Murder Mystery Party Kit Details

Casino: Dead Money - Mystery Party Kit

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$39.95



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Casino: Dead Money

$39.95
Add intrigue to your next party with this murder mystery game, set in Las Vegas casino.
Format: Mystery Party Kit
Setting: A casino
Players: 10-24 (Standard Game)
25-100+ (Expanded Game)
Time: 90+ minutes
Ages: Adult
Story
Don't walk away from the table. Run.

Backstory

The guests have been invited to an evening of gambling and entertainment at the Lady Lux, a casino owned by the wealthy Dona Mancini. The guest list includes a number of gambling enthusiasts—from high rollers to novices—as well as the performers, dealers, and other staff employed by Dona Mancini. Everyone is expecting an evening replete with games of chance, dinner, drinks, and maybe a show—they aren’t expecting a power outage, the murder of a member of the surveillance team, or a lockdown that prevents them from leaving the casino. This mystery is divided into two primary segments. During the first portion of the evening (Act One), the events take place in the gaming area of the Lady Lux, a casino and night club owned by the wealthy Dona Mancini. The partygoers will have the opportunity to eat, drink, and play games of chance. The evening will progress as a largely normal party (though there will be some degree of intrigue built into the characters’ actions).

Suspicious Death!

At the midpoint of the evening, the power goes out in the casino. When the generator kicks in and the lights come back on, a woman screams—the sound coming from somewhere outside the gaming area. Upon investigation, the casino staff find that Kat Bloomberg, the Surveillance Manager, has dropped dead in the employee restroom. Was it foul play? The tension escalates when the partygoers realize that the casino’s security system has locked them in the building—possibly with a murderer in their midst! The Casino Operations Manager—played by the Host/Hostess and aided by the armed Security Manager—directs the guests into a back room and demands that everyone hand over their cell phones. The characters are uneasy but have no choice but to comply. When everyone has filed into the other room, the second segment begins. Act Two opens with the characters huddled together in the surveillance room. Surrounded by screens and monitors, every nook and cranny of the casino is on display. They are frightened and suspicious of one another and of the casino staff, who suddenly seem less than friendly—and maybe more than a little shady.

Solving the Mystery

The group’s goals are threefold. First, they must determine whether the Surveillance Manager died of natural causes. Second, if foul play is suspected, they must determine who amongst them had the motive and the means to have carried out the deed. Third, they must find a way to alert law enforcement to the fact that they are being detained against their wills, preferably before any members of the group decide to administer justice themselves. Assuming they are able to accomplish these goals, the players will also want to claim their winnings.

Characters

There are 24 primary suspects in this mystery, however only 10 are required to play the game. The host or hostess will play the role of the Casino Operations Manager, a character who keeps the party on track and helps to advance the action. Read the "How To Play" section for more information on how to play an expanded game with more than 24 guests.

Male Roles

  • Gino Cabella (The Security Manager): Gino Cabella is well dressed, soft-spoken, and cold-as-ice. He worked for Don Mancini for many years.
  • Jake Morrison (The Gambler): A gambling addict and loveable scoundrel, Jake Morrison’s greatest pleasures in life are fine whisky, fine women, fine cigars, and the lure of the poker table (in no particular order).
  • John Maynard (The Security Guard): Effectively a rent-a-cop, John Maynard couldn’t cut it on the police force and security work seemed like the next best thing.
  • Larry Chastain (The Businessman): A businessman from Rhode Island, Larry Chastain is in town to meet with clients and have a little fun.
  • Lorenzo Calderone (The Bodyguard): Lorenzo Chalderone is Dona “Toni” Mancini’s handsome, young bodyguard.
  • Louie Lepinski (The Driver): Louie Lepinski is Michael Von Ammon’s chauffeur and confidante.
  • Michael Von Ammon (The High Roller): The well-to-do owner of the pleasure yacht the Elizabeth May, Captain Von Ammon is a rakish playboy type and well liked by most.
  • Mortimer Stout (The Banker): Mortimer Stout is a financial genius who has a better understanding of accounting than he does of people.
  • Vincenzo the Amazing (The Magician): Vincenzo the Amazing astounds the casino’s audiences with deft acts of prestidigitation and awe-inspiring illusions every Friday and Saturday night.

