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Mardi Gras, Masks, Murder!

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Mardi Gras, Masks, Murder!

$39.95
Add intrigue to your next party with this murder mystery game, set at a Mardi Gras party in New Orleans.
Format: Mystery Party Kit
Setting: New Orleans Masquerade during Mardi Gras
Players: 12-25 (Standard Game)
26-100+ (Expanded Game)
Time: 90+ Minutes
Ages: Adult
Story
A posh Mardi Gras Masquerade turns deadly!

Backstory

The guests play a mixed group of characters who have been invited to a Mardi Gras masquerade hosted by Marshall Inglewood, the Governor of Louisiana. The party will be held at the governor’s posh New Orleans mansion. Everyone is expecting an elegant evening with hor d’oeuvres, drinks, and dancing, but as it turns out, something mysterious is afoot!

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 and mingle at the governor’s mansion.

Murder!

At the midpoint of the evening, a blackout occurs, and one of the players makes a terrible discovery: someone has been murdered in the middle of the party!

Solving the Mystery

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

Characters

There are 25 primary suspects in this game,however only 12 are required to play the game. The host or hostess will play the role of Tony Cour, the Head Caterer. Read the "How To Play" section for more information on how to play an expanded game with more than 25 guests.

Male Roles

  • The Governor - Marshall Inglewood - Governor of Louisiana who is hosting a Mardi Gras party. He’s well known in New Orleans for his constant fundraising and elegant parties.
  • The Sheriff - Jacques “Jack” Le Boeuf - Sheriff Jack is a fixture in New Orleans, as he investigates most crimes in the city. He’s known for his down home approach.
  • The Deputy - Jeremy “J” Porter - Deputy J is a notorious playboy, but is very loyal to the Sheriff’s Office and his city.
  • The New Man - Raymond Downings - Raymond recently inherited a large estate on the outskirts of the city and just moved back to town.
  • The Club Owner - Derek Nordhart - Derek owns “Fantasy” a very popular club that is known for its exclusive parties and open dance floor.
  • The Good Guy - Harvey Daniels - Harvey manages the day-to-day affairs for Leon’s construction firm and is known for his “good ol’boy” attitude.
  • The Architect - Leon D’Loupe - Mr. D’Loupe runs the largest construction firm in town and is largely responsible for most of the restoration to the city as it recovered from Hurricane Katrina.
  • The Preacher - Joseph Grant - Reverend Joseph is the preacher at the Sacred Heart, a rapidly growing mega church.
  • The Bodyguard- “Jack” - Heather’s bodyguard, he doesn’t say much.
  • The Head Chef - Noel Bellenuit - Chef Noelle is a dramatic, flamboyant and difficult man, but his food is so good even the most conservative members of high society don’t complain.
  • The Chef - Rene Le Boeuf - Rene served in the war and returned home recently where he got a job as a chef.

Female Roles

  • The Voodoo Queen - Dominique LaBranche - Well known in New Orleans for her many “reading” parlors and Hoodoo supply stores. Her readings are said to be very accurate.
  • The Queen Bee - Blanche Le Boeuf - The reigning social queen of New Orleans elite society. She is a member of the prestigious Le Boeuf family and is well known for her iron fist inside a lacy glove.
  • The Lawyer - Gabrielle Le Boeuf - Miss Gabrielle is known to be sharp as a tack and a terror in the courtroom. She’s utterly ruthless behind her sweet Southern manners.
  • The Hippie - Celine “Luna” Schumacher – Deputy Porter’s date, Luna is a big believer in “green initiatives,” but appears to legitimately like Deputy J.
  • The Bouncer - Sarah Corrington - Bouncer at “Fantasy,” many underestimate her in her high heels, but she’s broken plenty of bones.
  • The Socialite - Eloise Daniels - Harvey’s mom is a well known socialite who always has a bit of gossip to share.
  • The Preacher’s Wife - Lettie Mae La Terre - Reverend Joseph’s wife, and a member of his church.  There are hints of some sort of scandal in her past.
  • The Showgirl - Amelie Belle - Amelie is a rising star on the stages of New Orleans and is famed for her long legs and graceful demeanor.

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

Mardi Gras, Masks, Murder! is a 155-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 gossip unique to each character
  • Fully customizable invitations, complete with RSVP cards and guest lists
  • 14 illustrated clue cards the players can use to solve the mystery
  • Voting sheets
  • Customizable awards for your guests
  • And much more!

