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Author Topic: Murder Mystery - story Idea  (Read 1397 times)
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Angela
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« on: May 07, 2008, 09:11:54 AM »

Me and a couple of bored friends decided to have a detective thingy party (I have no idea what you call it). Its a roleplaying game where people (usually) will have a party and discover someone died. Then, they will try to solve who did it. Is it familiar?  Roll Eyes

So to get to my point, an idea hit me while searching for clues in the house. Maybe there is a tavern where a crime is commited and the possible suspects would be the people inside the tavern itself. Then, they will try to solve the crime (or some would have a panic attack or comfort the ones left behind - depends on the character)

Is this idea possible? I don't know how death is handled in santharia or who handles crimes such as this.
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2008, 09:24:28 AM »

A classic Who Dunnit.

Is such a thing possible?  I would think so.

As to how would you handle death, the way I would do it is not have a PC die but rather a NPC die and the PC all the suspects.

You could do it several ways, a few that I can think of the top of my head are:

1) Have it so that you have a group of NPC that are the suspects and the PC are the detectives.

or

2) Have it so that one of PC's is the killer but all PC's are investigating the murder trying to figure out which of the PC's is the killer.


I thought up another way of doing it, but it may be a little too difficult to do.
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2008, 09:45:45 AM »

2) Have it so that one of PC's is the killer but all PC's are investigating the murder trying to figure out which of the PC's is the killer.

I say it was Gararion in the dining room with the wrench!

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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2008, 10:31:40 AM »

Sounds a lot like my original idea for the thingy...that my mind just went blank.....

But yeah. I would think it would be possible. But who would know who the killer was? Only the mods? Or would the character him/herself know as well? I have seen it both ways at the murder mystery parties.
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2008, 10:45:09 AM »

Well, I would say the mods and the player.  I know the way I have seen it played at parties is that people are given cue card that tell them who they are, where they were and what they were doing.  The only person to know the real suspect would be the one who wrote the cue cards.  This person would obviously not be able to play due to unfair knowledge.

Ways around this is to have someone who is not involved in the story/who dunnit adventure to write up the roles and then randomly give them to players.

Trick to playing such a thing on Santharia though is that the roles can not be generic as a normal who dunnit, as the characters who play are not generic.

So do you run the story as the characters are playing a game or do you run the story as the players are acting their normal self and must figure out which one of them is the killer and why?  It could be done either way I think, depeneding on your style.
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Angela
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2008, 11:02:48 AM »

I was planning of making the dead character an NPC. But what I was having problem with was with the PCs.

I would really like if one of the players is the killer since it would create distrust among them (I mean it in a good way, Honest!). But I am having trouble how to do this.

I didn't quite get the last part Gararrion. By normal self you mean "rl self?" I was thinking of having them played in character.

Also, any ideas on how to facilitate visual clues?

Edit: Also thought of motives for the PCs to kill the guy.
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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2008, 04:32:33 PM »

This idea is definitely doable Angela, probably easily so. The hardest part would be finding the keygroup of players for such a detail oriented adventure. A transient population of players would cause any previous hints and clues to fall away with them. Which would make the telling of the story extremely difficult and quite possibly destroying it if to much was lost too quickly.

Really a much more detailed idea writeup would be best to have and a list of possible Co-Mods would go a long way. But as I said ... the above will be the most difficult of the problems a Moderator would face in this style of story. 
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Angela
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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2008, 06:04:03 PM »

I have thought an idea on how the game might work but I its still a vage idea. Anyways, anyone interested to help create the story and co-mod it if it gets running? Two brains are better than one!

I got the basic plot in my head but how am I going to make it work with players. It would be easy if the Killer is an NPC and the suspects are the NPCs however if there is a way on incorporating the players as suspects would be better.

Anyways, any people who are interested in working this one with me? Experience is good but Creativity is better. 

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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2008, 06:14:01 PM »

Um, I can't really mod another story, but me and Petros were going to do something like this about 6 months ago....before he kinda disappeared.  We thought we could make one of the PCs the murderer by getting everyone, when they applied to join, to send us a pm giving us a reason how they could be the murderer.  Or something like that. It was a little while ago :P.
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Angela
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« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2008, 08:01:23 PM »

Its okay Rookie. I hope Petros comes back, I kinda miss him  Roll Eyes
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Cecilia Fundrin
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« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2008, 11:32:26 PM »

Is this still a working idea?  As it has been a long time since anyone has posted here I'm not sure.  But anyway, I would be willing to help with this if it is...as I think it would be very interesting.

I wouldn't be able to mod though as I haven't actually been 'playing' for 4 months, though I have been 'around' in another form (Anci'hevil'yon) and this one (Sherena) for that long.  Just let me know either by post or p.m.
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