Murder mystery games for beginners

Ready to host your first murder mystery party? Looking for a murder mystery games for beginners?

We’ve crafted our games so anyone can host, no matter your level of experience. But if you’re new to the mystery scene, you might prefer to start with one of our simpler games to get the hang of things.

Click here to explore our murder mystery games for beginners.

Keep it simple, keep it fun

Our murder mystery games for beginners pack all the excitement without the complexity of our more advanced options. You won’t need to worry about intricate rules on combat, poison, or arrests.

If you’re looking for an example, download our free version of Way Out West, a classic Wild West adventure.

A Will to Murder was the first murder mystery game I’ve hosted and the first one that my group of friends have ever played so not only did we not know what to expect but it was also a learning experience. Despite that, it was a GREAT night of fun!! The night wasn’t even over and some of us were talking about doing another one.” Denise Knebel, United States

Tips for new hosts

Here’s how you can ensure your first murder mystery party is a hit:

Three players in costume for a murder mystery game

Pick a manageable party size

A smaller party is easier to manage, especially if you’re flying solo as the host. Aim for 10 to 12 guests for a smooth experience.

Give yourself enough time

Preparation is key. We suggest buying your murder mystery game at least six weeks in advance. This gives you ample time to understand the game, assign roles, and arrange your venue.

Get a co-host

A co-host is a game-changer. They can help with logistics and food, letting you focus on keeping the game running smoothly. It’s the easiest way to lighten the load.

Test out some rules

Consider testing these rules beforehand if you’re using a game with extra mechanics like combat. You could even invite a few players for a mini practice session to ensure everyone is on the same page.

Find answers to your questions

Check out our common questions page if you still need help. We’ve compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions to make your job easier.

And we have more hints and tips here.

Host a great murder mystery party!

With these tips in mind, you’re ready to host an unforgettable murder mystery party.

“Just wanted to tell you how great last night was. We put on Dazzled To Death (the first Murder Mystery I’ve ever hosted!) and it was fantastic! Everyone said how much they loved it and it was a huge success. At first my guests didn’t know what was going on but they soon got into the swing of things! We made photographs to hang on the wall, family tree, family portrait and a lovely buffet. It seems as though the general consensus is to do one again but everyone wants me to do one sooner rather than later! So who knows I might be writing to you again around Christmas & New Year with the next story! I highly recommend to people to give Dazzled To Death a go because it was excellent! Thanks a lot Freeform Games!” Nick Eccles, United Kingdom

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About Steve Hatherley

Steve is one half of Freeform Games and wrote Death on the Gambia, The Roswell Incident, Hollywood Lies (and its seasonal variants Halloween Lies and Christmas Lies). He has edited many, many others. He lives in Yorkshire, England with his wife, daughter and dog.

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