Making a start and choosing a Murder mystery

by Rob Marks

I am an actor and and entertainer who is now looking to move into the area of hosting murder mystery events. I have already taken part in one, which was very successful. I now have a venue that is keen for me to organise these events. Having been impressed by your website, and contacted you over buying into murder mystery games for professional purposes, I wonder if you could recommend two good games that would accommodate up to twenty people and maybe a few more.

Maybe something set in the 20's or 30's and wouldn't be too difficult to arrange costumes; however, this wouldn't necessarily have to be the case. As I'm sure you can understand, making a start is often the most difficult thing to do.

My response:

Hi - and thanks for coming back. You're right, making a start is often the trickiest bit and I hope I can help.

A few games you might want to think about include:

The Auction which is set in the modern day, so very easy to costume for.

The Last Gasp which is Victorian - and relatively easy to costume for.

Of course, given the price of the games, you could try one or two out with your friends/family as research and then get the commercial licence for the one that you decide to use.

I hope that helps! Let us know how you get on.

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Apr 09, 2012
The Last Gasp Murder Mystery NEW
by: Jane Groombridge

At the Birnam Hotel, Birnam, Perthshire, The
5th Earl of Coddingham held his "Last Gasp" party. 49 of his friends arrived in period costume for a most memorable evening, including HRH Queen Victoria. Sadly the Earl did not live to enjoy his party but eveyone else had a fabulous time. During dinner everyone worked hard to find out who killed the Earl and finally after 4.5 hours when the solution was announced only one table of characters guessed correctly who the murderer was.

As an excuse for a birthday gathering this Murder Mystery game was brilliant. Everyone enjoyed dressing up and acting out their parts. The Birnam Hotel in true Scottish Baronial Style was the most appropriate venue to hold it in.

For Sam Jenkins, the organiser, it was hard work but worth every minute as it far exceeded her expectations.

Thank you.

Jan 07, 2010
Last Gasp is a blast!
by: Steve (GMMG)

Thanks for telling us about The Last Gasp - sounds like you had a good time, and I really like the idea of doubling up some of the characters!


Jan 06, 2010
Last Gasp
by: LSimle

I have had this murder mystery party! A total of 26 people came and it was the most fun! There is a list of "extra" parts which can easily be dropped should some cancel. I tried to fill those parts first because they were the most fun. On the profile pages given to the players, I doubled some of the "to-dos" so that one player might really play two party. As an example, the Rev also played the hired who would suspect him? During the 5 hours we played and had dinner, NO ONE came out of their character. The following Monday at work, everyone wished we had been able to go around and each person read their profile sheet....great fun! Costumes are very easy to put together.

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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.

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