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This folder is for general information and any questions that may arise for this section of MysteryNet.

If you have an idea for a mystery Party and would like to host please email me the rough outline and/or any information you have. I will contact any and all who send ideas.

Please no chit chat!!

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sassi - 12:48pm Nov 9, 2004 PST(#61 of 279)
I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.

Chrebet, that would be frustrating to always play a character that is the same as other characters.

You brought up a point that I'd like to mention - that of connected characters, especially girlfriend/boyfriend or husband/wife. Or potential b/f, g/f, fiancee.

I know when Carrie played with Adam and Lance, we made sure that we didn't cross that magical line - especially Carrie and Adam. Yet I recall when Carrie and Adam fell asleep watching Matlock - a show in real life we both enjoyed - and people kept up banter that made blatent suggestions we were "card playing."

It made it a bit uncomfortable to play and eventually it was dropped when Adam stated loudly that he would never compromise Carrie in that manner.

Most people I play with are awesome - they know the lines and keep with the playing. I wouldn't play if I didn't trust the person or if the role-playing made me feel uncomfortable.

The point I want to make though is the "card playing." It is part of some mystery parties, however, sometimes it goes to the point that all others are excluded. Many times I came on and there were people playing but .... "cards" or in scenes that meant to eventually get to "cards" or busy flirting and my character was not allowed to interfere.

Even though it really wasn't connected to the end solution. That doesn't feel good as a player ... and as a host, I specifically wrote a MP where "card playing" was totally inappropriate and didn't happen.

Drama, I believed you mentioned that the latest mps were more a treaure hunt than a mystery. The very first 3 mps were all treasure hunts - literally. The first was for money. I can't recall the 2nd as I went on holidays. The 3rd was hunting for my character's engagement ring.

Along with that character secrets were fully revealed in the 3rd mp. (all three were connected and a running story from the first - with different writers for each, it was planned that way)

It was a blast! And the current MP I'm working on is also a treasure hunt. Not a murder mystery.

It's all part of the MP to drop clues and have people find them .... and then the one who found the clues drops another clue and on it goes. Intermixed in the clues for the final solution is character secrets that may or may not affect the plot.

So its important to remain updated on the posts because you never know what will be a clue. Or a secret revealed.

And most mps have someone posting the highlights of the past day - although that is a huge job for a host. And one that can't always be done. So what I do is connect with one other person and between the 2 of us, we usually keep on top of it.

Because the more you participate and the more you try to solve clues - even when someone else beats you to the sol'n - the more chances you have to be one of the participants in the final solution.

I rarely actually solve a clue and yet, I've played in many final solutions because my character was so involved.

So its really important to always be involved .... just makes it more difficult when the person you are to interact with is not there. My suggestion then is to talk with the host and another person may be assigned the role. i (and the one not appearing will be contacted and given a very minor role instead ... or informed it simply didn't work out due to lack of participation)

The other thing is to start connecting up with other players. Even if it means emailing a few people until you find one who will come on at the same time zone.

although that time zone thing is still a huge frustation of mine too

sassi - 12:54pm Nov 9, 2004 PST(#62 of 279)
I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.

Laura, good points on being allowed to stretch .... as long as it plays within the storyline.

Personally I've had great hosts who allow me to stretch. Carrie went from a boring singer to a woman with multiple personalities and an abusive background. I've taken minor roles and played them to the hilt ... and just made sure that I didn't overshadow the major players.

The mps that I didn't enjoy, the hosts were more rigid (without any real explanation why) and the clues were very obscure. And in one mp, it was so rigid, that no one else even knew my character in the mp! I was totally on my own without any connections. Add in the fact that I posted in the evening, it made for a very boring mp. In fact, I became the queen of monologues with that mp. Thank goodness one other member was in my time zone (1 hr ahead) so we often managed to post together. But we had to create a whole world unto ourselves because his character didn't have any role in the mp either.

On that, my suggestion to hosts is ... when assigning a minor character, please make sure that character still has a role. It's very discouraging to play a character that has no connections to the mp. I'd rather be turned down for lack of characters than play another minor role that has no place, no point and no connections in a mp.

Chrebet - 01:01pm Nov 9, 2004 PST(#63 of 279)
Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia. - Charles Schultz

Sassi in one of my situation's it wasn't even a gf/bf thing LOL well it wasn't when I stopped posting in the MP on my way home from work but that's about where it was by the time I signed back on.

I knew there were problems with the same people always posting together (I am definately in that group) so I made an effort to try and post with people I normally don't. My character (male) complimented a female character, LOL about food. I left work and when I got home I found my character was now shirtless and was just about in a relationship.

That along with many other things that have happened have kept me from posting with people unless I knew who they were. I have also avoided some people for the same reason. I knew no matter what character they were playing they would wind up in a relationship or go in a direction I didn't care for. So to not be dragged along I just never posted with them unless I had to.

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