Christmas Lies is a Christmas-themed movie murder mystery party for 16-32 guests (plus one host) published by Freeform Games.
(Note that if you click on the link below and then buy Christmas Lies I will earn a small amount of commission.)
Set in the modern day, Christmas Lies takes place during the Christmas party for Christmas Confidential, a fabulously successful holiday movie.
However, all is not well as the star, Tom Speed has died suddenly in a car crash last night.
Was it foul play?
(Go on - take a guess...)
(By the way, if this all sounds very familiar, it's because Christmas Lies is the same game as Hollywood Lies, but with a horror-movie theme.)
Christmas Lies 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 scripts, awards, and so on), 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.
Christmas Lies has a number of different plots to keep everyone busy.
For example, there is mysterious dealings of the Post-Modern Freeform Movement, a motor racing club needing a new president, affairs - plus of course a murder to solve.
On top of all that, Christmas Confidential's producers are all looking to make the next big movie - so they will be wheeling and dealing and need directors, actors and screenwriters for their movie.
At the end of the party, the producers and their crew act out a scene from their movies for everyone to enjoy - and vote for the next winner of Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress.
The cast of Christmas Lies includes:
All of the cast are gender neutral and can be played by either men or women.
Christmas Lies is suitable for kids aged twelve and over.
I suggest that an adult is host, but Christmas Lies is suitable for kids parties.
Instead of a formal dinner party, Christmas Lies 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.
Chrtistmas Lies needs a dedicated host, someone to organise the game. They play the Master/Mistress of Ceremonies.
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. (Note that if you're playing Christmas Lies with kids then I recommend that an adult hosts the party.)
Christmas Lies is available from Freeform Games and costs $49.99 USD.
For more information about Christmas Lies, 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! (I will also earn commission if you buy Halloween Lies.)
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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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