Female Roles

  • Anna Luciano (The Mistress): Anna Luciano was Don Mancini’s mistress when he was alive. She is a sultry beauty, and men flock to her.
  • Bette Fitz (The Waitress): Attractive but not as young as she once was, Bette is a little rough around the edges after years of hard work, harassment by customers, and chain-smoking.
  • Dona Antonietta “Toni” Mancini (The Widow): Widow of Don Mancini, Dona Antonietta was willed the Lady Lux casino after the Don’s untimely death. After years spent running the casino by her husband’s side, she is a shrewd businesswoman who is not to be trifled with.
  • Kat Bloomberg (The Surveillance Manager): Kat Bloomberg, the Surveillance Manager for the Lady Lux, handles all of the surveillance hardware for the casino.
  • Marvella Malcolm (The Magician’s Assistant): Assistant to Vincenzo the Amazing, Marvella Malcolm is the eye candy of the stage act.
  • Nancy Plimpton (The Saleswoman): Nancy Plimpton, a saleswoman from Dallas, is in town for a training seminar.
  • Regina Guissepe (The Bartender): Polite, professional, and very discrete, Regina Guiseppe has a sympathetic ear into which the loose lips of imbibing patrons can pour their stories.
  • Shawna LaBeau (The Showgirl): Glamorous, bawdy, and with legs for miles, Shawna LaBeau performs with a Rockettes-like dance troupe at the Lady Lux.

Male or Female Roles

  • Casey Parker (Dealer): A university student equally capable of running the poker, blackjack, or craps tables, Casey Parker has worked at the Lady Lux for two semesters.
  • Chris Lund (Tourist): Chris Lund is a tourist on vacation with partner Pat Thompson. Chris and Pat have lived in a rural town in Minnesota their entire lives, and this is their first visit to the Big City.
  • Jesse Martin (Dealer): Equally capable of running the poker, blackjack, or craps tables, Jesse Martin has worked at the Lady Lux for two years.
  • Lee Strauss (Dealer): Equally capable of running the poker, blackjack, or craps tables, Lee Strauss has worked at the Lady Lux for a number of years.
  • Mo Berry (Dealer): Equally capable of running the poker, blackjack, or craps tables, Mo Berry has worked at the Lady Lux for the past three months.
  • Pat Thompson (Tourist): Pat Thompson is a tourist on vacation with partner Chris Lund. Pat and Chris have lived in a rural town in Minnesota their entire lives, and this is their first visit to the Big City.
  • Vic(toria) Angelo (The Casino Operations Manager): (Played by the Host/Hostess) Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the casino, Vic Angelo answers directly to Dona Mancini, the casino’s owner.

Extra Players

  • Investigator (male or female): 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.
How to Play

Follow these steps to host this mystery:

  1. Each guest will each assume the role of a particular character
    Mystery Parties involve a combination of improvisational acting, storytelling, and creative problem solving. Each guest will play the part of that character throughout the course of the game. Each character has specific personality traits, goals, secrets, and information, all of which are included in the character sheet; a big part of the fun is getting into character and taking on a new, exciting role.

  2. A mysterious Event will occur
    At some point during the party, an Event will occur that will force the players to come together in order to solve a problem or unravel a mystery. Traditionally, the Event in question will be the murder of one of the characters (as played by a guest), but the parties crafted by Playing With Murder often use this basic framework to accommodate different types of Events, thereby ensuring that your guests will be surprised and entertained (even if they are veteran murder mystery party players).

