Saturday, January 21, 2017

How to Host A Murder Mystery Party!

Last weekend, I hosted my first ever murder mystery party! I've been wanting to host one for ages, really (and since I've been watching The Big Bang Theory where Raj seems to throw one so often but the rest of the group hate it) and finally, I got a free kit from the *dun dun* interwebz and invited a bunch of friends and we had so much fun actually. I was a bit strapped for time (go figure, hahahaha) so we rushed through it but in under 3 hours, we managed to murder and find the killer. One person (who wasn't a character) got it the closest and it was good fun. 
So, here's how to host your first murder mystery.

1. Get the story/kit
As this is your first, you might wanna start with something easy. Kits are super duper expensive and free ones usually don't have that much detail. I did manage to find a free one called Sour Grapes of Wrath, which came with all the instructions so it was a breeze! If you don't want to get a kit, you can make one yourself but it will take quite some time and you need to be very clever in order to not give away the killer too easy!

2. Confirm everyone
This is important cos characters those who play need to be perfectly chosen for their roles. I did invite people who are not a character, but more as extras and they had a lot of fun too, so you can totally involve more people than just the characters

3. Print everything/prepare
You need to have the suspect dossiers, clues and story line printed and ready before starting. Make sure everything is correctly marked. You can have around 4-6 rounds depending on how much time you have. You can also get notepaper and pens for everyone who participates.

4. Start the party!
You can get people to come dressed as the role! That adds to the fun. You can also have short-eats and drinks so no one goes hungry. Make sure you follow the instructions and get people to not disclose too much details

5. Have fun!
The whole idea of the murder mystery is to have fun, so don't make it too technical/strict. People may get out of character every now and then, just let them have fun while figuring out the killer. If your friends do enjoy intellectual and mystery solving, they will have a wonderful time. 

Hope you have a great time 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Currently: January 2017

Happy new year. I've been extremely busy with work, so many classes and trying to have an inkling of a social life that I haven't had time to tell you about how last year was, but I do have a master post coming. In the meanwhile, this is what I've been doing.

The Legend of the Blue Sea | I really love Korean shows and this is my first time watching a fantasy show and it's so beautifully done. Being a fan of Lee MinHo I didn't need much convincing and now I'm hooked. The scenes are beautiful and the story line continues with so many twists and turns, with a comedy element + historical fiction. 

The Thin Man | Last weekend, I hosted my first ever murder mystery party and so this movie was a must. I really liked the whole mystery as well as the outrageous costumes and dialogue. What a nice fun treat. 

Victoria S1 | I am a sucker for anything historic and Jenna Coleman is the star of the show, so I didn't need much convincing. I recently finished watching the first season and I loved all of it. The era, the costumes, the portayal of the characters, everything was so nicely done. The only sad thing is things I so wanted to happen boviously didn't because this was based on real events and reality so often disappoints. 

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult | I really like Jodi's writing style but this book is slightly confusing because it moves within characters and timelines but the story itself is so interesting with many three dimensional characters. However, the topics discussed are a bit heavy but definitely makes you think. It's about a school shooting but also deals with suicide and parents relationships with their children. 

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin | I've lived all of my teen years being shaped by self-help book and this just called out to me. As everyone, I am also in search of happiness so this sounded perfect, plus it seemed to much more feasible than some of the soul-searching self-help books out there because I knew this book talked about things I could do within my life to add some more happiness into it, and I'm all about that. I will talk more about my journey as I do more exercises in the book. 

Shape of You by Ed Sheeran | Since this song came out, I've been listening to it non-stop. It's very catchy and maybe not the most sensible song out there but it's fun to listen to so until I find another song to be obsessed about, this works, haha. 

What are you currently watching, reading, and listening to?