Toy Chest Trauma
Your guests will play the roles of toys belonging to little Alicia Smith, age 6. Your lives have always been carefree and happy, until now. Something terrible has happened! Sometime during the night, Theodore Rosy-Felt the Stuffed Bear has disappeared. He isn't in the toy chest, he isn't on the bed, and he isn't on the shelf or behind the door.
Solving the Mystery
Something must have happened to him, and everyone suspects that there is foul play involved. Little Alicia went downstairs to watch cartoons without noticing that Theodore was gone, but when she comes back up she's sure to realize he's missing, and she's going to be heartbroken. The guests need to find out what happened to Theodore before Alicia gets back!
- Barbara the Glamour Doll: Barbara is a stylish, snobbish beauty queen of a doll, with little use for other toys.
- Mr. Nurfles the Stuffed Snuggle Bunny: Mr. Nurfles is a tenderhearted, good natured, lovable stuffed animal, but he is none too bright.
- Action Joe the Army Doll: Action Joe is a tough-as-nails action figure, rugged, competent, and quick to action.
- Biscuits the Adorable Patchwork Puppy: Biscuits is a scruffy, huggable toy dog, whose patchwork exterior hides a keen mind.
- Rudy the Antique Rocking Horse: The oldest of Alicia's toys, Rudy is a genuine antique with a kind and quiet demeanor.
- Judith the Puppet Princess: A finely crafted puppet, Judith is perhaps the most sophisticated and suave of all the toys.
- Jacqueline the Jack-in-the-Box: Perpetually excited and enthusiastic, Jacqueline is a loud-mouthed toy who delights in randomness and chaos.
- Baby Sleeps-a-Lot the Super-Realistic Baby Doll: Nearly the polar opposite of Jacqueline, Baby Sleeps-a-Lot is definitely the most laid back and relaxed of all Alicia's toys.
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)
Toy Chest Trauma 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 tips on costuming and role-playing, as well special goals and information unique to each character
- Step-by-step printing instructions
- And much more!