What Makes Maple Mystery Games' Parties Special?
1 The Murderer is Not a Random Person Chosen on the Night
Each party is carefully plotted so that the jigsaw pieces slot together to point to the murderer - if you can ignore those red herrings!
And the solution has been very carefully thought through. (We plot and replot until we are happy that the mystery hangs together; then we test it on friends to make sure they agree.)
2 The Murderer is Guessable
Only one person (or one combination of people) has both the motive and the opportunity to kill the victim. Clues are laid, red herrings are abundant, but each murder mystery game IS guessable.
3 Guests are NOT Expected to Tell the Truth
In real life, not many will admit to affairs, blackmail, murder, fraud and all sorts of shady secrets! In our games, guests certainly don't! Everyone cheerfully lies and lies again to protect their guilty secrets BUT the evidence quickly builds against them.
4 Suitable for Beginners and Experienced Sleuths
Not everyone wants to sit in a circle and read a formal play - BUT many do wish for the security of scripted questions and replies. Our flexible party booklets can be read as a script if players wish - BUT more confident guests can use their own words and ad-lib as they choose. And, as you only see your own prompts, you don't know what the other players are going to say. Our golden rule is: if in doubt, deny everything!
5 Helpful Prompts
Not everyone can ad-lib about a subject they know nothing about. We therefore never give vague directions to "tell everyone about your career as a Speakeasy owner in the 1920s". With our mysteries, if we have a character who is/has been a Speakeasy owner, then we spend the time researching this career ourselves so that we can give guests the few key details they need to bring this character alive; we also gives these details as and when they are needed so players don't need to remember lots of facts. Players can also ad-lib and embellish as they choose!
To make it easier for your guests, we always write suggested dialogue possibilities in the first person rather than expecting everyone to convert "tell the group that you have lived in Mansion X since you were a child" into a sentence they might wish to say.
6 Great for Virtual Parties
Since Lockdown, many customers have contacted us to say what fun they've had and how well the games have worked as a virtual party.
We also supply a host tip sheet on running a virtual mystery party.
7 We Put a LOT of Effort into EACH Murder Mystery Party
We don't outsource work to other writers. Full stop. Each and every murder mystery party has been carefully worked out in detail, researched and refined. Then it's tested on friends and family and refined again. An average murder mystery game takes months to plot and write.
We also put a lot of effort into thinking about instructions for decorations - and give photos of how these might work. We create a selection of printouts so your party can look great as well.
Please see our Party Kit page for more details.