by Eric Pugh
Several years ago, while brainstorming with our student leadership team about new fellowship activities, we stumbled upon Life-Sized Clue. Our youth had already done Life-Sized Monopoly (which was a ton of fun to construct the board, but implementation was difficult with a large group of people), and wanted to try something else. After a few suggestions, someone said, “What about Clue?” The group paused and thought, “Yeah, what about Clue!” We then began working to make it happen, and this is how we did it:
Using a Clue board game and a map of our church, we decided which spaces in the church would most easily correspond to a room in the game. The kitchen was the kitchen, the youth lounge was the billiard room (because we had a pool table), and so on and so forth until we had all the rooms covered. Then instead of following the rules of the game, we decided that each room should have a piece of evidence or a clue that could be recovered. To retrieve the clue from the room, we created challenges that had to be successfully completed to unlock the clue. Finally we deiced that we would recruit specific volunteers from our church to play the part of each the characters. We created a mystery that need to be solved, a back story, and motive for each character so they could play their part.
When we play the game, we make teams 4-5 youth, which travel around the church trying to unlock clues. We only allow one team in a room at a time. If the team does not succeed they have to leave the room and reenter. We also allow them to ask questions of suspects, but the suspects have limited information. The first team to return to the main area with the correct answer wins. We decided that teams who guess incorrectly received a time penalty where they had to wait, to prevent teams from guessing over and over. Since that first time we played, we have played it over and over, making new scenarios and creating new challenges. Our students like it so much, that they make sure it’s on our fall calendar each year new Halloween. They like to dress up too!