Sophisticated, ingenious, and clever…what a complex and fun way to discover a new way of entertainment for the most discriminating guest. Okay, I have to admit, delving into a world such as the dark superstition, paranormal elements, death, and then some, depicted here isn’t my style, but there are many who would not only be inspired by these ideas, the word relish comes to mind. In fact, as I was reading through the well-designed setups in each game, I was urged to contact a couple of my friends and tell them they must buy this book. Although, coordinating these games appear to involve much work to deliver the grand-scale effect and requires a passion to carry it out in the way the reader enjoys here, it would be worth it. If one is able to put this together, they are guaranteed to receive a standing ovation at its conclusion. I do recommend Ms. Kullstroem’s Deadly Roles even for those such as myself who may not enact the very detailed events astutely laid out; I can certainly appreciate them as an entertaining and thought-provoking read.
Deadly Roles: Interactive Games of Murder and Mystery is a collection of seven interactive murder mystery games in which players take on character roles, search for clues and solve mysteries in Halloween-party settings. Games are themed on different ways death has been regarded from the Middle Ages to the present, and the impact these views still have on daily life as a result. These mysterious topics include the plague, death omens, alchemy, funerals, Underworld legends, graveyards and legends of the undead.
Each chapter and game contains character backgrounds, game materials such as Spell Books, Alchemy Books and Books of the Undead, instructions for setting up deadly atmosphere and rules of play. In addition, each game in Deadly Roles is written in story form to be enjoyed from the safety of one’s living room in addition to being brought to life through a party.