Murder Mystery Party Kit Details

Last Stop: Murder - Mystery Party Kit

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$39.95



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Last Stop: Murder

$39.95
Add intrigue to your next party with this murder mystery game, set on a snow-stopped train.
Format: Mystery Party Kit
Setting: Aboard a train
Players: 10-15 (Standard Game)
16-100+ (Expanded Game)
Time: 90+ minutes
Ages: Adult
Story
Murder aboard a snow-stopped train…

Backstory

You and your guests are passengers on the luxurious Oriental Express. Your fellow passengers number several unsavory characters, almost certainly up to no good. No one knows who they can trust, as everyone seems to have an ulterior motive.

Murder!

Unexpectedly, the train is snowed in and one of the passengers is murdered. Fortunately, the famed detective Pardot is on board. With the help of your guests, the identity of the murderer should be discovered by the time the police arrive.

Solving the Mystery

Now the guests must work together to sift through the evidence and identify the killer in their midst!

Characters

There are 15 primary suspects in this mystery, however only 10 are required to play the game. The host or hostess will play the role of Detective Pardot, who will enlist the aid of the other passengers in order to solve the mystery. Read the "How To Play" section for more information on how to play an expanded game with more than 15 guests.

Male Roles

  • Stephen Goldring, the American: A wealthy American businessman with a taste for the finer things in life, particularly women.
  • Ernesto Vespucci, the Gambler: An Italian gambler who loves food and drink.
  • Count Zoltan Navatov, the Count: A wealthy Hungarian nobleman returning from his second honeymoon with his wife in Paris.
  • Colonel Major General Reginald Tobias, the General: A retired British army officer on his way to India.
  • Roderick Broadhausen, the Student: A European university student suffering from a deep bout of existential angst.

Female Roles

  • Patty Hunt, the Widow: A wealthy American widow with four dead husbands and a dark reputation.
  • Princess Elisabetta Dagomir, the Princess: A wealthy Russian princess who loves books and intelligent debate.
  • Gretchen Sutteberg, the Maid: Princess Dagomir’s personal servant and constant companion.
  • Suzette Delacroix, the Headmistress: A teacher currently traveling to her next job aboard the first class car for the first time.
  • Annette “Annie” Mayfield, the Saleswoman: An ambitious American saleswoman who dreams of becoming Europe’s first make-up mogul.

Male or Female Roles

  • Sampson/Hypaetia Pardot, the Detective (Played by the Host or Hostess): A world famous detective investigating a series of crimes committed aboard the Orient Express recently.
  • Pierre/Monet Parpadue, the Conductor: The Conductor of the Orient Express and quite possibly the world’s rudest Frenchman/woman.
  • Sam Ignatio, the Porter: A vital member of the Orient Express staff who sees and hears everything.

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

Last Stop: Murder is a 122-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, 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
  • 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
  • 3 pages of full color props and clues for use during the scavenger hunt
  • Voting sheets
  • Customizable awards for your guests
  • And much more!

With your purchase of Last Stop: Murder you will also receive the following:

  • Step-by-step printing instructions
  • Three 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 Last Stop Murder.

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Alternative content



The specific audio files for Last Stop Murder include:

  • An “all aboard” call to get the party started
  • The background sounds of the train
  • The sound of the winter storm raging outside the stalled train
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13 01 201804:47 AM
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Happy New year "Murder mystery on a train"!
We had a mix of young adults and parents for our New Years Eve party. Little racy in parts but was overall very entertaining. Wish I would have had everyone state their guess of the murderer and the accomplice. I only had them fill out the written form and not state their case.
  • We did gin and tonic, wine, and sparkling cider. We did Rachel Ray's Christmas pasta, along with homemade potato and chicken noodle soup. We served a homemade chocolate chip cheesecake.
  • We did most of the party in our main living area upstairs and did the scavenger hunt and interviews in our finished basement. We used the train sounds and ended the evening with 1960s hits.
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01 02 201801:05 AM
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Lots of Laughter
30 participants had a great time! Even the investigators came in costume! Spy Game for prizes added another element to the night!
  • Italian buffet: caprese skewers, stuffed mushrooms, chicken marsala, salmon piccata, etc., followed by whiskey cake and cream puffs.
  • I hosted the party at my office. The large main room served as the dining car and the multiple small offices were the sleeper car cabins. One office contained a body cut-out with sticky blood.

