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Malachai Stout's Family Reunion - 30 Minute Mystery

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$29.95



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Malachai Stout's Family Reunion

$29.95
Add intrigue to your next party with this murder mystery game, set at a family reunion.
Format: 30 Minute Mystery
Setting: Stout's ancestral home
Players: 8-16 (Standard Game)
17-100+ (Expanded Game)
Time: 30+ minutes
Ages: Adult / Teen
Story
Everyone predicted a bad reunion. Few expected murder...

Background

Your guests are going to be playing the roles of the largely dysfunctional members of the Stout family, who have gathered at their ancestral home for a family reunion, hosted by the elderly Malachai Stout. None of the Stouts have ever gotten along particularly well with each other, but the promise of a substantial inheritance has encouraged them to at least put on their friendly faces and attend Malachai Stout's occasional gatherings.

Murder!

Now, however, something awful has happened. This morning, when you came downstairs for breakfast, the door to Malachai's bedroom was ajar, and Malachai's lifeless body was crumpled upon the bed, his contorted purple features a mute testament to the fact that he had been smothered in his sleep. Further, the wall safe in Malachai's study has been opened, and the precious Stout family jewels are missing!

Solving the Mystery

The obvious course of action would be to phone the police or travel to the nearest town, but last night's storm has knocked out the phone lines, and the tremendous rain has washed out the mountain road to town. It appears that it will be up to the guests to solve the mystery of Malachai Stout's murder!

Characters

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.

  • Grandma Winifred Stout: Stately and stern, Winifred Stout, Malachai's wife, isn't the sort of grandmother who bakes cookies for the little ones; she's more the sort to scream at them to stay off the furniture.
  • Penelope Clarington: Icy cold and snobbish, Penelope Clarington, Malachai's daughter, is far more concerned with maintaining proper appearances than anything else.
  • Harrison Clarington: Penelope's husband Harrison is a drunkard and a cad. He never got along with either Malachai or Winifred, and he's only here because Penelope insisted.
  • Mortimer Stout: Malachai's son and eldest child, Mortimer is stuffy, conservative, and driven primarily by his own financial interests.
  • Monica Stout: Mortimer's trophy wife, Monica is a bubbly, talkative, sweet-as-saccharine woman who has always done her best to stay on good terms with all of her in-laws.
  • Sabrina Stout: Mortimer and Monica's only daughter, Sabrina is a spoiled-rotten college student who is more interested in partying than in anything to do with her father's side of the family.
  • Uncle Edwin Stout: Malachai's brother and the black sheep of the family, Crazy Uncle Eddie was never quite right after the war. He has lived on the Stout estate with Malachai and Winifred for years, keeping almost entirely to himself.
  • Sebastian Seward: Malachai's long-suffering and much-maligned butler, Mr. Seward is responsible for keeping the Stout household running smoothly and putting up with nearly endless mistreatment from Malachai and Winifred.

Extra Players

  • 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.
How to Play

Our line of 30 Minute Mysteries is specially designed for fast setup and easy play. All you need to do to get started is:

  1. Print out the party guide
  2. Gather a group of players
  3. Hand out character sheets and name tags
  4. 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

Optional:

  • 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.

