Hatter's Ball | A murder mystery party game
A Hatter's Ball murder mystery party game for 8-18+ guests, ages 14 and up due to difficulty. Characters are flexible gender, so this game may be played co-ed, all female or all male. Select the party ready option above, and our staff will fold and slip the clue cards for rounds one, two, and three into the envelopes to prevent you from seeing spoilers on the round cards. If you do not select this option, you will have some assembly required with your kit.
This game was created for hosts who loved Bloodwood Masquerade Ball so much, they requested another with the same characters! The characters are jumbled up in order and placed into a new mystery for you to solve! The download version is a different product and does not come with the party pack, as they are not seamless and materials should not be used together.
Instant download version of the game - no waiting or shipping fees.
Player pre-game site at Your Mystery Party (for Kit A, the other links are on the free invitations)
Host Character lists:
Free, printable invitations:
The neighborhood socialites have touted the Hatter’s Ball as the bash of the year in the isolated town of Bloodworth Falls. Mayor Riley White has organized the event in the old Bloodwood Castle as a diversion from the scandals that have plagued the town in recent months. Of course, it’s no coincidence the ball is scheduled right before the upcoming mayoral election.
The mayor posted the invite list online, and your adversaries have already sent in their RSVPs. You’re intrigued and have decided you cannot miss an opportune moment to seek revenge on those who have crossed you in the past. Now, you are on a hunt for the perfect hat.
This is where your story begins.
- 14+ years for difficulty
- # of players in main game:
- Expansion packs:
- 6 players, 16 players (both coming soon)
- Expands to 130+ players with teams using the expansion pack
- Gender of players:
I have to tell you that I threw two parties with this set, one for my friends and another for the residents at the complex I manage and both parties were a HUGE hit! Each party we had 21-25 players and while very different groups of people and levels of preparation for the participants everyone just raved about how well put together it was and how much fun they had. (I'll take a little bit of the credit, but really MyMysteryMystery really makes it so easy for you to pull it together.) For my friends we went for it all the way and planned it 3-4 weeks in advance and everyone was in full costumes and it was really just the most amazing night, that even as the host I was able to play right along with and have as much fun as everyone else. Tip: I did task each of the games, before/during game readings to different people, so I could just have it all set up beforehand and not be responsible all night for our activities and giving the information. Just make sure you give clear direction on when each of their parts takes place. Ex. immediately after the victim is revealed, etc. Everyone loved the added extra level of involvement and I got to enjoy more, especially since I'm not one who likes to be the center of attention. The second party was for a much younger crowd of single 22-35yr olds who most guests didn't know each other besides in passing vs our middle aged married group of friends. I didn't do character assignments until 2 days before the event for those who registered early and many were assigned the day of. So the costumes weren't very elaborate, but it didn't matter one bit. Honestly I was blown away how much everyone gushed about what a fun time they had, even without it being elaborate. The second time I took on a made up detective roll and solely hosted. I wish I could upload pictures because we really went all out on the décor, which I was able to reuse for my second event. I'd say for both games we had about 40-55% who guessed who doneit, which was good for a very social setting.
Murder mysteries are the best way to get a large group of people together. It's also fun to assign characters to people who have the absolute opposite characteristics in real life, so that they can truly be someone else for an evening. This box was large enough to accommodate exactly the amount of people I needed and everyone was extremely happy with their characters. Inventive and entertaining.
This is the sixth murder mystery my friends and I have done. This one was a lot of fun!! It was easy to follow and great for first timers to get into character. We bought the ready made box this time and loved it. Very nicely put together and took the work out of it.