REVIEW: "The Next of Kin mystery game downloaded very easily and all material was clearly marked. It was very easy to personalize it for my husband's surprise birthday party which was AMAZING. Our guests had so much fun and really got into their characters. I've already had someone ask me "when are we going to do another one?" and our preacher's wife said it was the best birthday party she'd ever been to. Thank you so much for all you did to make my husband's 50th birthday truly an event to remember! Thanks you for following up, it is rare to have a company that cares that much about its customers." Pam K., North Augusta, SC
REVIEW: Hi Susan!! We had the mystery party last Saturday night and it was AWESOME!!!!!!! It was for my 21st birthday and we had about 20 people come, completely dressed up and in character and it was HILARIOUS!!!! And we got to do the What Happened to Sam Disney scavenger hunt around campus which was really fun :) It was definitely the best birthday I have ever had and I am not exaggerating!! You are a genius!!! Thank you, Hillary Ford, Flower Mound TX
Due to the interactive nature of the mysteries, they are best suited for groups of 20 to about 125 guests. Click here for our reason why.
For the team building version of the games, we recommend up to 12 teams of detectives (a minimum 4 to a maximum of 10 per team) plus your team of 6 to 8 suspects (your cast), depending on the script you choose.
It will be about 1 1/2 to 2 hours long but you can make it shorter by tightening up the sequence of events or longer by allowing more time between the scenes/action.
For the team building version of the game, please allow approximately 2 to 2½ hours or more (for multi-tasking and problem solving). We also highly recommend adding time for a team assessment discussion at the conclusion of the mystery. We include our nifty team assessment form with all team building versions of the game.. You need a bit more time for the team mystery games because, in addition to solving the mystery, each team will have a project to complete during the course of the mystery
Here's a sample timeline (with a dinner*) for your mystery party
- Upon arrival, the guests (your detectives) receive a program that will be a guideline for the mystery (included).
- The primary suspects start to mingle in character and begin setting up the mystery with clues, arguments, gossip, that sort of thing.
- The guests witness the (1st) murder about 30 to 40 minutes into the mystery.
- Working around your meal plans, if any, the mystery continues to unfold with more dramatic action and more clues that will lead to the mystery's next murder or attempted murder.
- For the team building version, your teams should work on their team project - which is designed to challenge their multi-tasking abilities among other things - as they find time during the mystery.
- We suggest that as the main course is being cleared, the teams should present their short team project.
- As you reach the conclusion, there is a suspect line up so the
guests can ask the primary suspects any final questions they may have before they fill out their detective evidence record/solution sheet (which they receive
with their programs).
- For the team building version, each team of detectives will hand in only one solution sheet.
- For the team building version, before the killer is revealed and after all the solution sheets are collected, each team presents their findings via their team speaker.
- The solution is dramatically revealed around the time dessert is served.
- Awards are presented and the mystery concludes.
- For the team building version, we recommend you include a debriefing and team assessment discussion here (team assessment form included with purchase of our team mystery games.)
Anything and everything that can be downloaded is included with this game. You can prep the mystery in an hour or two. You'll need to print programs and other such documents, shop for small items (like a fake knife or other possible murder weapon) and organize the props (clues, etc.) and supplies but it's all very simple to do.
In the mystery games where the suspects will know whodunit, we do recommend however that you give your primary suspects about 2 weeks to get familiar with the mystery and to prepare their character. It takes at least one read through to get everyone (the suspects) straight. We also recommend that you all watch our little murder mystery movie to get a "visual". (By the way, that's your game designer, Susan Haley, lifting her skirts as Savannah Sugarbaker). Set a time to get together, perhaps add some food and drink to the "rehearsal", and just TALK through the script. Don't have everyone read it word for word - it won't help anyone really understand what's happening and it's pretty boring. We've always found that if you all talk through the action/sequence as your character, it helps loosen things up, people start finding the humor in their character and they get a better understanding of the whole picture. It's informal and relaxed - two things you need to alleviate some of the actors' nervousness. More helpful hints.
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