A few weeks about my friends Tim & Carina moved. They gave me a bunch of stuff for my birthday auction (before you ask, no date set) including How to Host A Mystery, Star Trek: The Next Generation style. They made me promise that I would run it and invite them, to which I quickly agreed. Others also were very enthusiastic – so much so that I wanted to set a date as soon as possible to satiate their disturbing Trekkie needs. In hindsight I should have waited a little longer, because we played it last night and it was way way way too hot in my apartment to do anything except stay out, even with three fans going. Especially when that anything includes being dressed up in Trek costume. We should have pretended we were at Risa, or perhaps the environmental controls on the Enterprise were on the bridge.
Anyhoo I did a pretty clumsy job of running the game (the rulebook didn’t make it very easy for me, but to be fair it was my reading comprehension was not exactly at its best). It was no mention at all about whether the host should or should not play the game as one of the characters. I recommend that wherever this game goes, the host should NOT try to play the game, and should familiarize him/herself with everything, including spoiling the ending, so that he doesn’t cock up so magnificently. I wouldn’t say the night was spoiled because even with the heat and the gaffs it was still tons of fun, but how could it not be in the company of Caleb, Lani, Adam, Sheri, Stephane, Tim and Carina and all of the delicious cross-alpha quadrant victuals that came with them!
And now that I know how to host it properly, I would do so again if there is enough interest, but not until the environmental controls are under control.