Murder Mystery Party Kit Details
Your guests will play the roles of one of the crooks, killers, mobsters, or gang-members employed by Don Carrasino, a notorious (and notoriously ruthless) mafioso. All of you are regulars at The Joint, Don Carrasino's personal bar.
The eight of you, along with the Don himself and his consigliere (or right-hand man), Danny "Chuckles" Luciano, were enjoying drinks, cards, and conversation at The Joint. The evening was shaping up to be quite festive when suddenly Chuckles stiffened in his seat, made a choked gurgling noise, and fell over dead at the bar, clutching at his throat.
Solving the Mystery
Now it's up to all of you to figure out what happened to the Don's right-hand man! Your guests will need to work together and use the game's clues to determine who killed Danny "Chuckles" Luciano!
There are 8 primary characters in this game. Read the "How to Play" section for instructions on how to play this game with more than 8 people.
Don Carrasino and the Murdered Mobster is suitable for 8 guests (or 8 couples), including the host or hostess. The available guests include:
- Gino Cabella, the Hitman: Well dressed, soft-spoken, and cold as ice, Gino is an expert at "taking care of" people who end up on the Don's wrong side.
- Catalina "Crazy Cat" Macciano, the Shooter: As quick with a smile or a ribald joke as she is quick to anger, Catalina is the Don's top gunslinger.
- Claudia Navarra, the Don's Girl: Beautiful, sultry, and salacious, Claudia is the Don's main squeeze.
- Antonio "Lefty" Bonocello, the Don's Bodyguard: Responsible for the Don's personal security, Lefty is a silent, menacing giant of a man.
- Lorenzo Pennino, the Driver: Talkative, likable, and quick-witted, Lorenzo takes care of the gang's transportation needs, whether that means serving as chauffeur or getaway driver.
- "Dirty" Vinnie Marino, the Conman: A smooth dresser and a smooth talker, Dirty Vinnie's good looks and silver tongue have always brought him good fortune.
- Roxie "Stiletto" Russo, the Thug: Beautiful and dangerous, Roxie is a street-wise, short-tempered lady who is good to have on your side when things get thick.
- Regina Guissepe, the Bartender: Only peripherally involved in the gang's affairs, Regina serves drinks and runs the till at The Joint, Don Carrasino's favorite bar.
- Investigator: If you have more than 8 players, additional players have the option of playing the role of "Investigators". In this role the players are not suspects and do not have character backgrounds but can question the suspects and try to solve the mystery along with the other players.
Our line of 30 Minute Mysteries is specially designed for fast setup and easy play. All you need to do to get started is:
- Print out the party guide
- Gather a group of players
- Hand out character sheets and name tags
- Follow the party guide instructions
Best of all, the party facilitator can choose whether they join in the game and solve the mystery along with the other guests!
Playing the Game
While this mystery has 8 primary characters, it is designed to accommodate any number of additional players. See the "Expanded Game for Large Groups" section below if you have more than 8 players.
Each of the players will be assigned a character and given a character sheet that explains who or what their character is, what information their character knows, and how their character should respond to events that occur during the game.
The game will progress in rounds.
Round One will start with the party's host or hostess reading a script that explains the nature of the mystery that is afoot. After the introduction is read, each player at the table will share a piece of information from their character sheet, and all the other players will have an opportunity to respond to that piece of information.
Round Two begins with the host sharing a clue that should shed further light on the mystery. After the clue is revealed, the players will once again go around the table, providing another piece of information and then responding.
Round Three, the final round, begins with the host sharing the last clue. The players then go around the table a final time, sharing their last piece of information and responding to each other.
By this point, the players should have learned enough information to be able to piece together a theory about who was responsible for the murder. Each player (or team) will say the name of the person who they think is responsible. The host will then read the final page of the mystery aloud, revealing the culprit. Any player or couple who correctly guessed the identity of the killer is declared a winner.
From start to finish, the entire game should generally only require half an hour to complete.
Note: As the host or hostess, there are certain times when you will be called upon to read aloud passages from this booklet. Passages that are meant to be read aloud will be clearly labeled and contained in a gray box.
What Do I Need in Order to Play?
