Work Sanctioned LARPing

My Company has a deal in their lease agreement that the building will replace the carpets and paint the walls every 5 or 10 years. Because of that, I have two weeks of working from home along with everyone on my floor.

For the record, while I am generally a keeps-to-himself sort of person, I have not been enjoying my stay at home time at all. I feel unfocused and my how internet is slow, especially when doing large database transactions.

In order to take the edge off of working from home we had a department retreat at the beginning of the working from home period. This is the first time I’ve gone on a field trip to a winery and I have to say that I could get used to it.

In addition to drinking and eating (which is distinctly different from eating and drinking), the organizers set us up with a murder mystery. The e-mail went out for suspects and I responded immediately though a couple people were faster than me.

I had never done a Murder Mystery before but being given my pre-generated character sheet made me feel immediately at home. As the secret Mob Assassin (I won’t name names) I immediately thought of him being played by Jean Rene or Peter Stormare (pictured to the left). I can do greasy black hair and a disheveled suit.

The rules were simple and didn’t involve combat. I was given a couple pieces of information that I was to tell to anyone who would listen and a full character backstory that I didn’t want to share but would have to if someone asked me directly. No lying to the other players. We then had a fun hour and a half of mingling semi-in character around the bar while drinking wine. I don’t normally drink while gaming so that was a new experience as well.

Also no one, not even the player of the killer, knew who the real killer was. By figuring out what everyone else was saying I had a fairly good idea by the end who it was but I ended up casting my vote for the long shot that I thought was more amusing rather than going for the sure thing.

All in all I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Would definitely drink and roleplay again.

⭐ - Bill