they act. Therefore, in our experience, your mystery is more successful when the killer isn’t aware they are the killer.
Not to mention that the Suspect who is the killer can cast an Accusation before The Big Reveal, even if that Accusation is against themselves!
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