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Halloween Murder Mystery: The Rules

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 3:28 PM
**This will be the last message regarding this particular contest that is posted outside of Halloween-HQ. If you would like to join the contest, please keep an eye on that group for kickoff information and announcements.**


Welcome!



Welcome to Halloween 2013! A group of CVs and partnering community members have gathered to bring you a Halloween haunted murder mystery. We have worked extremely hard on it, and we hope you will enjoy it.

The contest will start tomorrow, 11 October 2013, and will run until 1 November at 11:59 PM Pacific time.


The role of the detectives



We will post introductory information that tells you what happened and what we would like you to do. Essentially, your job is to solve the murder in the castle. You will talk to several people along the path to figure out who the murderer was. Along the way, we have small tasks and puzzles for you to complete. At the end, we will ask you to tell us who the murderer was and what the circumstances were behind the murder.

When we reveal who the first person is, you will go to his/her profile page, find the hidden link to a Sta.sh document, and read the document to learn the character's story and what he/she wants you to do. When you have finished the task, note the character with your results. Be polite so you don't lose your head. :)

The character will then give you a clue and two names (you get to choose who to talk to next). Pick one to start with. You will have to find a link on his or her page that goes to a Sta.sh document for them, and then you will do their task.


The rules



1. Final answers [murderer(s)' name(s)] must be turned in via note to Halloween-HQ no later than November 1st at 11:59 PM PT. When you turn in the name, you should give us the character who did it and also tell us what the story was behind the murder (motive, if you have it, or anything else that helps explain what went on). Points will be given for accuracy.

2. Points will be given for being one of the first 3 finishers and deducted for being one of the last 3 finishers. This addition/deduction will not be sufficient to win/lose the game alone. (Points are awarded for finishing early, accuracy of murder suspect guess, and some of the tasks and puzzles you will face along the journey.)

3. You must follow the trail. Don't try to skip ahead, for the story unfolds in a certain order. While you will probably have to backtrack a bit at some point, try to remain on a steady path.

4. Do NOT leave comments in any character's Sta.sh journal. This will ruin the game for other participants, and you will be disqualified. If you are given a Muro task to complete, please complete it in your own sta.sh document and note the link to the character who requested it.

5. Work by yourself.

6. Keep track of the stock images you find along the way. We will have an OPTIONAL art competition after this detection part of the contest closes.


The Prizes



For the mystery-solving part of the competition, the prizes are as follows:

First place: 3,000 points plus $30 print
Second place: 2,000 points plus $20 print
Third place: 1,000 points plus $15 print

All prizes are from Moonbeam13 at communityrelations.


Keep on the lookout for the kickoff blog tomorrow in Halloween-HQ

Skin design by Thiefoworld
Resources by WebTreatsETC, DougitDesign and ftourini
Happy Halloween! Welcome to our spooky Whodunnit!
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student General Artist
I had fun following this! I just couldn't figure anything out. Not from a lack of clues, just too busy with homework. But I still enjoyed what I saw, so thank you!
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student General Artist
I had fun following this! I just couldn't figure anything out. Not from a lack of clues, just too busy with homework. But I still enjoyed what I saw, so thank you!
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MoonstreamFeline Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh noes! i did not finish it :(
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:iconnesmaty:
Nesmaty Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
:eager:
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o-Sky-Maiden-o Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That was so much fun! I would have finished it but I saw the competition a bit late :iconcryforeverplz:
But still, The hiding spots, riddles and searching for images were amazing~! I'm glad I got to be part of this competition.
You should do these type of competitions on Valentine, Easter and Christmas too. That would be extremely enjoyable.
:iconbigheartplz:
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:iconfaliara:
Faliara Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
...