    This is my 5th murder mystery party, so the attendees really get in to their characters and costumes! Always fun!!!!
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12 03 201706:12 PM
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Last Stop Murder
Amazing game. Everyone really got into their character and did lots of prep beforehand. The game flowed smoothly an dlasted about 3.5 hours. We set the luxurious scene of the dinning car with curtains and low lighting, we used a separate location for the sleeper car which worked really well.
  • We had some light appetizers, Thai food from a restaurant and a chocolate cake to die for, for dessert.

    Everyone brought their own drinks. The porter served the drinks for guests which added to the role and feel of the evening.
  • Some people really got into their parts which added so much to the evening. The American was amazing! We had some prizes to go with the certificates at the end of the night. We used classical music in the background which helped to add a touch of class.
    I really recommend the host read everything and be well prepared, it helps so much on the night.
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15 03 201702:59 AM
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lots of fun
We added this murder mystery to a dinner party which was already planned. One husband who whined about not wanted to do this, and even those who had to be coerced into coming ALL had a great time. We had mix of children from 4-18 years old, and a core of "adults." I was more than a little intimidated at first with the line "please read all 122 pages" before beginning, but it did come together quite nicely in the end. Each character's "cheat sheets" set the tone for lots of fun improv. Not one person left without a big smile on his/her face! I would recommend this mystery party to everyone!
  • We needed to work around a menu which already existed, so we found a way for each course/menu item to relate to a different country (even a neighboring town) at which we "stopped" during a prior leg of our journey. We had a giant map and marked all the places at which we had picked up food along the way. It was cute to see how the train veered to Pennsylvania for a short time!
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17 02 201711:18 PM
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Last Stop Murder
No spoilers here! I wish I had read other reviews, but am always afraid that I'd learn too much. This was the fourth year our group of friends played a murder mystery game and we especially love getting good characters and a fun setting. This game has both, in abundance. Unfortunately, the rest disappointed. Primarily the pacing of the game was off. There was far too little information to hide or pass on in the first stage and too, too much in the second. For those who wish to try it, I'd suggest a very early, light dinner quickly finished. The secondary game did little to enhance the fun and just slowed the action down more. The detective has too much to read and do with all the interviews so makes the rest of the players too passive.
This would not stop me from ordering another game from Playing With Murder, but I'd look more carefully at how it paces.
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17 02 201712:48 AM
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Last Stop Murder
we used this for a high school dinner theater for 75 people. Had to tweak it a bit but had a great time.
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31 01 201705:28 PM
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New Year's Day Night Train
What a great way to shake up our family celebration of New Year's Day. Teens and multigenerational adults mixed together for a super fun time. All the varied accents kept cracking us up all night. The costumes were easy to procure from our existing closets, but added a ton to the fun.
  • Beef tenderloin, gruyere potatoes, chocolate mousse, and sparkling cider for the kids.
  • We didn't really decorate (Christmas dec's were still up). We didn't add much in the way of ambiance, but it didn't matter. We did use a completely separate part of the house for the "Sleeper car" activity and that worked VERY well.
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01 12 201711:56 PM
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New Years Eve Ride
This was our annual New Years Murder Mystery. This one was as good as we have had in several years. The highlight of the evening was the interrogation of the Conductor by the Detective. It was the height of French audacity in the face of accusation. The player who was the Princess' maid really stole the show with the genuine feel of her need to follow the orders of the Princess.
  • The mood was set by the way we rearranged our Living Room to the feel of an exclusive train car, and heightened by the backdrop of the mp3 files.
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31 12 201612:07 AM
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Oriental Express
We had a great time. The layout is awesome. No set lines meant that everyone can add their own personality to their characters. I would recommend this company.
  • We did heavy appetizers and it was awesome. Sushi, salmon croquettes, veggie bites and fruit parfait and cookies. Yum.
  • It was Christmas time so we had gifts for everyone. But the winners got to choose first.