With your purchase of Mardi Gras, Masks, Murder! you will also receive the following:

  • A separate “Customizable Documents” file that includes all of the invitations and awards in an editable format
  • Step-by-step printing instructions
  • Two 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 files for this mystery include a full length Jazz mix that includes the background sounds of a posh party, and a clip of the scream and thud of the murder victim.
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18 06 201803:50 PM
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Mardi Gras Masks & Murder
So much fun!!! We had 12 people and I was worried it would be difficult to follow but it was PERFECT!! Everyone loved it & I really went all out w/props, etc. this time which really added to the party. Definitely will do another one from your company again!
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04 05 201806:44 PM
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Mardi Gras masks murder
I am overwhelmed by all the material. The clues don't seem to go with the "murder". I don't think we will be using it. Waste of money.
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29 03 201807:08 PM
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Mardi Gras Murder Mystery
My book club got together for a night of fun. There were 12 of us and we had a hoot! Everyone was great about keeping in character and mingling. Wr went all out with decorations and did a scavenger hunt to find clues in second act. We had themed drinks, food and appetizers. Everyone was greeted with champagne and their packet which had name tag, top secret notepad, money, magnifying glass and extra masks and beads. After the first act we had supper and stayed on character. The hardest part was understanding how to decifer who the killer is by clues. Otherwise, we had a blast and would do another party in a minute.
  • Champagne
    Champagne Jell-O shots
    3 tiered Mardi Gras Jell-O shots
    Hurricanes
    Shrimp cocktail, potato bacon and cheese balls and buffalo chicken dip in small cup with chips for appetizers. Supper was Cajun chicken linguine.
  • The house was decorated for Mardi Gras. We had a trophy with masks on it to give to winner of the game. Masks, beads, candelabras. Everyone dressed for their roles. We had a separate area to take mug shots after the murder. Lots of lights, beads, masks, and balloons help to set the tone. We had crime scene tape and fake outline of body on floor.
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13 03 201807:59 PM
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What a Blast!
We had did the Mardi Gras themed murder mystery for Mardi Gras (not usually something celebrated in Canada!) It went so well! Everyone who came went all out with their costumes and character roles! So many laughs!
Only one guest was able to figure out the correct solution to the murder, but everyone had a very interesting theory about why they thought someone else had done it.
I really can't say enough about how much fun this was to plan and host. Am already considering doing another one, but giving myself much more time to plan and make decorations
  • Signature Drinks - French 75 and Hurricanes
    Food - Lots of bitesized appetizers (pinwheels, bacon wrapped scallops, crab dip, springrolls, etc) for the "staff" to carry around on trays while they were mingling with other guests and of course, king cake!
  • See attached pictures for SOME of the decorations. After the initial "murder" we had a blow up doll murder victim (dressed backwards so that head was facing the wrong way). We had jazz music playing in the background. Everyone was dressed in character and so fantastic
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03 07 201804:09 PM
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Jim's 60th Mardi Gras masquerade
It was fantastic, everyone and I mean everyone came in costume, some used their accents everyone had a great time and already asking when is the next one. So much fun was had.
  • Cajun gumbo, chicken, pastas and of course Kings cake..
  • We used the background music that you provided, and sound effects candles when lights went out.
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03 06 201812:34 AM
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Mardi Gras Party of all parties
Wonderful time had by ALL! What a fun night! Everyone can in costume to match their character presented! By the end of the night the accusations were flying around to everyone in attendance. We had a traditional meal. We had jambalaya bourbon chicken, gumbo, red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee, macaroni and cheese, muffelatta sandwiches, corn bread, king cake, Binets and pralines. Yummy! Many of the guests were first timers and every one yes everyone is waiting for me to order plan and host the next party!
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03 03 201806:43 PM
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Mardi Gras Study Break
We got together to celebrate multiple birthdays and celebrate finishing some exams for college classes. It was super fun and relaxing. We ended up having only 9, but still all the required characters. I was the only one who had done a murder mystery before, and everyone else walked out wanting to do another. Mardi Gras Masks Murder provided everything we needed to have a very fun and enjoyable party.
  • Three entrees - cajun chicken pasta, sausage jambalaya, and shrimp gumbo

