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Mardi Gras, Masks, Murder!

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£29.95



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Mardi Gras, Masks, Murder!

£29.95
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: 9-25 (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 9 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.
  • Waitress - Lily Porter - A waitress, she’s sometimes a little vague, but very hard working.
  • Waitress - Jo Ann Duluth - A waitress and member of the Sacred Heart.
  • Waitress - Jaquelyn D’Argent - A waitress, she is a new staff member.
  • The Bartender - Crystal La Terre - Crystal’s cocktails are legendary in New Orleans and so is her quick mouth and bad temper.

Male or Female Role

  • Host/Head Caterer - Tony Cour - Tony runs one of the most successful restaurant/catering businesses in New Orleans. (Played by the Host/Hostess)

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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03 03 201905:23 PM
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Mardi Gras Celebration
We just hosted a "Mardi Gras, Masks, Murder!" party last night. We had 18 attendees and it was a hit! Everyone got into character and made the evening so enjoyable!
  • • Shrimp Etouffe, Creole Jambalaya, Cajun Cornbread, Gumbo, Large Fresh Garden Salad, Chicken Creole Deviled Egg, Spicy Crab Dip, Fried Dill Pickles, Crab Cakes, two King Cakes and Hurricanes
  • Spray painted wine bottles with gold glitter paint and hot blued mardi gras sequined masks to them - added beads around the top and filled with mardi gras sprigs
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30 01 201906:11 PM
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Fantastic!! Can’t wait to do another one!
I bought the game for a friends 60th birthday party and it was fabulous! We all had a fantastic time! It was so easy to follow and so great getting into character! The guest ranged in ages 22-60 and everyone really enjoyed themselves!!
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13 01 201903:47 PM
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A Great Way to Mix up New Years Eve
We decided to try something new for New Years Eve and did the Mardi Gras Murder Mystery. It was a lot of fun, and everyone had a good time getting into character. (A little alcohol also helps!) It was a fun way to spend the evening, and everyone is already planning what we should do for our next one!
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14 12 201812:41 PM
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Fun fun fun
It was a fantastic party as usual and because we are close to Christmas the majority of the people decided to dress up Christmas style. I love the games of playing with murder, I think I've played pretty much all of them. Everybody were super happy during the night and as all the game here it was super easy to understand also for time comer, there were around 8 people that has never played before
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22 10 201805:51 PM
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Fun
The party was a hit with our friends and the prep work and characters were fun. The only negative feedback we got, and agreed with, was that the clues were not connecting. They seemed random and putting together the end result with the murderer(s) was difficult, unless you got very deep into a couple of the characters.
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22 09 201807:01 AM
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Rene spent his 18th birthday as a Zombie!
When Rene turned 18, he wanted a party like no other. He wanted a murder mystery party. We are from New Orleans so it was easy to transport our guests back in time to Post Katrina New Orleans. Our friends and family fell into their parts as soon as they put on their masks and the party became more like a play. The well planned theme worked out so well with instructions every step of the way and there was no fumbling even though some things were modified to fit our situation. The whole evening was more fun than folks had had in a while and people are still talking about it. I hope for the opportunity to do it again.
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14 09 201809:50 PM
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16th birthday party for son
This was my son's 16th birthday party. He and his friends are in drama and had a field day with this. I let the kids pick their characters a few weeks before the party. I gave everyine their character info and act 1 sheets 2 weeks before so they could prepare. All kids came dressed and ready as their characters. It took about 4.5 hours to complete because they were having so much fun with all the side objectives and gossip. This was such a sucess that now the drama booster club wants me to host another as a fund raiser. I highly recommend this mystery. We'll be trying another soon.
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07 03 201809:09 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.
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18 06 201808:50 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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06 11 201812:46 AM
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Let the Good Times Roll!
We picked this Mardi Gras themed kit for our second murder mystery party. I sent out character information a month in advance and set up a Facebook event to communicate with all the attendees and keep up the excitement and anticipation. We served Gumbo, Debris Po’boys and red beans and rice finished with banana cream pie. We transformed our dining room into the study and even found a desk online for $5 to add to the room. Everyone had a blast!
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06 03 201805:34 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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05 04 201811:44 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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05 02 201807:51 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.
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04 01 201811:29 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.
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30 03 201812:08 AM
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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.
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