Saturday, March 13th, online via Zoom, 6:30 PM
And now for something completely different! Instead of the usual discussion or presentation about a serious topic, this month we’re planning a fun evening aimed at lifting our spirits after this tedious winter, and building community with our fellow Humanists.
This is a virtual version of a murder mystery theme party – played on Zoom. Here’s the mystery:
Hal Sapone, a notorious crime boss from Chicago, has directed his mobsters to meet without delay to find out who whacked the mole in his faction, Jimmy The Legs. Jimmy was squealing to the feds about the inner-workings of Hal’s underground organization, but it’s a sign of disrespect and rebellion to clip someone without an order from the top. Hal wants the disloyal thug found at once.
The crime boss has received puzzling notes from the extortion racket known as The Iron Hand. Hal wants everyone to work together to decipher the messages and find the killer.
Who Whacked the Mole is a game for adult players, and all attendees are either characters or spectators.
- Characters (suspects) will have their roles assigned ahead of time. All characters can be played by either gender, and the character who is the murderer will not know that their character is the murderer.
- Spectators (non-suspects) watch and play along. They will receive an email with information and instructions a day or two before the game.
There are 2 rounds in the game, and it takes about 2 hours to play. Each round contains at least one group challenge. At the end, players make their accusations and then the culprit will be revealed. Watch the trailer on YouTube.
Everyone is welcome to join the fun!
When you register for this meeting, you will be asked if you prefer to attend as a character or as a spectator.
If you would like to portray one of the characters, read the following carefully:
- There are only 10 characters. If we receive more than 10 requests to be characters, we may have to turn people away or draw lots for the roles, so register early. Characters will be assigned the weekend before the meeting (March 5/6). After that, requests for characters will be accommodated only if there are remaining unfilled roles (only 6 roles are required).
- You must have a reliable internet connection and be comfortable using Zoom.
- Commit to attend and play the role (the game won’t work if the murderer doesn’t show up).
- The email address that you use to register for the meeting will be shared with the people who are playing the other characters.
- Prepare for your role. You will receive your character assignment via email a few days before the game. It will contain your character’s bio, instructions, and a ‘pre-game pass’ that will allow you to contact the other characters and do some planning together before the big night (hence the sharing of emails).
Or simply watch the fun and try to solve the case as a spectator. No pressure! But you should still register early to receive the information package before the game.
To ‘attend’ (participate or just listen) our virtual HAAM events, you must register ahead of time with Zoom. After you complete the registration form, you will automatically receive the link to join.
Using registration makes it easier for us to securely share our events. You do NOT need to have your own Zoom account – just a computer, tablet, or smart phone to open the link. You can dial in by phone (audio only) if you do not have access to internet.