The Karma Club

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The Karma Club is a 1960s murder mystery game for 10 to 14 guests and one host. Rock band Marmalade Skies has disturbed a peaceful hippy commune – but who murdered their manager? Written by Mark Schaefer. Recommended for ages 15+.

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MPN: 38
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The Karma Club is a murder mystery game for 10 to 14 guests and one host. It is set in a 1960s hippy commune. Download the free introductory pdf file.

In The Karma Club, a hippy commune has been disturbed by the arrival of rock band Marmalade Skies. Not everyone is as they seem, and some have dark secrets they need to keep hidden… and someone is the killer. 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 solve the murder?

“The Karma Club was the best one so far!”
Harriet Smith, United Kingdom

See stories and pictures from The Karma Club. Read the Wells River Gazette.

The Karma Club is set in the lodge of the Karma Club commune in Wells River, New Hampshire. The commune has been hosting a sending-off party for their guests, rock band Marmalade Skies.

Marmalade Skies had been invited to perform at a 3-day rock concert in Woodstock. Unfortunately, their tour bus has broken down. Unable to make it to the concert, they are spending the weekend at the Karma Club commune before embarking on a 5-month U.S. tour.

The tour bus is now fixed and in the morning, Marmalade Skies resume their tour. Tonight is the chance for one last party. Unfortunately, it has been marked by tragedy – Marvin Stank, Marmalade Skies’s manager, has been found murdered!

Break out your bellbottom jeans, wide belts, tie-dyed and paisley shirts – and join us at The Karma Club!

No combat, no poison.
No combat, no poison.

The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game and a cast list of all the characters.

Cast of characters

Marmalade Skies

  • Suzy Dickerson: Lead vocals and Marmalade Skies’ songwriter.
  • Lee Melvick: Lead guitar, the party-boy of the band.
  • Judy Stank: Bass, and Marvin Stank’s widow.
  • Axel Maddox: Drummer, and prankster of the band.
  • Bobby Stank: Head roadie, Marvin Stank’s brother.

The Karma Club

  • Abbot “Abbie” Rosen: Founder and leader of the commune.
  • Pony Noonan: Long-time member of the commune and something of a rebel.
  • Guinevere Stone: Commune member and mother of 18-month-old Sunshine.
  • Flower Mason: Commune member.
  • Snow Diamond: Commune member.
  • Moonbeam Baxter: Recent commune member.

Visitors and Townspeople

  • Sam Spears: Executive with Groovytunes Records.
  • Jackie Nichols: Local folk singer, opening act for Marmalade Skies.
  • Sandy McVee: Wells River citizen, avid Marmalade Skies fan, owner and sole employee of “Sandy’s Memorabilia & Collectibles”..

The Karma Club is for 10 to 14 guests.

  • 10 guests (4 male, 4 female, 2 any)
  • 11 guests (4 male, 4 female, 3 any)
  • 12 guests (5 male, 5 female, 2 any)
  • 12 guests (5 male, 5 female, 3 any)
  • 12 guests (5 male, 5 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

The Karma Club 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, The Karma Club contains plenty of other plots and secrets to keep everyone busy. The Karma Club isn’t scripted, and lets the players decide how to achieve their goals and thwart their enemies.

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, Deputy Kozlowski, and welcomed to the Karma Club commune.

They then receive their detailed backgrounds – including dark secrets, objectives and money. The fun then begins as they form alliances, blackmail each other, steal items and maybe even try to murder one another! Along the way they may uncover some of the mysteries of The Karma Club. Was this fateful collision of Marmalade Skies and the Karma Club a coincidence, or karma? Will Marmalade Skies recover and secure new management before the tour kicks off tomorrow? Or will they crack and disband under the weight of this tragedy? Where are the master tapes from the Rough Ride Home sessions? Is the Karma Club really the haven of peaceful harmony it pretends to be? What are the true identities of local bank robbers “Bonnie & Clyde?”

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

Recommended for ages 15+

We recommend  The Karma Club for those aged 15+, as it contains references to references to rock-and-roll lifestyle, infidelity and a child born out of wedlock.

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.

  • Chris Champion – member of the Wells River Town Council. (Any)
    (by Freeform Games)

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

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Cast Iron Guarantee

We offer a Cast Iron Guarantee on all our murder mystery games. If you’re not completely satisfied with The Karma Club 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 with the name of the game and the email address you used to purchase it, and we’ll resend it.

5 reviews for The Karma Club

  1. Terry Whitley (verified owner)

    This is our 4th Freeform Game. We love them! This one did not disappoint.

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  2. Sandy Levin (store manager)

    We had a blast with The Karma Club! Since it was close to Halloween, we dressed up a skeleton as Marvin Stank and lay him in a pool of blood. Everyone dressed to the 9s and played their party perfectly. Can’t wait to try another game.

  3. Stuart Antrim (store manager)

    I found The Karma Club by searching for a nudist-friendly murder mystery. It exceeded expectations: I hosted it at Serendipity Park nudist resort last year. I can’t show you all the pictures, but suffice to say the hippie theme was a good fit for us. We are looking forward to the next Freeform mystery coming up soon!

  4. Mark Wilson (store manager)

    15 friends and I just did The Karma Club at the weekend, and had an absolute blast as usual (it’s our 5th freeform, and fourth of yours!)

  5. Desi Staifer (store manager)

    I wanted to host this one since The Karma Club came out. I was really excited about a 60s theme party. Everyone had a fun time, and it went great. The writing to this one is superb and, to everyone out there, Do this one!

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Q & A

How soon will I get my game? asked on 9 April 2022

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 7 April 2022

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 5 April 2022

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.

answered on 4 April 2022 store manager
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Have you got any games for beginners? asked on 3 April 2022

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 1 April 2022

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

answered on 31 March 2022 store manager
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