This area is for all you mystery lovers to write in on how you felt about the "How to Host a Murder" or "How to Host a Teen Mystery" that you have hosted. Tell what you liked and what you didn't like.... better yet, tell us your opinion on the one you hosted. REMEMBER TO TELL WHICH ONE YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!!!!
I was very disappointed in "The Chicago Caper". I hosted the party and have done others, but I and my friends all agreed that it was not a very good one. First, it didn't reveal who the murderer was on part four, and no one could figure out who murdered Hal Cappone when normally at least one if not myself can figure out "who dun it". It was still a good game and everyone had a lot of fun. I just think that they should re-address their reveals & conceals and at least let the conceals be complete.
Hi Kat. We just did the Chicago Caper and actually it does reveal who dun it. The last suspect read reveals the killer. Email me if you want to know.
For the party we found a club on the net called the 1920's club and picked a martini from their list of club specialties to help with the ambiance -- the Chicago Blues. Well, with a few Chicago Blues under our belts we were thoroughly confused by all the crates in evidence. I narrowed the suspects to two, tossed a coin, and lost. We did have one participant -- the newbie -- correctly accuse the killer.
I'd been used to the Murder A La Carte mysteries so I inadvertently played one of the clues before it's time but it made no impact on the game whatsoever.
I'd played "The Watersdown Affair" years ago and remember having no doubt about who the killer was. I think 3 people were so sure.
For this mystery, I will agree that it left a lot of people scratching their head.
I don't know how recent some of these postings are, and I'm new to these boards. I have been playing the "How To Host A Murder" party games for a few years now. I bought most of the originals when they first appeared and played them with family and friends while still in High School/College. I put the games away with the thought that when I eventually had a new group of friends, we'd start again. And I have done so, starting last December. In general, I enjoy HTHAM. Some plots I enjoyed better than others. Some were so complex or down right silly that they made no sense.
I have taken to re-editing a lot of the parties. I'll rewrite the scripts, if I feel that game itself needs, IMHO, to be revamped. We've done 4 parties this past year. Two of them, were the How to Host a Murder parties. We played "The Class of '54" in the summer. It went well. I used the game as is, with no changes. I think most people like this title because most of us, even the younger crowd, can get into the 50's story line and it's easy to decorate. I dressed the place up as a malt shop, complete with seperate blue and white checkered tables and on line you can find scores of 50's decorations. Add some great 50's classic music, and your all set to go. The costumes are some of the easiest to obtain, and the characters are a lot of fun arch-types, from the greaser to the nerd, from the cheerleader to the valedictorian. Just a few weeks ago, we did "The Last Train From Paris." This was one of my personal favorite titles. I enjoyed the mystery and the complex nature of the crime. And the setting, onboard a luxry train during WWII was fun. I got a train sounds CD and set the tables up like an old fashioned dining car. Just think "Casablanca" and you're on the right track. This game did need some editing though, in my opinion. I felt that many of the clues were presented in the wrong rounds. I rewrote the game simply to make sure that the clues/facts appeared in chronological order. For example, Round One dealt with most of the facts that occured as the passengers boarded the train, or slightly before. If the game is played the normal way, you may find some facts in Round Four, pertain to what happened before boarding. I think the way I rewrote it helped with the flow of the game a lot easier and was easier for my guests to keep track of events. Mind you, no one solved the crime, however I did let the murderer know ahead of time that they did the dead and each round in their secret information, showed them how they did it step by step. I also gave that person permission to lie. I must say, everyone enjoyed it, as the murderer did an amazing job and was voted the winner for fooling everyone. I like to make sure that at the end of the evening, the guests don't feel cheated and that they had a fair shot at guessing the killer's identity. We're going to play "Hoo Hung Woo" this spring, but that one will definately need some work. I feel the original plot, though hilarious and enjoyable, needs a lot of work. There's so much going on in this one, and not enough clues or fair play to unmask the culprit in my opinion. From past experiences, I'd say "The Class of '54", "The Last Train from Paris", and "A Matter of Faxe" are some of the best in the line.
Thanks for all the great info, Dennis, and welcome to the site!
Would you be willing to share your rewrite of Hoo Hung Woo? I am planning on hosting this one at the end of October. However, I am hesitating because I am missing one clue (Gen. Shang's). I would also be interested in hearing how it went.
Hi Dennis, I planned on hosting "a matter of faxe" but I loaned it to my cousin and she lost 2 of the clue papers,--Ham and Major General are missing. Is there any way I can obtain these 2 clue papers without buying a whole new game? I have all the rest of the game. Thanks, Bonnie