Murder Mystery Party Kit Details

Malachai Stout's Family Reunion - 30 Minute Mystery


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Malachai Stout's Family Reunion

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
Everyone predicted a bad reunion. Few expected murder...


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.


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!


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


  • 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.

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!
The evening was a success.
By on at 06:05 PM (GMT)
  • 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.
Wine and appetizers
By on at 02:11 PM (GMT)
  • 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.
Great 18th Birthday Game
By on at 08:19 PM (GMT)
  • 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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16th birthday party
By on at 01:17 AM (GMT)
  • 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,
Family get together
By on at 02:28 AM (GMT)
  • Family Reunion: such fun with family of children and teen grandchildren. Kids and adults had fun playing parts and trying to solve mystery.
By on at 12:26 PM (GMT)
  • 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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Mystery party
By on at 12:11 AM (GMT)
  • 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.
By on at 07:44 PM (GMT)
  • 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.
Youth Group Adventure
By on at 02:14 PM (GMT)
  • 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!
Christmas Family Reunion
By on at 12:57 AM (GMT)
  • 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.
TNT 50+ Ministry
By on at 04:18 PM (GMT)
  • 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.
Halloween party!
By on at 12:57 AM (GMT)
  • 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 ;)
Something Amiss in the 100 Acre Wood
By on at 07:26 PM (GMT)
  • 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
    It is episode 9. came out great.

    its episode 9
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Staff murder mystery party !!
By on at 02:18 AM (GMT)
  • 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
    Dinner music/elevator music
    Everyone got into character. Some people wore wigs and fake moustache
Employee appreciation week
By on at 05:17 AM (GMT)
  • We had murder mystery day and employees played characters while everyone else tried to solve it! We decorated and created a fake crime scene! Was perfect and everyone had a blast!!!! Easy to follow and put together these 30min murder mysteries!
  • We had angel food cake cut into dead bodies with strawberry glaze as blood on the heads. Also hotdogs and picnic family reunion style
  • We all dressed up and of course we created a fake crime scene which was awesome!
Malachai Stout's Family Reunion
By on at 02:57 PM (GMT)
  • We did this mystery for my daughters 6th Grade Girl Scout Troop, working on the Cadette Secret Agent Badge. The timing was perfect! Took the girls about an hour to solve. They loved it so much they want to do another one for our next meeting, next week! We had 10 girls, 8 of them became the characters, 1 was the host/narrator, and 1 wanted to be an inspector, and interrogate each suspect. The girls could have worked on this mystery longer, but we only had a short window, so we had to keep the girls on track to finish before our meeting was over. So easy to set up and run!
  • It was a scout meeting after school so we had typical meeting food, fruit, cookies, juice boxes, etc..
  • No costumes since I put this together hours before our meeting that day. So easy to run and set up!
The Dinner to End All Dinners!
By on at 05:38 PM (GMT)
  • Four couples, all friends, gather monthly for dinner together. This time we did something different -- and turned it into a Malachai $tout family reunion, complete with murder and family accusations. None of us had ever participated in a murder mystery dinner before, so not only was it a howl of fun for everyone but everyone said this is a jump-off point for future murder mystery dinners. We also loved the fact we could sit around a dinner table and march through the game without having to move. The fact that it was also fast-paced, requiring about an hour of rollicking fun and intrigue, was added incentive to plan this evening's entertainment for everyone in the first place.
  • A picnic requires deviled eggs, so that was one of the items on our menu. But it was a snowy night, so we had a Greek stew (was Malachai Greek?) instead of a barbecue. But since reunions are also oftentimes shared food offerings, everyone brought part of the meal. Easier for the host!
  • Our next murder mystery dinner will encourage costumes. We didn't this time, simply because it was our first time. But one participant (in the role of stuffy, money-driven Mortimer) came dressed in a smoking jacket. And everyone played the personality of their characters well.
Murder Mystery Birthday!
By on at 04:18 AM (GMT)
  • We had an absolutely great time playing Malachai Stout's Family Reunion! It was for a 12 year old's murder mystery family birthday party with ages ranging from 11 to 80. The process was very simple from ordering online to playing. I wanted a game to add to our party, but not one that takes the entire evening. The 30 minute mystery was a perfect murder mystery game that doesn't involve pre-party planning to organize and play. Easy to follow instructions from ordering to playing.
    We will definitely order another game in the future.
Murder at the Mansion
By on at 01:39 AM (GMT)
  • At our over 55 senior community we used the Malachai Stout Family Reunion script for our April dinner theater. Keeping everything simple, we selected 8 actors to portray the family members with a narrator to guide the investigation.
    Over 40 people attended, seated at 8 tables, one for each character in the story. As the play opened the actors sat in front to deliver the first round of information, then an intermission allowed everyone to enjoy appetizers and discuss what they had heard. After each round, the actors returned to their tables for the main course and dessert. After the "investigators" had the full story, they began to deliberate on the identity of the murderer. The narrator then called on each table to give their conclusion before asking "will the real culprit please stand up."
    This was a highly successful event for our residents and it was very easy to plan because there was no need for prolonged rehearsals. The downloaded script was clear and concise with enough direction to be helpful but with lots of flexibility to adapt to any situation or size group. There was a very useful script layout to indicate how to stage the program without revealing the secret to the reader.
  • A catered meal was served in 3 courses during the 3 intermissions of the play.
  • Each actor dressed in appropriate attire for their character. The stage was decorated to resemble an old fashioned living room.
A work party to remember
By on at 09:49 AM (GMT)
  • We used this game for a team building evening. We combined it with a lovely three course dinner. The idea was that we would play a round of the game, then do a course of the dinner, then again a round of the game etc. It worked out great! I counted on the game to take about 30 minutes, but it ended up taking much longer, mainly due to my team very, very chatty (the wine may have something to do with that) so rounds took longer. Obviously that was not a problem and everyone had a great time.

