What do you do when murder mystery guests don't arrive on time to your party? Read on to find out more!
If you've cast your murder mystery in advance and one of the critical players (say, the murderer) fails to turn up - you've got a problem.
Or if you're playing a game with a set number of guests, then you need everyone to turn up otherwise you can't play the game.
Of course, there are occasions when it can't be helped, and this is what you can do to minimise the damage.
First, ensure that everyone knows that it's important that they turn up.
If you are running a game that doesn't have any flexibility in numbers, then especially emphasise that.
Second, you might want to think about a "standby" - someone you can call on at the last minute.
For example, sometimes I have someone help me run the games - if necessary they can stand in (particularly if they don't know the details).
Third, if you are running a game with "core" characters and "additional" characters (such as The Auction, which has 12 core characters and 28 additional ones) then try to ensure that you have at least 13 guests so that if one drops out, the party won't be spoiled.
If you are casting a game like The Auction in advance, you could leave a couple of the additional characters uncast.
That way, if someone critical doesn't turn up you have someone who can take over the role.
(They might not have the exact costume, but at least you can run your murder mystery game!)
If you have players that you know are likely to be late (because you know them and they have a history of leaving things until the last minute), then you can build a factor of safety into your party and plan to start later than originally advertised.
If you are hosting, you can start the game by playing the character - at least until the player turns up. If you do this, you shouldn't be too pro-active (leave that until the player turns up).
Hopefully you won't have the problem of late murder mystery guests.
But if you do, this article may have given you some ideas for how to deal with it.
Here's my suggested quick route through the site:
Step 1 - Go to Choosing a Game to choose the game that suits your party best.
Step 2 - Review the Tips for Hosts for helpful advice.
Step 3 - If you want to keep up to date with the latest murder mystery game news, click on my What's New page.
Step 4 - Once you've had your party - tell me how it went! Click here to tell me your murder mystery party story.
Jul 03, 19 03:25 PM
Which murder mystery game is the shortest? Which murder mystery game can be easiest modify to take an hour and a half. My response: In my experience
Jul 01, 19 02:38 PM
Just wondering if there has to be a host role? My response: Someone has to be the host, yes. That person has to purchase the game, print it out, and
Jun 21, 19 04:37 AM
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