length of play, ordering time, flexible numbers

by Katie
(St. Louis, MO)

We're hosting a 16th birthday on Friday the 13th - less than a month away. We'll have ages 16 to 70 and probably between 15 and 25 people. I want something easy to organize and easy for beginners to play. I'm especially concerned about the length of the party and don't want it to get too long.

Merri Mystery's The Luck of the Irish and Freeform Games' Way Out West are the two that seem the likeliest choices. Can you tell me the difference in length of play on these? Is one or the other more flexible in terms of number of guests who actually show up? Is there any difference in ordering time? I need to have the game fairly quickly.

My response

I'm not entirely sure how long The Luck of the Irish takes to play, but Way out West lasts for about 3 hours, plus a bit of time for meeting and greeting and settling in.

The Luck of the Irish is slightly more flexible as it caters for more guests. If you get the full 25 guests for Way out West, you'll need to use the extra character on the Freeform Games website. (On the other hand, if you only get 15 guests then Way out West is the better game to have.)

As for ordering time - both are ordered and downloaded over the Internet. So it should only take a few minutes or so.

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.

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. Would you be willing to donate a game for 27 to a non-profit?

    Sep 20, 19 02:14 PM

    We are the Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) center and we are planning a staff self-care day and it happens to be on Halloween and we are very interested

    Read More

  2. Problem Downloading

    Sep 12, 19 12:42 PM

    I purchased A Will to Murder but when I tried to download the zip file I got this message: Your connection is not private Attackers might be trying to

    Read More

  3. Shortest murder mystery game

    Jul 03, 19 03:25 PM

    Which murder mystery game is the shortest? Which murder mystery game can be easiest modify to take an hour and a half. My response: In my experience

    Read More