Once Upon a Murder | Mystery Party

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A fun fairytale themed murder mystery party (face-to-face traditional mingling format) for 7-12 players, 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 roles and some of the optional ones, but not all) or coed with all of the optional players included. See the host character list to see the co-ed character roles in the main game.

This is the instant download version of the game. You will have everything needed to play with the game file, nothing needs to be shipped, so you avoid waiting and shipping fees. For the party ready pack, 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).    

Five out of ten difficulty.This game was updated on 8/23/21.

Helpful Links:

 Host character list - the available roles are co-ed, but this may be played as all-female by skipping some of the optional males.
 Free, printable invitation
 Sample game materials
 7 character expansion pack #1  (Use first. Purchased separately)
 7 character expansion pack #2 (Purchased after expansion pack #1)
 7 character expansion pack #3 (Purchased after expansion pack #2)
 7 character expansion pack #4 (Purchased after expansion pack #3)
 Boxed version (Our staff will prepare for your kit)
 Free pre-game site at Your Mystery Party

Murder 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 due to difficulty
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 5/10
Gender of character roles:
Co-ed. Can be played as all-female with required roles, but there are optional males included in the game that cannot be altered to female - but they're optional.
Number of players in the main game:
12 (7 required, 5 optional)
Expansion pack(s):
Expansion packs #1, #2, #3, #4 (purchased separately)
Expandable team players:
Total 40 unique players including the main game
Date of publication:
August, 2010. Last revised 8/23/21
Game license:
Single, private use. For the game license's Terms and Conditions, see below.