    This game is well worth the money, I can recommend it to everyone who wants 'something different' with their colleagues or friends
Birthday Masquerade Party
By on at 05:48 PM (GMT)
  • Great game for any occasion!
    We had a masquerade birthday party, so I changed the script a little to make it related to our theme.
    My friends were such great actors, so we didn't want to finish plying:)))
    We definitely will play more games from Playing with Murder!
  • Appetizers and lot's of champagne!
  • We played for a whole hour, and enjoyed every minute of it:)
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Malachai Stout's Family Reunion
By on at 03:16 AM (GMT)
  • This was a 7th grad advisory activity and the kids loved it! They really got into character! There were 8 students and myself so it really worked out-number-wise. The timing was perfect because our group spent about 45-50 minutes on this and that was about how long the period is.

  • No menu or food
  • We did not dress up or have a theme.
Malachi Stout's family reunion
By on at 04:57 AM (GMT)
  • We had a blast! I did this with a group of junior college church group students. With St. Patrick's Day approaching, I made that our theme. We were a dysfunctional Irish Catholic Family. On one of Malachi's trips to Ireland, he stole a pot of gold from a leprechaun. It was hidden somewhere on the family estate. They had to find it. We will definitely do some more of these!
  • All green snacks and a green cake, even green Hi C.
  • St. Patrick!s Day theme described above.
Malachai Stout's Family Reunion
By on at 08:40 PM (GMT)
  • I am an activity coordinator for a retirement home. This is the first mystery game we have played for an activity. I wanted something different to do for our Mardi Gras party, and I was hoping this would do the trick. And, boy did it! I changed the location of the mansion to outside of New Orleans to go along with the party theme. It was a great time for all, and my residents want to do it again. They really got into their characters and there were a lot of laughs. I have to keep the time down from the longer stories due to the fatigue factor of the residents if an activity is too long. So, this story was perfect. We are definitely looking forward to doing another one in the future. Thanks!
  • We served King's cake.
Murder Mystery Night
By on at 12:51 AM (GMT)
  • We played at a Youth Group meeting. Since it was our first attempt at this sort of activity, we followed the directions given. I was not sure whether to play along and not read any spoilers or read all the material before playing. I chose to try to play along with the group. The group absolutely loved the event and we will plan another night like this. One downfall for us was one player did not read their directions thoroughly. Ironically, it was the guilty party and it did impact the eventual outcome. I am not sure if this could have been addressed discreetly if I had read all material before starting. We had players that are naturals at this type of event and they made their characters come to life for us.
  • We invited them all in to a room setup for the event. There were snacks in place and sparkling cider to drink. It did set a dinner party atmosphere, which seemed to set a very positive mood right from the beginning.
Malachai Stout's Family Reunion
By on at 01:30 PM (GMT)
  • We used this party for a youth group session one Sunday evening - had 32 youth play (split up 4 per character) and had a BLAST! I let them pick their role and hid Clue #1 and Clue #2 to get up and search for, but the rest was done sitting in a big room and it was great. The best part was at the end, EVERY single person had a different theory on the killer - so all 8 characters were on the chopping block!
New years eve bash
By on at 03:39 AM (GMT)
  • We started the evening by pulling characters out of a hat (guys and gals). There were 16 people including the host and hostess. We took half hour breaks between sets. I bought some silly costumes a cane a walker ect. Lots of accusations. Lots of laughs. Only one person guessed the murderer. It was a great evening.
  • We just had appetizers. But I ve done them in the past with a dinner. It is great to do.
  • I made a picture frame photo op for everyone as they arrive. I do it for every murder mystery. It makes for great memories.
By on at 09:19 PM (GMT)
  • We had approx 12 teens and adults present for this murder mystery morning. It was part of a Christian caravan park holiday program and it went really well. I did not have much time at all to plan, probably about 1 day. But the pack was so straight forward and self guided that there was no issue at all. I prepared some costume props for each character and that was all! The teens were about 14 and initially weren't excited when they heard it was a murder mystery. During the game they paired up in teams or played alone and by the end they all said they were surprised how fun it was. Including set up and game play it took about 45mins to an hour. We actually played outside in a park and it was no trouble. Highly recommend!
  • We had cereal because I called it a 'cereal killer'.
  • Used costumes and had spooky music playing in the background.
    The kids did not have an invitation because we set it up right there and then and let them choose their character.
Malachai Family Mystery
By on at 07:04 PM (GMT)
  • Neighborhood progressive dinner with 8 couples. Found the body at one house. Introduced characters at 2nd house. And enjoyed the clues and character discussions and questions at 4th house
    Characters enjoyed dressing the parts. The investigators had many questions
  • Our dinner had an Italian theme.
Family Drama
By on at 03:29 PM (GMT)
  • We were celebrating my Father-in-Laws 80th Birthday at a local restaurant. All the characters were covered with real family members - we had family members from 8 - 80 years old.

