Bloodwood Masquerade Murder Mystery
A masquerade ball murder mystery party game for 8-18 players, ages 14 and up due to difficulty. This is an in-person, face-to-face formatted game. Characters are flexible gender, so this game may be played co-ed, all female or all male. There are two expansion packs available (purchased separately) to include 40 unique player roles. Also, the game is expandable to up to 200 players with duplicated team players. This is the instant download version of the game, you will have everything needed to play within the download, and there's nothing to ship, so you avoid shipping fees. No waiting, just download, print, prepare and play! Don't want to prepare your game? No worries - for the party ready pack (boxed set), click on the link below in the helpful links section.
There are four PDF files to download with this game - a host instruction file, printable file, solution key, and an optional free invitation file.
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).
6+ character Expansion pack #1 - Purchased separately
16 character Expansion pack #2 - Purchased after Expansion pack #1
Murder Mystery Synopsis:
Bloodworth Falls is an isolated town plagued with scandals. The townsfolk bicker in the streets, and many believe the local government is corrupt. Nevertheless, the mayor is hosting a mysterious masquerade ball in the old Bloodwood Castle. The tickets to the event have sold out in record time. The townspeople are curious to discover why the mayor would put effort into doing something positive in this hopeless town of gloom. Anticipation for the event hangs thickly in the air, and many are already hunting for the perfect mask.
You are worried about what will happen when toxic people come together this night. You are alarmed, as you didn't purchase your ticket - somebody placed it in your mailbox in an unmarked envelope. Somebody wants you there, but you're unsure why. This is where your story begins.
How to Host a Larger Party:
- 18 unique players from the main game.
- 6 unique players from expansion pack #1 (purchased separately)
- 16 unique players from expansion pack #2 (purchased separately)
- Up to 20+ duplicate Magician's Assistants led by Lou Violet, Expansion Pack #1.
- Up to 20+ duplicate Makeup Artists led by Izzy Maroon, Expansion Pack #1.
- Up to 20+ duplicate Production Assistants led by Cass Chocolate, Expansion Pack #1.
- Up to 20+ duplicate Entourage Members led by Bruno Ivory, Expansion Pack #1.
- Up to 20+ duplicate Mobsters led by Maria Lime, Expansion Pack #1.
This instantly downloadable game accommodates 40 unique players by using both expansion packs and an additional yet optional ability to expand to over ~140+ guests by using teams (duplicate players) with expansion pack #1. View the character list of expansion pack #1 for further details. The game may expand above 200 by adding more expandable team players, but not much further than that.
If you wish to host this (or any other) game for profit, you will need a commercial license - click here.
- Minimum age:
- 14 years for difficulty - no foul language, sexual content, drug references
- Difficulty Rating:
- 6/10 - moderate difficulty level
- Gender of character roles:
- Flexible besides 2 optional males
- Number of players in main game:
- 8-18 players - all unique suspect roles
- Expansion pack(s):
- 6 unique suspect roles in Exp #1, 16 unique suspect roles in Exp #2
- Expandable team players:
- With the purchase of expansion pack #1 (purchased separately): Expands to 130+ players with team players (non-suspect team roles).
- Date of publication:
- May 1st, 2014 - Last revised on 09/12/23 with minor format changes
- Game license:
- Single, private use. For the game license Terms and Conditions, see below.
My tween hosted a murder mystery birthday party. The group loved it and had an amazing time. The game play itself was fun and the storyline was pretty good. I would recommend it. Easy character costumes too which was perfect for a younger group.
We got this for my daughter’s 16th birthday party. It was mixed gender and I heard MANY comments of how much fun they had playing it. The mystery was difficult enough that the murderer was a surprise at the end to all but a couple. It was fairly simple to put together and pretty easy to host. I only hosted (did not play) and just made sure to listen in to know when to go to the next round.
This was our second mystery party. Like all the reviews say- we had so much fun-especially if everyone participates. My family I extra-but this mystery was not like the first. Everyone started looking around for an event to happen so it was hard for any player to get out without being seen- too suspicious! It was a little harder for whodunnit to be determined but the flow was not as good as the disco. Anyway, these are well done and require prep work. This time instead of envelopes for each player I folded the paper and left the name and round exposed-much easier, not as spectacular. I do recommend the game-especially to an all girls/ladies gathering! ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ FROM MMP STAFF: Our author does try to switch up the format a bit for our return hosts (which is a large % of our hosts). Why not try a Last Will game next? There is no victim claimed in round two for them to look for - and then you can do a two- victim game after that! Keep the fam guessing. Thanks for enjoying our games, we appreciate you.
I ordered this for my teenage daughter’s birthday party. The kids had a blast!
this was so much fun! Can't wait to do it again. Love the names for the characters
I used this game to have some fun just before Halloween with my grade 9 class. They have English as their second language and I did have to help some of the students, but for the most part, it was great fun. I put out snacks and extra activities (cards, mastermind, face painting, balloon twisting) so they would talk to one another more naturally... but they were instructed not to stay in one place too long and try to speak to everyone at the party. We did it in 2h but it would have been better if we had had a bit more time 2.5-3h. Lots of fun, the kids had a great time!
We hosted this murder mystery for our daughter's 16th birthday party. Everyone dressed up in costume, remained in character and had an absolute blast! Highly recommend!
We tried this for an activity for our cousin's trip and had a great time. The plot and everything was easy to follow and included everyone no matter how big or small of a part. We enjoyed it and will definitely try another one.
We did this murder mystery for my daughter's 18th birthday party with 18 people. It takes a bit to set up with putting everything in envelopes (cutting everything out and 3 x 18 envelopes with writing on the front takes time!) It was a lot of fun and worked really well to get the groups of friends from different places to chat to each other. Everything was included in the pack. The extra effort with creating an atmosphere is totally worth it. We went with a darkened room, lots of candles and a red, black, gold and silver theme (because it was BLOODwood!) Pro tip: You really need to have a host who does not participate but just makes sure things run smoothly and gauges when the next round should start. I highly recommend this pack. It was just what my daughter wanted and worked so well!