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Christmas Reunion with Death – a present-day murder mystery party game with a Christmas high-school reunion setting for 6 to 9 people where the host can play too

Recommended for ages 18+
Costs US$29.99
Written by Mo Holkar

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Christmas Reunion with Death is a murder mystery party game for 6 to 9 people including a host – download the free introductory pdf file.

THE HOST CAN PLAY TOO! – this murder mystery game has been specially designed so that the host can play a character investigating the murder, just like everyone else, if they wish to do so. And it's great for playing online, too!

Join us in an evening of high-school grudges, present-day rivalries, and Christmas murder. You will be in the middle of the action and it will be up to you to wheel and deal with the other guests. Can you achieve your goals, keep your secrets hidden and survive Christmas Reunion with Death? It's up to you.

Christmas Reunion with Death

It's Christmas, in smallish-town America – and Holborrow High is staging its 15-year school reunion. Former students are gathering in the town's main hotel, ahead of the big festive party tonight. But one of them, former prom queen Mikolette Lukanis, has been found murdered!

Everyone is locked in together in the hotel ballroom where the gala was to have taken place, pending a full police investigation. High-school rivalries will re-emerge, old grudges and secrets will surface: along with a heady mix of present-day envy, betrayal, and holiday-season lust.

Get out your glad rags and Santa hat, consult your old high-school yearbook, head for some eggnog at the complementary bar, and join the alumni of Holborrow High as they prepare for their Christmas Reunion with Death!

Read the
Holborrow Courier-Bugle

Christmas Reunion with Death lasts for about four hours and is suited to an evening. It is often played over a meal – a finger buffet if possible to allow guests to circulate and talk in private. And it can also easily be played online using video chat – such as Google Chats, Skype, Discord, Zoom or similar.

The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game, a cast list of all the characters, and a copy of the Holborrow Courier-Bugle – plus details of how to buy the game.

No combat, no poison. No combat, no poison.The host can either play one of the characters or can just be the host, as they prefer. The host can either play one of the characters or can just be the host, as they prefer.

These are the characters in Christmas Reunion with Death:

  • Charles Masinga – Former high-school-band member, now a professional musician
  • Damian Lukanis – Former chess club captain, married to Mikolette Lukanis, now an architect
  • Elizabeth Rondel – Former library monitor, now a police officer
  • Frieda Gilbert – Former 'nice girl', now a beautician
  • Jay Fitzgerald – Dropped out of high school, now a software developer
  • Ross Tallowah – Former swim team star, now runs a café
  • Rowan Silverberg – Former grade-A student, inherited money and now a dilettante
  • Suzanne Cardigan – Former goth outsider, now a journalist
  • Taylor Michaels – Former science whiz, now cares for elderly parents
Number of
guests
Male
characters
Female
characters
Ungendered
characters
6 2 2 2
7 2 2 3
8 3 3 2
9 3 3 3

How Freeform Games Murder Mysteries Work

Christmas Reunion with Death is unlike many murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a murder, most of the characters have more important things to do than to investigate it.

Christmas Reunion with Death is played just like a murder mystery game. You may be trying to solve the murder, but primarily you are (initially at least) concentrating on your own goals and objectives. Unlike most boxed murder mystery games, Christmas Reunion with Death lets you decide how to achieve your goals and thwart your enemies.

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Hotel Manager, and welcomed to the Sturner Palace Hotel. They each have their detailed backgrounds – including dark secrets and personal objectives. The fun then begins as they form alliances, blackmail each other, lie, cheat, and deceive! Along the way they may uncover some of the mysteries of Reunion with Death. Who is secretly a drug kingpin? How fifteen years ago, did high-school girl Marcie Matthews die? What will be the fate of local radio station KHOL? And, of course, who is the murderer of Mikolette Lukanis? Depending on what the players choose to do, there are several different possible endings, but finally everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.

And the host can play too! Unlike most of our other games, the host can also play a character in Christmas Reunion with Death. We've provided a version of the game that means that the host can play – just be careful not to read the files before you start playing. (And if you want to host the game without playing a character, you can do that as well.)

Extra characters

Sometimes you have too many guests and you need more characters. So we've written a free extra character for each of our games that you can add in, and some of our customers have created their own characters for their parties and are kindly willing to share them.

  • Parker Biggins – tobacco shop owner from a nearby town (Any)
    (by John Mulheren)

Please note that we haven't always tested these – and they may not tie in exactly with our games.

IMPORTANT – if you've bought the game, you can download the files for these characters from the download page where you got your main game files. Contact us if you need the link and password to get back to that page.

Purchasing Christmas Reunion with Death

Christmas Reunion with Death costs US $29.99. You can buy it from anywhere in the world. The price will be converted back into your own currency for you, at today's exchange rate.

IMPORTANT: please be aware that you are buying a game to download from our website, not a boxed game that we will send you in the mail.

Buy Christmas Reunion with Death for $29.99
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