Life-size 'Clue' game takes over Warner Hall
Published: Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 18:10
There was a murder in Warner Hal. Professor Plum killed Mr. Body in the ballroom with the lead pipe.
Clue, a popular murder mystery board game, came to life Oct. 8 as university students used clues and smart deduction to catch a killer in a Life-Size Clue game.
The game was co-sponsored by the registered student organization Mysteries at UD, a group dedicated to mysteries of all kinds, said Courtney Long, the club's vice president and co-founder. Along with co-sponsor Residence Life, MUD has held the event for the last two years.
Unlike the movie version of the popular game, the players of Life-Size Clue form teams, roll dice to move spaces and move from room to room.
"There is a weapon, room card and person card in each room," Long said. "Once you get into the room, it's like a scavenger hunt."
Sophomores Arielle Rich and Casey Spencer solved the case of Mr. Body's murder in this year's game, held in the all-girls dormitory Warner Hall.
MUD members said Warner Hall is perfect for staging the game.
"The layout of the building is such a mimic of the board game," Long said. "It's good to be able to utilize one of the buildings on campus that people don't usually visit."
Warner Hall director Michele Pedicone said Warner really lends itself to a mysterious kind of event because it has a peculiar aura.
"Warner has a very old and almost kind of creepy feeling," Pedicone said.
Though Rich and Spencer did not dress up, Warner was full of Miss Scarlets, Miss Peacocks and Colonel Mustards who were ready to solve the murder mystery. MUD member and junior Dan Hartnett came dressed in head-to-toe yellow as a convincing Colonel Mustard.
"Why would you not want to come to something like this?" Hartnett said. "Why not dress up as your favorite Clue character?"
Junior Victoria Vaden Richardson, a resident assistant in the dorm, was interested in the event held in her building.
"It's brilliant. It's the perfect building for it to be in," Vaden Richardson said. "I think it's a great idea. Watching it so far has been interesting."
MUD president and co-founder Lauren Woglom, treasurer Mary McCartin and Long hid the cards and fake weapons in inconspicuous places, such as in lampshades and under candles. Rich and Spencer said in their search for clues, they got down on their hands and knees and searched under tables for clue cards.
Long said MUD organizes a variety of activities for interested members. Long said the group co-sponsors mystery movies in the Trabant University Center, attends ghost hunts and tours, visits spy museums and Frightland and even hosts murder mystery dinners. MUD's bi-monthly meetings end with a puzzle or mystery activity, she said.
Long said the original concept of the club was created in Fall 2008, but MUD made its official debut at Activities Night in spring 2009.
"We were interested in mysteries and heard you could make any club you wanted here," Woglom said. "We specifically heard about the Boggle club, so we figured if there could be a Boggle club, we could have a mystery club."
Harnett said MUD's activities attracted students on Activities Night.
"One of the main things people said at Activities Night was ‘Oh my God, you have Life Size Clue?'" Harnett said.
Long said MUD participants had been interested in staging a Clue game for a while.
"When we asked people what they wanted to do, it kept coming up," Long said. "It sparks people's interest because everyone seems to have some kind of fascination with the game."