Dazzled to Death is an interactive murder mystery party for 12-15 guests (plus one host) published by Freeform Games.
It is 1948.
The socialite Evington-Browne family ("E-B" to their friends) and guests are preparing for their annual cocktail party, held at the family's hunting lodge in the White Mountains north of Boston.
A fierce storm has now set in, and the party finds itself cut off from the rest of the world.
This is unfortunate, as the valet of one of the guests has been found dead in the kitchen...
Dazzled to Death is an interactive murder mystery game, so all the players receive complete details of their character, including a detailed backstory, objectives that they must try to achieve, and information about other characters.
They also have item cards (that represent paintings, poison and even the fabulous "Dazzling Diamonds"), and abilities (that let them detect secrets find out information about other people).
In my opinion, once you've played an interactive murder mystery game, you won't want to go back to any other style.
Dazzled to Death has a number of different plots to keep everyone busy. For example, there is a cat burglar, the bestowing of the diamonds themselves, various family secrets - and of course the murder to solve.
The cast includes:
John Evington-Browne III: Respected businessman and head of the family.
Rose Evington-Browne: John’s much-loved wife.
Patrick Evington-Browne: John and Rose’s 20-year-old son.
Evie Evington-Browne: John and Rose’s 21-year-old and wilful daughter.
Tracy Evington-Browne: John and Rose’s youngest (16 years old) and mischievous daughter.
Priscilla Evington-Browne: John’s elderly and often forgetful aunt.
Agatha Marbles: Priscilla’s elderly English friend and allegedly famed detective.
James Pemberton: Rose’s brother. Art dealer and traveller.
Charles Pemberton: James’s son, currently a student at Harvard.
Dr. Bruisyard: Retired family doctor and friend.
Miles Earnshaw: Unexpected guest, friend from Rose’s youth.
Dinah Peters: Cook (temporary stand-in for usual cook).
Reggie Haven: Young socialite friend of Evie’s.
Christy Crompton: Young fellow-student friend of Patrick.
Instead of a formal dinner party, Dazzled to Death is better suited to a buffet meal or finger food.
Everyone needs to be able to talk quietly with each other - to plot and scheme and achieve their goals.
Dazzled to Death needs a dedicated host, someone to organise the game.
I really enjoy being the host - you know what's going on and can watch your friends scheme and plot and be devious to one another.
Here are some stories about Dazzled to Death from other people who have played it.
"I'm a 16 year old girl and I did this story for my 16th birthday party!! Everyone really enjoyed it but some people were spilling out info about their characters so it kind of wrecked it a bit - so I wouldn't invite them again. Everyone seemed to get into the party just as it had finished!! :) Thanks for such a great day!" Hannah D, England
"I thought you might enjoy a picture from the party! Thanks again!" Scott
Dazzled to Death is available from Freeform Games.
You will be taken to the Freeform Games LLP website - just follow the instructions to purchase Dazzled to Death. You will then be emailed the location of the main Dazzled to Death pdf files and password (to unlock it) almost immediately.
Just download the game, print it out and have a great murder mystery!
For more information about Dazzled to Death, click here to download the free introductory pdf file which includes more details - including background, a full cast list, costume guide and invitations.
Disclosure: I am a partner at Freeform Games - feel free to ask me lots of questions!
Here's my suggested quick route through the site:
Step 1 - Go to Choosing a Game to choose the game that suits your party best.
Step 2 - Review the Tips for Hosts for helpful advice.
Step 3 - If you want to keep up to date with the latest murder mystery game news, click on my What's New page.
Step 4 - Once you've had your party - tell me how it went! Click here to tell me your murder mystery party story.
Aug 15, 17 12:45 PM
I want to host Murder at Sea for my 17th birthday and I wanted to know if it's suitable for teens? Does this murder mystery have references to drugs?
Jul 24, 17 12:44 PM
Am organising a sit down dinner for 24 people - many of your games say that they are better as a buffet. Are any in particular good for a sit down meal?
Jul 17, 17 04:28 PM
Thanks so much for your website. It has lots of information, but so much so that I am a bit overwhelmed! I have a group that I think will be 19 adults