Murder Mystery Party Kit Details

Jazz Age Jeopardy - Free Edition

Price:
$0.00


Jazz Age Jeopardy - Free Edition

$0.00
Turn your party into a 1920's jazz club with this FREE game kit.
Format: Mystery Party Kit
Setting: 1920’s New York Jazz Club
Players: 15 players
Time: 90+ minutes
Ages: Adult

Note! This free-to-play version of Jazz Age Jeopardy includes everything you need to host a complete murder mystery party but does not have all the features of the full version.

The full version also includes:

  • 9 Additional Characters
  • Large Party Instructions to Host 100+ Players (15-24 suspects and unlimited "investigator" players)
  • Audio Files and Sound effects
  • Customizable Invitations and Awards
  • Character Nametags
  • Costuming and Slang Handouts
  • Menu and Decorating Tips
  • And More!

If you're interested in these features, download the full version here:
www.playingwithmurder.com/jazz-age-jeopardy

Story
During a night of Prohibition-era revelry, something goes terribly wrong.

Backstory

The guests are a mixed group of club staff members, entertainers, and guests at a private party held at a jazz club in 1920s New York City. It is the height of the Jazz Age, and social revolution is afoot. This is the age of Prohibition—and of bootleggers and gangsters. Club owner Felix Fontano, the son of a successful bootlegger and crime boss—and a successful businessman himself—is throwing this private party for a group of select friends. It is a night of revelry like many other nights of revelry enjoyed by this group of sophisticates, artists, and hoodlums . . . until things go horribly wrong.

This mystery is divided into two primary segments.  During the first portion of the evening (Act One), the partygoers will have the opportunity to eat, drink, dance, and mingle, while enjoying the swanky atmosphere and smooth jazz of Fontano’s club, The Cat’s Meow. 

Murder!

At the midpoint of the evening, one of the players makes a terrible discovery: someone has been murdered in the back supply room of the club!

Solving the Mystery

Act Two will begin with the grisly discovery of the victim’s bloody body. In the area around the body, there are signs of the struggle that occurred prior to the death. It will now be up to the guests to figure out what happened.

The guests quickly decide that the best course of action is not to call the police, but rather to conduct an investigation amongst themselves; at this point, all the guests are suspects; a formal police investigation would dredge up unsavory details of their pasts and expose them to public scandal and unwanted personal repercussions, not to mention the serious and immediate legal repercussions of being caught in a bootlegging establishment!

Characters

Jazz Age Jeopardy - Free Edition is suitable for 15 guests, plus the host or hostess. In this particular game, the host or hostess will play the role of the Narrator, who keeps the party on track and helps to advance the action. The available guests include:

Male Roles

  • Felix Fontano, Club Owner. Felix owns The Cat’s Meow Jazz Club. He is attractive and vain, the son of famous bootlegger Frank Fontano.
  • Raymond Reynolds, Artist. Raymond is an old college buddy of Felix’s—an artist and something of a dilettante. He comes from old money.
  • Jefferson Mitchell, Stockbroker. Jefferson is a successful stockbroker working on Wall Street.
  • Edgar Fitzpatrick, Broadway Producer. Edgar is an up-and-coming Broadway director and producer.
  • Roger Webster, Attorney. Roger is a money-hungry, ambulance-chasing attorney.
  • Duke Carillo, Track Owner. Duke owns a horseracing track in New Jersey. He’s an old friend of the Fontano family.
  • Poppy Gebhardt, Club Manager. Poppy manages the day-to-day affairs of the club with an iron fist.
  • Calvin Carpenter, Bartender. Calvin is the bartender at the club. He’s cocky and presumptuous. A scoundrel with the ladies.

Female Roles

  • Edith Fontano, Club Owner’s Wife. Edith is Felix’s wife. Enduring years of his infidelity has left her hardened and cynical.
  • June Palmetto, Actress. June is a famous actress, a southern belle in the big city.
  • Judy Jordan, Flapper. Judy Jordan is a popular young woman on the party circuit. She’s young, bubbly, and optimistic.
  • Claudia Mitchell, Writer. Claudia is a well-known author and the wife of stockbroker Jefferson Mitchell.
  • Gloria Call, Singer. Gloria is a jazz singer hired to perform this evening.

Male or Female Roles

  • Win Wallace, Accountant. Win is the accountant for many of the guests. S/he’s reserved but knowledgeable.
  • Elliot Nash, Jazz Pianist. Elliot is a talented jazz pianist who often performs at the club. S/he is cool, calm, and collected.


Note! The free edition of this game requires 15 players exactly. The full addition includes 9 more optional suspects, which allows you to host this game for anywhere between 15-24 players (or up to 100+ people if playing the expanded version of the game).

If you're interested in playing with more than 15 people, download the full version here:
www.playingwithmurder.com/jazz-age-jeopardy

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.

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

Jazz Age Jeopardy - Free Edition is a 119-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 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
  • 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
  • 7 illustrated clue cards the players can use to solve the mystery
  • Voting sheets

The full edition also includes:

  • Fully customizable invitations, complete with RSVP cards and guest lists
  • Customizable awards for your guests
  • Nametags
  • Special handouts for your guests offering a detailed overview of 1920’s costuming and slang
  • Specific tips on props, menu items, sound effects, casino games
  • A separate “Customizable Documents” file that includes all of the invitations and awards in an editable format
  • Step-by-step printing instructions
  • A lengthy mp3 audio effects clip for use with your party
  • Instructions on how to use this clip to best effect

If you're interested in these extra features, download the full version here:
www.playingwithmurder.com/jazz-age-jeopardy

Audio

Playing With Murder offers several audio files for use with each of our Mystery Party Kits. The audio clip below provides a sample of the sound effects included with Jazz Age Jeopardy.

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Alternative content



The full file for this mystery is a full length (75+ minutes long) Jazz mix that includes the background sounds of a roaring 1920’s night club!

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