    Two king cake flavors bought and shipped in from Paul's Pastry.
  • We mostly used a few Party City and dollar store decorations because our location doesn't usually have big Mardi Gras celebrations.
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25 02 201805:10 PM
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Mardi Gras 18th Birthday party
The participants were mostly 17 year old drama students which meant they stayed in character the whole night and loved the idea. In order to encourage them to mingle (some didn't know many people very well) they only wore their character's first name. Being busy teenagers, about half didn't really read / remember their character descriptions so that made it difficult to share information and solve the mystery. We held off on the murder scene until well into the party, concerned that Act 2 would be quick. As it turned out they spent hours trying to solve the mystery so it didn't matter! They all loved it and are now wanting to host one of their own.
  • Because they were underage we had a Mardi Gras inspired punch, easy to make hush puppies, jambalaya, gumbo, beans and rice (for the vegetarians), and the king's cake. Mostly used this website: http://www.delish.com/entertaining/g2166/mardi-gras-food-recipes/
  • We decorated with purple, green and yellow balloons and streamers, and handed out beads to everyone when they arrived. We used glass candle lanterns as cases for the artifacts which worked really well and we found / made something close enough to the objects at home or in the dollar store quite easily. The participants found it tricky to read / see with their masks on they got abandoned. And because they are more modern than their parents they checked their phones for their character's details!
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02 05 201802:51 PM
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Luisa's 40th Mardi Gras, Masks & Murder Bash
It was a surprise 40th Birthday Party. It was amazing! The creators of the party gave me everything i needed to pull this off. Everyone came dressed to the nines and never wavered from their characters. I want to buy another one. Definitely worth the time & effort.
  • Cajun Shrimp Dip, Jumbalaya, Rum Punch
  • We had scene setters from Party City. Created an elegant table using the colors of Mardi Gras. Had actual maps from New Orleans to add some authenticity. Spotify has a jazz station for music.
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01 04 201806:29 PM
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Mardi Gras
We had a great New Years Party, We had 15 guest take part in the Murder Mystery, it took us about 2 1/2 hours to play out . We chose to have the guests take part in a hunt for clues, The clues were rhymes, they had to figure out leading to the next clue. Voting for best dressed, best actor, and best character was a lot of fun.
A great time was had by all.
  • Kings Bread and a pitcher of Hurricane drinks were the hit.
  • We decorated the room with balloons,New Orleans style, as an arch. Yellow, Green. and Purple over the table for the food.
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12 11 201704:18 PM
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Mardi Gras, Masks, Murder Mystery Dinner Pary
A very special birthday that was tons of fun. Guest went all out with their costumes and everyone stayed in character all through the party. It was a large group, but worked very well.
  • Red beans and Rice, Gumbo, Po' Boy Sandwiches, and for dessert, King Cake. To drink we had Hurricanes, Love Potion drinks, and a Rue Bourbon punch.
  • We had the crown of Hrafn and several other Asatru "artifacts" on display. The crown was stolen during the course of the evening, which made it all very exciting.
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11 09 201703:53 PM
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Mardi Gras Murder for Environmental Center Staff
We purchased the kit as a way to reward our seasonal staff for an excellent job in the middle of our season. We had a big group, and it was silly, but great!
  • Just pizza - we're an environmental center and we all live and dine together daily.
  • Pandora New Orleans jazz station was a hit!
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11 08 201702:51 PM
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Mardi Gras Birthday
We had a 50th birthday party for a friend. It was such an excellent event. The characters were for the most part well developed and well thought out. The only real problem was that there needed to be more motivations for murder for the other characters. Even as written though it stumped a few of our guests!
  • We had a whole cajun theme so shrimp etouffee, mufalettas, and chicken creole. Obviously also king cake!
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11 02 201710:51 PM
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Mardi Gras Masquerade
It's was my birthday (which is a week before Halloween). The event was AWESOME! Everyone got into character and owned their parts.

The host should say at the beginning the gossip topics are different on everyone's page. My group didn't understand that and didn't share the gossip until I noticed a bit later and urged them to talk to everyone again. LOL

Overall a huge success, my niece wants to make it an annual event (so I will buy more :-) - Another tip I separated the PDF for each character- it would be awesome if it could come that way (Easier to email then). Anyway, thank you we loved it!!
  • Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo
    Cajun Devilled Eggs
    Crab Cakes
    Mint Juleps
  • I had coloured fabric blocking the windows (purple, yellow and green) to add instant colour. Mardi Gras beads and some boas.
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10 06 201712:01 AM
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New Orleans Masked Ball
The Masonic Lodge had a Christmas Ball to fund raise for Reuben's Retreat, a local charity who's goal is to provide a retreat in the North West of England countryside that will relieve the distress of families and their close friends who have suffered the bereavement of a child or have a child suffering from a life limiting or life threatening illness.
  • Cajun Chicken and Dirty Rice accompanied by New Orleans Rum Punch
  • Props were made and painted with metallic paint and give an aged appearance. Prizes were given for the masks and ostumes as well as best characters.
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