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Feb 2013

What are Murder Mystery Party Games?

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Murder mystery party games play a big role in the Murder Scripts series I’m working on. The series protagonist, Grace Atwood, is a former wedding planner who now plans and organizes these kinds of events. And I’ll eventually release downloadable murder mystery party games here at

But what are murder mystery party games exactly?

Think of them as a combination of a party and a play. You invite people over for a dinner party (or any kind of party that fits the theme). And when they arrive you give them each a script booklet. Each guest will play a character in the scripted murder mystery story.

The guests won’t know their role — who the victim is, who the murderer is, etc. The point of the game is for them (or their characters) to figure it out. The script serves as a guide, letting them know what information they should share about their character, who they should talk to, and what the basic sequence of events is. Eventually the killer and victim will find out their identities. The victim “dies.” The killer tries to avoid being caught. And the other players try to solve the crime.

Some of these murder mystery party games come in downloadable formats. You print them when it’s time for your party. Others come in boxed sets, and might even include props.

Have you ever played a murder mystery party game? What did you think of them, and would you play them again?

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