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OCT.2012 Pirates Invade The Campground!!!

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OCT.2012 Pirates Invade The Campground!!!

Postby mrmystery » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:53 am

We had our second murder mystery at our private campground. This year we went with Murder Among the Mateys. Last year we did the Murder in Margaritaland. Night of Mystery makes some great packages that are easy to use with great content. We greatly enjoyed both murder mysteries, and are looking forward to next year’s event already!

We started the process this year by concentrating on the decorations. We created a full size 28 foot cardboard pirate ship with three masts, complete with 4 cannons, figurehead, ships wheel, and anchor. Using zip ties, we attached it all to the fence. With sails flapping in the wind, and blue fabric as the water, the ship looked great sitting at Port Royal’s dock. The dock had pilings, signs, and even cargo of the new cannon for the ship. Five life sized palm trees were created using carpet tubes, wire hangers, green fabric for leaves, brown fabric for trunk, and hot glue. The palm trees looked great. We used a two palm trees to create an island with an old wooden treasure chest in the middle full of booty. We used fabric to create the land, with seashells on the fabric, and then blue fabric for the water at the edge.

The sign for the entrance was so very cool. It featured a talking pirate skull in the middle of the Salty Sea Dog Sign. When you pulled the bottom jaw of the skull, it spoke “Dead Men Tell No Tales!” in a spooky voice. It was awesome! They then entered the pool by walking an actual wooden plank.

We also had signs made that pointed to some of the town merchants as well as to other locations in Jamaica and around the world. One sign was placed by the Port, and the other was placed close to the Salty Sea Dog Tavern.

The bar featured parrots, fish netting, and pirate flags. We had a computerized parrot that spoke many different phrases. It was fun to hear the parrot at the bar. He had some “Salty Language”! We served both Rum Punch and Beer. Everyone had to go thru the Serving Wenches to get a drink. And they told them to “Please take care of those who take care of you” and forced them to pay from their booty to get a drink. One wench was so successful at the bar; she had by far the most booty of all the characters. We overheard one character say, “I thought the drinks were free? Why should I pay?”, and Goldie Gisele promptly showed her sword and held up the cup for tips. He decided it was easier to give some gold for the drink than argue with the sword held by a serving wench.

For the booty, we used colored glass beads for jewels, and plastic gold coins. We created fabric booty bags with the names of the characters right on them. This doubled as their name tag. And they were able to take it with them as a souvenir of the night. For the extra characters, we created names for them. Some of the names were quite entertaining. And the names helped the people as they “developed” their characters. We had a Merchant with the name of Seashell Sally. She brought a small table with sea shell items to sell to add to her booty bag.
Everyone got their character assignments with plenty of time to plan their costumes. And boy did they come up with some great ones! Some of the costumes were very elaborate. They went all out to make certain they played the best character they could. See some of the photos at the end of this text.

As an afternoon feature, we created a Treasure Hunt. They were given a list of questions that identified places around the camp ground. They had to decipher the questions, and use clues to find the answers. The more questions they got correct, the more gold coins they were awarded from Toothless Willies Treasure Chest. These were awarded in addition to the gold already in their booty bags. This gave them incentive to do the Treasure Hunt. We created the clues and attached them to one of our palm trees.

In the late afternoon, we started the Murder Mystery. We took about one and quarter hours for drinks, and mingling. This gave them time to find the other characters and start their first set of objectives. Then we moved to an area outside the clubhouse where dinner was served. We had Jerk Chicken and slices of Peppered Beef. Twice baked potatoes were served with a pirate flag shaped like a sail to follow the theme. Fresh fruit and sautéed vegetables completed the main dish. Dinner finished with a selection of three different cakes to complete the meal.

The murder took place as we re-entered the pool area. Our Victim died beside the pool. When the Gallows Master pronounced that we had a murder and had identified the character, he decided that the victim should be given a proper burial at sea and promptly rolled him into the pool. The victim then grabbed a pool float and stayed in Davey Jones’ Locker for a while! When he rejoined us later, he played his part as a ghost accusing everyone of killing him.

Then we set out to solve the mystery. At one point we had a merchant approach the gallows master with a pirate. He pointed out that 1) the gallows master had a rope, 2) he had a pirate, and 3) the Governor wanted pirates hung. So… “Why not hang him now?” It was so funny because the Pirate’s eyes got so big, thinking they might just try to hang him. Never fear, the Governor put a stop to the hanging! Just an example of how much fun we all had. Anyway, the tree already had Toothless Willie hanging from it. We found a cutout character and put a hangman’s noose around his head and hung him form the tree.

After everyone had voted using the “Who Dunnit” sheets, we had music and the dance began. This allowed us time to tabulate the results and complete the Awards.

We all enjoyed the Murder Among the Mateys. It was the perfect theme that allowed us to get the most out of the evening. It was so easy to decorate for; the ideas just kept rolling out. We actually had to say STOP… ENOUGH. The game was easy to do impromptu ideas that allowed the minor characters to throw extra interest into the game. Our awards went to both major and minor characters for their “drama” and “outfits”. Several people actually guessed a minor character as the murderer because he was so conniving and convincing as a pirate.

Thank you so much for providing these mystery games! Yours are the best we have found on the internet! Keep up the good work, and we are already looking forward to our next Night of Mystery Murder Event!

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