  • We ordered family style Greek platters so we could concentrate on the gane instead of the menu!!
Family Halloween Party
By on at 02:08 AM (GMT)
  • Our 7 sons and their wives like to do these murder mystery parties every year around Halloween. This year we kind of strayed from the original theme.
    Everyone had to call me a couple of weeks before to tell me who they were coming as. Since this is our family Halloween party, the children greatly influenced what their parents dressed as. We had Bugs and Lola Bunny, the old guy Carl and the little boy Russell from Up, the Hulk, Super Man and Super Girl, etc.
    I took a few liberties with the game, hope the creators don't mind. Things like our daughter-in-law, who came as Little Red Riding Hood, played the part of the spoiled college student, Bugs Bunny, instead of being a drunk, was addicted to carrots. The Hulk, was the crazy uncle, so instead of an injury during the war, he had an accident in the lab.
    It was hilarious, we stretched it out to last about an hour, since all my kids and their wives like to really get into character.
    Our family loves your mysteries and we will continue to buy and use them.
  • Nothing special. Everyone always just brings their favorite foods to share at our family gettogethers.
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quite a success
By on at 07:09 PM (GMT)
  • Our club presented your Malachau Stout's Family Reunion at our fun night meeting this month. It was quite a success with very few simple props and no advance notice to our characters.
    Didn't know we had so many terrific actresses in our club. They all really got into their parts and our investigators asked some terrific questions. Out of 19 characters and investigators, only four picked the correct culprit. It was a great evening. Thank you.
    Photo of our actresses follows.
ten year old birthday party
By on at 01:09 PM (GMT)
  • I had a family party for my grandson's 10th birthday party. The 12 guests ranged in age from 8 to 65. Everyone had fun and my grandson said it was the best birthday party ever. The game was easy to administer and was fun and funny. Everyone came dressed up as their character which put them in the mood for the mystery. I highly recommend this company.
Youth Group Mystery Night
By on at 03:31 PM (GMT)
  • We had 30+ middle school students experience several different mystery related themed rooms throughout the evening, One of the rooms was Malachai Stout's Family Reunion. So, we had 4 different groups of 8 experience this same mystery. Each group had a max of 25 minutes to solve the mystery. The students absolutely loved it. At the end of the night this room was voted most fun by the students. The story mad sense, flowed easily and had the kids interactivity a lot. I will note that this one is a little simple to solve. All four rooms got it right with out much difficulty. But, the goal was fun and this story was definitely accomplished that.
  • We decorated a class room like a dinning room. Also, we recreated the bed where malachi's body is found. We used a chalk outline on the bed. We also had a tv with a fireplace on it going the whole time. The host dressed up in a suit and tie and played the role of a PI.
Family Reunion Girls Night
By on at 04:29 PM (GMT)
  • Our high school was hosting a girls night. The event went very well. The students really got into their characters and loved solving the mystery.
Malachai Stout's Family Reunion
By on at 01:23 AM (GMT)
  • We played this mystery at our church senior adult banquet. It was a great success. We introduced the characters (played by some of our church staff) before the meal was served. After everyone was served and seated, the plot was read and the round one informations was shared by each of the characters. The characters then circulated among the tables to greet and answer questions .Each table of eight was an investigator and competing to solve the mystery. Everyone enjoyed the event. There were 120 in attendance, so it can be fun for large groups too.
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu, roast beef, sweet baby carrots, green beans almondine, waldorff salad, rolls, chocolate cake
Winter Formal Progressive Dinner
By on at 04:06 PM (GMT)
  • For my teenage daughter's winter formal event, we hosted the dessert and game portion of a progressive dinner. We had sixteen teenagers who had never participated in a murder mystery before, but they all had a blast!