  3. Solve the mystery!
    Your guests will need to use the information that their characters know (as well as additional clues that are provided during the game) to solve the mystery or overcome the problem posed by the Event. Typically this culminates in the guests voting on the identity of the murderer, but again, different parties will have different specific goals. All of our parties also come complete with additional subgames (treasure hunts, unique character goals and special puzzles) that are guaranteed to keep the action intense and your guests motivated and focused.

Expanded Game For Large Groups


If you have extra players, there are two ways that you can accommodate everyone:

  • Investigator Role - 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. Expanded Games include a PDF guide that explains how to use the Investigator role, as well as printable character sheets and name tags for anyone that is playing an Investigator.
  • Multiple Groups - It is also possible to break your guests up into groups and play multiple instances of the game at the same time. The game will more or less happen the same way; the host makes announcements and each group moves their game forward simultaneously based on the host's instructions. It's good to have one assistant in each group to answer questions and facilitate gameplay within the group. This method provides a more intimate experience for your guests, who get better acquainted with a smaller group and participate in a more digestible story.

    Please contact us if you'd like more information about how to run your party using the Multiple Groups method.

Both the standard and expanded games are included with the purchase of any game kit.

Read more about Expanded Games here

First time hosting a murder mystery party?


Visit our How to Host a Mystery Party page to get step-by-step instructions on how to prepare for your murder mystery party.

What's Included

Casino: Dead Money is a 111-page downloadable PDF file that you print at home. It includes the following features:

  • An introduction that explains the basic principles of running a mystery-party and provides specific tips on props, menu items, sound effects, combat and special tips to help make your party exciting, memorable and easy to run
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to prepare for your party
  • A detailed party guidebook that will walk you through the event in a simple, easy-to-understand format
  • Instructions on how to run the party for a large group
  • 20 pages describing the rooms in the Baron's castle, each with its own special dangers, obstacles and puzzles
  • Nametags and character sheets for each player - the character sheets include tips on costuming and role-playing, as well special goals and information unique to each character
  • Fully customizable invitations, complete with RSVP cards and guest lists
  • 10 illustrated clue cards the players can use to solve the mystery
  • Voting sheets
  • Customizable awards for your guests
  • And much more!

With your purchase of Dead Money you will also receive the following:

  • Step-by-step printing instructions
  • Five mp3 audio effects for use with your party
  • Instructions on how to use these audio clips to best effect
Audio

Playing With Murder offers several audio files for use with each of our Mystery Party Kits. The audio clip below provides a sample montage of the sound effects included with Casino: Dead Money.

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Alternative content


The specific audio files for Casino: Dead Money include:

  • The lively background noise of a casino, including slot machine jackpots paying out
  • The sickening sound of the victim’s body falling to the floor
  • The horrified screams of the character who finds the dead body
  • And more!

Mystery Party Reviews
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11 10 201803:32 AM
  • more than 1 year(s)
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Amazing time had by all!
This was my first time hosting a murder mystery and my guests' first time attending one. Everyone had a blast and is STILL talking about it several months later!! The materials provided to me, as the host, were easy to understand. The character profiles were fantastic and the guests stayed in character for the whole evening as they were having so much fun playing their alter-egos.

