I've been working on a whodunnit style of puzzle where the community plays the role of the detective using skill and investigation to solve a crime. Before I put the finishing touches on it however, I wanted to post the basic structure here and see if it seems that this is appropriate for the site. I've read the previous question about semi-interactive puzzles where one of the main critique's was organization. I've tried to address this in my rules. My main concern is length; I've tried to handle this as well, but want some feedback. I really like this idea and think it could go well, but also fear it would get downvoted to oblivion if done poorly. Without spoiling the contents of the story, here are the rules I have so far. Note that these rules would follow text laying out a story and describing the discovery of several deceased victims with details regarding their state.
This will be an interactive puzzle, meaning that you all will play the role of the detective. You must ask questions to get more information. Keep in mind, you can only ask questions that a detective could reasonably get an answer to and I will provide the answer from the appropriate source. So for example, "Was the victim pushed off the roof?" is an unreasonable question, whereas "Did anyone see the victim go on the roof with anyone else?" is something Detective PSE could actually look into. Also understand that if you ask someone who did go on the roof with the victim, they would lie about it when asked in order to protect themself. This puzzle requires lateral-thinking, so feel free to ask any questions that you think could yield relevant info. I will provide answers with realistic levels of detail.
Your task is to determine how and why the victims died and who should be placed under arrest. I will create an 'investigation' community wiki post. Add any questions you want the detective to investigate (specify who to ask if applicable), and I will edit with the answer detective PSE determines. When you feel you have a complete answer to the mystery which includes
- A description of how and why each victim died, with any evidence to back it up
- Who was responsible
- The motive (it's not very far-fetched)
then post it as a separate answer. Again, for the sake of brevity, please don't post unless you have certainty based on investigation. This separate answer will serve as your 'hunch'.
(Looking for better alternatives here especially)
If it reaches a confidence level of +5 upvotes, I will respond to it. If it reaches a score of -5, I ask that you please delete it (if you believe this request unreasonable, comment below). Similarly, if your hunch is debunked by later investigation, please delete it for brevity's sake.
Criticism is (obviously) very welcome and if you have better suggestions as far as implementation, I would love to hear them. I'd like to believe that this can work and be a blast, what do you guys think?