Lei’d to Rest (small version)


Lei’d to Rest is a murder mystery game for 6 to 12 guests and one hosts. It is set in Hawaii, at a beach party that goes horribly wrong. (A larger version of this game available, for up to 22 guests.) Written by DeAnna Knippling. Recommended for ages 15+.


Lei’d to Rest is a murder mystery game for 6 to 12 guests and a host. It is set in Hawaii, at a beach party that goes horribly wrong. Download the free introductory pdf file.

There is also a larger version of Lei’d to Rest available, for up to 22 guests. You can find that here.

Lei’d to Rest is a thrilling evening of sun, sand, legend, lies, treachery, and murder! Your guests will be in the middle of the action, and it will be up to them to wheel and deal to get what they want. Will they achieve their goals, keep their secrets hidden, and survive Lei’d to Rest?

“Lei’d to Rest was a really great time. I love the flexibility for the game to go in so many directions. I think after each game, guests have started to realize the freedom and come up with stuff they can do that isn’t necessarily on their sheet or in their items.”
Stephanie Wagner, United States

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Legend of the Red Goddess

It’s the present day on the island of Hawaii. The local culture, exotic and isolated for centuries, is being eroded by the constant stream of tourists flooding through the airports. All sorts of people rub shoulders at the resorts. Most of them are innocent travellers, but some of them have ulterior motives.

Lokuhai Beach is a small, isolated beach in the loneliest part of Harmony Cove. The beach itself is owned by Harmony Cove Resort, about a half-hour drive through rocky, mountainous countryside. Advertised as the “Last Real Hawaiian Beach”, it’s gorgeous. Birds of Paradise call to each other past the vibrant orchids — you could make your own lei in minutes — and jewel-toned lizards beg for table scraps. The music of the forest harmonizes with a nearby waterfall, cascading down the side of a steep hill through pools and sparkling in the sunset as it runs into the cove.

The luau started badly… the bus broke down on the way to the beach, and everyone had to walk the last fifteen minutes. Everyone’s cell phones seem to be unable to reach out of the mountains to the resort (or anywhere else), and the driver has been unable to get the bus running again. One of the guests, Joe Markham, has been trying to help get it started…

Lei’d to Rest 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.

Note that Lei’d to Rest is a bit more complex than some of our other games. If you’ve not hosted one of our games before, you might want to allocate a bit longer to prepare for it and to read through how it’s going to work.

Just downloaded Lei’d to Rest – first time I have downloaded one of your games. We intend to play the game in May – but I just wanted to say how good the game looks – and so easy to download.”
Dave Measey, Leicester, United Kingdom

Includes rules for combat.
Includes rules for combat.

The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game, a cast list of all the characters, and a copy of the Legend of the Red Goddess.

Cast of characters

  • Annatto: Religious zealot
  • Elsie Brighton: One half of a pair of newlyweds. Midwestern and naïve
  • Ned Brighton: Elsie Brighton’s sickly other half
  • Sarafina Chavez: An aspiring actress willing to do anything to get attention
  • Anson Hardasty: Wealthy elderly businessman
  • Max Hartnett: Anson Hardasty’s best lawyer
  • Keoni: Tour guide and traditional Hawaiian entertainer, with aspirations
  • Dr. Penny Kingsbury: Local doctor
  • Mojo Mo: Hawaiian master cook and sometime witch doctor
  • Anna Nayuki: Local real estate agent
  • Jack Slack: Local small-scale entrepreneur and all-around dubious character
  • Mel Squant: The perfect grandparent and tourist

In the larger version of Lei’d to Rest, there are a further 10 characters included.

This small version of Lei’d to Rest is for 6 to 12 players:

  • 6 players (2 male, 2 female, 2 any)
  • 7 players (2 male, 3 female, 2 any)
  • 8 players (3 male, 3 female, 2 any)
  • 9 players (4 male, 3 female, 2 any)
  • 10 players (4 male, 3 female, 3 any)
  • 11 players (4 male, 4 female, 3 any)
  • 12 players (4 male, 4 female, 4 any)

You also need a host – someone to organize the party and ensure everything runs smoothly.

How Freeform Games murder mystery games work

Lei’d to Rest is unlike other murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a murder, each character has several goals they must try to accomplish. While they may want to solve the murder, Lei’d to Rest contains plenty of other plots and secrets to keep everyone busy. Lei’d to Rest isn’t scripted, and lets the players decide how to achieve their goals and thwart their enemies.

“We’d previously played Bludgeoned on Broadway, so I knew Lei’d to Rest would be a superior game. I love the completeness of the materials, well developed characters and back stories, and as host, ease in running.”
Sara Duprey, United States

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Bus Driver.

