Murder Mystery Party Kit Details
Your guests will be playing the role of different members of a sleazy motorcyle gang living in a small town in the middle of nowhere. Most nights are spent drinking and talking bikes at the gang’s favorite hangout, Ma's Roadside Saloon.
Last night a member of the gang was killed at our favorite hangout, Ma's Roadside Saloon. The victim's name was Louis Parish, but he usually called himself “The Snake.”
Solving the Mystery:
All that the gang has to go in is some fuzzy security camera footage, and the knowledge that almost no one liked “The Snake.” No one wants to involve the police, so now it’s up to the guests themselves to figure out who the killer is!
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.
- Alex “Ma” Suds: Ma earned his nickname because he owns Ma's Roadside Saloon, the biker gang's favorite hangout. Ma is respected for his honesty and his ability to break faces.
- Clara Bolo: Clara likes knives almost as much as she likes hogs. She is the reigning knife throwing champion of Ma's Saloon and is a skilled and infamous knife fighter.
- Bo Green: Bo is as dumb as a brick wall and twice as stubborn. He is madly in love with Clara. She reciprocates intermittently.
- Sam Tallow: Sam is the gang’s go-to guy for mechanical repairs and modifications. Sam generally prefers the company of rusted motorcycle parts to the company of people. Sam is also the biggest, strongest person in the gang.
- Kretch Bellicose: Kretch is an enthusiastic brawler who started riding several years ago. He's a good guy when he's sober, but when he starts drinking he usually starts fighting too.
- Stacy-Sue Chary: Stacy-Sue grew up in the area and thinks motorcycles are neat. She scraped together enough money for an old dirt bike and hangs out at Ma's even though Ma knows her ID is a fake.
- Joe Turgid: Joe is a retired racer. He's a very skilled rider, but he has a big head that gets him in trouble from time to time. Joe rides a carefully maintained vintage motorcycle and is very proud of it even if it isn't as fast as some of the newer bikes.
- Arnold Epicure: Arnold is an old-school biker. He's seen and done most of the things these kids will see and do, but Ma's has cold beer so he puts up with them.
- 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.
Murder on Two Wheels 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!
- I bought this for my husband's 30th birthday party. There was no way to surprise him about the whole party, so this part was the surprise. I had an outfit ready for him. He was so confused when everyone was arriving in biker outfits. Then I had him go change! Plus everyone was in character right from the start! So we were using different names than our real ones. Ha ha! Great surprise. I was a host AND a player and I did not find out who the murderer was beforehand. This made it a little more difficult to host than if I had read it all beforehand, but I wanted to play too! We had some very outgoing people and one pretty quiet person but everyone had fun and was able to get into character. I didn't do the best job giving instructions, because I didn't read them ahead of time. I was supposed to skip over the character bios and THEN read some more instructions ahead of time, I think. EVEN so and EVEN with one person joining last minute and me having to play 2 characters due to flaky people (read: miscommunication) it was STILL hilarious and fun. And many people had not met other people but we all were having lots of fun. YOU make this fun by getting into character! We drug this one out for about an hour and a half. It doesn't have to go that long but we just acted in character for 45 minutes before even starting the game. So fun. I felt like the murderer was not obvious, which is bonus points! If I could change anything it would be to have slightly easier instructions and for the participants to be a little less scripted. I would have liked to have had more suggestions for how to set the mood, change up the space, etc. I'd say 4-5 stars though! This had to be somewhat scripted because it was designed to be shorter.
- I ordered pizza, breadsticks, and brownies. And some guests brought some cheap aluminum can beer to be "in character". It really set the mood!
- The guests had great costumes. I could have done a lot more to make it a better environment for the party but I did absolutely nothing other than dress the part and act the part. That was enough.
- Everyone had a good time and want to do it again. The end was a twist and the murderer was a surprise. Of course everyone dressed up as I told everyone ahead of time who they were.
- We had a sit down dinner but next time it will be more casual
- It was a ton of fun. We had a impromptu "funday" right before the long weekend. So because we didn't have much time to prep, we had no costumes. But that didn't stop everyone from having a great time.
Super easy to set up and get into - really glad it was easy and able to roll out in no time. We had 30 people playing, so each character had about 3-4 players which made the game way more fun. I've attached some pics.