Murder Mystery Party Kit Details
Your guests will be playing the role of the eight vampiric inhabitants of the city of Grayston, who have come under suspicion of the murder of Archibald Crane, the Elder of the city. Despite keeping order in the town, Archibald had a knack for inciting the contempt of its residents. Each one of your guests has reason to want to see the Elder dead...
Solving the Mystery
The Grand Council has sent the terrifying Inquisitor Dominic to investigate the matter and mete out punishment. He gathers your guests and instructs them to share what they know. With his help, the group must work together to uncover the killer!
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.
- Alister Maundrell, the Rebel: Well-known among vampires as a rebel who refuses to feed on living humans, Alister is the youngest vampire in the city.
- Ashlyn Ember, the Occultist: Mysterious, melancholy and withdrawn, Ashlyn seems to carry a great sadness with her; she is rarely seen by the rest of the vampires, preferring to remain secluded in occult study.
- Damien Wolfe, the Master of Beasts: Wild and dangerous, Damien Wolfe is a hotheaded vampire whose ability to control animals is respected and feared by the other vampires.
- Evelyn Mitternacht, the New Arrival: Little is known about the mysterious Evelyn, as she only recently arrived in the city; rumor has it that she is on the run from hunters.
- Calix DeCort, the Outcast: Known for his occasional ability to see into the future and speak with the dead, Calix DeCort is too unpredictable and strange to be welcomed into vampire culture.
- Ophelia Saint, the Artist: A noted painter and sculptor, Ophelia imbues her artwork with an otherworldly quality that impresses her patrons and silences critics.
- Tristan Crow, the Businessman: A powerful and well-respected vampire, Mr. Crow has used the experience and knowledge derived from his decades of undeath to forge an impressive business empire.
- Narcissa Nin, the Club Girl: One of the city’s premier socialites, the beautiful Narcissa Nin can usually be found enjoying the local nightlife, using her supernatural charms to draw the attention and devotion of the other club-goers.
- 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.
An Inquisition of Vampires 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!
- Ton of fun! Great team game.
- Watch my video
- I ran the inquisition-of-vampires 30 minute game at my sisters hens night. The theme of the night was vampire's books and TV shows, so this game tied in really well.
The game was run at the start of the evening amongst 20 players. I split the characters up amongst teams of 2 to 3, decided in the night. I had one of the guests collapse to start the game of, because none of the guests knew about the game ahead of schedule.
This was my first murder mystery party, but I ran it without knowing the murderer. This made it even more fun! My husband had split the parts into sealed envelopes so I could play along.
It was a great game, easy to run and all the players got into it!
- Decorations were black and red theme, menus were glued into the back of fake tombstones.
All the guests had great costumes, mostly vampire's but a couple of witches and a werewolf.
- We used this for a game night with a scouting troop of teen girls. Our troop had previously completed a more basic game from an educational website, so they were ready for a second mystery , at a more complex level. This Inquisition of Vampires was perfect for us! It actually took about an hour, which was perfect for us as we had plenty of time. The characters were intriguing enough that they brought some of our quieter girls out of their "shell"...but still not too complex that they couldn't play the game. We had them choose their costume first, without knowing which character the costume belonged to...so it was a surprise to find out their identity as the game began. Loved it...can't wait to try another with my extended family!!!
- used costumes / accessories / a few easy props...and file folders to put the character's info in so each player could have all their pertinent info at hand yet not reveal any info to others.
- I chose An Inquisition of Vampires for a last minute Halloween Party because it was of short duration and we had other games/quizzes the we wanted to also play. It was a big hit. My wife had decorated our garage and it was "dark and spooky". I should have printed the instructions for participants in a little larger print so they would be easier to read in the limited light. None-the-less, with minor mistakes it went very well and was enjoyed by everyone.
I will be back on your web site for ideas for our next party.