How long do they usually take to run?

by Catherine Browne
(Ireland )

We are looking to run a murder mystery game for our christmas party. There will probably be around 100 at it. We were looking at the St Cakes game or even using the Christmas themed games for it. How long would it last and is there a way to shorten the game? I.E hints etc.

My response:

In terms of playing time, most of the games take about 2.5 to 3 hours to play. The whole event tends to take a bit longer as time is needed for introductions (and to meet and greet) and to wind-down (and share war stories) afterwards.

Speeding up the game is possible, but it's hard to shave much more than about 30 minutes off the playing time and another 30 minutes off everything else.

(Having said that, though, with 100 people I think you'll find it hard to cut the time by very much.)

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Your murder mystery party questions.

Lockdown Murder mystery

Reunion with Death - a lockdown murder mystery for 6-9 players played using online video chat. Click here for more details.

And click here for online murder mystery party tips!

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.

Recent Articles

  1. Murder Mystery USA

    Jul 10, 21 02:31 PM

    Murder mystery team games for up to 300 guests!

    Read More

  2. Can your games be played more than once?

    Jun 18, 21 05:51 AM

    Are the scripts set up so that the murderer is not always the same person allowing you to play more than once with the same group of friends? My response:

    Read More

  3. Ship to the UK

    Jun 10, 21 02:00 PM

    I am a teacher of Law in a school in the UK. I would be really interestede in running a murder mystery game in 4 weeks time as part of our student enrichment.

    Read More