I had a bunch of casino games and decorations left over from another event and it was fantastic to have them. I had someone recently ask me why I went so all out to hire the bar staff and dealers. They were part of the game!
  • I used casino games such as craps and roulette. I ordered these online through Amazon. I had taken pictures of my house set up before the party in black and white and had them playing on the TV to make it look like security footage. I had set up a bar which one of the characters manned for the evening.
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11 04 201808:45 PM
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As one of my guests put it: Best MMP ever
The party was phenomenal. Everyone played their role well. I made the clues based on the pictures of each clue so that the guests could find the clue then I could give them the information on it. I didn't like that there was only one red herring. Another guest was also suspected, however, the package indicates he/she is an optional character. Therefore, it made the murderer quite the suspect and an easy catch. A little over half of the guests guessed the murderer correctly.
  • I didn't spend much time on tailoring the food to the theme. I made the event a potluck so I could spend more money on setting the scene. I did, however, get casino themed plates and placed a clear appetizer plate on top with a playing card in the middle of the two.
  • Bought a 40-foot casino slots machines poster, hung strings from cleaning with cards suits on them, made a roulette table from scratch, and bought black and red balloons
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22 10 201811:45 PM
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A new family tradition
Super fun!! Went off without a hitch!!
  • We set up a casino and played blackjack and roulette
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06 11 201811:49 PM
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LCS Divisional Event
I hosted this party as the entertainment component of a 2 day divisional event for approximately 80 of us! This party far exceeded any of my expectations - 24 of us played primary roles and the rest of the guest were investigators. It amazed me on how people picked up on the clues and figured out the murderer, as well as the motive. Everyone really enjoyed themselves!
  • We had casino themed desserts and bar specials.
  • We used a conference room at our hotel to set up a mock casino, complete with 4 Blackjack tables that I borrowed from our local casino. I used the audio files to run in the background. All of the primary characters came dressed in costume, which really added to the party. I ordered a 40' Casino Slot Machine wall decoration from Amazon.ca to add to the décor.
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14 03 201804:04 AM
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murder mystery dinner
It was a great party, we were 18 people participating and everybody really enjoyed it, the character were super funny and everybody dressed up. I always buy the murder mystery dinner from this website because up to now they are the best games you can find online and with a great price. This one in particular was one of the best game played together with the zombie one.
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03 07 201809:50 PM
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Surprise 60th Murder Mystery Party
We celebrated my mother's 60th birthday party by inviting all her closest friends and family. We allowed participants to reply if they wanted a "main" character or a "low key" character. This game was great because characters can act or dress as much or as little as they want and the game still goes very well! Everyone who was nervous about attending and acting complimented us at the end of the night about how laid back and easy it was to participate. We spent half the time playing casino games, took a break for the "murder" & birthday cake, and then spent the remaining time figuring out the murderer and then returned to casino games. It went very well and I can't wait to do it again with my own group of friends!
  • We ordered food from Wegmans which included fruit tray, veggie tray, meat & cheese tray, pita sandwiches, chicken salad croissants, and a few desserts. We also set up a bar of spiked punch, alcohol choices, and options for mixed drinks & non-alcoholic drinks.
  • We moved out most my living room furniture and set up 4 casino game tables. We had a blackjack table, roulette table, 5 card draw table, and Texas Hold Em table. I created cheat sheets so that people could easily see where and how to make bets and the order of highest value hand to lowest value hand. We got casino vinyl décor and wrapped it around the entire room to look like an actual casino. We gave each guest $120 of fake money (looked super real!), and they could exchange their money for chips depending what they were playing. We even created fake security cameras in the corners of the room. Everyone loved the room décor and told us it really helped "make the party" more extraordinary.
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02 12 201801:16 AM
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Casino Murder Mystery
This party was a blast! We had 20 of us and we followed the game as written, and it was so fun! Everyone got into the spirit of the night, dressed up in costume and had a so much fun. We created a casino setting, with blackjack, roulette and a craps table, and had dealers and waitress as outlined in the game, so the environment was lively and active. I recommend this highly to anyone wanting a fun, interactive evening! I rate the game 5 stars... and we are already planning our next one!!!
  • Food was fun - casino style food, and lots of drinks on tray passers!
  • Music theme - Best of Las Vegas, all casino decorations, games, etc. handmade invitations! 20 guests, all in costume!
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14 01 201812:56 AM
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Thrilling Casino Mystery
We threw a double birthday party using the Casino Dead Money Murder Mystery and it was great! Everyone dressed their parts & had a blast...plus they were shocked to learn who the murderer was. From beginning to end it kept everyone in suspense and laughing at the roles each were playing.
  • We kept drinks simple for all, adults had beer, wine and mixers. Under age had lemonade or soda. The random snacks were all red themed from licorice, mini candy bars in red wrappers to jelly hearts and kisses. Appetizers were baked bacon crackers, a brownie dip with fruit, nilla wafers & marshmallows, also mini fruit pizzas with strawberries & blueberries, and a few different chips/dip and popcorn...it was a birthday so ice cream cake followed! It was after dinner so we also used all different sized candy packaged for “gambling” in spots for kids to make it more fun than poker chips.
  • We decorated with a casino feel, had a few different tables for card and dice games also a checker table and roulette. We bought some fun casino wall banners and had a photo station with backdrop to capture the character moments!
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16 11 201710:34 PM
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Lady Lux casino
We planed I have a Halloween Murder mystery dress up party. It was amazing everyone showed up in costume and had a blast
  • We set up a “buffet” table with finger foods, fruits and veggies.
  • We made lots of signs and put them around the house
    Bathroom
    Casino
    ATM
    Buffet
    Surveillance room
    Lady lux

