WHAT IS IT?
Mystery Night App is an easy way to purchase and play freeform murder mystery games. There are no scripts to be read! Each player is provided with details about their characters personality, secrets, and objectives. It is up to you to decide how to best accomplish your goals and solve the mystery. Eavesdropping, blackmailing, and bribery are both accepted and encouraged :) Each story comes in three sizes: 8-12, 12-16, and 16-20 players. They will be ready to play October 19th, just in time for a great Halloween party or group date!
HOW DOES THE APP WORK?
If you purchase a story, you will receive a list of characters and their attributes that you can then assign specifically to each of your friends attending your party. Each player will receive an individual link that will open up a Web App with their character's information and background information about the party. The host (you) has an additional tab that allows him or her to advance the game through its stages. At each stage new information will be revealed and new objectives will be given. It is up to the players to bring the story to life. During the final stage all players will make their accusations and the murderer will be revealed!
A game played on our app may look something like this:
WHAT ARE WE DOING DIFFERENTLY?
Almost everyone I talk to says they would love to do a murder mystery party but never have. This is probably due to the fact that murder mystery parties require a lot of tedious work. They require the host to print out pages and pages of character sheets, evidence, objectives for each player, and play money. They need to organize all of this into envelopes (that you have to go purchase). Players then have to receive envelopes at specific moments in the game as the story progresses. All of this is confusing, not only for the host, but for the players.
LETS MAKE MURDER EASY!
No more envelopes. No more character booklets. No more paper cuts. And no more reading through pages of instructions. Just let the app guide you step by step. Because this is a web app, all you need to have is one internet connected device (smart phone, tablet, etc.) for every player. Now lets stop killing trees and start killing each other!
HIGH QUALITY STORIES
Murder mystery stories vary in their quality. Our focus is to make every character a joy to play and give everyone an important role. However, not everyone's main objective may be to find the murderer. Some people may be more interested in framing an enemy or simply in getting the most money. If you do want to solve the murder, it will take some real detective work to find out who had the means, motive and opportunity to commit homicide! We have a talented writing group that collaborates and reviews every game to make sure we are providing top quality games.
Meet Our Writers:
Matthew McArthur: Creator of the app and long time player of murder mystery games, role playing games, and a great storyteller.
Seth King: Amazingly creative writer and wordsmith. Check out the extremely popular late notes he writes for his kids on his Instagram account @latenotes. He has an intimate knowledge of the sports world as a former pitcher for the San Diego Padres.
Camryn McArthur and Brittlyn Doyle: Jane Austen experts and writers that will help give a nefarious edge to one of Jane Austen's classics.
We will use the money we raise in the following ways:
1. To pay our amazing story writers and to help recruit additional writers so we can continue creating amazing murder mystery stories for you to play. We have BIG plans for our future stories. The more money we can raise the more stories we can make.
2. We will also use the money we raise to help launch and market our website at mysterynightapp.com to help get our new company off the ground.
THE APP - Our app has been in development and testing for a year. We have been using it to play games that we purchased from other sites and have gained a lot of insight into how to deliver the best user experience. Now we are just fine tuning our design to make it as user friendly as possible.
THE STORIES - We started writing our own stories in June of 2016. We started a small writing group called "Murder We Wrote" that meets to review each other's progress and help iron out any kinks. "Death of a Bachelor" is the furthest along. It is guaranteed to be ready by the end of the kickstarter on October 18th. "Pride and Prejudice and Murder" and "Major League Murder" are both progressing well. We are pushing hard and we plan on them being ready by October 18th as well.
Please support us in our murder mystery endeavors and start planning your own mystery nights today!
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at:
Risks and challenges
Our risks are minimal. To ensure that all backers have a story to play by Halloween "Death of a Bachelor" is already in the final stages of revision. The other two stories have also already begun writing and are on schedule for a pre-halloween launch date. However, it is possible (although unlikely) that one of these stories may not be ready by Halloween. In that case we will provide the "Death of a Bachelor" story free of charge until the selected story is finished.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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