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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 players. Also, the game is expandable to over 130 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.
*This game was updated on 6/17/17. If you have purchased within the last year, you may download the new version from your account at any time.
Game release date: July, 2014
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.
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.
|Minimum age:||14 years|
|Number of players:||8-18 players|
|Available expansion packs:||6 players, 16 players (purchased separately)|
|Expandable players:||Expands to 130+ players with teams (from expansion pack)|
|Gender of players:||Flexible|
My daughter's friends had a blast unraveling the mystery at her 15th birthday party. We had 10 guests that grabbed ball gowns from older sister's closets and goodwill. We printed the invite on linen paper, rolled them like scrolls, tied with a black ribbon and delivered in person. The week of the party we sent out the pre-game cards and got the hype going as the girls texted and emailed the first parts of the story. We ordered masquerade masks in bulk online and put them at their table settings. The day of the party, we sent a pic of their place setting telling them the mystery was in motion and their place in the story was set to begin. They all came excited to join the story.
We opted to print our own clues on cardstock and purchased some A2 envelopes to put them in. Printing them was a bit tricky, but google printing A2 envelopes DIY and it worked. Easy to print and prep. Then my husband was the butler, my other daughters and I were the maids, so we got to hear them acting the parts as we circulated with appetizers or served the meal. We decorated the den with tons of candles to set the castle feel, cast the Bloodworth Masquerade pic onto the bigscreen, and we played the Phantom of the Opera soundrack.
Guests mingled and enjoyed the party. 4 of the 10 guests were able to guess who did it, so it wasn't super easy and not too hard for teens. The victim had a great time setting up the crime scene from the victim bag. We purchased bloody handprint decals for the bathroom mirror and caution tape. We got a toy dagger and a halo that lit with LED lights. She loved her role and even guessed her killer.
All in all a great party. We even had a "mugshot" backdrop for photo opp and printed "I've been framed", "the butler did it" "I saw nothing", etc with fake handcuffs, a mugshot paper that said BLOODWORTH COUNTY JAIL with the date of the party - -all very fun. So worth the $ - great memories made! We will be doing another at Halloween with all 3 of my girls' friends. Susan Merrill on Sep 20th 2020
This was great fun. I had a party of approx 21 people (we bought the expansion as well). It was great how everything worked together - the expansion slotted in nicely, with pregame objectives to those in the main game and it all built up the excitement for the evening very well.
There were plenty of red herrings and almost everyone had a motive to kill the victim, which was both hilarious (as the victim in real life is nothing like her character) and really made people think as the mystery unfolded.
At the end of the night we had a little prize giving, and once revealed it was obvious how the murderer was the murderer, but only 3 people in our party got it right - so it really racked our brains.
All in all, an amazing night and I highly recommend.
P.S regarding the timing of the review and Covid 19 - our party was in New Zealand, which currently has the virus quite well controlled - and we didn't break any restrictions (100 people per event), so we did party safe. Rhiannon Mackenzie on Sep 14th 2020
Bought this for an online games night with some friends . . . it was a BLAST! We had a lot of large group conversations and reveals, but we also had people spending time in separate rooms on zoom or sending private messages in the chat box! At the end, every stated that they had a lot of fun and couldn't wait to do another one! Unknown on May 22nd 2020
Since none of us could be together this Easter, we did this murder mystery game as a virtual game. We used Zoom meeting and we really had fun. It was a bit of work on my part sending everyone their clues but really worth it.
Everyone already said they couldn't wait to do another party in person next time.
Hopefully our world returns to normal soon! Cathi Brunner on Apr 16th 2020