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How To Host A Murder - The Chicago Caper

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  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.4 x 2.8 inches ; 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
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  • ASIN: 1878875000
  • Item model number: 102118
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,073 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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THE CHICAGO CAPER (Episode 5)

A DINNER PARTY GAME FOR EIGHT.

You have received an invitation to S.P. Keasys place, a private club near the headquarters of notorious gangster Hal Cappone. Upon arriving, Hal is discovered murdered! Come in costume and assume the role of one of the suspects; MOLLY M. AWBSTERR (society dame from NY, the ultimate flapper in Chicago for the action, maintaining a most exclusive penthouse apartment), ERNIE ("BET A MILLION") G. AMBLER (Chicagos most colorful millionaire), "SILKY" M. ADAM (shady owner operator of the The Everlay Club, Chicagos most prominent private establishment), EDDIE ("SOCKS") R. GYLE (smooth fashionable and clever, avid golfer and gambler, owns the exlusive gaming house Green Tables where the affluent gamble), MALISSA F. ORRTHOT ("Scoop" made a name for herself as a crime reporter for the citys leading paper The Trumpet, her considerable beauty and lively charm helped further her career on both sides of the law), S. TREIGHTON HARROW (US District Attorney and chief opponent of the criminal element), ANNA MARIA CARLOTTA SASSINE (sultry voice, exuberant style and traditional blues renditions have earned here the nickname "Torchy", this smoldering beauty currently featured at the Green Tables), or BILLY ("THE KID") THROWER (star pitcher for the Stock Kings, currently holds the league strikeout record, off the field The Kid is fun-loving, hard-drinking, warm-hearted, lustful, brawling and hell-raising). Imagine your home is a 1920s speakeasy in Chicago as you and your guests enjoy hours of suspense and intrigue but mainly humor as you solve the crime over a dinner.

SO MUCH FUN, ITS ALMOST CRIMINAL!

From the Manufacturer

It is September 1928 in Chicago. The return of notorious gangster Harold "Hal" Coppone is expected to trigger a wave of violence. Instead, Coppone has disappeared, mystifying police and the criminal underworld. To the small group gathered in a speakeasy near Coppone's headquarters, the crimelord's whereabouts become only part of the mystery when murder is discovered. There's no shortage of suspects, motives, speakeasy glamour or gorgeous flappers in this crime tale.

Customer Reviews

This was a great party game.
S. Kell
The script let people at both ends of the spectrum play together, which was great.
Chris Rachael Oseland
This was the second time my husband and I hosted a Murder Mystery night!
Randa Linthwaite

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

88 of 90 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2000
This was my first murder mystery game and my guests and I had the time of our lives. I changed the menu so that I would not have to be cooking during the course of the evening. Everything was prepared before the game began. I prepared individual salads and had them in the refridgerator. Spaghetti with meat sauce was prepared ahead of time and placed in the oven on 200 degrees to keep it warm. Garlic bread was prepared ahead of time and only needed warmed for 1 minute in the microwave before serving. individual pieces of carrot cake with a strawberry laid beside it was desert. It was also held in the refridgerator until it was time for it to be served.
Everyone came in costumes which we either made ourselves or rented from a costume shop. The costumes were not complicated and were very fun.
For atmosphere my patio was tranformed into a 1928 speakeasy with candles and jazz playing in the background. We set up a bar and my husband acted as bartender/waiter.
All of my guests including myself got very involved with their character and 2 of the participants guessed the murderer correctly!
This is an adult game and I do not recommend it for children.
For the time of your life, this is the game for you!
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 1999
I had always wanted to host a murder mystery party so a few weeks ago I bit the bullet and took the plunge. I chose The Chicago Caper for my first attempt at this. Well, we had a blast! I never laughed so hard at anything! I recommend doing the whole shebang including the sit-down dinner party because it adds a certain ambience. The recipe included was easy to make and yummy too! Decorating hints provided some simple guidelines to give my home the appearance of a 1928 circa speakeasy. Lots of candles, drapes and some old blues and jazz on the stereo lent atmosphere and everyone stayed in character the whole night! Even though none of us even came close to guessing whodunnit (we were too busy laughing) we had a great time. I will do another one of these parties soon.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1999
This game was great fun! Included in my guest list for this "mystery Caper" were several people who had never met before, and by the end of the evening were old friends, knowing eachother only by their characters names. For this game to be a big hit, encourage everyone to wear costumes as suggested in the manual and arrive on time. This game is a great ice breaker & loads of laughs. Be prepared to spend an entire evening playing and have help serving if you intend to be one of the fun characters! I even used most of the menu suggestions and the receipes included. I am looking foward to hosting another one soon!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By jane pierson on June 2, 2003
If you havent already played a murder mystery, i would order one right away. My friends and I (who are all in high school) played this one about a year ago and had an amazing time. Since I gave out the invitations ahead of time, everyone was able to dress for the part, making it 10x better. Once each of us got into role, it was hillarious. The game scripts are written very cleverly with many sexual innuendoes, so i wouldnt try the game with children younger than high school. The only downer is that the way that the game is written, it cannot be played more than once. Everyone at the party had a ball. Since then we have had 2 more and i am currently planning a 4th. I would reccomend this game for any small group of friends wishing to have a good time.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2000
I've done a few mystery parties, and this one is the least entertaining. I mean, you can't go wrong with a mystery party, and this is by no means not fun, but the subplots aren't intriguing at all, there are so many characters involved with each other that saying anything almost requires a conference with the whole rest of the group, and the nature of the game inspires even the least talented actors to attempt lousy Chicago accents that can be incredibly irritating. I don't think it's possible not to have fun with this game, but I think you would do better choosing any of the other episodes in the series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joan Bleecker on January 6, 2009
It was a lot of fun hosting a 20's themed murder, everyone dressed up and came with his/her own persona, complete with accent. My one complaint is that the clues were very, very, difficult to follow, such that at the end no one really knew who done it or how. And, at least in our version, even the murderer didn't know who he/she was! So fun, but confusing.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chris Rachael Oseland on December 17, 2007
My guests ran the gamut from hard core Live Action Role Players to a man who had never played anything more than casual boardgames. All of them had a good time.

I was genuinely impressed with the way each act was written. If you'd never tried theater, improv, or role playing, you could literally just read the text verbatim. If you had more experience in being socially flamboyant, it was easy to tell the facts from the flavor and let people spin it for fun. The script let people at both ends of the spectrum play together, which was great.

If you have a group of actors or role players, I recommend letting them read everything but the solution before you sit down to the dinner table. Give them individual pens and let them check off important facts as they're doled out. There were some things revealed later in the game that my experienced players wished they'd known from the start.

If, on the other hand, your guests have never tried anything of the sort, I think this is well enough written you can follow the script to the letter and still have a grand time.

I can't wait to try one of the archaeological themed Murder Mystery Party games when Indiana Jones IV comes out.

The "durability" rating is a little misleading. Everything in the box was sturdy and well made, but I can't imagine playing it again. I already know the solution. It would be easy enough to put everything back in the box and give it to some friends ... but I'd rather they buy a new game and invite me along to play.
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