Welcome to Dial “BOAT” for Murder!lawyerwoman-copy

This is a dinner party murder mystery for 7-9 people that is conducted using text messages. You’ve already received the location and time where you’ll be playing, and all you need to bring is your fully charged cell phone. You can expect to receive about 200 text messages over the course of the game (all sent from the number of the person hosting the party), and normal messaging rates will apply, so if you don’t have an unlimited plan you should keep that in mind.

The game progresses via timers and interacting with the host’s phone. You won’t need to download the app (unless you’re the host), but the host’s phone will get passed around a little bit. A little into the night, one of the characters will die, and it’s up to you and your fellow players to figure out who murdered the poor soul. Everyone is a suspect, and you’ll need to work together to solve mini-games, contact the void, and maybe even get musical.

You’ve been assigned the character Jules Lawrence, who is a shifty lawyer helping the an eccentric millionaire build a concrete superstructure in a tidal estuary. That woman in the picture is your character: you’re encouraged to dress up.

Here’s the monologue you’ll read to the group to introduce yourself. It should give you a flavor of the woman you are:

My name is Jules Lawrence, and I am the legal advisor to the millionaire. You’ve probably heard the names of my other clients – people like Jay Heinous, a thrice-convicted felon who was alleged to have shot his wife’s lover in front of a hundred witnesses. I was able to help a 12 man jury see that Jay was the real victim, who had to live with the guilt, however misplaced, of having been the one to hold a gun that tragically malfunction and killed a friend. We even countersued the gun manufacturer and claimed damages. Or you may have heard of my client Penelope Jane, who robbed sixteen Taco Bells restaurants and shot two people before being apprehended by FBI agents during a massive shootout in a Hefty-Mart parking lot. We were able to show that Penelope was in a fugue state during all her crimes, and that the fugue state was brought on by an anesthetic she had received four years before during a minor dental surgery. We even got her dentist to pay the victim’s damages. I never take on a client that’s not innocent, but I specialize in clients that are innocent in very… non-obvious ways. Our host has brought me on to help in the effort to acquire the building permits needed to construct their concrete structure, and I’ve been able to use my personal connections to unfairly stigmatized politicians and civic leaders who have been accused of running criminal enterprises to expedite things.