I'm interested in purchasing one of your murder mystery games for about 11 people. I've played many of these before from boxes, and usually, if it's for 8-10 people, there are 8 "real" parts (that have booklets etc) and the other 2 are sort of host-type roles, where you are characters, but you don't really have a specific part. Are yours like that? I'm not sure how else it would work if you have, say 8-13 people...if they are all real parts, then are some people doubling up if you have fewer than 13? And if you have the max number, do all the parts include a booklet with the kinds of things to say, etc? Or are some just a character with no booklet? Thank you!
Hi - good question. None of these games are like the boxed games you find in stores - they are much more interactive and freewheeling. There are also more plots than just the murder - and the "optional" characters cross a number of plots, including the murder.
Additionally, the different publishers do things slightly differently. Here's an overview:
All the guests in a Freeform Games party have full characters - but they require a dedicated host who doesn't have a character. (They host the game instead.) I've tried to make that clear by on the game pages putting "10-11 guests plus one host".
Everyone in a Dinner and a Murder Mystery Games or Murder Mystery Games Ltd party has a character, including the host. However, the host has a more minor role than the others, simply because they have to host the party as well.
Mysteries-on-the-Net take a different approach - their games have a small number of suspects (with detailed characters) and everyone else is a detective.
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