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Clue based vs large group games

Last Updated: Aug 01, 2013 04:29PM MDT
We have 2 kinds of mystery game formats: clue based and scripted.  Clue based games  are designed for small parties where everyone is a suspect.  In a clue based games each guests is given clues to reveal or conceal from the rest.  In the end, everyone guesses who-dun-it.  Unfortunately this format does not work well for large group games, because it becomes quite difficult to track all of the various clues among all of the different characters. While you can adapt a clue based game for larger parties (10-20) people, it does not very well for parties over 20.
 
With that said, some hosts choose to take a clue based game and adapt for a large group. Here is how: http://blog.host-party.com/2011/09/adapting-clue-based-mystery-into-large.html

CLUE BASED MURDER MYSTERY GAMES
These murder mystery parties are generally designed for smaller, more intimate parties. They are ideal for dinner parties, family gatherings, birthday parties, anniversaries and special occasions.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS:  Generally 18 or less.  Consider a large group murder mystery party for groups larger than 18.
GAME DURATION: Approximately 2 hours.
HOW GAME IS PLAYED: Before the game, print out the clues and organize them by round and character (It is usually a good idea to put them in envelopes).

Basically your guests will come in character, as will you. They will socialize during your appetizers.  During this time you will casually deliver the first round of clues. Each guest will receive a clue and they will read this to themselves. Most guest will receive a clue to reveal and one to conceal. The guests should then share their revealing clues at their leisure with whomever they choose. At the same time, they try to conceal their secret clue. Conceal means they try to avoid the subject or spin the topic - they CAN NOT LIE. This process is repeated for each round. The timing is up to you, but usually allow an hour per round.

Breaking out of character to spend a few minutes to review these ground rules is not a bad idea for people new to murder mysteries, but be sure that it is brief and at the beginning. After that don't look back and stay in character, even when tempted to break out to clear up some confusion. The confusion will pass and it is better to keep the fluidity of the event then to clarify every point. Our murder mystery games are built more for entertainment, than for serious gumshoe work. Having a good setting (which you have done exceptionally well), a charismatic group is all you need.

Solution Round: After dinner you will want to invite everyone to gather around to reveal the solution. First ask everyone who they think did it, how and why. Then have each guest read their clue out loud in order of clue number.


LARGE GROUP (SCRIPTED) MYSTERIES
Our large group game format is designed to support large parties, generally between 15-150 guests. These games have a base cast who is fully aware  of the plot and outcome.  This cast will act out the mystery providing hints and clues to be discovered by the guests.  Often the murder will occur during the party.
 
NUMBER OF PLAYERS:  Generally 15-150
GAME DURATION: Approximately 2 hours.