Our murder mystery dinner party and party kits are available for 6-14 players.
Our murder mystery kits provide EVERYTHING! you need to download and host your own mystery game, including:
Right from the initial download screen, the files are carefully structured and labelled so it is obvious what to do:
See below for a detailed breakdown of the different elements of our murder mystery party packages.
The Host Instruction and Materials zip has three folders:
1 The Read Me folder is the most important - it has the Host Instructions booklet that tells you all that you need to know to host a fun murder mystery dinner game or party. It also has some legal information and some information about how to win a £10 voucher off your next game or even vouchers for two parties. Virtual Murder Mysteries include a Tip Sheet for Running Virtual Mysteries.
2 Introduction and Solution - this is just given as a backup in case there are problems with the audios.
3 Award Certificates - the award certificates are individually designed for each theme.
All Host Instruction booklets have colour-coded sections for ease of reference and print as neat A5 booklets. (They use 3 sheets of paper if double-sided printing is used or can just be viewed in their original pdf format).
The Pre-party Files zip is an essential part of your murder mystery dinner party or party kit. It has three folders and two optional sheets. (The optional sheets are clearly labelled as optional.)
1 The Invitations Folder has invites that are designed specifically for your murder mystery theme. They are provided as an editable Word document and the folder name reminds you to save them as a pdf before sending. (Different versions of Word can sometimes display a document with vastly different formatting; saving your file as a pdf ensures that your guests see a nicely formatted invitation.)
2 The Pre-party Booklets folders are usefully divided into Essential-Characters and Optional-Minor-Characters folders. The booklets are individually written for each player and can be printed on two sides of a single A4 sheet and then folded neatly into an A5 booklet. They contain:
The Optional Decorations Tip Sheet is only given for virtual game packs so that you as host can email your guests some easy ideas for decorating the small area where the camera will focus. A more extensive section of Decorating Tips can be found under the Decorations tab of the "Running Your Murder Mystery Party" section of each game page.
The Party Files zip is THE most important part of your murder mystery kit.
For an At Home murder mystery party or dinner game, this folder has the party booklets for each character usefully divided into Essential-Characters and Optional-or-Minor-Characters folders. It also has all of the clues (for all characters) in a single Clues document. Name tags are provided as a pdf; simply print, cut out and then either use a pin to attach to guests' outfits or else glue onto a standard blank adhesive label.
For a Virtual mystery game, the host is likely to send or email each guest their own party materials. Therefore the Party Booklets sub-folders are again subdivided into folders for each character; each folder has the party booklet and clues (if any) that are relevant to that character. This makes it easy for the host to email or post each player the appropriate files.
Whichever option you choose, all the materials are carefully formatted to give players all they need for a fun night to remember!
For a detailed look as to how the booklets work, please see our How our Murder Mystery Scripts Work page.
Each mystery has an individually designed clue background so that it is theme-appropriate, light on ink when printing and yet still visually attractive. Most important, the Calibre font is easy for guests to read.
The optional Duplicate Map and Accusation Sheet has a duplicate copy of the map found on page 3 of the booklets. This makes it easy for guests to refer to the map without having to flick backwards and forwards. Virtual mysteries include the Accusation Sheet so that guests who are viewing the booklets electronically have somewhere to write their Whodunnit solution; some At Home mysteries have a notepad section instead so guests can scribble notes down as they go along.
We use professional voiceover artists to give life and interest to both the Audio Introduction and the Audio Solution. To keep your guests' interest, we use two voices per audio. Then we add additional audio interest by mixing these voices with theme-appropriate background music and, sometimes, background sounds such as birdsong or traffic.
The end result is a short (on average, a 2 minute) Audio Introduction that sets the scene in a light-hearted, fun way. The Audio Solution (approximately 2 - 2.5 minutes) is the first time guests will know for sure who the murderer is. This gives a short summary of the evidence used to catch the murderer (yes, in our parties there is ALWAYS at least one clue than nails whodunnit!) together with a humorous wrapping-up of some of the other fun themes.
The audio files are given as standard MP3s.
In case of any last-minute technical issues, the Host Instructions download (zip 1) has a hard-copy backup that two volunteers could read.
One of the features of our murder mystery packages that set us apart from many other companies is that we provide a comprehensive Decoration Pack for each theme.
For At Home mysteries, you as host can use the pack to decorate both your party area and the entrance to your home; you can also use our special theme-appropriate signs on the doors to different rooms. For Virtual mysteries, this Decoration Pack can be emailed to your guests so that they can use the printouts to provide some easy decorations in the small area where the camera will focus.
Typical decorations include:
The place cards are ideal for an At Home dinner party or party; they are designed to be folded in half so that both the back and front sides of the card have the player's name. This helps all players at the dinner table to see who is who. There is a matching theme-appropriate menu card; the menu cards are provided as editable Word documents.
Some themes also have additional non-standard place cards and/or place mats- for example, our Murder at Horror Castle has a coffin-shaped card with each guest's name on it. (Spooky!)