They then receive their detailed backgrounds — including dark secrets, objectives, and special items. The players can form alliances, blackmail each other, steal items, and decide what they plan to do next season. Along the way they may solve some of Lei’d to Rest’s mysteries. Are the locals poisoning people? Who threatened the starlet? How are the wealthy businessman and the victim connected? Is someone threatening the tourists? What makes a smuggler so interested in an innocent-looking Midwestern newlywed?  All will be revealed in Lei’d to Rest.

Finally, the game concludes and everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.

Recommended for ages 15+

We recommend Lei’d to Rest for those aged 15+,  as  one character is the mistress of another.

Extra characters

Sometimes you have too many guests and need more characters. So most games have free extra characters (written by us or previous hosts) included in the download when you purchase the game.

  • ‘Ginger’ Roberts – freelance reporter in search of the Big Story. (Any)
    (by Freeform Games)

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

“Thank you for a great site, fantastic games, good service and very quick reply. Keep up the good work.” Ole Martin Brodwall, Norway

Cast Iron Guarantee

We offer a Cast Iron Guarantee on all our murder mystery games. If you’re not completely satisfied with Lei’d to Rest then please let us know within 30 days and we will refund you. See our full terms and conditions, and our refund policy.

Trouble downloading? If you have trouble downloading the game files, please first check your spam folder. If you still can’t find the download email, drop us a line at info@freeformgames.com with the name of the game and the email address you used to purchase it, and we’ll resend it.

6 reviews for Lei’d to Rest (small version)

  1. Kelly (store manager)

    Last night we played Lei’d to Rest. It was a hit! We had people who have played before and some newcomers to the game. Everyone got dressed up and had a great time. The guests were impressed by how well written the roles were, while still allowing them to make them their own.
    We took a break at the midpoint for a hula contest. The men were hysterical.
    I highly recommend it! We also loved Bludgeoned on Broadway and Snow Business.

  2. Kendra Pearsall (store manager)

    Everyone had a great time doing Lei’d to Rest. I attended another murder mystery game by [a different company] 2 months later and I noticed the game, plot were not nearly as interesting as this one so stick with Freeform Games. The customer service with this company is excellent and they are true to their word. And very few other companies offer a money back guarantee so there is no risk.

  3. Megan McGrath (store manager)

    I just wanted you to know that we played Lei’d to Rest this last weekend and we had so much fun!
    I’ve thrown other murder mystery parties from kits and boxes and I think this was the funnest yet. No script, which left it open for interpretation.
    That makes it seem like the game is confusing, but once the rules were explained, people got it and had a blast!
    Everyone got way into it and someone even tried to murder the murderer!
    Next time I throw a murder mystery party, I’m definitely getting it here! Thank you so much for such a fun product!!

  4. Paul Weiss (store manager)

    The Lei’d to Rest party was a tremendous success. It was the first “downloaded” murder mystery we’ve done.
    It was very cool that guests could think “out of the box” enough to actually use the items they had in their possession rather than just thinking of them as clues.
    Everyone involved got into their roles very well and thoroughly enjoyed it. We can’t wait to play again!

  5. Rita Tallini (store manager)

    Wanted you to know we hosted Lei’d to Rest for 8 high school students (11th and 12th graders). They had a blast! This is our third game (after Final Curtain, Reading of the Will) and it was the best yet. The kids especially enjoyed the ability cards. And having a corpse for them to discover really got them into the spirit of the game. We used oatmeal for the victim’s vomit — it was so lifelike, our son almost gagged. We highly recommend your games and look forward to our next game. Thanks for a great product!

  6. Heather Smith (store manager)

    I wanted to let you guys know that we purchased Lei’d to Rest for my sister’s sweet 16 birthday bash! We played last night and I could not wait to get up today and let you know that it was a wonderful game! Everyone had a fantastic time playing, and the storyline was quite… intriguing! Kudos to the writers of the game, and I cannot wait to purchase another one! We are already trying to plan a time to play again!!!

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Q & A

How soon will I get my game? asked on 10 September 2020

You can download your game immediately after making your purchase. We will also send you an email message containing a download link and password so you can download your game later.

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Where's my password? asked on 8 September 2020

Please check your email (including your junk folder). If you're sure you haven't received it, then please get in touch. It helps us if you tell us when you purchased the game and what email address you used.

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How do freeform murder mystery games work? asked on 6 September 2020

Most of our games have an impartial host who organizes the party. Hosts don't solve the murder with everyone else – they have already read the game and instead watch the game unfolding.

Guests use their wits and negotiate, scheme, and plot with other guests to get what they want. Nobody needs to learn complicated backgrounds or memorize lines – character backgrounds are little more than a side or two of paper – which can be kept to hand for reference during the game.

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Have you got any games for beginners? asked on 4 September 2020

Yes! If this is your first time hosting a Freeform Games murder mystery, we suggest choosing one of our more straightforward games. Click here for our 'games for beginners' page.

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Do you have any games suitable for all-male or all-female groups? asked on 2 September 2020

Yes! We have several games where all the characters are ungendered and can be played by anyone. Click here to see our ungendered games.

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