Find out what happens when a famous mystery writer invites several of her closest friends to spend the weekend at her manor and one of them winds up dead. A Dark and Stormy Night is our November box and will put even the most skilled of amateur detectives to the test! Ships out the first week in December!
Order by November 30th to get this box!
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....
Buy one and try it!
I think 2-3 is best since you are reading from a device (laptop or tablet). We have had more people and then used 2 devices.
A group of 4-6 people could definitely do this. We have quite a few people who have monthly mystery dinners and enjoy good food and company while solving our mysteries.
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: The description reads "some Internet access required via smartphone or tablet". Can it be accessed through a laptop? Also, is this something that one person can do on their own?Asked by Laura W., November 2019
As some other people have answered, there are QR codes that must be scanned. Once scanned they have you download a file or sometimes redirect to YouTube. Recently they had us send an email to a specific address that provided some answers and more clues.
And yes this is totally doable on your own.
We like to use an iPad (tablet). You can even use a phone (or two).
There are QR code’s that need to be scanned to follow a link. It wouldn’t work with a laptop I don’t believe. You could solve it as one person if you wanted to.
This is definitely something one person can do on their own. A laptop could be used as long as it has a camera and the ability to scan and read QR codes.
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...
Each of our boxes are stand-alone mysteries. They all take place within the same universe so you will see characters or locations appear in multiple boxes. But they are not written where you have to solve one box before solving another.
No, each month is different.
Each box is a brand-new mystery.
Q: How do I buy a past box? Asked by Alexandra F., November 2019
Hi Alexandra. All past boxes can be purchased on our website under the one-time purchases tab.
WOW! Simply wow! We LOVED this. What an awesome date night game! Perfectly put together, lasted a couple of hours. We were NEVER bored and guessing until the very end. We ordered Sanitarium as a trial and we are for sure going to be monthly subscribers! Thanks for the fun!
That's awesome! We love hearing about quality date night time. Thank you for the review and for being a subscriber! I am sure Nurse Edgarton would be appreciative of your efforts :-)
I've done many of these boxes and from my past experiences I have two favorites: this is one of them. It's so immersive, so unique and intriguing. Real websites, Facebook pages, emails, phone numbers. It's great. I love it so so much. Took us like five hours to complete. It was so great. The puzzles are perfectly puzzling. The information is so detailed. OMG it's the best.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review, Candy. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. If you haven't already, join us in The Deadbolt Mystery Society Hint Group on Facebook and share your expertise. Our members are great at offering hints if you get stuck on a puzzle!
I love these boxes. I tried it because I was not liking hunt a killer or empty faces. I started with one box at the start of June. I now have bought 6 boxes and became a monthly subscriber. I have also had quick feedback on any questions that I have had. I like that there are hint files and solution files in case you need a push in the right direction. I would give this company a try. I have loved all the boxes I have tried so far.
Thanks for the recommendation, Michelle!
We've solved 5 out of 6 of these and have Seaside Strangler (past box) in hand and ready to solve. We find these are a great value for money...giving us 2-3 hours of fun on average. I am SOOO addicted to these that I went onto their website and bought ALL of the archive boxes they had available AND renewed our subscription for another 6 months.
I am completely obsessed with subscription boxes and this one is tied with a book club one for my favorite boxes of all time....mystery or otherwise! I have tried ALL but one of the mystery/escape room style subscription boxes I can find and Deadbolt Mystery Society is the absolute BEST by far.
Now, maybe you are WAY smarter than us and will solve faster, but there is so much content and story telling. What seems easy at first, never is. My personal goal is to successfully solve with zero hints...we got REALLY close last time ;-) If you like to read mysteries and you like solving puzzles, you'll LOVE this!
Obsession isn't always a bad thing! We are thrilled to see how much you are enjoying the mystery boxes! Thanks a million for the recommendation, Michele!
I recently purchased Infected as a one time purchase box to see if I would like this subscription. After I completed the box I was addicted. I have to order the others and I started a monthly subscription. Each month is a stand alone mystery and there are fantastic puzzles to solve and decipher. The puzzles will make you think outside the box but not so hard to bring on frustration. I became engrossed in the storyline and genuinely wanted to solve the murder. I recommend this box 100 percent. I can't wait for other boxes to arrive!
Thank you for being a subscriber, Susan! Glad to hear you are enjoying the boxes as much as we enjoy creating them! If you haven't already, join us in The Deadbolt Mystery Society Hint Group on Facebook and remember, when 3 of your friends subscribe, your next box is on us!