Our 30 Minute Mysteries are specifically designed to not require very much in the way of supplies. All you really need is:
- a table to sit around (or a large playing area where the guests can sit in a circle)
- a group of players (minimum 8 people)
- a printed copy of this booklet
- a pair of scissors (to cut out nametag placards for each character)
- pencils or pens for each player
- Scratch paper (for players to take notes on)
- Folders (to help players conceal their character sheets)
If you wish to do so, you may also choose to provide prizes for the winner or winners (any players who accurately identify the culprit). Some suggested prizes might include candy, bath and body products, homemade treats or any other small, inexpensive gift item; remember that it is possible for multiple players to win, so if you choose to offer prizes, make sure you have enough on hand!
Expanded Game For Large Groups
If you have more than 8 players, there are three ways that you can accommodate everyone:
- Investigator Role - Using this method, eight guests play the primary characters while the remainder of the guests each play the Investigator role. Players in this role are not suspects and do not have character backgrounds but can question the suspects and try to solve the mystery along with the other players.
- Teams - Each primary character can be played by 2 or more people that work together as a team. This works well if you've invited several couples to your event, but also works if you break up your guests into eight larger teams of 3 or more guests.
- Multiple Groups - If you have 16 or more guests, you can break them up into groups of 8 players and run multiple instances of the game on their own. This method is best for large events (e.g. fundraisers) where each table of people can play through the game independently. This method goes well with the Investigator method, which allows you the flexibility to add more than 8 people to any group.
You can choose whether you'd like the Standard or Expanded version of a game when you add it to your cart.
Don Carrasino and the Murdered Mobster is a 26-page downloadable PDF file that you print at home. It includes the following features:
- An introduction that explains the basic principles of running a 30-Minute Mystery
- A detailed party guidebook that will walk you through the event in a simple, easy-to-understand format
- Nametags and character sheets for each player - the character sheets include special goals and information unique to each character
- Step-by-step printing instructions
- And much more!
- My resolution for 2017 was to get the family together socially more often, so I thought we'd try a Murder Mystery. While my husband and I are old hands at participating in such events, some of the younger relatives were a bit hesitant - fearing they would be expected to be top class actors! I felt a 30 minute event would be a nice introduction to the genre and I was absolutely right! Everyone admitted they had great fun putting their costumes together, and got a great laugh out of seeing each other as flappers and mobsters!
One of things I enjoyed most was the variety of American accents or Irish family produced - some seeme to be an odd mixture of Deep South and the Bronx, while others could have been Chinese/Australian!
I've used other murder mystery providers in the past, and Playing with Murder is the most comprehensive, easy to follow, package I've found to date. I look forward to downloading and playing the next one!
- We just provided cold meats and salads as we wanted to keep everything low key and casual.
- Most of the mood setting went into each guest providing his/her own costume and props as you'll see from the attached photo. We played an album, "Hits of the 30s" during the evening.
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- This was played after Thanksgiving,
Our age range was from highschoolers to seniors, 11 of us. We had a great time b/c we could act in character, the answer was not obvious, and we knew it was only 30 minutes long. :-) The kids love mysteries, so I knew it would work.
- No menu for us
- I brought out the old hats and nerf guns, quick & easy.
- We chose to do the murder mystery for our Halloween party. It was a great success!! Everyone dressed the part for their characters and even memorized their lines and thru in a gangtser accent! Some even did some ab lib to make it more interesting.
- We served itilian affair...with meatballs, bruscetta, antipasto bites and pizza. Dons Drink of the day was Gin Fizz which I googled what was poplular with Mobsters. Also served Bloody Mary's which is Reginas specialty drink and our shot of the day at the Joint was Jack-O-Chata which had whiskey in it for a mix of bootleg beverage and halloween flare.
- I set up.my garage like a prohibition bar..
Naming it the Joint. Had a bar set up for the drinks of the day...4 or 5 little tables set up with dark coverings with little lamps on each one for low lighting. With a deck of cards on a few of them and dish of peanuts on each. I had chairs labeled as to where each character was to sit. We played big band music as guests arrived and mingled. My husband played the Don and I was Chuckles.....about 20 minutes into party I choked and I fell over dead.
- Youth club
Loved the storyline and characters
People getting into character and aiming for all sorts of funny impressions and accents
- Chocolate fondue
- Mood lighting, like a western bar vibe
- We threw a big party for my husband's 30th and did the murder mystery game as part of it. We had a blast using accents and over-acting our parts! We laughed a ton! I am glad we did a more scripted game for our first time; I think it helped our friends to feel more comfortable, even the more shy ones got into their parts! I definitely recommend the game and will be using another one some time! :)
- This time I didn't make anything theme-specific, but I think next time I would get really into it and have "bar food" and drinks to set the mood.
