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 over 130 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.
This is a traditional, mingling, clue-based game for in-person groups. For virtually-formatted games that are ideal for video chat platforms, click here.
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).
*This game was last revised on 8/13/21.
- Host character list (main game 18 players - which is this purchase)
- Free, printable invitation for 18 players (main game)
- Expansion pack #1 (6 unique characters and 6 expandable teams - expand to 200+ with duplicated team players - purchased separately)
- Expansion pack #2 (16 unique characters - purchased separately, add after #1)
- Sample Game - view the clue cards and see the general format.
- Party Pack (Boxed set) version of the game
- Pre-game site for 18 player game
- Prop Emporium - there are many fun props, invites, etc.
- Gift Certificates - give a gift of fun.
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 find out 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 what will happen on this night when toxic people come together. You are alarmed, as you didn't purchase your ticket - it was placed in your mailbox in an unmarked envelope. Somebody wants you there, but you don't know why. This is where your story begins.
Hosting a large game:
(See host character lists for details):
- 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 15+ duplicate Magician's Assistants led by Lou Violet, Expansion Pack #1.
- Up to 15+ duplicate Makeup Artists led by Izzy Maroon, Expansion Pack #1.
- Up to 15+ duplicate Production Assistants led by Cass Chocolate, Expansion Pack #1.
- Up to 15+ duplicate Entourage Members led by Bruno Ivory, Expansion Pack #1.
- Up to 15+ 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 ~130+ 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, but not much further than that.
If you wish to host this (or any other) game for profit, you will need a commercial license or provide us with your 501C number for a charity fundraiser - 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 packs (purchased separately):
- 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 from the main game): Expands to 130+ players with team players (non-suspect team roles. Each team has a file to download and make copies of for the team members.) copies for each member of
- Date of publication:
- May 1st, 2014
Bloodwood Masquerade Murder Mystery
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.
Fun BUT Round2
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
Great with a class of grade 9's
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!
So much fun!!!
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!
A great time for a family or small party
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!
This game was fantastic for a party of 30 people. I purchased expansion pack one and was worried about characters like magician’s assistant and production assistant but those characters had there own clues and seemed happy enough! The game got everyone from different social circles talking, helped people get out of their comfort zones and was a massive hit. The game even comes with a suggested menu and a bunch of unrelated mini games too.