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

What's Included

Malachai Stout's Family Reunion 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!
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11 05 201805:40 PM
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Fun for all abilities!
We played Malachai Stout's Family Reunion with a group of 10 residents in a residential care home. We had residents aged 29- 65 with varying abilities. While our residents needed some support, it was very successful. The story played out with ease and all our residents enjoyed playing the part. It was an amazing night. Residents really got into it. The story was easy to follow and the instructions were clear and concise; which made it very easy to support. We decorated the room and ate a fancy dinner. We brought each resident in the hall to explain their characters to them and the night flowed with ease. We have had nothing but rave reviews from each participant and lots of requests to host another! The story was very affordable as well, making another murder mystery party possible. Even our residents who are non-verbal were able to play along as detectives. Highly recommend!
  • Creamy chicken pasta
    Side Salad
    Tiramisu Mousse
    Sparkling Apple Cider
  • We decorated the room with a mix of old style and Halloween. We used a Halloween décor candelabra (battery powered) in the middle of a large table. We put while table cloths down with black spiderweb runners. We used spider webbing around the room and made an alter with battery powered candles and a picture of an old man in balck and white to be (Malachai). For scratch paper, we made "invitations" inviting guests to the Stout family reunion. We put the menu on the front and created a fake location and added the creepy picture of a family in black and white. Each invitation was placed at each table setting with their name placard. We also dressed up each resident... Very Fun!!
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23 04 201806:05 PM
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The evening was a success.
We hold a game night at our church periodically. We decided to try our first Mystery Night theme. Attendance ranges from 10-25, so we needed a family-friendly plot that would work with a flexible number of players. Malachai Stout’s Family Reunion was a good fit. The evening was a success. During the intro the host told the characters that it was ok to “embellish” their lines a little; to “have fun with” their roles (in other words, "opened Pandora’s box") The ad libbing was non-stop. As were the laughs, the groans, and the overall good time. We will be ordering another party kit for future events.
  • We held a potluck buffet. Happened to be Mexican; no relation to the plot.
  • We decorated the “mansion” walls with old time portraits, and the tables with lace tablecloths and candelabra.
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22 04 201802:11 PM
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Wine and appetizers
My local political group had a wine and appetizer party at a wine bar. It was a cash bar with the club supplying the appetizers. About midway during the party I had my characters, who were preselected by me, sit at a long table to read their parts. I gave the audience ( investigators) a file card and a pen to write their answers. At the end of the presentation we gave out prizes for the correct answer from the investigators. Everyone that was there just had loads of fun and keep asking me to do another!
  • Hot and cold appetizers.
  • Most of the actors that I had preselected wore clothes that fit their characters.
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15 04 201808:19 PM
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Great 18th Birthday Game
We played Malachi Stouts family reunions at an 18th birthday party. It was very fun, and all the guests seem to love it. The only complaint was that the clues seem to point to one or two characters in particular, which made guessing a bit predictable. Overall, it was great fun and quite clean for the whole family to play.
  • The birthday girl decided on some out of the ordinary menu choices. She had a bit of a Mexican food themed, as there was one dish that she particularly wanted. Cake and chocolate fondue were served at the end of the game.
  • We didn't use any particular decorations or themes for this game, but the players were able to set the Mood by really getting into their characters.
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03 04 201801:17 AM
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16th birthday party
We were excited to try this, it was a fun story line, and seemed easy enough to do. Unfortunately, we found it fairly easy to solve. I would have loved for it to be a little more complex,
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26 02 201802:28 AM
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Family get together
Family Reunion: such fun with family of children and teen grandchildren. Kids and adults had fun playing parts and trying to solve mystery.
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18 02 201812:26 PM
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Exciting
I was hosting a jewelry party so Malachai Stout's was perfect. The guests that discovered the murderer got a free set of jewelry. I had 16 players who partnered up It was an afternoon party that lasted three four hours. it was fun, exciting with loads of laughter. Selling a lot of jewelry was a plus. They cant wait till the next one.
  • fruit and salad bar, dips and chips and cold cut sliders. For drinks i severed Sangria, bottle water and flavored water.
  • The game was played in my dinning room, as guest came onto the house they was greeted by the corps of Malachai aka my husband on the couch made up as a bed with a box that served as a safe next to him.
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14 01 201812:11 AM
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Mystery party
Family get together. 14 participants. This format was the worst we've ever done. A thin story line with barely any clues. I rewrote the episode adding three more clues and an additional character. Even so it lasted less than an hour. The killer just confesses since there is not enough information for people to guess.
Poor choice.
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26 12 201707:44 PM
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Hysterical
Performed at women's club meeting which runs about an hour and has about 45 members. I read the intro and introduced the cast of characters. The rest of the members were investigators and could ask questions between each act. The characters all improvised their parts and started accusing each other of all sorts of dysfunctional things. It was so funny, we couldn't stop laughing. We performed it again for a senior group and it was equally funny, but different. At the end, we asked the audience to vote on who the murderer was. It really didn't matter since some of the clues got mixed up or changed. It was one of the best meetings we ever had.
  • No food or beverages.
  • It really made no difference who murdered Malachai, it was just hysterical from bePgining to end.
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18 12 201702:14 PM
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Youth Group Adventure
We are a youth group organizing a fun Friday night events weekly! The kids are between 10 - 16 and we have as many as 14 participants! We chose a 30 min murder mystery! It was superfun! Only problem was that some of the language in the descriptions were hard for the youth to use. I would have loved a simpler version. A highlight, were the name-tags, the girls loved seeing who they were!
  • We had fancy mocktails, small sandwiches and strawberries! The girls enjoyed the fancy feast!
  • Each player received a prop, helping them get into character. Most enjoyed were the inspector's fake handcuffs and the butler's serving tray!
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12 05 201712:57 AM
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Christmas Family Reunion
This was for a department Christmas party with 80 in attendance. It was a huge success. 8 friends came to play the roles. Voting at the end was nearly evenly split between all characters -they were that good selling their story. We will definitely do another one,
  • Italian Dinner with a buffet and lots of homemade desserts. Cash bar was also available.
  • Christmas decorations and music before the event. Several announcements during the social time to get people engaged. No details were provided prior to the event.
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13 11 201704:18 PM
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TNT 50+ Ministry
Our 50+ ministry has a monthly meeting and we decided to do a dinner mystery theater! Everyone jumped in to ask questions to try to figure out the mystery. Everyone was sooo convincing and no one guessed the murderer!
  • We had taco salads and everyone brought an ingredient. I make the shells and everyone piles everything in them. Fun and great!
  • Didn't really do anything special except tell the intro of the dysfunctional family.
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11 10 201712:57 AM
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Halloween party!
I wanted to plan something exciting for our little family Halloween party (Halloween isn't that big yet in Australia and I wanted to make it fun!) and I came across this website... I am so glad I did!

The murder mystery game was a complete surprise to all guests so everyone had to improvise in their roles which made it absolutely hilarious! Guest ages ranges from 20 to 65 and every one of us had an absolute ball! This story was heaps of fun to play. We can't wait to try another!
  • Pizza ;)
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11 03 201707:26 PM
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Something Amiss in the 100 Acre Wood
I changed the characters and did a little rewriting to make this a reunion of the Winnie the Pooh 100 Acre Wood characters.
I recorded the event for my podcast which will be available soon
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-list-game/id1291797303?mt=2
It is episode 9. came out great.
  • https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-list-game/id1291797303?mt=2

    its episode 9
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10 08 201702:18 AM
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Staff murder mystery party !!
We had ran a party at our work (laser quest Toronto east !) it was amazing our team is really creative and really expanded the personal of each character. Some people almost started fight!!(acting) in the end everyone had stomach cramps from laughing so hard!!
  • We hosted a potluck. Everyone brought something dinner related including desserts
  • Long table
    Candles
    Dinner music/elevator music
    Everyone got into character. Some people wore wigs and fake moustache
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