One of my duties at work is overseeing a training, development and recognition committee. Amongst other duties, we are in charge of putting on our dept end of the semester gatherings. Monday was our spring end of the semester shindig.
My committee did a great job of trying a few new things this year and for this most recent gathering, we decided to play a murder mystery game. I LOVED the idea of this – completely different from anything we have ever done. I was also fairly nervous that people wouldn’t participate. My first inclination was “forced fun” and make everyone play.
However, my committee-mates overruled me (it was like some kind of royal uprising, I swear!) and we sent out invites to see who wanted to participate. There were going to be approximately 30 people there and we needed at least 10 individuals, 15 if you wanted all of the characters represented. Guess how many RSVP-ed? 15! Success! My worries that people would be “too cool for school” were completely unfounded and I dare say those who didn’t directly participate wished they had. If more than 15 wanted to participate, I was ready to either a) split some characters, b) double some characters and/or c) give some characters a twin <— my favorite idea.
Anyway, if you haven’t hosted or been to one of these events, they are a blast. Your guests certainly can make or break it, in that if they are lackluster when playing their character than it won’t be as much fun. That being said, chances are the people who play their characters up will outweigh those other stinkers. We chose the 1985 High School Reunion themed murder mystery and it was spot on for our group. I did most of the legwork for this and if you are the organizer than make sure to allot some time to prep! There is some pre-planning along with set-up that while certainly not difficult, is a bit time consuming. When you order the packet, everything is there for you and realistically, you should just need to print and put together but it takes a small chunk of time. Also, read all of this well ahead of your event – this was a blunder on my part.
My co-workers hammed this up and got into their characters! It was so fun to watch! Even individuals who I thought might be more reserved – nope! They got into it! I helped to facilitate a bit but mostly was on the logistical side as I also had someone be the moderator-type person. Everyone had fun and the timing of the game worked well with our having lunch, too. When I assigned characters, some I matched with their personalities and others I gave them exact opposites. I high-fived my self for this idea. I had a couple of people who dressed up and others who said they would’ve of but didn’t get their emails with their characters in time. Note to self – assign characters earlier – again, I underestimated how much time the details would take. No matter, there was hordes of dramatics!
If you have a group of co-workers and are looking to do something different at your next office celebration, I can’t recommend this enough. I think the packet is $15, however, we used one a co-workers purchased, so I’m not quite sure. Or if you are planning your next family reunion, cook-out, birthday party – whatever, it’s a really good time and HIGHLY entertaining! You can get as intricate as you want with the decorating, theme-favors or whatever. We were fairly low-maintenance with it and it still worked. Nothing beats watching your friends/family/co-workers/whatever essentially acting out “CLUE” right in front of you!