Solve a Halloween mystery! The Wandering Monster Parade has come to town, bringing with it a host of sideshow freaks & shadow folk. Soon after their arrival, the homecoming queen is found murdered with smudges of greasepaint on her neck and cheeks. It can't be a coincidence that a clown has been spotted around town. Will you be able to solve the poor girl's murder before The Wandering Monster Parade leaves town, or will the fiend responsible get The Last Laugh?
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Q: Is this something that would be good for a group of 4-6 people? Not sure if it is better for just 2 people or can be adapted for a larger group. Asked by Megan H., May 2019
4 to 6 people could do it... Sometimes there is a bit of up front reading involved. We take turns reading / overacting those parts out loud (as well as the final solution) which is super fun... Then everyone could work on one of the many puzzles and report their findings to the group....
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We have done it with 3 and 4 people. I think more than 4 may be too many especially if everyone wants to be really involved. 3 was a great number, it also depends a little on the box and the skill level of who you are working with.
4-6 people could play just fine as most of the mysteries aren't linear.
I think you could do it with more than 2 people or a group. You could assign certain people to different puzzles (tasks, etc.). You may want to make copies of everything for all that are playing
Q: Does each mystery box build on the last, or are there new mysteries every time?Asked by Michelle J., April 2019
Each box is it's own self-contained mystery, requiring no knowledge of prior boxes. However, there are some very minor references and easter eggs that are fun for people who have done multiple boxes (and they are so minor that you miss nothing if you don't even get them). Again, no knowledge of prior boxes is needed. Each stands alone. That was a big concern for me, too, when I was deciding on what box to subscribe to, so I understand...
No, each month is different.
Each box is a brand-new mystery.
Q: Is there a time limit on this? Wondering if this is a one-and-done type of box or if you can go back and replay after a while or have family members attempt to solve on their own as a challenge. Asked by Autumn H., August 2019
There is no time limit. There is also a very robust Facebook group as well as a hint group that are very very good about remaining spoiler-free. All of us live in the real world and life happens from time to time and slows down your ability to get to a box. For instance, my brother and I started last month's box and just haven't had a chance to finish it because of family vacations. Plus, the boxes are independent...
There is no time limit. As long as you don’t write on the clues they can be used again. We use sheet protectors and dry erase markers.
Q: Do these have to be solved with other people or can just one person work on it? I'm thinking of giving this as a gift. Asked by Erica R., May 2019
You can do it solo for sure. It might just take a bit longer. If you've done puzzles before then you'll understand what I mean when I say sometimes a partner may see a solution that is obvious to them that you just can't see right away. So working together may get the mystery done a bit faster. Instead of being one big mystery, DMS boxes contain numerous smaller puzzles that lead to solving a bigger mystery. But don't let...
You can certainly solve the mystery on your own but it also works great as a group (2-4 people) project.
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