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2014 Activities

MarsCon Convention, March 7-9

MarsCon is a medium-sized general science fiction and fantasy convention held in the Twin Cities each year since 1999.

For this convention, we only ran a discussion panel as we focused our time on the standalone game listed below. The panel was Interactive and Collaborative Writing, which is the process we use to create the mystery games.

Standalone Game, April 5

This game was not a partnership with anyone or at a convention. We held it at the Macalester College Alumni House.

After mingling at a party, the hostess discovered the theft of her important necklace and an insurance investigator asked players to help find the jewel thief who had been stealing from the well-to-do of Kaposia. The thief was found and turned over to custody, but the hostess suffered an apparent heart attack and died. Was it from natural causes or murder? Fortunately, players were on hand to help with the investigation as they learned about the signs of a heart attack as well as the symptoms of various poisons.

Read the in-game newspaper.

Players discuss solutions to the case.
Players discuss solutions to the case.

CONvergence Convention, July 3-6

CONvergence is a large general science fiction and fantasy convention held in the Twin Cities each year since 1999.

Our mystery took place in an asylum where a patient believed she had killed her doctor, though her doctor seemed very much alive. An inspector for the Ministry of Medicine authorized an investigation when the situation seemed suspicious. After talking to staff and patients, players realized that the woman's husband had her institutionalized her to hide his money laundering for an organized crime ring and then killed her doctor and took the doctor's place as a doppelganger to transfer the woman to maximum security for the rest of her life. We presented to players developments in psychiatry in the early twentieth century and how a society might approach mental illness through connectedness with the community.

Read the in-game newspaper.

We also ran the Steampunk Scavenger Hunt and the Steampunk Craft Hour.

A player with the correct solution to the mystery presents her answers.
A player with the correct solution to the mystery presents her answers.

Standalone Game, November 22

This game was not a partnership with anyone or at a convention. We held it at the LeBlanc House Bed and Breakfast.

This mystery started with a historical activity originated in England called a mummers' play, a short skit performed, usually, by lower class workers going door-to-door during the holidays to have fun and raise a little money from tips. Alas, the character in the play who was supposed to be "resurrected" could not get back up as she was sick with East Indies Fever. Fortunately, there were players on hand to help trace the infectons back to the source, a woman who was once friends with the hosts until they caused her ruin and she sought revenge.

Read the in-game newspaper.

We presented a mummers' play to start the mystery.
We presented a mummers' play to start the mystery.

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