Published on January 6th, 2016 | by Jonathan Dolce
Live Clue: Star Wars!
This coming summer reading program is all themed, “Get in the Game! Read!” and I thought given the popularity and anticipation of the upcoming film, we’d have to do some Live Clue – Star Wars themed for next summer! I’ve done this program with children of all ages as well as their parents. Always had a blast and now with the Star Wars theme, perhaps a blaster!
The game setup is inexpensive but takes a few hours to set up and requires a large room. To set the stage, you will need a large meeting space. In the past, I’ve been fortunate to use a space that either has 12” tile or 2’ carpet tiles, so it’s easy to mark off the board using the same proportions as the original board game. For each of the rooms for Star Wars, I picked different locations from the films.
- Death Star
- Cloud City
- Ewok village
Note: you will need nine (9) locations. Think in terms of what you have on hand, what inspires you or what you think will appeal to your audience.
- Green: Yoda
- Black: Darth Vader
- White: Princess Leia
- Taupe (or mustard): Luke Skywalker
- Red: Padmé Amidala
- Blue: Jango Fett
- Mr. Body: Jar Jar Binks – always Jar Jar
Note: the rules in this game over and above gameplay is that there are no rules. If you wanted to add Brown: Qui Gon Jinn, why not? The original Clue has six (6) playing characters with one Body, or Jar Jar.
- Lightsaber (you could have yellow, green, blue…)
- Blaster (there are dozens of different rifles, blasters, etc. from the films)
- Thermal detonator
- Bowcaster (this was Chewie’s weapon of choice)
- Battle staff
- Guard axe
Note: ion cannon anyone? Or perhaps an Ewok boulder? Again, the rules mean we need six (6) weapons; you can choose any you like. Ideally you want a blend of weapons, some Jedi, some Imperial and others from varying alien races. Things like the boulder would be easy to create a prop of; big ball of brown paper perhaps with masking tape and duct tape on it for texture.
If your meeting room has a linoleum tile floor, each tile could represent a space on the board. Using colored masking tape, map out the floor of the meeting room to be identical to the Clue game board’s rooms inside the mansion and outlined the squares for the game pieces to move.
Then, and here’s the cunning part, you can add life-sized props to each of the – um – mansion’s or universe’s rooms or locations. Create game cards, increasing the size of the game cards to 8.5 x 11, and issue clipboards to the players to hold their clues.
A trip to Goodwill or similar store yields all manner of inexpensive costumes and accessories for each of the six players in colors that matched their character names. The players can use life-sized weapons for the game’s markers. The photo below shows all of my game props from the first Live Clue.
The game play was identical to the original game except that live players replaced the markers. I played a butler who was their game host and I ensured proper game play. In the Star Wars version, you’ll want an impartial Jedi investigator, whose been tasked with solving the crime. In the photo below, I’m holding a candlestick with a large foam die; after a roll, the players would move one tile at a time, just like in regular game play. Also in the photo is Kristen Arnett, my assistant, who was Ms. Scarlett, and Dylan, Brianna and Emily, who are also in costume and holding their game cards.
While spectators are waiting, have them play some board games, watch a Star Wars movie and enjoy eating pizza and drinking soda!
The game winners all received a Clue game and all other attendees/participants simply won the right to eat and drink all of the refreshments.
Extra-detailed notes from original Live Clue:
This program can be as complicated or simple as you like. I purchased “costumes”, basically different coats and jackets the same colors as the characters in the game from Good Will. If you tell the GoodWill people what you are up to, they might give you a discount. Mrs. White got a lab coat, Colonel Mustard got a jacket that looks like a safari coat, etc. The Professor Plum coat comes in handy for playing The Joker! Also got lifesized weapons from “around”, like the rope I already had in my garage, the candlestick came from Good Will, the revolver from Walmart, the knife from Dollar Tree, etc. Then! You need masking tape to mark off where each of the rooms are, but not necessarily every square. Inside each “room” you can get creative, adding furniture or props to represent the room. One visual pun I did was for the Ball Room, well, I put a bunch of balls in it! The kitchen got our toy kitchen from the kid’s section, the billiard room got a table with green construction paper for the felt, a print out of the billiard balls and a pvc pipe cut to length and decorated to look like a billiard cue. Are you getting the idea?! Also, each player got a paper circle for their “marker”, so if they accidentally step away from their circle, they can remember where they were. If you do not have a square tile format to the floor, then kids can use their feet, with each step representing a square on the board. I let them move diagonally, too, so it goes faster. I played the part of an investigator (dressed up like a detective from Law ‘n’ Order). Also, printed out giant sized cards to present the cards from the game, and each participant got a clipboard to hold their notepads and cards. You play it just like the board game, which I also picked up from Good Will.
Let me know if you have any other questions!