People can be unpredictable. While we hope all of your guests who have RSVP’d to your murder mystery are courteous enough to notify you if they can’t make it to your party, things can happen shortly before showtime. When this happens, resist the urge to scream at them or go into panic mode; instead, open the critical character card to fix the problem.
The small, stapled card located in your party kit lists 4 characters who are essential to the mystery. These four people must be in the game in order for the game to make sense, which means the unlisted characters are disposable if necessary.
Our mysteries are crafted to ensure each character is somehow connected to another character, but as they say on Broadway, “Not everyone can be a star.” These supporting roles can be taken out of the game without causing the game to fall apart, as we’ve learned from our mistakes of making everyone important.
You’re probably wondering, what if someone who is playing a critical character can’t make it? The easiest solution is to assign the critical character to a guest who was originally supposed to play a non-essential character, following by dropping the non-essential character.
Although your guest shouldn’t mind too much about having to change his or her character at the last minute, a good way to explain the situation is that he or she is getting a character upgrade. Everyone wants to feel special when playing the game, so choose “critical” when describing characters rather than “important” to avoid hurt feelings.
Still have questions? Call us at 877.213.2423 and let us know what we can do to help resolve your party dilemma.