"The murderer totally got away with it…
We played Lei'd to Rest with 12 characters, including Ginger but leaving out Ned. Perhaps that led to some confusion or missing clues, but overall it seemed to work. There was less fighting than I expected (except for Jack, who got laid flat twice, and totally deserved it); perhaps we are just a peaceable group.
Ginger gave some really good feedback, writing: 'The characters were really interesting and different, which was great. It felt easy to get engaged because the characters were interesting to talk to. The plot itself was great and had MULTIPLE plot twists that we didn't see coming. I wished we could have played for longer! It really didn't get old.'
Thanks for a very memorable New Year's Eve!"
Chuck Cooley, United States
"I hosted Lei'd to Rest and all of my friends said they had a ton of fun! This was my first time hosting and playing Freeform Games, and it was a fantastic experience. I was a little concerned about my shyer friends, but everyone enjoyed their character. I also think Lei'd to Rest was a good introduction to my friends who haven't experienced any multi-hour puzzle-like games. Items are important in Lei'd to Rest, so as a host, I would stress and remind folks that you can loot items if you knock someone unconscious. A lot of my friends were also really focussed on decrypting Project Caulfield, so I had to add clarity in the middle of the game that it wasn't necessary that they decrypt the contents. My friends ended up not finding the murderer, and if I were to host this again, something I'd do next time is add a rule that you can only pickpocket someone you've walked by in the last minute because it became too difficult to find Project Caulfield with all of the uninformed pickpocketing. Thank you for the great writing and game!"
"We used Lei'd to Rest for our first event of the South Denver Freeform Role-Playing Group, a group under meetup.com. It went off fantastically and has really set the stage for our future meetup events. We plan to use one of your games again very soon."
D Bo, United States
"I hosted Lei'd to Rest last weekend. It was first time for me or any of my guests to do the murder mystery game and everybody LOVED IT!
Even people, I thought, might be too shy to enjoy it fully, surprised me by being totally committed to their characters (after I served a couple of Blue Hawaiians).
The hardest part for me was to make people come, coz nobody was really sure what to expect and they were suspicious if the game was too complicated or had too much stuff to remember.
But it's neither! That's the beauty of it – you don't really need any experience or preparation to play.
I got the decorations and made everybody wear tropical shirts. I also send all of my guests the first page of the description of their character (I suggest everybody to do it, especially for the "virgins",
because it takes at least half an hour to read the character and get all the details of ability and items cards and you don't want your guests to get too confused before the game even begins).
At the end I couldn't make people stop.
At the end we sat down and everybody pointed at the killer and told their goals for the game and if they reached them or not, so all secrets and all plots became obvious.
Nobody guessed the murderer right though… But it still was so super fun! Thank you, Mo and Steve, for those games!!!"
Yana Khomchanka, United States
"Played Lei'd to Rest last weekend with six friends
and myself as the host. We all had a blast. There were a few attempted murders
(one successful) during the game and that really added to the excitement.
It was the first mystery game for most of the guests. We can't wait to do another.
Hosting instructions were easy to follow and the format left enough open to interpretation
to keep people guessing."
Paul Weiss, United States
"For my 15th birthday party we ran Lei'd to Rest and before the event everyone was very excited.
Everyone turned up looking great as everyone dressed up and the house was decorated to look like a real Hawaiian beach resort.
All my friends had a blast! It was so much fun and by the end of the night everyone was getting right into it and scrambling around to find last bits of information to try and solve not just the murder but the countless other mysteries as well.
The plots were very well thought out and everyone since has been talking about the party and can't wait for the next one.
This was the first murder mystery I've had and already people are asking when the next one will be.
It was great fun and I would highly recommend Lei'd to Rest to anyone as it was so much fun and funny to see everyone getting involved in solving the case and the story was excellent.
Thanks for such great work and we will definitely be running another one sooner rather that later as it was so much fun. Thanks for a great time!!!"
Terence Smith, Australia
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