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11 01 201703:42 PM
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Everyone was Shocked!!
We hosted 20 guests for our very first murder mystery party. For the most part, the party-goers had never participated in one. I think the most important part is to make sure your party-goers are excited and want to be in character! We had so much fun with the theme and luckily had attendees that totally embraced their characters! Everyone was shocked at the end to see who did it and only one person guessed it right! So much fun, directions were easy to understand & follow, and all the characters had a great time getting to know one another!
  • The signature cocktail was “John Deadly’s”...instead of John Daly’s! Tea/lemonade mixed with Vodka. And Jell-O shots! These were easy for the bartender & waitress to serve to the patrons!
  • We had two gambling tables (with a crowd of 20, we really needed 3 tables, but it was still fun with 2). We spray painted wooden letters to spell out Lady Lux Casino—easy and cheap!
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11 01 201704:07 AM
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Great party
I used the murder mystery for my annual Halloween Party. This was the fourth one I have done. Everyone said it was the best yet. One person said we would have to end our parties because there was no way to top this one.
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13 07 201705:12 AM
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Casino: Dead Money
I threw the murder mystery party for 16 graduate students at my dorm! The party was tons of fun and the guests enjoyed the casino games that were set up. Everyone also loved the theme and getting into character. This is the 3rd murder mystery party I've organized and is probably my favorite so far!
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02 07 201702:56 AM
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There's been....a MURDER!
Featuring fellow graduate students, we took this story and took it back time with a 1920's Monte Carlo theme (with modern day technology of course). Overall the party was a huge hit and we were able to build in additional roles for 55 guests!

Having sound effects and supplementing with LED lights that we could change and black out really made the night. Everyone had a great time!
  • 1920s Monte Carlo. LED smart bulbs made it easy for me to change the ambiance and environment easily!
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18 12 201602:55 PM
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Holiday murder mystery
Great times. I took it to the next level bybinstesd of doing print out clues I actually used real items and real videos and text messages. Was a lot of work but took the mystery to the next level.
  • General apps during the event and then a dinner after we finished.
  • Ordered a lot of casino supplies to make it realistic. We have done a few murder mysteries before so people went all out with costumes and personalities.
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29 11 201601:07 PM
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Casino night
I threw the party for my boyfriends birthday. It was a small party of family and friends. Everyone loved the theme and playing their part.
  • We served meatballs, sliders, and wrapped cocktail sausages. We had chips and dip, cheese and crakers. We made a cream cheese into a square with black olives for a dice. We had individual banana pudding cups. And brownies cut into rectangles with cream cheese icing for a domino look. We served adult punch and typical drinks.
  • We went with the complete casino theme. We made huge dice from boxes. Had swirling color lights and strobe light in front. All the quests dressed in wonderful costumes.
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