bludgeoned on broadway

Bludgeoned on Broadway is a theatrical murder mystery party for 8-13 guests (plus one host) published by Freeform Games.

(Note that if you click on the link below and then buy Bludgeoned on Broadway I will earn a small amount of commission.)

the story

Cover to the Bludgeoned on Broadway murder mystery game.

It's 1947 and along New York City's Broadway Avenue, theatres are stuffed to capacity with anxious spectators waiting to be entertained.

Inside the Arlington Theatre, it's the first scene of the new Broadway play Olympian Days, and leading actor Jackson Turner has failed to make his grand entrance!


He's been brutally murdered in his dressing room backstage...

how bludgeoned on broadway works

Bludgeoned on Broadway is an interactive murder mystery game, which means that all the players have full character details including a comprehensive backstory, goals that they should try to achieve, and information about other characters.

Bludgeoned on Broadway also provides players with items (representing guns, knives, fabulous jewels, banker's drafts and other clues) and abilities (that let them detect secrets and find out information about other people).

Interactive games are my favourite types of murder mystery game - I think they're much more entertaining than the other styles.

Bludgeoned on Broadway has a number of different plots to keep everyone busy. For example, there is a theatre bomber, communist activity and the Midwest Murderer.

the cast

The cast of Bludgeoned on Broadway includes:

  • The actors and actresses in Olympian Days
  • The Olympian Days production team
  • Various theatrical staff
  • Various outsiders - including the Mayor and a detective

the details

Instead of a formal dinner party, Bludgeoned on Broadway 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.

Bludgeoned on Broadway needs a dedicated host, someone to organize 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.

bludgeoned on broadway stories

Playing Bludgeoned on Broadway

"Overall everyone had a great time. We had 5 teens and 4 adults. It was the first time trying this. Decided last minute (Monday) to do this party so a whirlwind of preparation with just 4 days to do it all and work too! I never thought I would make it when I opened that 26 page instruction booklet! My 14 year old daughter stepped up and helped and it all came together. We are thinking now to make these a new NYE tradition! Of course next year we will know to start a little sooner!" Dawn Ringer

how to get bludgeoned on broadway

Cover to the Bludgeoned on Broadway murder mystery party game.

Click here to purchase Bludgeoned on Broadway from Freeform Games.

You will be taken to the Freeform Games LLP website - follow the instructions to purchase Bludgeoned on Broadway.

Just download the game, print it out and have a great murder mystery!

Disclosure: I am a partner at Freeform Games - feel free to ask me lots of questions! (I will also earn commission if you buy Bludgeoned on Broadway.)

Does Bludgeoned on Broadway come with a money-back guarantee?


Freeform Games offer a cast-iron guarantee on all their murder mystery games. If you're not completely satisfied with Bludgeoned on Broadway then let them know within 30 days and they will refund you.

What age is Bludgeoned on Broadway suitable for?

Freeform Games recommends Bludgeoned on Broadway is suitable for those aged 15+ as it contains references to infidelity, plotlines around burlesque theatre, some political issues.

How long does Bludgeoned on Broadway take to play?

I would allow 3-4 hours to play Bludgeoned on Broadway. While the game itself takes 2.5-3 hours to play, I recommend allowing time to introduce the game and wind down after.

Where's my download?

Shortly after buying Bludgeoned on Broadway you should receive an email from Freeform Games explaining how to download the game files.

If you haven't received this, please first check your spam filter - sometimes the emails end up there.

If that fails, please get in touch directly with Freeform Games - with the details of which game you bought, when you bought it, and which email address you used. Or contact me (with that same information) and I'll get in touch for you.

How many guests will I need?

You need at least 8 guests and no more than 13.

If you have fewer than 8 guests you will have to drop a character (which may affect the plot), or play a character yourself (not ideal, but I talk about it here), or even ask a guest to play two characters at once.

If you have more than 13 guests you will need to create your own, or use one of the free extra characters provided by Freeform Games when you download Bludgeoned on Broadway.

Can I host Bludgeoned on Broadway and also play a character?

The host has an important role in Bludgeoned on Broadway. The organize and coordinate the party. They also act as an impartial "referee" - so it's important that they have read the game and understand what is going on.

So I recommend not playing a character and hosting the game. 

But if you still want to host a game and play a character (or you have to because a player cannot attend), I have advice on doing that here.

Click here to purchase Bludgeoned on Broadway from Freeform Games.


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Don't know where to start?

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.

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