    They had just finished their main course at the previous home, so we jumped right into the murder mystery. After Act II, we paused for dessert, but they kept in character and continued discussing possible suspects and pointing an occasional finger!

    Since they were all new to this type of game, we had them paired up so that two people played one character. This led to many laughs at "split personalities" and sudden voice changes.
  • Since this was the dessert portion of a progressive dinner, we had an ice cream sundae bar with all the toppings, as well as cupcakes.
  • We chose a winter theme to go along with the winter formal event, but it all worked well together with murder mystery as they were dressed up
Black Tie 18th Birthday Party
By on at 11:33 AM (GMT)
  • My daughter had requested a party incorporating something from all her birthday parties. As she had a Murder Mystery for her 13th, we decided to use the 30 minute script.
    As everyone arrived in Black TIe and we had a sit down meal to seal her 18th, we run the murder mystery alongside the 3 course meal...
  • We served cocktails/mocktails during the sit down meal, to add to the theme. We had a set menu that everyone chose before they came. Setting up an event on face book made it easier to collect info. The only people that knew about the murder mystery were the characters allocated before the event, who were sworn to secrecy!
    Most of the 3 course meal was ready prepared and I made mini cheese cakes and gateaux for dessert. type=2&theater everyone love the food.
  • As most of the guests were performing arts students it added to the atmosphere, we hadn't prepared how much they would ad lib, made more effective by how they took on the characters.. We had a piano and open mic which guests tapped in to .A great night and comments included best murder mystery I have ever been to...
By on at 08:17 PM (GMT)
  • This was our first "young adult" fellowship for your church so we really didn't know how well this idea would go, but it was a huge success

    We had 28 people and we selected the 8 main characters by placing envelopes around the tables with the word "man or lady".

    We set up the area like a banquet room and played each round asdinner was served. We had one person play the part of a "cousin" that found the body.

    It was great - actually it was hard to end it because everyone kept asking questions.

    Thanks for a great Party
  • We had an appetizer table set up as people came in. This helped set the mood before everyone sat down.
    We also had our teenagers serve as waitresses which added to the fun.
  • The room was decorated like a banquet room. We had candlelight so it made the room feel so different than just dinner in our fellowship hall.

    We also greeted everyone as they came in and tried to get them into the theme of the reunion.
Malachai Stout's Family Reunion
By on at 06:27 PM (GMT)
  • I planned a surprise party for my boyfriends birthday. We are both into card games, board games all sorts of games. I had all the guests/characters waiting and he had no idea, he was really surprised. I set the mood for the game in an old family house. The murder scene had Malachai's lifeless body crumpled upon the bed and the empty safe. It was a lot of fun. Our friends still talk about it. I made the game more interactive. As the host I was able to slow the game down and have the characters mingle and check out the murder scene and clues. I would recommend a murder mystery game to anyone who like games.
  • Drinks and finger foods worked great.
  • set up the murder scene to get the charters in the mood. As the host its always good to control the pace of eth game and allow adequate time for each character to speak OR to cut them off if they are talking too much.
Casseroles with a side helping of murder
By on at 11:36 AM (GMT)
  • The Pinochle Club at our DelWebb community sponsored a community dinner. We all brought casseroles and salads; afterwards each of the eight tables with eight characters each played the game. I tweaked the dialogs by changing the murderer's paper so that he/she did not know his/her guilt. After Round Three, the members had to discuss "who did it," and the first table to bring me the correct answer won the $10.00 per person prize. Everyone loved the activity and can't wait for us to do it again.
  • Assorted casseroles, salads, and desserts.
Murder mystery at the 39ers' Potluck Dinner
By on at 06:27 PM (GMT)
  • The 39ers, a church group of senior citizens, presented this murder mystery as a program for our potluck dinner. Not only the participants but also the audience enjoyed the mystery.The parts were distributed a few days before the dinner, and the characters were well prepared for asking questions and responding to statements about themselves. Some members of the audience occasioally made comments, and there was much laughter. Even though this was a murder mystery, the audience thoroughly enjoyed the funny comments and antics of the participants. I would definitely recommend "Malachai Stout's Family Reunion" for a home dinner party or for a larger group such as ours.
  • This was a potluck dinner; we had everything from fried chicken to homemade icecream. At a family reunion, people often have potluck dinners.
  • We made signs for the characters to wear. It gave the name of the character and the relationship to Malachai. The man playing the part of the drunkard carried a brown paper sack with a bottle inside; he occasionally took a sip.
My sister's 30th Birthday
By on at 03:05 PM (GMT)
  • This was my sisters 30th birthday partyand she really wanted to go to a murder mystery show in the city but limites funds would not allow it. I decided to try to find one we could do at home with little to no props. This game was awesome! The party guests really got in to character and we laughed so much. It was tons of fun. Whem my sister reflected on the party she said this was her favorite part. As if that wasnt great enough several of my guests said they had a ball playing and they want to do it again!!
  • We had a cocktail party with bite sized finger style foods including finger sanwhiches, wings, spinich dip and broclli bites. We also served shrimp pasta im martini glasses and non alcoholic cocktails.
  • Our theme was Mardi Gras masquerade. The guests were asked to wear masks and dress up in their finest cocktail attire.
Literally 8 to 80 at our party and everyone had a wonderful time
By on at 05:14 AM (GMT)
  • Half way thru the Mystery the 80 year old asked if someone had died. The 8 year old relished her part as did the others and after some of the questioning we laughed till we cried. We had a new guest at the family gathering so the part of facilitator was perfect for her and made her feel comfortable with easy to follow instructions.

