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Questions about Murder/Mystery Games

Posted by bizzybee (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 28, 02 at 7:26

Please tell me more about Murder/Mystery Games (apparently they haven't hit our area yet). I assume you may have people over for dinner, assign roles and then what?

Do you need costumes, lots of space, props? Would non-outgoing people enjoy it, or would they feel put on the spot? Where do you get the games? Are there any that teens or young adults would enjoy...for perhaps a family get to gether?

Thanks for the info.

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RE: Questions about Murder/Mystery Games

The ones I have seen come in a "kit"....a box with the tape, the number and names of guests, suggested meny and sometimes "clues" to be found.
You invite people to fill the "cast list"'s more fun if they come in costume, then play the tape....which is the scenario set tells when to break for cocktails etc ( it definitly goes better with a little alcoholic beverage!)...The hostess may plant a clue or 2 ( like a handkerchief and the guests must find out who's it is)....periodically the tape stops so the guests can question each other as to where they were when the murder happened or what their relationship is with the deceased......
And eventually someone realizes "whodonnit"....
It's fun....but you need guests who will be with the program....or it'll fall flat.
Linda C

RE: Questions about Murder/Mystery Games

My parents did two "How to Host a Murder" games when I was a teenager. They seemed like soooo much fun. Everyone came all dressed in character and some people used the appropriate accents throughout. They really got into it. There were about 12 people total. Dinner was all part of the game. One of the games was an 'Arabian Nights' theme. I remember my parents pitched a mock 'tent' over the dining room table made of sheets. For the other murder mystery night which took place in England, I got to be the 'hostess'. I think I was 14 or 15 at the time. I wore the classic british-maid outfit, served the food, and spoke in a british accent. I think everyone had a blast. I can't wait to throw my own now that I'm getting married and have my own place!

murder mystery

p.s. Bizzybee, I'm not sure where you are from, but in our area, Barnes and Noble carries "How to Host a Murder" games. I'm sure there are other kinds out there. Perhaps you live by a Barnes and Noble?

RE: Questions about Murder/Mystery Games

I have hosted a couple of these parties (kits in a box) and had a great time. We also adapted one to a dinner theater setting and did it for our church's couples group. The actors semi-memorized their parts and an MC asked them questions regarding the night of the murder. The guests were served dinner, and then after mingling with the "suspects" voted on who they thought was the murderer. It went over very well, and the actors all had a ball. Some people love to have a chance to be in front of a crowd.

RE: Questions about Murder/Mystery Games

I got mine from Tailor Made Mysteries which has an amazing selection of adult or family mysteries, not all "murders". They'll even write one for you. They have all different themes for all ages and group sizes.

I did one last year for my dad's 60th, "Cocktails at Graveside" it was called. Everyone came in costume and really had a great time. I didn't go crazy decoarting, but you can - the more you get into though, the more fun you have!

Try it.

RE: Questions about Murder/Mystery Games

I have done many of these interactive murder mystery games. Some are very good and some can ruin a party. There are a few things to look for...
Scripts to read are a party staller
Murder that takes place at party is more fun
Games that come with money and secrets are always great as they allow for blackmailing, extortion etc... by the guests.
Games where your only agenda is to solve the murder are pretty boring. You need sub plots going on to make them fun.
Well crafted characters are important. If a games character is listed in a few lines then it is a bad game.

With a good game your party will be talked about for months to come and everyone will want to know when you will be having another one!

the boxed sets can be fun, but there are others out there that are 10 times the fun of those. We played a Tailormademysteries game once and it was not fun at all. I would not recommend them. Here are the 2 game suppliers I would recommend that were a success at our parties. Both suppliers games are downloaded from the internet after purchase.

Murder Mystery Games -
Games for up to 200 players. These were a lot of fun to play, but the 2 we played both had drug themes which we did not care for, but they were still very well written and everyone had a good time in spite of that.

The newest we found that was a whole lot of fun was from Dinner and a Murder Mystery Games -
The game was a 1920's gangster game for 12-20 people. It really was a blast. They say they will be adding new games every month and plan on doing some kids and teen games in the near future, so if anyone enjoys these I would keep my eye on them.

Both sites have a newsletter you can sign up for to be notified of new games when they come out.

Hope this helps!

RE: Questions about Murder/Mystery Games

If you want to get murder mystery games online, check out Shot In The Dark Mystery Games - they also have Host Help articles and quizzes.

RE: Questions about Murder/Mystery Games

This sounds like fun! Google has lots of sites but some of it is confusing. Can anyone offer some "real death" suggetions?

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