Sunday, March 22, 2009

Murder Mystery

After the baby visit yesterday, I went to another one of those meetups. This time it was a Murder Mystery, held in Odiorne State Park in Rye, NH. I drove, with a friend navigating, which was lucky, because if I had been alone, I would have gotten lost and probably started to cry.

Anyway, we were there with 128 other people for a potluck dinner (we brought KFC), the game, and optional dancing after. The game itself was straightforward -- standard playing cards were chosen, whoever picked the ace of spades was the killer, and all the lights would be turned off. The killer would grab your arm, whisper, "You're dead. Lay down!" and the victims(s) would drop.

Someone would inevitably bump into the body and shout, "Murder!" Then everyone was supposed to freeze. (This did not happen, which made the game much less organized.) The lights would be turned on. The inspector (the king of hearts) would then ask everyone in the vicinity a few questions that could only be answered with a yes or no. Then s/he would ask someone if they were the killer. The person would show their card, and if they were not the killer, the game would continue, round after round until the killer was found. In the meantime, all the victims were herded into the main hall, where music was playing and people were supposed to socialize.

Am I unapproachable? Because very few people were interested in talking to me. One shrimpy guy even seemed to take offense when I walked up to the dessert table. He was in the way, picking through a pile of strawberries. I said hi in order for him to know I was there, so he could step aside and I could choose something sweet. "Uhhhhh, hiiiii," he said, eyeing me suspiciously. But I was only interested in a cupcake. People are silly.

We played three games of multiple rounds, and then there was dancing. We didn't stay. It was 9:30ish. We drove back, stopped at a bar in Haverhill, MA, then went out to Denny's in Salem, NH where we broke down the day's events, and finally back to my place. It was about 1:30. Friend took off, I jumped on FB, caught up, showered, checked the burns, and went to bed at 4:15. In the morning! Needless to say, I slept laaaaate. All in all, it was a very fun, albeit fattening day! Thanks, Friend!


Mystery Maiden said...

Sounds like an interesting way to play a murder mystery - I think I saw a version of that on Frasier once. As for the guy at the dessert table, sounds like HE'S the unapproachable one! Good thing the cupcake was better company.

Leigh Clements
The Mystery Maiden
Shot In The Dark

The Clever Cat said...

Hey, Leigh!

Shot In the Dark looks like a lot of fun! Great website... and cute dog.

Maybe I'm looking with my eyes closed, but I can't find how much the games are! Should we just email or call, or is there a page that I missed?