How to Get Away with Murder… Ludo-style!
At Ludo, it’s not just board games that people play. Sometimes we hold unique game-related events for people to try. One of our hidden gems is our Murder Mystery Parties. Participants get to role-play investigators attempting to solve the “murder” of the night by gathering clues and interrogating other guests. Today, we are interviewing one of the participants, Ms. Grace Marcellana. She’s attended two of our Murder Mystery Parties including the very first one. Let’s get to know more one of the many characters you meet at Ludo. 🙂
1) First, tell us something about your gaming life. What kind of games do you usually play?
I play mostly RTS games on the PC. I used to play StarCraft and Warcraft a lot before I got into the MOBA format like DOTA and HoN. I spend time with video game RPGs/platformers as well. When not into video games, I dabble with boardgames and TCG with friends.
2) What about the “murder mystery” genre? Are you fond of any movie, TV show, literature or games about investigators solving a murder?
I’m a fan of the BBC Sherlock series, Broadchurch, Veronica Mars, and Twin Peaks. Cluedo is one classic boardgame which I still enjoy. Read a couple of James Patterson books and Dan Brown books, too.
3) What drew you to the concept of a Murder Mystery Party?
I was invited by friends to Ludo’s first ever MMP months ago. The fact that it was my first time to attend this type of party was enough reason for me to give it a shot—being someone who’s almost always game to try new things.
4) How did you prepare for the Murder Mystery Parties you attended? Any special rituals/activities to get into character?
Aside from reading the provided character info, I found myself researching relevant data from diff. sources (read: Internet) as means of getting into into character. Being assigned with a “mad scientist” role who purges demons during the 3rd Ludo MMP, had me poring over available online info about the Oni and other Japanese mythological creatures (which I found to be really fun.) IThe process of planning and acquiring the costume and the props is also very helpful in terms of “forming” your character.
5) What was your favorite part of the parties and why? (Costumes, Acting, Story, Mystery itself etc.)
One thing I always look forward to during MMPs are the costumes. Seeing fellow participants in well-thought-of-ensembles makes getting into character easier, makes the activity even more exciting, and the story more convincing.
6) Anything particularly memorable happen in the Murder Mystery Parties you attended?
My first ever MMP had me playing as The Murderer. It was thrilling and challenging to play the part, and what made it even more memorable was actually getting away with the crime!
7) Any tips to people who want to join a murder mystery party or plan their own?
I guess knowing and understanding your character is key in enjoying a MMP. Getting friends to join you also gives you an advantage (because approaching them would be easier). Paying attention to (developing) the setting and the teensy (but equally important) details like background music, props, and food can make the event even more engaging.
8) Anything you’d like to see in future Murder Mystery Parties?
It would be interesting to try even more themes, and new mechanics, I guess.
9) Rate yourself as an investigator. How will do you think would fare as an actual detective?
7/10. Interaction takes away some of the points. I’m not really the type who approaches people first, so I can get important information (yes, even on role-playing settings/parties). As an actual detective, I believe that it is something which I need to improve on, as I have this tendency to just rely on observations rather than attempt to get first-hand info from possible witnesses, suspects by asking essential/necessary Q’s.
10) Last Question: Do you think you have the skills to get away with murder?
But of course, I just did. 😉
And there you have it folks. If you would like to join the next Murder Mystert Pary or would like us to host your own private party, do let us know. Happy investigating. 🙂
– Jay Mata
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