Bloodwood Masquerade Murder Mystery

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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 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 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-star.jpgThis game was updated on 5/24/24 and prior versions will not be seamless.

Helpful Links:

 Host character list 

 Game Trailer Video

 Free, printable invitation 

 Bloodwood Masquerade Ball Decor Kit

 Sample game materials

 Murder mystery prop emporium

 6+ character Expansion pack #1 - Purchased separately

 16 character Expansion pack #2 - Purchased after Expansion pack #1

 Boxed version - My Mystery Party will prepare your party ready kit

 Pinterest board - more DIY food and decor

 Direct your guests here - the corresponding pre-game site at Your Mystery Party


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. 

Commercial Licensing:

If you wish to host this (or any other) game for profit &/or in public &/or as a benefit to your organization or business - you will need a commercial license. 


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 05/24/24 with minor format changes
Game license:
Single, private use. For the game license Terms and Conditions, see below.


  • 5
    Great with a class of grade 9's

    Posted by Melanie Monroe on Nov 1st 2021

    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!

  • 5
    So much fun!!!

    Posted by Jennifer Lynn Vaughn on Sep 19th 2021

    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!

  • 4
    A great time for a family or small party

    Posted by D. Burt on Aug 20th 2021

    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.

  • 5
    Serious fun

    Posted by Sharyn on Jun 26th 2021

    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!

  • 4
    Fantastic Party

    Posted by Chloe Jane on Jan 21st 2021

    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.

  • 5
    These mystery party kits are great!

    Posted by Unknown on Jan 20th 2021

    This was our 5th kids mystery party and it was great. Kids always have fun and the kit is easy to follow.

  • 5
    So much fun!

    Posted by Danielle Schmunk on Jan 4th 2021

    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.

  • 5
    Fun interactive role play!

    Posted by Jeanna on Nov 22nd 2020

    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.

  • 5
    Had so much fun

    Posted by Aubrey Hope Vunk on Nov 5th 2020

    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!