YES.
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:iconpinkie-mads:
Pinkie-Mads Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just discovered this! I want to do it as well!
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013   Digital Artist
Unfortunately, it's too late. Sorry... stay tuned for next year!!
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twilightluver4794 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
:( This makes me sad that it ended today. I was in the middle of  the mystery!!! :(
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:icontolette:
tolette Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
me too
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:icontwilightluver4794:
twilightluver4794 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Well, there's always next year!
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:icontolette:
tolette Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
and i think it would still be awesome
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:icontwilightluver4794:
twilightluver4794 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
I don't see why it wouldn't be!!!!! XD
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XxFlameFrost101xX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Will the murderer be revealed at the end? To everyone? 
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Yes.
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:iconxxflamefrost101xx:
XxFlameFrost101xX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay Thankyou :)
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:iconteddy-the-yeti:
Teddy-the-Yeti Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Who do we note if we find out the murderer?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013   Digital Artist
the group
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:iconrockint765:
RockinT765 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Darn, I've been busy and had this sitting on my laptop for about a week. Now, I have two days. Well, someone at least tell me who killed her at the end of the whole thing.
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BlackBlossomJewelry Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Who do we note when we think we know what happened? 
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:iconkeesarokuri:
KeesaRokuri Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The halloween HQ group.
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:iconblackblossomjewelry:
BlackBlossomJewelry Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks~ 
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:iconaindania:
aindania Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So is it okay to backtrack and do the tasks of other characters that you haven't done?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013   Digital Artist
yup! :thumbsup:
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:iconganbatte526:
Ganbatte526 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm confused about rule 4
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Choclate-Dreams Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Student General Artist
when you find the hidden link to their sta.sh journal which tells of their story,you cannot comment under the unpublished deviation(unless permitted) or else you are not eligible for the prizes :iconahehplz:

like what happened to me when I forgot about this rule :iconguhuplz:
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:iconsmiley1starrs:
Smiley1starrs Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How long must we wait before getting a response back.

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:iconchoclate-dreams:
Choclate-Dreams Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Student General Artist
it depends actually :3
whether they're online or not :iconyuinodplz:
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ShionXeriawind Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Must the requirement of the task always come from the resources category or are we also allowed to look into the others?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013   Digital Artist
They should specify, but I think they're all from Resources.
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Hazelstar67 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013

This is a delightful little Whodunnit! I'm enjoying it.... Even though some characters are being VERY mysterious. It adds to the general feeling of spookiness I suppose.

 

Since this is coming to an end soon, are there any Whodunnits vaguely resembling this NOT just for Halloween? Because I'm having SO much fun and I would love to do something like this again.

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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013   Digital Artist
We're throwing around some more ideas. :) Stay tuned!
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:iconhazelstar67:
Hazelstar67 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013

Really? That's fantastic!

 

Oh, and I know I'm not a volunteer or official member on DA or anything like a lot of these characters are, but if you evr need help with actual 'characters' I would love to try and help.

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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013   Digital Artist
that would be awesome!!! :)
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:iconthe-mysterious-j:
The-Mysterious-J Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So.. I understood that when I guess wrong, I'll only lack the points of that particular riddle, and not lose automatically?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013   Digital Artist
right.
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:iconthe-mysterious-j:
The-Mysterious-J Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very good! :-)
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SilverHatsuyuki Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Artist
Hi! So about the riddles.. do we need to answer correctly, like specifying or something like that?? 'cause i'm having second thoughts about one of the character's riddle... but even if we're wrong we still get a clue right???  Or does it still depend on some character's? :/
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013   Digital Artist
it depends on the character.
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:iconsilverhatsuyuki:
SilverHatsuyuki Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Artist
i see... thanks :) 
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:iconthe-mysterious-j:
The-Mysterious-J Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do we have second guesses with the riddles or only one, like with the end solution?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013   Digital Artist
I think that depends on the character, but in most cases you just get one. :)
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:iconthe-mysterious-j:
The-Mysterious-J Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
u! :( (Sad)
Are the solutions obvious, once I've found them? Or is it more like guessing which one is the right one?
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:iconangelchan27:
angelchan27 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I fave the sta.sh?  :)
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013   Digital Artist
unfortunately not.
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:iconremanlongtail:
remanlongtail Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So, just so I'm clear, can I backtrack to investigate other characters once I've reached the end?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013   Digital Artist
yes.
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:iconallybear1995:
allybear1995 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Quick question. Can we interrogate both of the people we're directed to, or only one?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013   Digital Artist
Do one at a time.
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flirtygirl96 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Will we lose points or be disqualified if we accidentally may have done that once?
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