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.
INCLUDED: 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 Adobe.com) to view the PDF file, 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).
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.
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.
This was our 5th kids mystery party and it was great. Kids always have fun and the kit is easy to follow.
We did this on New year's Eve. There was 10 of us male and female and we had so much fun. It was kinda easy to figure out who was the victim. That's the only bad thing I could say. They thought of everything and made planning so easy and fun.
We had 9 guests playing who really got into the roles they were given. Every one of them was a first timer for live role play. I wished I had recorded some of the different interactions as they were legit. At one point I was afraid the neighbors might call the police because of the conversations that took place outside! We lit up the back yard and staged different seating arrangements there. We also rearranged the living, dining and family rooms to encourage movement and “private” conversations without people being on top of each other.
We had a blast dressing up and doing the mystery! I was the host and I was easily able to do it without seeing the results. It was funny because I ended up being the killer and didn't even know! ha!
Due to Covid-19, my gf and I decided to host a murder mystery MASK-querade party for Halloween. It was only 15 people and we practiced plenty of social distancing and kept our masks on! This party will be the talk of the year! From the set up, the the mini games we played in between, the clues! Everyone got into character and really dressed up. This was such a flawless way to plan a party. This website thought of everything! We took all the suggestions and got some awesome props from the store. We made it very official! As the party host of the group I loved that all the hard work was done for me. We will be making this a tradition from here on out. I totally recommend it to anyone looking to have some fun inside activities to do during this crazy time we are experiencing.
We played this with our « bubble group » for Halloween. We had a blast! Everyone really got into character which makes the night! Age ranges from 13 to 60. I have hosted a murder mystery In the past which helped planning for this event. If you are new to murder mysteries take your time and read through everything (lots of reading). Make sure not To partake in to many glasses of Punch if you are hosting as you will want To pay attention to make sure all the needed activities take place. I would definitely do another murder mystery again. We laughed all night