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Francisco J. Piña A.
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Hey there, BGG pals!!

While browsing the geek, I stopped across a genre of games I've never heard anything of: Murder Mystery party games. Not that strange, given the fact that there are no such games in the local market (the funny part is there are PLENTY or RPG stuff, and I am a GM of many games myself since 1997).

Well, the point is, I'd love to try one of these, either as a player or as a host, but I'm not sure if my current group of friends, all of them non-gamers, except for my girlfriend, who is a GIT (Gamer In Training) will enjoy it or not, so the perspective of spending $50+ on a game with uncertain reception is not very encouraging. So, if anyone can point me to any way I can get any free, introductory game, with as much instructions as possible, it will be very appreciated. Downloadable docs are preferred.

Thank you very much.
 
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Too bad you aren't in the US. These things practically line the shelves of my local thrift stores. Have you tried any in your local area?
 
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As I already mentioned, there are no Murder Mystery games in the local stores, and the thrift store concept itself is pretty unknown here in Chile, so that option is, unfortunately, out of the question
 
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I would say that these games appeal more to the "non-gamer" than the gamers (and gamers in training). In fact, the only less-than-exceptional one I ever played was with gamers who just wanted to get to the end, rather than absorb the story.

I'm astonished that it would cost $50. They're all over eBay for much less than that.
 
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You can have my shrinkwrapped copy of How to Host a Murder: The Class of '54 for the cost of shipping, if you want...... (send me a geekmail if interested)
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Randy Cox wrote:
I would say that these games appeal more to the "non-gamer" than the gamers (and gamers in training). In fact, the only less-than-exceptional one I ever played was with gamers who just wanted to get to the end, rather than absorb the story.

I'm astonished that it would cost $50. They're all over eBay for much less than that.


I have lots of gamer friends that love them but you have to get the right type of game. Most of them are scripted and not much fun at all. The How to Host a Murder series fits that category. The unscripted ones are far more fun and give everyone other objectives other than solving the murder. Check out these sites:

http://www.freeformgames.com/

http://www.dinnerandamurder.com/

http://www.nightofmystery.com/

http://www.murdermysterygames.net/index.html

These are all unscripted, downloadable, and alot more fun to play. They are almost like LARPs but with winning and losing objectives.
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phosrik wrote:
Randy Cox wrote:
I would say that these games appeal more to the "non-gamer" than the gamers (and gamers in training). In fact, the only less-than-exceptional one I ever played was with gamers who just wanted to get to the end, rather than absorb the story.

I'm astonished that it would cost $50. They're all over eBay for much less than that.


I have lots of gamer friends that love them but you have to get the right type of game. Most of them are scripted and not much fun at all. The How to Host a Murder series fits that category. The unscripted ones are far more fun and give everyone other objectives other than solving the murder. Check out these sites:

http://www.freeformgames.com/

http://www.dinnerandamurder.com/

http://www.nightofmystery.com/

http://www.murdermysterygames.net/index.html

These are all unscripted, downloadable, and alot more fun to play. They are almost like LARPs but with winning and losing objectives.

Funny. Most of the people I've played with (and some of them are avid "regular" gamers) detest the open-ended RPG-style games. They (and I) much, much, much prefer what people call the "scripted" murder mystery party games.

The only ones I know with an actual "script" are the Murder a la Carte (and that's just a one pager to start each round) and the Alfred Hitchcock game. The rest just say to mention a particular fact and to avoid talking about a particular secret. That's not at all a "script" in my book. It's just a guideline to get things going and ensure that key information is revealed.

In other words, different strokes and all that. I don't like LARPing but I love the How To Host a Murder style deduction games.
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I'm definitely in Randy's camp. I prefer the games that play in rounds such as How to Host a Murder. I can enjoy the other ones also, but not as much. It could be that I play those games when I have more people and less control of the group which affects the game play.

What I care about the most, though, is the mystery. Give me a good mystery that can be expertly deduced and I will sing your praises. That is where the one Murder a la Carte game fell short in my book.
 
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THE BUSINESS OF MURDER

This is a freeware party game of mystery and intrigue, a blend between theatre games and Clue. It is intended for seven players -- plus a host who may or may not be one of the parts. It will probably take from 2 to 4 hours. The time can be controlled by opening clues sooner. The game is played out purely by social interaction. Each person attending will be playing the part of a character in a murder mystery. They will act in character, and will know only what their character knows. Together, they will discover that a murder has been committed, and collect the facts of the murder. Then, between them, they have enough information to discover the identity of the murderer. They will discuss, accuse, and in general have fun investigating.

http://www.darkshire.net/jhkim/rpg/murder/business.html
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