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by Stella Bella (subscribe)
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Published March 26th 2013
A strategy game offers thrilling entertainment to your guests

Are you looking for new ways to entertain your guest at your home dinner night? Or to simply enjoy a great time with your friends and family after dinner? The Murder Mystery Dinner Night will offer the suspending and thrilling fun that sets all your guests on edge and share a good laugh after the game. I have played the games on numerous occasions and it has became one of the regular entertainment programs at my house dinner nights. I hope you enjoy it as well.

What is the Murder Mystery table game?

The Murder Mystery game is a strategy game where the ultimate purpose of the game is to find out who are the murderers, also known as the mafias, to save the rest of the group from being killed by the mafias. The game is ideal for a group of 6-8 players, with two mafias among the players, known as innocent civilians.

When the cards are distributed among players, only the player himself/herself knows whether he/she is the mafia as the cards (normally use the two Jokers) would be different from the rest of the players and the players need to keep their identifications secret during the whole game.

Once all the players get their cards, the game host would imagine a drama plot and let everyone close their eyes and go to sleep. During the night time, only the two mafias are allowed to open their eyes to see who is his/her playmate while others have their eyes closed.

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When everyone wakes up and they need to try to figure out who the two mafias are and they have to use their logic to reason why, sometimes it is actually pure intuition. If they can't figure out who the mafias are during each round of the game, the mafias would kill the innocent civilians one by one after each round during the night time until the group finds out who the murderers are.

Whatever part of the strategy you use to play the game, whether you are the mafia or the innocent civilians, I guess to have a good sense of humor is important to make sure everyone enjoys the game itself rather than the results.

What do you need to host a Murder Mystery Dinner Night?

Apart from preparing a delicious meal for your guests on the day, all you need is a deck of poker cards. Maybe some reward gift packages for the winners. Also some wine and finger snack food would be great.

You can play before the dinner starts or after the dinner. I normally play it after dinner when my guests all have a chance to have a good chat over dinner and are in a good mood for a good game after dinner. It is also an ideal game to play at your family picnic or any party occasions. The players can take turns to be the game host and design their own drama plots, which I have found is also a great part of the fun.

For my other fun dinner ideas, please read my article" Top 5 Romantic Dinner Ideas" on my writer's profile page.
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Why? A thrilling table game offers your guests an interesting experience
When: At your home dinner night, at picnic, birthday parties
Where: Your home, a picnic ground, or a party venue
Cost: Free
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