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Method 3: Very Large Groups

Suggestions or questions to help you host a large murder mystery party or event.

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Method 3: Very Large Groups

Postby 2coolbaby » November 10th, 2004, 4:15 am

When you get attendance in the high numbers 50+ I would suggest this method. It can be used with smaller groups if you prefer. The choice is really yours. At parties this size, people are usually sat at individual tables of 6-10 people a table.

If you choose this method, you should print this page and give a copy to each of the people who will be your 'Actors', so they will know how to handle the party.

To use this method you will need 'Actors' to play the main characters. It is a good idea to have outgoing people playing these parts as there will be a lot of interaction involved and people who love drama are really good at this format. There is no script memorization that needs to happen, so these are not your typical actors, just some outgoing people. These 'Actors' will play the game just like it would be played at a regular party so follow the instructions in the kit. When they are interacting with other Actors they will act like the crowd isn't there, although they will want to speak a little louder then normal so observers nearby can 'evesdrop' :twisted:

Between actor interactions, the actors can move around and interact with the observers. Some suggestions for the 'actors':
- Offer to sell the observers secrets you know about other characters.
- Spread gossip about other characters.
- Answer questions observers may have. Honesty not required!
- Try to buy secrets the observers may have come across.

Each table of guests need to receive some items. If you purchased the box, please see below or contact us and let us know that you are hosting a large party. We will send you some pdf's of the following items:

- Evidence (1 copy in a large sealed envelope to open when the Inspector start presenting).
- A blank Character Background Booklet that will give each guest a copy of the Guest List, News Item & How to Play instructions.
- Enough Whodunit sheets for each guest to make their guesses at the end of the evening.
- Each guest should get game money. I suggest buying a bag of play money to save on printing and cutting and it will match that purchased in the box. The download money is different. Ours come in packs of 25 that will provide money for 25 observers. You can get these here:

http://www.dinnerandamurder.com/store/product.php?productid=16198&cat=279&page=1

When things start winding down have your guests fill out their Whodunit sheets, after which the Inspector will read the Solution.

If time permits, it is always fun to have a Question and Answer session with the actors. The audience can ask questions, which the actors will now answer honestly. Many times this involves their schemes and secrets.

Hope this helps you throw a bigger and better party and if you have any questions just reply to this post!

We have created a helpful packet for all of our games that will give you the Evidence.pdf, Money.pdf, Whodunit Cards.pdf and a blank Character Background Booklet. If you decide to create your own characters for your guests, you can also use our template provided for both a Character Background Booklet and a Confidential Booklet.

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Murder at the Four Deuces Mature:
http://www.dinnerandamurder.com/misc/blanks/4dm.exe
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Murder at the Four Deuces Tame:
http://www.dinnerandamurder.com/misc/blanks/4dt.exe
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Murder at the Four Deuces 2:
http://www.dinnerandamurder.com/misc/blanks/4d2.exe
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Class of 57:
http://www.dinnerandamurder.com/misc/blanks/c57.exe
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Death By Chocolate:
http://www.dinnerandamurder.com/misc/blanks/dbc.exe
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Killer Reunion:
http://www.dinnerandamurder.com/misc/blanks/kr.exe
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Immortal Murders:
http://www.dinnerandamurder.com/misc/blanks/im.exe
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The Santa Clause:
http://www.dinnerandamurder.com/misc/blanks/sc.exe
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Postby gytch » April 12th, 2005, 5:06 pm

I was wondering about the suggestions for the actors interacting with the guests at the tables.

Your suggestions involve offering to sell secrets, spreading gossip, etc. Who is selling secrets and spreading gossip, the actors or the guests?

I'm very interested in this format for a function that I am hosting next October.
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Postby 2coolbaby » April 13th, 2005, 11:32 am

It will be mostly the actors divulging secrets and selling info, but once your table guests get some info you will find the creative guests also doing the selling of secrets to both the actors and other table guests.
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Postby spherica » March 14th, 2006, 2:37 pm

Am planning a fund raiser, and thus far this is the best idea. Wonder if you can give me advise as to which one would be best to order.

Will have teens, doing the acting (12 - 15 year old) and parents doing the "guessing."

Also, as a added bonus of selling clues, this can be used to raise a bit more $
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Teen crowd, fund raisers

Postby 2coolbaby » September 24th, 2006, 8:26 am

For a teen crowd and in fact any fund raising or mixed crowd I always suggest Murder at the Four Deuces Teen Version. Now this is not a game created for teens, it is in no way dumbed down from the adult version. All I did was take the adult version and adjust the more mature content out. It will actually play the same and still has all the intrigue of the mature version. Many people think the T rating means it is a teen game. This is not at all true. It is more like a video game warning letting you know the content suitability of the game you are playing, not the age it was created for.
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Immortal Murders Idea

Postby 2coolbaby » September 24th, 2006, 8:31 am

If you are hosting a Large Immortal Murders event, I have a couple suggestions. First instead of giving the spell cards in this game out to the 'actors', you can give (or sell, if fund raiser) them to members of the 'audience'. They can then sell these to the 'actors' (game money) or trade them for information.
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http://www.dinnerandamurder.com
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Postby Kay » February 17th, 2007, 11:51 am

I am thinking about hosting a party for a large group...possibly a fundraiser, and this idea sounded pretty good. However, I'm a bit confused about who is doing the acting and who is solving the murder. Is it like a dinner theater where the actors already know what is going to happen, and the seated guests are just trying to solve the murder? or is everyone trying to solve the murder? Should the people who are "guests" dress "in character" for the setting?
Also, how do you suggest doing a fundraiser party?
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Postby 2coolbaby » February 19th, 2007, 11:55 am

The 'actors' themselves do not know who the killer is. They will be acting in chraracter. They do not rehearse or have to memorize lines. Everyone will be trying to solve the murder.

It would add pizazz to your party if everyone attended in 20's garb and you made it a roaring twenties theme party. This though is not a requirement.
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http://www.dinnerandamurder.com
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