Questions about the host of a murder mystery party.
Generally the host prints out the game and prepares everything.
(They're often the ones who downloaded the game in the first place, although this isn't always so.)
They also organise the venue, arrange for the invitations to be sent out and generally act as host on the day.
What does the host do?
Here's what the host actually does in an interactive murder mystery game.
Before the party the host:
The host might also be responsible for sorting out the venue and refreshments – or that may be done by others. (I recommend getting others to help!)
During the party the host:
The host might also be involved in serving food and drinks – but it's often better if others are responsible for that.
Yes - lots!
The following games can be played by host.
The Last Gasp – the guest playing the murderer doesn't know that they did it and the only place the murderer is listed is in the solution. Therefore it's easy to run that one and still try to solve the murder. (Just don't read the solution – seal it in an envelope as soon as you print it.)
The Auction, Cudham Riding Club, and The Final Curtain – the murder is revealed in two places: their character sheet and in the solution. So if you don't read the solution, and you don't look at the character sheets too closely, you should be able to play.
Reunion with Death and Death in Venice are designed for play using online video chat. Each game comes in two versions, one where the host is playing a character (so don't read the character sheets) and another where the host knows everything.
Murder at Sea – while you won't be able to solve the murder (because you will need to know who did it), if you haven't filled the game it's quite easy to play one of the characters (Patrick Malloy – the priest) and just enjoy "hamming it up".
(I often find that as I’m so busy being the host, I don’t have time to solve the murderer – so knowing who the murderer is isn’t usually a problem.)
I've also written a tip about playing the host at the same time as hosting: Playing and Hosting a Murder Mystery Game.
If you need to ask me a question, either use this page or just type your question into any of the Facebook comments fields at the bottom of many of the pages.
And please check the FAQ first - your question has probably been asked before!
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Reunion with Death - a lockdown murder mystery for 6-9 players played using online video chat. Click here for more details.
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.
Sep 29, 20 12:56 PM
My experience of simultaneously hosting and playing Death in Venice
Sep 09, 20 02:06 PM
Can I still host A Speakeasy Murder with 12 guests? And just delete three non-essential characters? My response: A Speakeasy Murder is designed for 15-32
Aug 10, 20 04:03 PM
Is Death in Venice appropriate for kids? We have 10 eleven year old girls. My response: Hi, probably not as Death in Venice contains possible dating