Embarking on your first murder mystery event can seem daunting, yet it’s an experience loaded with excitement, intrigue, and fun. As you take a plunge into a world of staged crime and social interaction, understanding the do’s and don’ts will help you to make the most out of this thrilling evening.
Murder mystery events are akin to stepping into an interactive, real-life board game. It’s an evening packed with mystery, suspicious suspects and plenty of red herrings, as guests become super-sleuthers in a fictitious crime investigation. For newcomers, the whole concept may appear slightly overwhelming. But, there’s no need to worry, as this guide will provide you with all the necessary information to navigate your first murder mystery event with aplomb.
What is a Murder Mystery Event?
A murder mystery event offers exactly this kind of experience, where you get to be part of a live, interactive crime novel. For most cases, you are greeted by the Inspector who will help set the scene and tell the preliminary facts of the case before the suspects arrive. Throughout the Investigation you will hear the backstories & alibi’s from the suspects, alongside plenty of opportunity to cross-examine them for extra information too. All of our characters are played by professional comedy improvisers, who will keep you engaged and laughing all night long!
Do: Dive into Your Inner Detective
Invest yourself fully into the role of being on the Detective team, and we need your help in solving the case! It is entirely up to you how much/ little you wish to get involved in engaging with the suspects, but the more you immerse yourself, the more memorable and enjoyable the experience will be.
Do: Keep the Secrets
Throughout the event, you’ll find yourself stumbling upon tantalising secrets and vital pieces of information. Instead of broadcasting any secret discoveries within the clues, keep them under wraps. Retaining these nuggets of intrigue enhances the suspense of the game, making the final reveal all the more satisfying.
Do: Engage with Other Participants
Interaction is the lifeblood of a murder mystery event. Engage with the characters, ask probing questions, and even form alliances with fellow audience members if necessary. By doing so, you can acquire crucial information, develop exciting story arcs, and enhance the fun quotient of the game.
Do: Dress the Part
Murder mystery events often revolve around specific themes or time periods. Dressing up according to your character adds to the atmosphere and immersive nature of the event. Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse to don a fabulous costume? Dress up is not mandatory on our events but always welcomed.
Don’t: Take Things Too Seriously
While a murder mystery event does involve elements of competition and detective work, it’s essential to remember that it’s just a fictional. Ultimately, we’re all there in a function room trying to solve a fiction murder. Don’t get too carried away with winning or losing, and avoid taking any in-game conflicts personally.
Don’t: Give Away the Plot
Should you solve the mystery before others, don’t spoil the game by revealing the murderer prematurely. Allow others to savour the thrill of the chase, just as you did.
Don’t: Disrespect Others’ Experience
Remember, everyone is there to enjoy themselves. Avoid actions that could disrupt the game or hinder others’ enjoyment. Stay in character, respect other participants, and contribute positively to the collective experience.
Tips for First-Timers
Tip 1: Be Open and Enthusiastic
Embrace the experience with an open mind and an enthusiastic spirit. Don’t let the initial overwhelm dampen your excitement. The key to enjoying a murder mystery event lies in participating wholeheartedly and remembering that it’s all in good fun!
Tip 2: Enjoy the Mystery
A murder mystery event is all about the journey of unfolding the plot. Take pleasure in every twist and turn, regardless of whether you’re the first to guess the culprit or not. Each clue discovered, every alliance formed, and even false leads followed are part of the grand scheme of fun.
Embarking on your first murder mystery event is indeed an exciting journey into a world of intrigue and entertainment. Understanding the do’s and don’ts, diving deep into your role, and engaging wholeheartedly with other participants will not only ensure a successful evening but also create unforgettable memories. Remember, the essence of a murder mystery event lies not just in uncovering the murderer but also in the exhilarating journey to the revelation. So, put on your detective cap, immerse yourself in your character, and let the thrilling night of mystery unfold!
Can we book a group for a private event?
Absolutely! Our murder mystery events are perfect for groups of all sizes, making them a fantastic way to bond with friends or work colleagues.
What if I’m not a good detective, can I still enjoy the event?
Absolutely! The murder mystery event is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. It’s an interactive experience that involves questioning suspects, filtering through the red herrings and enjoying the storytelling. Even if you’re not the first to figure out whodunit, you’ll still have a great time participating.
Are murder mystery events suitable for all ages?
Some murder mystery events cater to all ages, but it really depends on the event. Some may contain themes or plot elements more suitable for adults. Always check the event details beforehand to ensure it’s appropriate for your group. We typically have an age rating of 12+ on our events but we have had many a Diddy Detective on the case before!
How do we book?
For more information and a copy of our digital brochure, drop us a message on the Contact Us page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We can come to any venue of your choice, with cases suitable for 8-120+ Guests.
Sam has been the Creative Director for Moonstone in London since Halloween 2017. Since founding, alongside having written nearly 30 Unique cases, as his Alter-Ego Inspector Rutherford he has lead hundreds of investigations both virtually and worldwide!