Once Upon a Murder | Boxed kit

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A fun fairytale themed murder mystery party for 7-12 guests, ages 14 to adult due to difficulty. Expansion packs include up to 40 unique players. This game may be played as all-female (with only the required players and omitting the optional males) or coed with all of the optional players included. See the host character list of the main game to see the available characters in the 12 player game. There are more character lists for the bigger kits below. 

Spoil yourself, and choose the party ready option above, and our dedicated staff will fold and slip your clue cards for rounds one, two, and three into the envelopes to prevent you from seeing spoilers on the round cards. Without the party ready option selected, you will have some assembly required with your kit and there will be spoilers upon opening the kit and viewing the rounds 2 and 3 clue cards.

The downloadable version is not seamless with this boxed set and therefore, does not come with this purchase. You'll have everything you need with the boxed set. 

5 out of 10 difficulty.

Helpful Links:

 Sample game materials

 Instant, downloadable version - no shipping, no waiting. The downloadable version does not come with the boxed set, as they are not seamless.

Kit A: 12 unique roles

 Host character list for Kit A

 Free, 12 player printable invitation

 Corresponding pre-game site for Kit A

Kit B: 19 unique roles - Expansion pack #1

 Host character list for Kit B

 Free, 19 player printable invitation

 Corresponding pre-game site for Kit B

Kit C: 26 unique roles - Expansion pack #2

 Host character list for Kit C

 Free, 26 player printable invitation

 Corresponding pre-game site for Kit C

Kit D: 33 unique roles - Expansion pack #3

 Host character list for Kit D

 Free, 33 player printable invitation

 Corresponding pre-game site for Kit D

Kit E: 40 unique roles - Expansion pack #4

 Host character list for Kit E

 Free, 40 player printable invitation

 Corresponding pre-game site for Kit E



Mystery Synopsis:

Once upon a time, there was a faraway land called the Enchanted Realm. The people of the land got along harmoniously for many centuries... that is, until Queen Black gained control of the Silver Tree Forest. It was not long before happy endings turned into nightmares, as the ruling Kingdom of Gullyshire suffered repeated attacks, and the villains began to gain control. The mystic mountains filled with nefarious monsters and were no longer safe, and wicked witches took over the charmed forest.

Queen Black has shocked the realm and has invited all of the territories to the Dark Castle of the Silver Tree Forest to sign a peace treaty. She may have evil intentions, but nonetheless, you have been invited by Queen Black, and this is where your story begins.

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If you wish to host this (or any other) game for profit, you will need a commercial license - click here.

Minimum age:
14 years
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 5/10
Gender of character roles:
Co-ed including optional players - Female (most players including required)
Minimum # of players:
7 players
Kit sizes:
5 different kit sizes ranging up to 40 total players.
Expandable teams?:
Date of publication:
May 2016
Game license:
Single, private use. For the game license's Terms and Conditions, see below.


  • 5
    Once Upon a Fantastic Time!

    Posted by Wendy Niemczak on Aug 3rd 2020

    I ordered this game for my 11-year-old's birthday dinner party. Everyone had a blast dressing up and playing their roles. Our party consisted of adults and children and it was a lot of fun. I would recommend giving your first round cards out to your guests before they arrive so they can study their characters. The recipes in the book were great and I found some fun cocktail drinks for both adults and kids online that spiced things up. If I had one criticism, I would say that the note cards for the characters had very small writing and some of our older players, Grandpas and Grandmas, had a hard time reading the print. Overall, everyone had a blast and this family recommends the "Once Upon a Murder Mystery Game."

  • 5
    Magical night of mystery and intrigue

    Posted by Fruitie Fly 354 on Jul 13th 2016

    Fabulous. I. Love. It. Well written, thought out. Instructions were simple. Mystery was challenging enough but not too challenging to where we lost interests. My guests totally got into character and I admit, I didn't think they would! Would host another...soon... becuase my friends are demanding it.