I invite my friends (new and old, near and far) to my 60th birthday party.
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 6PM – 11PM
Location: This is a public blog post, so I’ll send the address separately. It’s the same place as my 40th and 50th birthday parties, and a few Yule celebrations.
The event: A professionally-published murder mystery, set during a masquerade ball.
If you’d like to come, please respond by Tuesday November 5 (Election Day!) with the information below. You can reach me via email, send me a message via Facebook, or text/call; my contact information hasn’t changed in 20 years. (I advise against replying directly to this WordPress blog post, as it’s visible to the public.)
Guests are welcome, especially those friends who did not see this invitation either via Facebook or email.
For each person who’s coming, I’d like to know the following information.
- Your postal address, so I can send you game materials in advance.
- An email address so your fellow players can contact you in-character before the party. If you only want to be contacted some other way, tell me; bear in mind that some of the other guests don’t use Facebook.
Your level of commitment to the mystery:
- Category 1: “The show must go on! Neither daemons pouring from the gates of hell nor hosts of angels with flaming swords shall bar my way to Ravenwood Castle!” People in Category 1 will receive key roles. One of them may be a tragic victim. One of them may be a foul murderer.
- Category A: “Stuff happens. I plan to be there, but I can’t make a firm commitment.” If you choose Category A, you’ll be in a role that offers clues to solving the mystery. You’ll be missed if you’re not there, but the other guests can forge on.
- Category Alpha: “It’s hard for me to commit in advance. I might not even know if I can make it until a few hours before the party, or I could be late.” Those in Category Alpha will have auxiliary characters. If you can make it, you’ll be able to participate and provide more clues. Who knows? Your character might even be innocent of any wrong-doing.
- The characters have color-based names (e.g., Finn Burgundy, Reese Cerulean). The game suggests people wear costumes and masks of that color to identify themselves. Let me know if you’d like me to help out with your mask. (You don’t have to come in costume, or even wear a mask. I’ll have name tags for everyone.)
We’ll coordinate food (it will be semi-potluck) and rides (e.g., more than one person may be coming from Philly) as we get closer to the date of the party.
Remember: NO PRESENTS! My response to any presents will be Shakespearean.
I look forward to seeing you there!