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Welcome to the Playing With Murder Blog where you will find mystery party hosting tips, featured parties, game releases, and more information to help you throw your next murder mystery party.

Casino Night: Lights, Games & a Murder

Aug 15, 2016 4:56:49 PM

Today's party is Casino: Dead Money by Dana. Dana's casino set up included lights, games, and even a photo booth!Read More
Comments | Posted in Featured Party By Kim Durden

Another day, another mystery! Or at least that’s how it works for us. :-)

Today’s party is Casino: Dead Money, by Christa.

Christa did a great job with setting up a casino for her party that included a whiskey bar with a recipe list for cocktails, streamers made from decks of cards, and a photo booth with props!:

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Today’s post brings you yet another exciting murder mystery party - There Might Be No Christmas by Twila.

Everyone really got in character for this one! The cast included Ms. Claus, two reindeer, a snowman, a Christmas tree with music-playing ornaments, and many others.

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Today’s post showcases another murder mystery party, Jazz Age Jeopardy as run by Crystal!

Crystal had this to say about Jazz Age Jeopardy:

"This was my First time hosting a Murder Mystery, and first time attending a Murder Mystery that was SO involved. I am SO happy I chose Playing With Murder - Jazz Age Jeopardy for my Birthday Party..."

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2 Comments | Posted in Featured Party By Ken Blumreich

Murder and a Mashed Potato Bar

Mar 22, 2016 2:31:00 PM

Today we are highlighting our current featured mystery party, Murder in Manhattan as run by Celsey B!  The event featured a mashed potato bar (something that I now desperately need to try), and some truly awesome skyline decorations!

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Comments | Posted in Featured Party By Ken Blumreich

A Pirate Murdered... for Candy!

Mar 14, 2016 4:09:47 PM

Today we are sharing another Featured Party! Yvette S. ran an expanded version of Pryce in Blood for her daughter’s 16th birthday party and sleepover; as you can see, the participants really did a great job of getting into character!Read More
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Today’s post highlights one of our Featured Parties: Liz used Zombie Cannibal Asylum as a teaching tool in her undergraduate level Small Group Communication class!Read More
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Unlimited Guest Packs

Nov 5, 2015 4:57:22 PM

One of the most common pieces of feedback we hear from our hosts is that they'd like to play our games with a large group (i.e. 30 or more people). Until recently, most of our games could only accommodate groups smaller than that size.

That’s all changing!

We've heard these requests and are happy to announce that we have expanded all of our games to handle over 100 guests!Read More
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How to Plan a Murder Mystery Party

Aug 14, 2015 3:00:33 PM

Once you have chosen the game kit for your murder mystery party, it's time to make plans! You'll need to read your game script, invite guests, decorate your venue and plan your menu. This post will take you step-by-step through the process.Read More
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How to Choose a Murder Mystery Game

Aug 14, 2015 2:54:46 PM

The murder mystery game you choose will set the tone for the night. There are 5 important decisions to make before choosing your game:
  1. Venue
  2. Guest count
  3. Era and Theme: What scene will you create? (ie Roaring 20's, Mardi Gras, etc)
  4. Game Type: Interactive or scripted game?
  5. Game Format: Downloadable or boxed game kit?

I'll walk you through each choice and let you know how your decision will affect your party.

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Comments | Posted By Ken Blumreich

How to Host A Murder Mystery Party

Jul 27, 2015 5:34:57 PM

Are you looking for a way to throw a fun, affordable party that your friends and guests will talk about for years? Then look no further! Murder mystery parties provide a uniquely entertaining experience that you and your guests will never forget. And they can be as economical or as extravagant as you want!Read More
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We’ve finally completed one of our most frequently requested party themes! With Mardi Gras just around the corner, now is the perfect time to pick up our latest deluxe mystery: Mardi Gras, Masks, Mystery!Read More
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A New Halloween Mystery!

Oct 17, 2014 4:08:44 PM

Welcome friends and fellow mystery aficionados! Happy Halloween! Playing With Murder is pleased to announce the launch of our latest Halloween-themed thriller, The Haunted Halloween Heist! Set in the spooky forest known as Shufflemoore Woods, this mystery is easy to run and will make for a wonderful Halloween party!Read More
Comments | Posted By Ken Blumreich

Greetings friends and fellow mystery aficionados!

Today’s post is our Featured Party for the month of August: Jen Lyles ran Malachai Stout’s Family Reunion for a group of 75 (!!!) at her own family reunion.

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Today’s post is our Featured Party for the month of July: Ann-Marie Borden ran Jazz Age Jeopardy, and we’ve rarely seen anyone who put so much ingenuity and effort into preparation, decoration, food and costuming!

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Jazz Age Jeopardy, A 1920's Mystery

Nov 30, 2013 5:24:33 PM

Playing With Murder is pleased to announce the launch of Jazz Age Jeopardy, an evening of rollicking entertainment and intrigue at the Cat's Meow, a swinging 1920's jazz club.

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Featured Mystery Party: Terrible Castle

Sep 11, 2013 5:56:22 PM

Today we’d like to highlight a mystery party thrown by one of our wonderful customers. This will give you, the reader, the opportunity to see just how another host has turned her mystery party into an awesome and fun event. Hopefully it inspires your next party!

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Dead Money, A Casino Mystery

Feb 5, 2013 5:11:53 PM

Playing With Murder is pleased to announce the launch of Dead Money, an evening of gambling and entertainment at the Lady Lux, a casino owned by the wealthy Dona Mancini.

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Zombie Cannibal Asylum!

Sep 29, 2012 2:12:08 PM

Hello friends and fellow mystery aficionados! 

I promised you all a very special update, and I’m extremely excited to tell you that, after many months of design, our new, full length, horror-based party is finally ready!

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Three new mysteries!

Sep 19, 2012 2:10:21 PM

Hello friends and fellow mystery aficionados! 

Playing With Murder is thrilled to announce the launch of two new full length mystery parties, as well as a brand new mini-mystery!

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New Set Sail for Disaster Expansion!

Jan 25, 2012 2:09:06 PM

Playing With Murder is extremely pleased to announce our first murder mystery expansion! We have updated the Set Sail for Disaster murder mystery party to include seven brand new, fully-integrated characters.

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Four new Mini Mysteries!

Oct 20, 2011 2:07:50 PM

Welcome friends and fellow mystery aficionados! 

Playing With Murder is pleased to announce the launch of four brand new mini-mysteries!

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New Vampire Mini Mystery

Apr 12, 2011 2:07:00 PM

Playing With Murder is very pleased to announce the release of our latest mini, An Inquisition of Vampires.

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Christmas is here! Or is it?

Dec 16, 2010 2:03:47 PM

Ho ho ho and Merry Christmas friends and fellow mystery aficionados! Or is it? 

In celebration of the holiday season, Playing With Murder is thrilled to announce the release of our latest mini, There Might Be No Christmas.

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Halloween is nearly here!

Oct 5, 2010 2:02:03 PM

Hello friends and fellow mystery aficionados!  With Halloween less than a month away, now is the perfect time to prepare for a Murder Mystery Party!

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Mini Mysteries Are Here

Sep 10, 2010 4:59:35 PM

Hello friends and fellow mystery aficionados, and welcome back to Playing With Murder! We're celebrating the fall season with the release of a brand new product line, our Murder Mystery Miniseries! Response to our full length, deluxe mysteries

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