A few weeks ago, The Peak cooked up a devious murder mystery that could be played virtually over Zoom. During this circuit breaker period, we felt that while we had to be socially distanced, that didn’t mean that we must be socially distant.

There were numerous virtual initiatives out there, but we felt that it was lacking a key ingredient – intimacy. As CEO of Ninja Van, Lai Chang Wen mentioned, “the reality is that virtual meetings can only amplify and maintain existing working relationships, but it can’t forge a new one”.

So, with support from Martell, we put together a murder mystery that comprised physical game packages (pictured below) that participants received via courier, the actual mystery itself that was played over Zoom, and post-event engagement. The key, as Chang Wen so aptly put it, was to amplify existing relationships and bring about some cheer as well as a bit of fun while we were all stuck at home.

Inside the murder mystery box, you could find a bottle of Martell VSOP Cognac, a box of Speckled The Salted Egg Yolk Bon Bon, a couple of props for the game, and the game notes.
Inside the murder mystery box, you could find a bottle of Martell VSOP Cognac, a box of Speckled The Salted Egg Yolk Bon Bon, a couple of props for the game, and the game notes.

We held two Murder Mystery sessions over one night and they were both great successes (or so, we’d like to think). Some of the participants even appeared on camera dressed up as detectives, or at least their top halves.

The two winners, Stephanie Lee and Grace Lim, walked away with a Martell Cordon Bleu Limited Edition by Mathias Kiss. A worthy prize indeed for being able to correctly deduce their respective objectives in the course of an hour.

Check out the video at the top of this article for a peek into what we got up to.