- This time I didn't make anything theme-specific, but I think next time I would get really into it and have "bar food" and drinks to set the mood. I would definitely have props next time as well!
- I organized the Don Carrasino murder mystery game as a surprise birthday party for my husband. We had a fantastic time!
I invited four couples. After confirming all the guests could come, I sent them a group email, assigned them their characters and provided them a short character description from the Character List sheet. Additionally, I personalized their roles by adding a few sentences to the character descriptions that reflected each individual's personal interests. For example, for Lorenzo Pennino, the Don's chauffeur, I added, "Has a penchant for sailing and skiing. Has an obsession for stilettos. In real life, Lorenzo is coupled with Roxie "Stiletto " Russo. Her personalized lines included, "Skis and plays tennis like a demon. Has a thing for limousines and chauffeurs. "
I sent my husband on an errand. The guests arrived before my husband returned home as planned. As the guests arrived, they received their party favors: the men, cigars and the women, gaudy costume jewelry with the theme from " The Godfather" playing in the background. After my husband came in and we greeted him with "Surprise" and around of applause. I had a hat, a fedora, and a vest ready for him to wear. We had drinks and antipasto and then got started with the game.
I had folders for all with their name tags on them. Inside each was the respective character sheet. There were 10 of us at the party, my husband and I and our 8 guests. I served as the narrator/hostess and didn't have a role. One of the male guests was the investigator. The remainder were assigned the 8 characters of the game.
The game took 30+ minutes. The length of time was perfect. Long enough to have a good time with the plot and the characters, but not too long that guests were bored. Everyone got into character. We never stopped laughing.
We followed the game with an Italian dinner of lasagne. After the birthday cake, remember that it was my husband's birthday, the men enjoyed their cigars on the deck.
It was the best mystery party I have ever given and I've hosted many. My guests, who have attended them all, unanimously agreed!
- - wine
- antipasto, breadsticks
- - Pandora: traditional Italian
- party favors: cigars for the men, gaudy costume jewelry for the women
- great costumes: hats, glasses, jewelry
- We ordered the Mini Murder Mystery for a volunteer appreciation event. We had over 35 people attend, so we set up 8 tables, and each of the characters were represented by a table of 4-5 guests.
The event went very well.
The character sheets could have been written in first-person narrative; it was confusing to guests to read "you saw..." and may have been a bit easier to follow if they read "I saw...."
Once the first round was completed, the guests became more comfortable with the game and got more into character. The revealing clue wasn't read as guests weren't comfortable with the wording, although they were informed they didn't have to read verbatim - so when we got to the big reveal, the rest of the group were a bit confused.
Only one table was able to guess the true killer correctly.
- We served appetizers. Fruit, cheese & meat, desserts juice, coffee, tea
- I used 1920's inspired props; feather boas, fedoras, bow ties, suspenders, cigarettes, pearls, gun, etc. Several staff wore great 20s themed costumes.
- We played Don Carrasino and the Murdered Mobster as a part of our Usher Appreciation Social fall event. We had about 30 guests, and chose to run the party as 8 tables with each table representing one character.
Things ran pretty smoothly-it did help that as a theater we had microphones handy to pass around, and good acoustics-it could have been hard for every table to hear the others otherwise. We also used a projector to have a power point running with important character and clue recaps for each round.
Our ushers are an older group, and it took them a little bit to really get into the game, but by the second round everyone seemed to be really enjoying themselves. Each table had a spokesperson, which helped the quieter guests enjoy themselves without feeling put on the spot. We had some surprising acting talents revealed! After reading other reviews, in preparation for the event we went through and changes some of the stronger language, and re-wrote all the clues in the first person. It seemed to help our guests to be able to just read the clue without trying to reword third-person to first.
We had five of the eight tables guess the correct murderer-two of the others thought it was a second person, and the last table was convinced they were the murderer.
Overall it was a fun afternoon for all. And the shorter length was nice as the main event paired with a couple smaller activities.
- We just had popcorn, cookies, and punch.
- We played a lot of jazz music, and used a mafia-esque themed powerpoint to help highlight important people and clues.