Vanished in Vegas


Vanished in Vegas is a present-day murder mystery game for 15 to 20 guests and a host. Set in Las Vegas’s Sapphire Hotel and Casino, guests include the staff, performers, guests, and visitors. Written by Jennifer Vals. Recommended for ages 15+.


Vanished in Vegas is a murder mystery game for 15 to 20 guests and a host. It is set in present-day Las Vegas,  in The Sapphire Hotel and Casino. Download the free introductory pdf file.

Vanished in Vegas is a thrilling evening of gaming and escapades on the Vegas Strip! 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 Vanished in Vegas?


See stories and pictures from Vanished in Vegas. Read the Las Vegas Sunny Times.

Welcome to Las Vegas, where, as the saying goes, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”

The Sapphire Hotel and Casino hosts Vegas’ hottest ticket – Jaspar the Great’s Magic Show. Jaspar never disappoints, and his show climaxes with his famous vanishing act, where he disappears into a case and reappears wearing an extravagant costume unique for each show!

Tonight, however, when his assistant unveiled the case, Jaspar did not reappear – the case was empty! His assistant shrieked and ran off the stage in tears – but was that all part of the act? What happened to Jaspar?

It is now an hour later, and Jaspar has yet to make an appearance. Undercover FBI agent, Declan Grant, is holding everyone in the casino for questioning. Everyone may mingle but cannot leave until the mystery of Jaspar’s disappearance has been solved.

The pandemonium is just beginning… a magician, a bag of money, and a pet chihuahua have all vanished. Who is responsible? A ghost and a Bengal tiger aren’t the only suspicious culprits. Con artists, mafia thugs, blackmailers, and thieves will all come into play.

Get ready for a one-of-a-kind, spectacular evening at The Sapphire on the Strip in Vanished in Vegas!

Vanished in Vegas 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.

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 Las Vegas Sunny Times.

Cast of characters

The Sapphire staff

  • Tyler Bennett—hotel owner
  • Harley Jones—pit boss
  • Declan Grant—blackjack dealer and undercover FBI agent
  • Brighton Hall—cabana host
  • Adair Warner—jewelry shop owner
  • Franny Green—head housekeeper

Performers and entertainers

  • Greta Starr—showgirl
  • Amber Lee—magician’s assistant
  • Dakota Allen—comedian
  • ‘Elvis’—impersonator
  • Tatum Young—pop star
  • Gloria Martin—lounge singer and Jaspar’s wife

Guests and visitors

  • Sheldon Cruz—governor of Nevada
  • Monique Cruz—Love Animals president
  • Jules Stone—wealthy gambler
  • Will Davis—newlywed groom
  • Lily Davis—newlywed bride
  • Sadie Bennett—hotel owner’s ex-wife
  • Don Giordano—Mafia boss
  • Sidney Thomas—animal rights activist

Vanished in Vegas is for 15 to 20 guests:

  • 15 guests (6 male, 4 female, 5 any)
  • 16 guests (7 male, 4 female, 5 any)
  • 17 guests (7 male, 4 female, 6 any)
  • 18 guests (7 male, 5 female, 6 any)
  • 19 guests (7 male, 6 female, 6 any)
  • 20 guests (7 male, 7 female, 6 any)

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

How Freeform Games murder mystery games work

Vanished in Vegas 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, Vanished in Vegas contains plenty of other plots and secrets to keep everyone busy. Vanished in Vegas 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 host, the Concierge, and welcomed to The Sapphire Hotel and Casino.

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 Vanished in Vegas. Who has been stealing historical artifacts? Who is here under a false identity? What happened to the promising new radio technology? And, of course, what happened to Jasper the Great?

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

Recommended for ages 15+

We recommend Vanished in Vegas for those aged 15+, as it contains gambling themes, embezzlement, and romantic rivalry.

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.

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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 Vanished in Vegas 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.


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Q & A

How soon will I get my game? asked on 20 June 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 18 June 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 16 June 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 15 June 2022 store manager
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Have you got any games for beginners? asked on 14 June 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 12 June 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.

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