Complete Game Night: Mysterium

Welcome to the mansion where we have all the murders!

Mysterium is a game of… wait for it…

Mystery!

Also of murder and magic.

And ghosts and dreams.

This game feels like the happy child of Clue and Dixit, and it’s a current Killer Moose favorite. One player — the ghost — hands out gorgeous ‘vision’ cards to the other players — the clairvoyants. Each clairvoyant uses their vision cards to solve their own mystery (who did it, where and with what) and then they all come together to solve the finale.

And while you’re solving all those mysteries, you will naturally need a fabulous cocktail to sip on. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered:

 

Pear Martini

IMG_3556What you’ll need:

1.5 oz your favorite pear vodka (Grey Goose Le Poire is excellent, but Absolut also works well and is more affordable)

.5 oz St. Germain

.5 oz Sour mix (Clarice really recommends homemade sour) (Alternatively: if you want less of a sour kick to it, you can substitute plain lemon juice instead)

 

 

What you need to do:

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Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

Pour vodka, St. Germain, and sour mix over the ice (and scale the amounts depending on how many people will be having a martini!)

Shake. Pour. Garnish with a slice of pear! (Be prepared: that pear slice will be very vodka-infused by the time you finish the martini. Eating it is a bit like having an extra drink at the end.)

to make homemade sour: In a mixing bowl combine equal parts granulated sugar, lime juice and lemon juice. Stir until sugar is entirely dissolved. (Note when trying to decide how much to make: remember that fresh syrups / sour mixes last about a month if sealed and stored in the refrigerator.)

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If you don’t have martini glasses on hand, feel free to improvise!

Martini in hand, it’s time to turn to the hearty portion of the evening. We did an eastern European inspired stew since Mysterium was first published by Ukrainian publisher IGames. We hope you’ll enjoy it:

 

 

A Hearty Stew of Lentils and Kielbasa

stew pictureWhat you’ll need:

Pancetta

1 medium-sized parsnip

2 small onions

1 lrg. potato or 3-4 small potatoes (grated)

1 lb Lentils

About 8 cups chicken stock

Kielbasa

Paprika, salt & pepper to taste

Crushed Tomatoes (optional)

 

What you need to do:IMG_3509

Chop and saute the onions with the pancetta

Core and chop the parsnip, and saute that as well

Add stock, grated potatoes, chopped Kielbasa and lentils

Add crushed tomatoes (if you so desire)

Liberally apply paprika.

Cover and simmer. At least 1 hr. But the longer the better. The longer you let it cook down, the more delicious your stew shall be.

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Now that your dinner and drinks are done, let’s move on to the finer details.

If you’re looking for the perfect soundtrack to an evening of Mysterium, simply plug ‘Cole Porter’ into Pandora. The mix gives an old-fashioned cheeriness to an evening of murder and occult portents. It’s pretty great.

When it comes to games to pair up with Mysterium, our first recommendation is to play a few games of Mysterium itself. You can change up the difficulty and switch who is playing the ghost. Games run right around an hour. When we finished our first game, we immediately played again.

But, if you’d like to change it up, Dixit is a good choice. It’ll get you in the right ‘interpret the cards’ frame of mind. Or, if you have enough people and want something loud and frantic and ridiculous, ladies and gentlemen, go get Ladies and Gentlemen from the shelves.

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Here’s a condensed version:

The Game: Mysterium

The Drink: Pear Martini

The Dinner: Hearty Stew of Lentils and Kielbasa

Soundtrack: Cole Porter Pandora Station

Other Games: More Mysterium, Dixit, Ladies and Gentlemen

  1. and cheese!