1920s Murder Mystery Party on the Boardwalk

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A 1920's Murder Mystery Party game for 8-12 players - 8 required and 4 optional. The roaring twenties murder mystery party game is set at the height of prohibition on the 1920's Boardwalk at the Karlton Ritz Hotel.  This is the instant download upon purchase version of the game - no waiting, no shipping fees. Easy to host, easy to prepare.  If you'd rather have the boxed set, click on the link to have our staff prepare your kit below, under helpful links.

There are four PDF files to download with this game - a host instruction file, printable file, solution key, and an optional free invitation file. You must use Adobe Reader (free software that you can download at to view the PDF, as a PDF is an Adobe product.   

Format: this is a traditional, mingling, clue-based game (downloadable version) for in-person groups. For virtually-formatted games that are ideal for video chat platforms, click here.  

Gifting: the standard game license does not allow transfers, so you cannot purchase a download as a gift. For gifts, click here for gift certificates, or use the link below for the boxed version of the game (party pack). 

Five out of ten difficulty. This game was updated on 06/11/24 and previous versions will not be seamless. 

Helpful Links:

Host character list - main game characters #1-12
Pinterest Page - more DIY food and decor
Game Trailer Video
Free, printable invitation - for the 12 player game
12 character, expansion pack #1 - characters #13-24, purchased separately
12 character, expansion pack #2 - characters #25-36, purchased separately
Sample game materials
Boxed version
Murder Mystery Prop Emporium
Free, pre-game site at Your Mystery Party - for the 12 player game

Murder Mystery Synopsis:

It's 1927, and the mob scene is thriving in major cities across the United States. Rum-running, loan sharking, protection rackets, speakeasies, and gaming halls are all flourishing. To achieve supremacy as a unified crime faction, crime bosses from Atlantic City, New York City, and Chicago have decided to establish The Commission during a gathering known as the Atlantic City Conference. This governing body will oversee all mob organizations in the country.

Opinions vary on how The Commission should be run and who should be the boss of all bosses. Some high-ranking officials are strongly opposed to the idea, leading to preemptive hostility. Nonetheless, the crime bosses have agreed to conduct themselves with integrity at the conference, enforcing an unbreakable truce.

Nuggy Jones from Atlantic City has agreed to host the conference at his residence and place of business, the Karlton Ritz Hotel on the Boardwalk. Mobsters from the biggest families will soon arrive in Atlantic City. This is where your story begins. 

Commercial Licensing: 

If you wish to host this (or any other) game in public &/or for profit &/or as a benefit to your business or organization, you will need a commercial licenseclick here. 

Minimum age:
16 years (due to prohibition content of bootlegging, illegal gambling, speakeasies)
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 5/10
Gender of character roles:
# of players in main game:
8-12 players
Expansion pack(s):
12 players in Exp #1, 12 players in Exp #2
Expandable team players:
Date of publication:
2010. Last revised on 6/11/24 - previous versions will not be seamless.
Game license:
Single, private use. See the game license's Terms and Conditions below.


  • 5
    Boardwalk was fun!

    Posted by Wendy J. on Feb 8th 2018

    Easy to host, customer service was impeccable, and a just enough difficult mystery to solve. Only 2 people got it right, but I loved that.

  • 5
    WE had so much fun!

    Posted by C Townsend on Feb 9th 2017

    Murder Mystery weekends have become a part of my Girl Scout Troop's camping weekends. The teens loved this game and had fun dressing and playing out their parts...can't wait to do our next one.

  • 5
    Great time!!

    Posted by Unknown on Nov 8th 2016

    This was my first time doing it and it won't be my last! Everyone had a great time!!

  • 5
    Our group had a great time

    Posted by Olivia Campman on Jul 17th 2016

    This party was so well organized and meticulous to the last detail. I loved the guest site - it really added a bunch of excitement before the party. I'm so happy with the game and this company, who responded within the hour when I emailed them. Next time, I will get the party ready pack, however, as I've heard from friends it's the way to go if you have the budget for it. Bravo, guys, can't wait to host another one

  • 4
    An absolute blast

    Posted by Dyann on May 31st 2016

    We had so much fun with this party and were amazed by the amount of detail the authors included in the clues/instructions.