Due to the interactive nature of the mysteries, they are best suited for groups of 20 to about 125 guests. Because the idea is to move the action all around the room to draw active participation and discussion, rather than just performing on a stage with a scripted mystery, things like clues and motives are missed with large groups – there’s just no way that many people can see and hear everything they need to to effectively solve the mystery and have fun.
For the team building version of the games, we recommend up to 12 teams of detectives (a minimum 4 to a maximum of 10 per team) plus your team of 6 to 8 suspects (your cast), depending on the script you choose.
It will be about 1½ to 2 hours long.
For the team building version of the game, please allow approximately 2 to 2½ hours or more. You need a bit more time for the team mystery games because, in addition to solving the mystery, each team will have a project to complete during the course of the mystery (for multi-tasking and problem solving). We also highly recommend adding time for a team assessment discussion at the conclusion of the mystery. We include our nifty team assessment form with all team building versions of the game.
If you’re looking for just a one hour mystery, we can’t recommend ours. Here’s why:
It’s very difficult to fit this into one hour and leave your group satisfied and happy. The mystery will be over before they even have time to settle in to how it works and, if you select a team building version, you definitely will NOT have time to do any of the added teamwork elements we’ve built into it. See the sample timeline below.
* Is a dinner necessary?
Nope, not necessary. You should serve beverages and perhaps some finger foods but serving a meal isn’t required at all.
You can also choose to have your lunch or dinner then do the mystery after, although people’s energy levels dip after they eat, so do keep that in mind.
In the mystery games where the suspects will know whodunit:
Q. We can’t decide on a theme! What do we do?
A. Whichever script excites your primes suspects the most is the one you should do. If they’re enthusiastic about the theme and the characters, you’re half way home to a great mystery party or event.
Q. Can we edit or adapt a mystery?
Q. How do you get the crowd to listen to you for the important parts?
A. You can if you want to but it’s not necessary. Your guests will be so engaged with the suspects and the action they may not even notice decorations (we know from many, many years of experience). That being said, if you want to go all out and decorate, go for it! For games set in the past you might want to hide or remove contemporary items around your house or event location.