Murder on Two Wheels
Your guests will be playing the role of different members of a sleazy motorcyle gang living in a small town in the middle of nowhere. Most nights are spent drinking and talking bikes at the gang’s favorite hangout, Ma's Roadside Saloon.
Last night a member of the gang was killed at our favorite hangout, Ma's Roadside Saloon. The victim's name was Louis Parish, but he usually called himself “The Snake.”
Solving the Mystery:
All that the gang has to go in is some fuzzy security camera footage, and the knowledge that almost no one liked “The Snake.” No one wants to involve the police, so now it’s up to the guests themselves to figure out who the killer is!
Murder on Two Wheels is suitable for 8 guests (or 8 teams), including the host or hostess. The available characters include:
- Alex “Ma” Suds: Ma earned his nickname because he owns Ma's Roadside Saloon, the biker gang's favorite hangout. Ma is respected for his honesty and his ability to break faces.
- Clara Bolo: Clara likes knives almost as much as she likes hogs. She is the reigning knife throwing champion of Ma's Saloon and is a skilled and infamous knife fighter.
- Bo Green: Bo is as dumb as a brick wall and twice as stubborn. He is madly in love with Clara. She reciprocates intermittently.
- Sam Tallow: Sam is the gang’s go-to guy for mechanical repairs and modifications. Sam generally prefers the company of rusted motorcycle parts to the company of people. Sam is also the biggest, strongest person in the gang.
- Kretch Bellicose: Kretch is an enthusiastic brawler who started riding several years ago. He's a good guy when he's sober, but when he starts drinking he usually starts fighting too.
- Stacy-Sue Chary: Stacy-Sue grew up in the area and thinks motorcycles are neat. She scraped together enough money for an old dirt bike and hangs out at Ma's even though Ma knows her ID is a fake.
- Joe Turgid: Joe is a retired racer. He's a very skilled rider, but he has a big head that gets him in trouble from time to time. Joe rides a carefully maintained vintage motorcycle and is very proud of it even if it isn't as fast as some of the newer bikes.
- Arnold Epicure: Arnold is an old-school biker. He's seen and done most of the things these kids will see and do, but Ma's has cold beer so he puts up with them.
Our line of 30 Minute Mysteries is specially designed for fast setup and easy play. All you need to do to get started is:
- Print out the party guide
- Gather together a group of players
- Hand out character sheets and name tags
- Follow along with the instructions
Best of all, the party facilitator can choose whether they join in the game and solve the mystery along with the other guests!
Playing the Game
30 Minute Mysteries are intended to be played around a table by eight people (or up to eight couples). Each of the players will be assigned a character and given a character sheet that explains who or what their character is, what information their character knows, and how their character should respond to events that occur during the game.
The game will progress in rounds. Round One will start with the party's host or hostess reading a script that explains the nature of the mystery that is afoot. After the introduction is read, each player at the table will share a piece of information from their character sheet, and all the other players will have an opportunity to respond to that piece of information.
Next Round Two begins with the facilitator sharing a clue that should shed further light on the mystery. After the clue is revealed, the players will once again go around the table, providing another piece of information and then responding.
After the second time around the table, the game will proceed to the Final Round. The Final Round begins with the facilitator sharing the last clue. The players then go around the table a final time, sharing their last piece of information and responding to each other.
By this point, the players should have learned enough information to be able to piece together a theory about who was responsible for the murder. Each player (or couple) will say the name of the person who they think is responsible. The facilitator will then read the final page of the mystery aloud, revealing the culprit. Any player or couple who correctly guessed the identity of the killer is declared a winner.
From start to finish, the entire game should generally only require half an hour to complete.
Note: As the host or hostess, there are certain times when you will be called upon to read aloud passages from this booklet. Passages that are meant to be read aloud will be clearly labeled and contained in a gray box.
What Do I Need in Order to Play?
Our 30-Minute Mysteries are specifically designed to not require very much in the way of supplies. All you really need is:
- a table to sit around (or a large playing area where the guests can sit in a circle)
- a group of players (the minimum is eight; if you have more than eight, multiple guests can work together to play the same character)
- a printed copy of this booklet
- a pair of scissors (to cut out nametag placards for each character)
- pencils or pens for each player
- Scratch paper (for players to take notes on)
- Folders (to help players conceal their character sheets)
Murder on Two Wheels is a 26-page downloadable PDF file that you print at home. It includes the following features:
- An introduction that explains the basic principles of running a 30-Minute Mystery
- A detailed party guidebook that will walk you through the event in a simple, easy-to-understand format
- Nametags and character sheets for each player - the character sheets include special goals and information unique to each character
- Step-by-step printing instructions
- And much more!