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14 12 201603:52 AM
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Last Stop to Murder
It was a end of year breakup for a Youth Reference Group. We contacted the local Steam Railway Organisation and they allowed us to use a Dining Car and a Travel car for our game. It was in an old sandstone goods shed with all the trimmings and atmosphere galore. The travel sounds really set it off! It was a very hot night but everyone survived in their costumes and followed the script. We ended up running out of time so didn't do the spy puzzle (we ran from 6.30 to 10pm) We worked with only 10 participants so some of the spy clues were not relevant but we worked around that. Everyone did their best acting in the roles they were given.
  • We served finger food as we did not have facilities to work in. All pre prepared. Did some fancy deserts and served 'mocktails' in champagne flutes.
  • The Murderer turned up in a snazzy 3 piece suit, the Princess looked lovely as did the Widow...the Maid came dressed in a black dress with a white apron....a top effort.
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18 11 201603:46 PM
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Last Stop Murder
Celebrated my birthday with this fun murder mystery!
  • French onion soup, salad, pasta, cheesecake, mock tails, and appetizers
  • We found some vintage dishes and tablecloths and rearranged some furniture to make it seem like you were on a classy train.
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11 06 201610:57 PM
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A step back in time Aboard the Orient Express!
I had so so so much fun hosting this party for my friends this Halloween weekend. Everyone suggested we make it a yearly tradition! It did take a lot of planning on my part, but I enjoyed every minute of it. The spy puzzle was a little confusing, and only 3 people were able to solve the mystery; however, the drinks were flowing pretty heavily, which may have played a big role in that.
  • I was very lucky, because I live right next to an active train station, so setting the mood was very easy. I dimmed the lighting and lit a lot of candles. I made first class seating signs and played 50s jazz music in the background.
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13 01 201611:34 PM
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PLAYING WITH MURDER
I bought it for Christmas Day. I wanted people yo interact with each other and stay away from the TV after Christmas dinner.
Mission accomplished!.
We had so much fun and laughed all night playing and talking about it afterwards. Would definitely do it again but next time I would order way in advance and give my guests their parts a couple of weeks ahead so that they can prepare and encourage them to dress the part as much as possible.
We had a blast! . :)
  • Well it was Christmas Day so we had :
    Turkey dinner with all the trimmings
    Beverages of all chouces
    Deserts
    It all fit in with being on a train on Xmas Day and acting out the Murder Mystery.
    :)
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28 06 201506:56 PM
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Lots of Fun with Last Stop Murder
My guests ranged from 14-16 years old. While a few of them were not fully invested in the event, most of them had a great time. Many of the guests were distracted in the solving of the murder by the spy component. Many guests did not know that they were the spy, so brief your guests in secret to be sure they fully understand their roles.
  • The guests put a lot of effort into their costumes, and it really set the mood for the whole party. When doing the scavenger hunt, I put the clues near related objects, like a blanket or window for the corresponding clues. I used the train sound effects, but I also played music from the fifties during the First Act to set the mood.
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20 02 201503:00 AM
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Last Stop: Murder
the mystery party was great! The character descriptions and prep instructions were good and made the evening simple to plan.

My only comment is that the finale, p. 39-40, was a letdown. 122 pages of info and script, with only 2 pages of 'who dunnit', and that info not very clear either, was confusing and a bit of a deflation on the evening.
There should have been more detail and drama about the ’reveal', as he rest of the info was quite detailed, but the 'who dunnit' was not.
Overall though I'd give the kit an 8.5 out of 10

Everyone had a great time, the costumes they put together were great, and I would recommend our chef anytime your customers are in need a chef
  • Gourmet Cheese and crackers
    amuse geules (smoked salmon, fresh spring rolls, parmesan cups with bruschetta; muffeletta stuffed grape tomatoes
    Mashed potatoes with truffle oil; mushroom-stuffed roast, green beans with frenched carrots, gravy
    Maple-blueberry ginger parfait
    Much champagne, wine, and whiskey
  • Our guests really outdid themselves finding amazing costumes, and getting into character. The meal and conversation was fantastic, they played their roles well. The 'reveal' was a bit of a letdown though as it was inconclusive the way it was presented. Overall everyone had fun, that's what counts.
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