Welcome to Dial “BOAT” for Murder!firstmateman-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 Jack Smith, the first mate of the boat the mystery takes place on. That dude 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 man you are:

I’ve been waiting on a lucky break my whole life. I’m an orphan. My mother was eaten by a bear in a tragic helicopter-skiing accident, and my father was eaten by a different bear in a different tragic helicopter-skiing accident. I was raised by the helicopter pilot both my parents used, until I turned seventeen and he, too, was eaten by a third bear. In fact, every one I’ve ever loved has been eaten by a bear. Fun fact about bears, although they are excellent swimmers, they won’t swim in salt water and they are afraid of boats. So I became a sailor to get away from my past and man-eating bears. Captain Chumley hired me as first mate of this ship a few years back, and they’ve been real good to me. And the millionaire has been nice to me too. This boat’s the closest thing I’ve ever had to a home, and I really just want to thank you both, and to warn you that you might really want to buy some bear mace when we make it back to the mainland. Bears are wily hunters, you know, with the ability to disguise themselves as trusted confidants before they maul you.