I’ve always been fond of mysteries and solving puzzles. When I was a kid, my favorite books to read were Nancy Drew and a bit of Hardy Boys. Also read Encyclopedia Brown. Then in high school, I played Cluedo a lot with my friends after school. I also have this vague recollection of watching murder mystery movies/TV series – you know the one with the famous line “The butler did it!” And so I’ve had it in my bucket list to experience a murder mystery party ala Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. I’ve even come as far as attempting to organize a DIY murder mystery party (not that I’ve gotten far on that).
Murder Manila’s Murder Mystery
Anyway, earlier this year I read about Murder Manila’s Murder Mystery service.
What they do is they organize a private role playing game where you are the suspects, the victim and the culprit. They bring the mystery right to your doorstep or they can also set up a venue just for you. Murder Manila is from the same team that organizes Mystery Manila.
What will you get when you avail of Murder Manila? For the price that starts at Php8,000 for 8 people (additional Php500 for every person in excess), you’ll get the following:
- a mystery that can be played for 2 hours complete with individual roles, objectives and other pertinent guidelines for each player such as costume and background story per character.
- a gamekeeper/facilitator and host for the mystery solving portion
- minor props such as clues, play money and detective kits needed for the mystery
- Mystery Manila shirt for the best actor, best in costume, fastest solver and the one with the most play money left at the end of the game
Since it was my birthday, I chose to have the venue of the murder mystery at my house. Currently, Murder Manila has two murder mystery stories: Murder at the Mansion and Revenge at the Reunion.
Here’s my murder mystery party theme:
For this particular theme, this is the story: you received an invite to a mysterious dinner party where you don’t know anybody in the famous Mystery Mansion and the host is unknown. The night turns fatal when one of you gets killed just after dinner! And what’s even more frightening? The killer is one of you! So who could it be? It’s up to you to find out!
We started a bit later than the expected time since most of my guests arrived late. It was a rainy night. Really perfect for a murder mystery party though right?