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How to Host a Murder: The Tragical Mystery Tour
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Dear chicks and dudes,
After finding new dimensions of consciousness writing my enlightening songs, I've decided to share this summer of love with my closest friends and invite you all on a week-long trip onboard my infamous psychedelic peace bus.
I will be performing at Beefstock and you are all invited to be part of my conspiracy of love, spreading peace and sugar cubes laced with sunshine along the way. Can you dig it?
We will embark on our historic journey after sharing the communal human experience of watching the first man set foot on the moon.
Please join me. It'll be your best trip ever.
Peace and love,
Philip Mabong, Jamaica Bomblast, Timothy Bleary, Enya Goddard-Daveeda, Juan Stepford Mann, Reina Terra, Nate Ashbury, Burnette DeBrah.
Record producer and celebrated playboy Philip Mabong is founder of the wildly successful C.T.& A. records, and has boosted many struggling bands into superstardom. He is best known for producing that immortal ode to the road "Born to be Vile," by Steppencrap. A hedonist of the highest order, Philip has embraced the hippie movement--and only produces music with messages of peace, love and chemical enlightenment. Most recently he has made rock artist Hedda Leiss the most successful female artist of the decade, and in fact has been Hedda's lover for several blissful years.
Costume Suggestion: Nehru jacket, bright sports coat with tie-dyed shirt, or ruffled shirt (or no shirt at all).
Jamaica's the Rastafarian party girl, whose dreadlocks, laid-back attitude and fun-loving personality have made her the life of every party. The buzz is that Jamaica is good luck, and wherever she goes the most wonderful things tend to happen. A free spirit with a lust for life, Jamaica glides through the world with a carefree attitude. Jamaica has become a regular with the Hedda Leiss entourage, since Hedda swears by her herbal remedies for everything from hangnails to hangovers.
Costume Suggestion: Dreadlocks, halter top, flowered bell-bottoms.
Mind-expansionist and spiritual guru Timothy Bleary began as a humble florist, but soon became famous for his counter-culture writings, and coined that now famous phrase "Tune in, turn on, and put out." He is also the founder of the Church of the Vacant Mind, and his followers can often be seen pushing Bleary's floral arrangements at street corners and airports. Recently church membership has multiplied in amazing proportions. All new members donate everything they own to Bleary in return for the transcendental honor of dispensing bouquets of love and peace to the unenlightened masses. Naturally this has endeared Bleary to the hippie culture, and has padded his pockets with plenty of bread.
Costume Suggestion: A flowery shirt or frock, multi-colored sunglasses and the Yin/Yang sign painted on forehead.
Former Miss Wisconsin Enya Goddard-Daveeda was once the debutante next door. She was voted Miss Congeniality, and was first runner up to Miss Hawaii in last year's Miss American pageant.Unfortunately Enya was ejected from the pageant when she tried to bludgeon Miss Hawaii with her own crown shortly after the winner was announced. After losing her bid to be Miss American, Enya began a long fall into American counter-culture. She has taken a sudden interest in the music of Hedda Leiss and the philosophy of Timothy Bleary. In fact, Bleary has taken Enya under his wing, and turned her into the Church of the Vacant Mind's High-Priestess of Love--a position that has gained her more adoring fans than she could ever have hoped for.
Costume Suggestion: Everything white and loose fitting, bellbottoms, a kerchief around the neck and flowers painted on face and arms. Or going in the other direction, white boots and miniskirt.
JUAN STEPFORD MANN
Astronaut Juan Stepford Mann is one of Nasa's golden boys. He's a highly decorated Air Force Major with the right stuff, and is bound for the moon on one of the next Apollo missions. Although he really doesn't understand the hippie movement, he's been Burnette DeBrah's escort for several months now, and she has introduced him to heads of state as well as the hippie elite. The tuned-in, turned-on crowd despises Juan and the establishment that he represents, but when it comes to love-ins, he is, shall we say, largely welcome--in fact he's known on the love circuit as "ApolloThirteen." Although he doesn't do mind-expanding drugs himself, lately he's been fraternizing with some highly brain-fried individuals. It's all very new and exciting for Juan almost enough to makehim forget his mysteriously tragic childhood.
Costume Suggestion: An Air Force uniform, or conservative white shirt, with dark slacks and a paisley tie.
Rumored to be the founder of the "low-fee love" movement, Reina Terra is the consummate groupie, and has traveled with the likes of The Tyrds, The Strolling Bones, and even The Crateful O'Dead before gaining notoriety for giving birth to the son of that flamboyant rock star, Nick Jaguar. Reina is always at the cutting edge of hippie fashions, and is commonly recognized as the inventor of tie-dye. In recent months, Reina has become a regular in superstar Hedda Leiss's entourage, and in fact the singer considers Reina to be her closest friend.
Costume Suggestion: Tie-dyed everything, love beads, bare feet to show off ankle bracelets.
Nate, student body president of Burpley University, is the upstart activist who masterminded a march on Washington that packed in millions on The Mall from the Capitol building to the Washington Monument. Although he was born into one of the nations wealthiest families, he has rejected his privileged upbringing and uses his family's wealth to fund protest rallies.It is there that he inspires students around the nation with his speeches on peace, free love, and tax shelters. Handsome, and suave, he's the reason young girls leave home to camp out around the Burpley campus.
Costume Suggestion: Head band, beaded vest peace-sign medallion, tattered jeans, mood ring, sandals or thongs.
Feminist Burnette DeBrah has led a crusade against the oppression of women--as evidenced by her successful "Bras Across America" campaign--in which thousands of women hooked together their brassieres from coast to coast and set them a flame. Since then, Burnette has been a rising political star, challenging the congressional "boys club," with a bid for congress this coming November (which she is likely to win). Although a few years older than the Now Generation, they still consider her a groovy, tuned-in chick. Most recently she can be seen escorted by Major Juan Stepford Mann. You can't miss Burnette in any crowd, because of her commanding voice, and those wide-brimmed floppy hats that have become her trademark.
Costume Suggestion: Brightly-colored business skirt and pants, wide-brimmed floppy hat, oversized sunglasses.
Weight: 842 grams
Language Requirements: This is a domestic item.
- A CD with details of the murder
- A host guide with instructions
- 8 guest invitations and envelopes
- 8 player name tags
- 8 individual player manuals
- Sheet of secret clues with a police report
- Diagram of the crime scene
- Optional menu and costume suggestions for the truly adventurous
Average Rating: 4.5 in 2 reviews
I've played several murder parties now, and this was the first from the 'How to Host a Murder' series. It was very good, and much better than others I've played. The materials are all high quality and the characters' motives/backgrounds all tie in, leaving no loose ends (as other games have). And best of all, it was great fun to play!
I've played several How to Host a Murder episodes along with many other manufacturers' offerings and the HTHAM line has been the best of the lot. However, I've also noticed that as the series ages, the mysteries seem to be going more for laughs than for solid stories.
This particular case had the usual word play and time-period reference (though many were from a time after this particular scene), but it seems that the writers are more interested in going for the laugh than in working a solid story. There were no gaping holes, and it wasn't a simply mystery to solve, but it somehow didn't completely click, either.
As with all such games, it depends upon the crowd. With different players, I may have said this was the best episode ever, but for this reviewer's playing, this one loses a star and falls to a 4. Still quite respectable, and I will surely purchase their next game, but it did lack just a little.