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Mystery In The Library — A Mystery Party Card Game

The characters come out of their books at night to frolic. King Henry VIII – has disappeared. Who rid the library of the King?

Mystery In The Library — A Mystery Party Card Game

The characters come out of their books at night to frolic. King Henry VIII – has disappeared. Who rid the library of the King?

$648
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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, October 9 2019 4:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 9, 2019

About

MYSTERY IN THE LIBRARY

The other night, when many characters were out of their books enjoying a sojourn in the night air, a crime was committed, grim and grave, right in our own library. As a result, his Majesty Henry VIII — that famous monarch from the English history books — has disappeared. Gathered are the characters that were present at the time of the nasty deed. The perpetrator of this heinous crime will no doubt be revealed as the party proceeds.

HOW IT WORKS:

This is "mystery" not a "murder mystery". It is suitable for anyone aged 9 years and upwards and is good, clean fun.

This deck is for 8 to 30 guests.

There are 3 different endings, each with a different person who did it.

Most of the cards support Version A, but there are additions to the report and Who Did It cards for Versions B and C.

See a sample of the host guide.

8 SUSPECTS: 

Alice (from Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland), Huck Finn, Cinderella, Pinocchio, Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Pan, Goldilocks and Aladdin.

INCLUDED:

  •  5 Host Guide Cards: Invitations, Décor suggestions, Preparing props (optional), Menu suggestions, Preparing prizes (optional), Running the party, “The Rules” (4 sides).
  • 30 Nametags / Descriptions and Dress Suggestions
  •  96 Clue Cards: A1, A2, and A3
  • 3 Special Investigator’s Report Cards
  •  7 Who Did It Cards: Don’t let anyone read these before the end of the party.

RUNNING THE PARTY:

  • Decide if you are using Version A, B or C. 
  • Invite your guests and let them know which character you want them to play. Refer them to a special webpage where they can see their character's description and dress suggestions. Tell your guests to read the suspect descriptions before the party as sometimes clues are hidden in them. 
  • Put each nametag card (with description on the back) in a lanyard badge holder and give it to each person as they arrive. 
  • Read out the Rules Cards (then leave them on the table for late arrivals).
  • Have the 8 suspects read out their descriptions to the group (but not dress suggestions). 
  • Hand out the clue cards. Note who it is to be said by (i.e., either a character or “anyone” except the suspects it mentions).
  • Most clues are statements. They can say their clue in their own words as long as they don’t change the meaning. If someone has a question for a suspect, they will have a response on one of their cards. 
  • For small parties of 16 or less guests, there are 3 acts and everyone goes around the group and says a clue and repeats that until all the clues have been said for each act. Anyone can go first as long as it isn't a response card.
  • For larger parties, you ignore the "act numbers" and everyone just mingles and talks about their clue cards.
  • Later a report is read out to the whole group. 
  • Everyone should write down who they think did it and how and why they did it. 
  • The suspects read out the Who Did It? cards.

WHAT HAVE PEOPLE SAID ABOUT THIS GAME:

alexis taylor March 2, 2019

"Did the party for a church group. It was amazing! Everyone had so much fun and talked about for days after. It’s still one of my favorite parties."

Jessica December 18, 2018

"This was my first time hosting a mystery dinner. I loved the setting and characters. It was a great story."

Anonymous  May 11, 2018

"I used this in a primary class for speaking and listening activity. The kids thoroughly enjoyed it – some found it harder than others – but they did manage to work out the correct answer. I found it great that all the parts were already given and the clues could be given out accordingly – I gave some more than others. Definitely keep my eye out for any others that come out."

“Hi Stephanie! Remember me? I purchased the script for our teacher appreciation dinner. We held the event on Friday night and I cannot tell you what a huge success it turned out to be. We spent three long evenings decorating for this event and when you walked in to the room you really thought you had walked in to an old English library. We had wonderful scenes of Sherlock Holmes and Alice with the Queen of Hearts on the wall.

We are fortunate to have several artists on staff. The teachers gave … with their costume, most going out and renting very elaborate outfits. The script was wonderfully written, my staff ad-libbed beautifully.

