The murder mystery parties here on Great Murder Mystery Games are for domestic (ie, home) use only.
They're aimed at people hosting parties for their friends and families, and doing it in their homes.
If you want to charge an entry fee to your party, things are a little different: you will need a commercial licence.
I can think of several occasions when you might want a commercial licence.
I've seen pubs, hotels and restaurants advertise murder mystery nights - and this is when a commercial licence is needed.
Creating a themed party night is outside my field of expertise, but the advantage of a commercial licence for one of the parties on Great Murder Mystery Games is that you can get an in-house staff member to organise it.
(Failing that, you need to get somebody in to organise it for you - more on that below.)
If you take this route, I suggest you look at my tips for hosting. While I've written them with a domestic market in mind, they apply equally to a commercial event.
My tips include:
Or you may find you enjoy hosting murder mystery parties and want to hire out your services to other people.
There are many things that you will need to consider:
Plus, of course, the murder mystery game you want to host.
(If it were me, I'd be doing the interactive ones - but I doubt that's a surprise to anyone reading this!)
Events raising money for charity are slightly different again.
I've always found the publishers very happy to allow their games to be used for charity work (although you must ask first).
I should point out that the publishers are wary of giving their games out for free for charity work.
Instead, treat the cost of the game as part of the cost of hosting the event.
(And the cost of the game will likely be one of the smaller costs - food and hiring the venue may be more expensive.)
I've written on charity events before - click here to read Fund Raiser Ideas.
Commercial licences are available from all the publishers, but they all have slightly different terms and conditions.
You can contact them yourself or, if you let me know which games you are interested in, I can contact them on your behalf.
Murder on the Istanbul Express - for 7-11 guests
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.
Jan 06, 22 10:21 AM
Is there a way to shorten the game as we are trying to do it at work and don't have that many hours. My response: I think you could shave an hour off,
Dec 19, 21 11:40 AM
I ordered the Snow Business game as I was under the impression it could be a virtual game but this is clearly not the case. Is a refund possible please?
Nov 19, 21 08:44 AM
Hi there, I really appreciate your website and your general advice. I've been hosting murder mystery games for my son's birthday every year. He's now