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Stories and photos from our customers about the murder mystery party games they have played and hosted.

Casino Fatale in Portugal

Filipe Tavares in Portugal told us about Casino Fatale, which he hosted for his scout group. (We suggest Casino Fatale is suitable for ages 18+, but Filipe and he was happy the scouts could manage it.)

Filipe says: “It’s been a couple of weeks since I hosted Casino Fatale with my scout group, and I want to give you some feedback.

“As before, with Way out West, everyone seemed very excited and enjoyed it a lot. I asked some of them which game they liked most, and they said that Casino Fatale worked better.

“I sent the characters the week before so everyone could prepare their costume and study their character. I think it’s much better this way. The problem is if someone with a critical character ends up not attending the game due to a last-minute issue, so I had two extra participants, one male and one female, ready to get in the game if needed.”

He had two autistic players, so cast them in assistant roles that meant they could get guidance from the others. According to Filipe, “They didn’t really play the game as the others did, but I think they were happy.”

Filipe continues, “I use theme music to create the mood in our activities, so I had James Bond soundtracks for opening and all events that required to get the group together.

“I set up casino tables and opened them at the start of the game. I thought the first minutes were the best time for the players to experience the casino games since nothing really happened in the game except for each one secret agenda.

“I replaced the casino chips tokens with play-money euro banknotes and they could use the money to buy casino chips. You advise not to do that, but I limited the casino bets to just 1 euro, so they couldn’t win or lose much money. I think it worked well, and the bills were very realistic.

“One of my colleagues spent the whole day preparing the food! We were casino staff serving the food to the guests on trays, just like a real casino. We set up a bar with bottles of Martini, rum, vodka and so on – but filled with iced tea, Coke, Sprite and other soft drinks.

“As I had to pass messages to the secret agents without the others seeing, I hid them in specific places out of sight. I agreed with them on a special secret phrase to let them know whenever a new message was available.

“In Way out West, the sheriff could arrest people, and I found a bit strange that the police couldn’t do the same in Casino Fatale. So I told them to carry out their investigation and if they found enough evidence by the end of the game, they would arrest the criminals.

“As you can see, it was really hard work but it was worth it. I love both themes, Western and James Bond, and I really enjoyed preparing this.”

(By the way, we didn’t include arrests in Casino Fatale because it’s not in keeping with the James Bond idiom for secret agents to be at risk of arrest by the local police. In Way out West, on the other hand, malefactors being arrested by the sheriff and then being broken out of jail is very much part of the genre.)

Click here to learn more about Casino Fatale.

A Will to Murder – photos

Terence Smith’s sent us photos of his A Will to Murder party.

He writes: A Will to Murder, like all the games I’ve hosted, was wonderfully put together and everyone vastly enjoyed the different plots and twists that occurred throughout the game.”

(Terence later went on to write Murder on the Dancefloor for us.)

A Will to Murder is available in French as Le Dernier Testament and in German as Letzter Wille Mord.

Davy Jones’ Locker photos

Lorraine Shaw recently ran our Davy Jones’ Locker murder mystery game.

She writes: “Thank you Mo and Steve for another rip-roaring success! The teenagers loved Davy Jones’ Locker – everyone really got into their roles. We are so grateful for these games as the teens can have fun without consuming alcohol/drugs! All booze bottles were filled with iced-tea!”

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Vanished in Vegas party photos

Melissa Midcap hosted Vanished in Vegas back in August.

She writes: “My husband (assistant host) ran a blackjack table while he wasn’t doing anything. He suggests having some extra cash incorporated into the game to do something like this and let the players actually win something. To settle duels, we had players roll some big fuzzy dice.”

Vanished in Vegas is also available in French as Nuit Blanche à Las Vegas.

The Food is to Die For photos

Melissa Midcap sent us some photos of her The Food is to Die For party.

People in costume ready to play The Food is to Die For murder mystery party

She writes: “For The Food is to Die For, we held it in the back room of a restaurant whose owner we know. It really added something to the setting to be in an actual restaurant! For deciding duels (of which there was surprisingly only one!), we had players draw bottle corks that were numbered on the bottom. Higher number won.”

The Food is to Die For is available in French as Panique au Restaurant.

Hollywood Lies in Amsterdam

Steven Kok recently hosted Hollywood Lies in Amsterdam.

A group of people playing Hollywood Lies

Here’s what he had to say:

“Blood was SPILLED! We finally hosted our first murder mystery party yesterday! Thanks to all of these way too cool people, it was the best. Time. Ever.

“People formed alliances, made promises, broke promises, got hypnotized and made movies — all the while trying to figure out who among them committed a heinous murder.

“I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed running Hollywood Lies. As a first-time murder mystery host, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But it’s been one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had with my friends. It was so cool seeing them all get into their characters — even the ones that were a little nervous — and losing themselves in the game. It was hilarious, exciting and super creative.

“If you have a group of friends that is even remotely interested in tv, movies, or role-playing games, I wholeheartedly recommend playing this game. It created a memory I’ll never forget. Now, to figure out which one I’ll host next!”

Hollywood Lies is available in German as Hollywoods Lügen.