How to Host a Teen Mystery: Barbecue with the Vampire
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- CD with period music and details of the murder, a host guide with instructions
- 8 guest invitations and envelopes, layer name tags, individual player manuals
- Sheet of secret clues with summary of findings, iagram of the crime scene and optional menu and costume suggestions
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You are invited to attend a barbecue at the very spooky castle of rock superstar Killian Killagan. It's been a long time since Killian has had a party. He's lonely, but busy recording his new album "Spawned in the USA." You'll also be celebrating the birthday of Nora Flexion - the homecoming queen of Jugular Springs High - with a special cake. Upon arriving, you discover someone is turning helpless citizens into bats. Assume the role of one of these eight eerie characters: JACQUELINE HYDE (Jackie is a health food freak and body builder by day... a party animal by night), JUAN STEPHAN LAGRAVE (Juan is the poorest kid in school. His father is an undertaker for the local Albanian Orthodox funeral home. Juan's father often promises his son the business but Juan is not thrilled about it), FREDA EVERTIN (Freda is afraid of the dark, scared of insects, terrified by animals... yet she lives in an old mansion which is said to be haunted. Her family owned the well-known amusement park Six Black Flags, but ever since it was washed away during Hurricane Vlad, they have been shrouded in mystery), DWAYNE DENARTERY (Dwayne is a slick, handsome and incredibly conceited young prince from a small Eastern European country. He expects people to treat him like royalty, and usually everyone does), ANITA LOTTA TAI-PEI (Anita is Dwayne's girlfriend and is so completely devoted to him that she waits on him like a servant. She used to be the school's best student. Popular, confident and outspoken, she is a natural leader), HOWIE BLEDSOE (Howie was the victim of a freak lawn mower accident during Hurricane Vlad. Surgeons were forced to transplant nearly every organ. Now, he stars in every sport... he creates amazing paintings... and he melts girls' hearts with the tongue of a poet), ROBIN O'POSITIVE (A child prodigy who completed college at age 12 and medical school at 15, now the state's youngest surgeon. Everyone loves Robin's sunny disposition), Killian Killagan (Reclusive and strange, this famous recording artist lives alone in a dark castle on top of Deadman's Bluff. Killian loves all things spooky: scary movies, horror books, etc. His parents were victims of a tragic Venus' flytrap encounter during Hurricane Vlad). Imagine your home as a spooky castle on a bluff as you and your friends enjoy hours of suspense and intrigue - but mainly humor - as you solve the crime over an authentic New England vampire's feast of barbecue chicken and roasted vegetables. Ages 12 to 17, eight players. So much fun, it's almost criminal.
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I am sitting looking at the rooms strewn with empty cups and cake plates as I type this review. I just had to log on and immediately post my reaction to this fabulous game.
We invited 10 girls - 2 weren't able to make it, so we had a perfect group of 8. Luckily, everyone arrived pretty much exactly at 7:00 pm. We began around 7:10. The girls weren't sure what to expect, and we had a real mix of different personalities and learning levels. I would say we had everyone from genius to needing extra help. Yet every single one of them absolutely embraced the game. Most knew each other before the party, however there was one girl who knew no one except my daughter. I could tell that she was feeling a little left out at the start, but very soon after we began the game she was involved and welcomed and treated like one of the gang.
The game started with everyone getting their name tags and booklets. We opted not to let anyone know about the Mystery Game before the event. We just wanted it to be a part of the surprise. :) We went through Round 1 quickly, took a break for drinks and snacks, and then completed Rounds 2-4. The entire game took from 7:10 pm until about 10:45 pm. Only ONE GIRL guessed the killer and we gave a prize to the killer as part of the finale. Every single one of these very different types of girls absolutely loved this party. The quiet ones were drawn out of their shells, the louder ones were excited and got everyone else excited. There just isn't a negative thing to say about this fabulous game! It worked with all girls - many of the girls had no qualms about being boys - they were fighting over it. :) Softball girls are a different breed maybe.
At the very end before the girls headed downstairs to NOT sleep, they were saying "I want a party like this for MY birthday!" WINNING!!!!
The kids missed some of the glaring clues that were dropped in each round and the Q&A sessions were a little more like a 'read what's in your booklet' session at the start, but as the game developed, it definitely moved along at a good pace.
A word of warning though - for these younger kids, you will need an adult or older kid to act as a pretty involved host to guide the activities to make sure that everyone gets all the required information.
I found it worked pretty well when we took about an hour break after round 2 for food and drinks (the kids used this time to run off energy outside and actually discuss strategy for the remaining rounds!). We served grape juice in old wine bottles labeled 'O negative' and 'A positive' along with the suggested BBQ chicken fingers and other snacks.
It took about four hours (including the hour break) to get through the game, but, as mentioned, that was with me acting as a host to keep the game moving. If left to the kids, it could have gone one of two ways: they would either have cheated, read the final page, and finished in 30 minutes, or it would have taken three hours to get through each round. (TIP - tape the last page shut so nobody can read it a spoil the ending).
Overall, great fun for a birthday party and a nice departure from the usual party activity.
A few eyebrows went up when there was a reference to hickeys, and some girls explained to others what they were. (Oh my.) But that was probably as "awkward" (their words) as it got. And any awkwardness was washed away by loads of laughter.