We laughed for 4 hours straight. What a wonderful evening we had. The classified staff dressed as English maids and butlers in black and white and we served grilled steak or chicken, serving approximately 110 people. It was a night to remember and I am hearing the same sentiments from the entire staff. They are wanting a repeat for next year! Whew! It was a tremendous amount of work but it all paid off. Thank you for helping to make this evening so very special! Sincerely, Laura Fox”

“Mystery in the Library” (fairy tale version) has entertained a few Church Youth Groups. We had Goldilocks bring her own porridge, Dorothy brought Toto and the Wicked Witch of the West was SO green. Huck Finn brought his fishing rod and Robin Hood his bow and arrows.” Tina McIntosh

“We had a fantastic time with our 8th grade middleschoolers. It was a bonding and team building time and this wonderful game brought incredible memories and fantastic anticipation for more of these mystery games to come. I had college kids help with cooking and decorations and now they’re asking when it’s their turn to play. Thank you for an unforgettable evening!!! The kids and parents still talk about that “magical” evening! Thank you very much!! Tina”

“I hosted a surprise 16th birthday party for my son. The theme was Mystery in the Library. The youngest was 1 and the oldest was 85. We had so much fun! The play was great and allowed everyone to participate. I decorated with books from the mystery and also my son’s favorite books. He is an avid reader and loved all the costumes and books! We had a great evening and would recommend this mystery to anyone wanting to entertain a wide range of ages. Thanks so much! I am entering the decor contest. Sincerely, Melissa Eakle”

“It was fabulous!!! Whoever thought that a bunch of grownups could have so much fun dressing up as mostly storybook characters? Since everyone was given a character assignment, they spent their time simply working on their character and not wasting time trying to figure out what to be. Definitely a plus. Our party was held Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008. The weather for the weeks before was beautiful, but for party night it was a downpour of much-needed rain. That meant that all the vignets we had planned to decorate around which were to be outside had to come inside. Last minute decorating! What we did was make up 10 vignets to honor the 10 suspects. We had a ton of fun just planning what it would look like.

It was interesting to watch the evening unfold. At first people weren’t sure what to do, but as they started chatting and reading their clues, they definitely got into the swing of things. One group of about 10 were found sitting in the family room, and they were discussing in a quite serious manner, about whether Aladdin was at such-and-such a place, and could he have done it! What a hoot. No politics. Just real sleuthing and concern for Henry VIII. When we gathered back in the library/living room by the fireplace, we went around the room and each character explained who they thought did the deed and why. It was amazing how high-powered executives could spend their time solving this “crime”! Everyone had a blast and said it was probably the best party they had ever been to. Better yet, we have to come up with another one for next year!!! So, thank you so much.

Sincerely, Kathy McCann ”

“We had a wonderful time decorating and putting on this mystery dinner! Our youth group has successfully used the mystery dinner for two years now, as a fundraiser to pay for our mission trip this summer. I have a number of wonderful pictures, especially one of the cake that our talented rector’s wife created for this event!

But I can only attach one, and was so proud of our youth for coming up with the idea of themed tables and creating runners for each table with drawings of different stories (they used many Disney stories and fairy tales). The attached Little Mermaid theme was one of my favorites!

Again, many wonderful costumes, but we had a costume contest and these two were voted the best overall! Wish I could send more!” Traci Stevens

“Hi all! My name is Tara Hendrickson. I purchased your Mystery in the Library kit and we just had the party today! The party was a huge success! I had 23 people participate, including myself.

The costumes were so creative. The acting was amazing. People really got into their characters…sometimes to their detriment because they were making up information before they had heard all of the clues! It was great to see the dedication though.

I didn’t actually play the game, but was there as Sherlock Holmes to help make sure it flowed smoothly. I loved hearing everyone come up with theories about the King and whisper to each other behind other characters’ backs.

For decor I made 10 hand-drawn pictures of storybooks with the suspects missing from the pages and hung signs from the ceiling with Dewey Decimal sections of the library listed. With a bunch of books strewn throughout the house, it really made you feel like you were in a library! Thank you so much for a great time had by all. I look forward to future parties with you! Tara Hendrickson”

Risks and challenges

To make the card decks more affordable, I have to print at least 1000 decks at one time. This is very expensive and risky as I don't know what the demand will be. My small apartment could end up full of cartons of decks from floor to ceiling, so that's why I have decided to have this Kickstarter campaign before I send it to the printers. The printer I am using seems to be quick, so I am really hoping to get the games to everyone early in December so you can send it to friends and family as a holiday gift.

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