    Looking forward to our next party and a new mystery.
Easy to follow and a lot of fun
By on at 06:05 AM (GMT)
  • Thank you so much. I run a small senior citizen activities center. Some of my clients have mild cognitive impairment and this murder mystery was easy for them to follow and understand. They had a lot of fun.
    I liked that there was no props needed. I was looking for an after lunch activity after a cancellation and this was easy to download and easy to lead.
    Thanks so much for saving the afternoon, we'll definitely do another.
My experience as a host was excellent. Killer might be too obvious though.
By on at 09:41 PM (GMT)
  • The game instructions were clear and the kit had just about everything we needed. We ended up buying props for folks so that they could really get into character. My experience as host was excellent. I did not play a character but instead had fun revealing clues and setting up rounds.

    One piece of feedback I got a few times was that the killer was so obvious that folks didn't pick that person (they thought it was too easy to be true, so a lot of folks picked someone else). It didn't stop everyone from having a good time.
We DEFINITELY Enjoyed it!
By on at 06:10 PM (GMT)
  • We had 75 people at the Reunion. We made “each table” a character” . For the 2 extra tables. We made them detectives. Everyone got really into it. It just so happens everyone got a GREAT laugh…because when I read the characters…the “drunk uncle”. The REAL LIFE “Drunk Uncle” was a that table! It was hilarious!

    I really liked your packet, it was simple and easy to use. Our people ad libbed and really made it fun. Everyone commented on how nice it was.

    We played in a hotel banquet room. It was an ALL AGE event. After we played, we had each person at each table introduce themselves and who exactly they “belonged” to in the family.

    What I found interesting is that people REALLY WERE trying to figure it out… They got real serious at one point. It was comical.

    I would definitely recommend this one for other families.
Great time for daughter's 13th birthday
By on at 07:26 AM (GMT)
  • We bought “Malachai Stout’s Family Reunion” for our daughter’s 13th birthday party. It worked really well and everyone had a lot of fun!

    We dressed up as the servants and ran the game. The girls did a champion job of getting dressed up, and although the boys didn’t (of course!) everyone got into character and had a great time!

    We took our time with the game: going through a clue while they were snacking initially, then another clue during dinner, and one during dessert. And in-between there was a lot of random madness on the kid’s part (elsewhere in the house!) but that just added to the fun.

    The kids had a blast and it was a really nice way to have boys and girls at a party and have enough cool things to do, and bring everyone together often as a group. And as it was a game, it meant no-one was left out, everyone had their part to play. Our younger child even got to play the part of the dead body! Which of course meant he got to have lots of fun as well (and he got dressed up in a suit for the part, which he enjoyed).

    It was a real blast, and it was so convenient to be able to buy the script and instructions!
  • We covered the dining room table with a white tablecloth and bought a collection of candlestick holders from the op shop (second hand shop). It looked fabulous! We also downloaded some storm music (thunder, lightning and heavy rain) to add a bit of atmosphere. That worked really well too.

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