Cape May's War of the Worlds
The War of the Worlds has always struck me as a great
story, a great situation to drop mystery guests into. Drawing material
from the 1898 novel, the 1938 radio broadcast and the 1953 film, we wove
the tale of a Martian cylinder that had been downed over Cape May in the
first wave of the Great Invasion. Our guests could choose to be invading
Martians or defending Earthlings.
Our murder "victims" were actually Martian scouts trying to locate the
cylinder which carried medical supplies that would have given the
invaders a strong resistance to earth's bacteria. Martian medical pods
were in three hidden locations south of the canal and if the Martians
recovered two of the three the invasion succeeded.
The Martians got off to a fast start but Earth's defenders just barely
edged them out and saved the planet. It was a fun problem for the guests
to grapple with and one day we'll surely run it again!