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Published March 17th 2013
It's murderously good fun
How to Host a Murder is a board game franchise filled with, you guessed it, murder investigation games. It's very different from Cluedo, so don't get the two mixed up. What happens is that you get a map, a booklet about 8 characters each with their own coverstory, backstory and costume.
The aim of the game is stage by stage questioning of all the characters as their backstories are revealed stage by stage throughout the game, and thus discover the murderer and the ultimate truth. The game itself has instructions inside as well as nametags. It even has recipes for food you can make to keep in theme with the game and when you should start making them throughout the game so that everything runs smoothly. I figure, if your game gives you instructions on the food to make and when to serve it, you've got everything all set.
Another one of the great things about being able to host your own murder mystery is that you can get your friends to dress up, and if you're doing it in the privacy of your own home you can make your friends look incredibly silly if you really want to.
All the characters are designed to have interesting character traits so that they are relatively easy to dress up as. Each character has its own costume description which can be divulged to your guests without revealing their backstories. The characters vary greatly depending on which version of How to Host a Murder that you buy.
One downside however of the games is that you do need to buy them, but once you've discovered the ending, you can't really play it again with the same group of friends. It is an old-style board game with paper (yes, paper still exists in this technological day and age) and cannot be re-written! On the plus side, if you and a group of your friends all purchase a different version, you can have murder nights on a regular basis at different houses and make your way through all the different board games. So one night you'll be in England, another on a train to Paris and another in Egypt. The adventures can go on and on!
It can be a lot of fun and is good for birthdays or get-togethers as it takes little room, it's creative, there's time for food and drink and there can be a lot of laughs if everyone really gets into character.
All you need to do is get your sleuth on and investigate your friends thoroughly using either joke or real deductions to pry the truth out of them!
It can be a lot of fun but everyone has got to be willing to put in one hundred and ten percent into their acting skills to make the most of the game (and don't forget to put away the bad guy at the end of it all!) So look for it now in your nearest games store.