MurderHappensGames

Murder mystery party games

16 Sales

MurderHappensGames

Murder mystery party games

16 Sales On Etsy since 2018

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William Bellomy

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William Bellomy

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About

Finding the game my friends would have fun playing.

My friends and I would play murder mystery games where we were each a character and one of us was the murderer. We had fun, but there were some things that frustrated them about the games so I decided to write my own. These games drew my friends into a vivid world of a mystery where they could explore any avenue of clues they chose, whenever they wanted, and could ask all sorts of questions of all the characters. The stories would feel real and evoke emotions like jealousy, envy, greed and excitement; some would feel compelled to lie to save face or not be embarrassed. And, they were fun to play as well. At the end of the investigation they would either solve the murder, or feel like they came very close.

Would you like to put on this kind of immersive, intriguing game for you friends?

Description
Murder Mystery party games for 8-12 players who dress up as a character. One of them is the murderer and the others must figure out who it is. These games were written to be fun and easy to play, as the story unfolds you just end up being your character without even trying. There is romance, mystery, secrets, everyone will laugh at the human comedy. You can lie, you can make accusations, you can follow the clues where they lead with no artificial breaks and only a few rules. When you are done you will either have solved the mystery, or feel like you almost did. Your party will be an absolute success because it’s so easy to host.

Why I keep going
People kept telling me that I should start selling these games and my family became enthusiastic about marketing the games too. The best reason for selling them though is so I can write a bunch more.

My game design philosophy
I have a particular vision for each game. There are always eight characters, so you need at least eight people to play the games. There is an auxiliary character though, who is not the murderer, for when there are more than eight players. They get the full game experience, just like the main character players.
Humor is required, and people laugh a lot while playing. The fun is in the comedy of human foibles, the crazy things we animals do to and with each other.

I purposely manipulate human nature, while at the same time accepting it. For instance, in these games you are allowed to lie, in fact, it is expected. Honesty just goes against the nature or murder.
An instance where I manipulate human nature is, again, in the lies. I develop the narrative in such a way that the players not only read their lies, they end up owning their lies. They will cling stubbornly to their stories to the point of hindering solving the mystery.
The players’ perceptions of their character are subtly manipulated. The simplest example being a character trait that I slyly guide a player into acting out without realizing they are doing it. They end up being the last one to know they have this crazy character trait. That's really fun!

The stories are humorous for sure, but also human, something the players can relate to. I avoid trivial or comically stylized story lines. In each game the players are involved in layers of intrigue and deception involving the other characters. Half the fun is untangling and resolving the sub plots. When the game has been played there is that moment when the characters finally realize that they must confess their transgressions in order to progress to the solution of who actually committed the murder. It’s fun to watch from a spectators’ point of view, and as a player.

At the end of the game when everyone has made their guess and the murderer has revealed who they are, their narrative is read out loud. Inevitably, all the players listen to this with rapt attention. They are dying to know how and why the murder happened.

And that is my goal, a story and a world that draws you in completely.

William Bellomy

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    Ventura, CA

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