You’ve decided that you want to have a fun-filled evening. You’ve chosen the right people to share that evening with. Then you decide that it would be great fun to play a murder mystery game. But how the Jeffery do you do that?
Luckily, a Murder Mysterious pack comes with full instructions and a timetable for the host, so I’m going to talk you through our tried and tested method of hosting a great evening.
Plan a Schedule
It might sound a bit simple, but it really will make all the difference. My top tip is to fit the game around a three-course meal. Plan your timings first for the courses, taking into account how long each course takes to prepare, serve, eat and clear. Then fit the game around these timings. A Murder Mysterious game is split into three rounds and a closing round. Each character is given a different speech to make during each round- so it plays out like a natural conversation. Remember to allow time for discussions to take place about the plot and evidence.
Get Your Guests To Get Into The Spirit Of The Evening
You don’t need to be a natural born actor to take part in a murder mystery, but it helps if your guests have the enthusiasm to join in. Encourage guests to dress up and go with the flow. You don’t need to stay ‘in character’ all evening, but it helps to fully engage in each round.
Prepare Extras In Advance
Each pack includes at least three pieces of evidence. You can either leave them on the page as they are printed, or cut around them. As previously mentioned, each player has a short speech to make in each round. Before the evening, print out each character page, cut the speeches at the designated line and place in individual character envelopes, so each player can look at their speeches at the right moment in the evening.
Also, make sure that each player has a Whodunit sheet and a pen to make notes!
Create An Atmosphere
Think about the food and drink you want to serve. It’s always best to do as much food prep before the evening, so you’re not stuck in the kitchen.
A few simple additions to your table such as candles and flowers can make your setting look very inviting.
Music to match the theme and era of the game can also add to the evening.
But, the most important thing to remember is to have fun! In our games, the murderer is kept secret from all players until the final closing round. Meaning everyone can get involved without needing to practice their poker face all night.
What’s better than good food, good company, and some good old-fashioned fun?