Large group mystery games come in a variety of formats and you need to pick a format that will work best for you and your venue.
At Red Herring Games we sell a variety of games which may suit, from single stage performances to multi-room performances that will get your guests visiting many different rooms.
Some games work best conducted at a table – the perfect choice for mystery meals. These come in a variety of formats, from passing paper clues, to interviewing cast at tables.
Other games are run with guests visiting different rooms and listening to cast talking. This is great for people who might not accommodate all their guests in one room, or for large manor houses or hotel venues trying to show off their premises, or cater for vast amounts of guests. The multi-room games can be run without a sit down meal, you simply need to decide whether you want any refreshments, and if so what type.
How do you select the right large group game for you?
So first of all decide what type of event to run: a sit down meal style event, or a multi-room event.
How do you pick between them?
Well, firstly what kind of venue do you have available?
Secondly how many people can you fit into the building / do you want to take part? (Obviously if using the game for fundraising, the more participants the more money you make!)
Thirdly, how much effort do you want to go to? Some of these mysteries require prop clues; others simply require easy to obtain props and some printed paper clues.
Fourthly how are you going to cast the event? Do you want your friends, family or your usual staff to become the actors for the evening or are you going to employ a team of actors? (Bearing in mind of course that actors raise costs.)
Only you know what money, time and help you have available to run an event, so we cannot provide any hard and fast rules, but if you need help picking a game, contact us at Red Herring Games and we will try to advise you.
As a rough guide:
Character Based games can be run in many different ways.
For a sit down meal we suggest using option 2a, where the guests are given the question (clues) to ask the cast, and the cast move around the tables answering the table’s questions.
Or option 2 b where a cast member is placed on each table, and the clues are spread between the tables of guests. During the event each table takes it in turn to ask their specific questions and listens to the replies generated from their question as well as those from other tables’ questions.
For a mingling event, or a youth group style event, then option 1 is good fun. Simply place a cast member in a different area of a room, or in different rooms in a house / church, and then get the guests running between them asking questions and finding out answers and more questions as they go.
These types of games work best with numbers between 24 and 100.
To find out more information about Character Based single room games click here Character based, single room large group games
Clue based semi scripted games operate best at a table and a usually used with a sit down meal. For these games you need seven cast. The scripts are small and are easily learned by complete amateurs. Written clues need to be printed out and cut up prior to the event and on the night these are passed around by the guests.
These games are immensely popular, as there is very little preparation, rehearsal or props required.
These types of games work best with numbers between 50 and 250. Though be aware with larger numbers you will probably need microphones for the cast.
To find out more information about Written clue based semi-scripted games click here Clue based semi-scripted games
Cast based multi-room games. These are not sit-down events and are great for fundraising, small bed and breakfasts or large hotels wanting to make the best use of their space and invite maximum participants. If wished a buffet can be made available in a separate room, or in all the rooms used, for guests to pick at on their way around.
These games are hugely popular as they require guests to really get into the whole interrogation thing and are, of course, great fun.
On the downside, these games are time consuming to prepare, and require a dedicated cast who are prepared to learn their lines and act throughout the night, as well as an array of props.
These games can be adapted to run from single stage, and a separate information sheet is available on how to do this.
These types of games are very adaptable and work well with numbers between 50 and 500. Please be aware, the more people you have attending the more planning you will need to put into organising the event. For numbers greater than 200 you will need to think about using microphones for the cast. Also bear in mind that with greater numbers attending you must ensure that the rooms you plan to use are large enough to accomodate the number of guests!
To find out more information about Cast based, multi-room games click here Cast based, multi-room games.
Single room cast based games. These games are designed to be run over a formal dinner.
Although the cast list is smaller than the other games the cast need several rehearsals together and an ability to learn their character background and ad lib for questions and answers. These games are probably what most people consider to be “typical” mystery dinners. They are great fun, but not the first choice for a novice host unless their cast happen to come from an amateur dramatic background.
To find out more information about Cast based, single room games click here Cast based, single room games.
We can also produce games tailored to your specific venue or event given enough notice. Fees for this vary dependent on game, but prices usually start at £150. Contact us for a FREE custom game quote.
To view our large group murder mystery game catalogue click here. Large Group Murder Mystery Games
Still need help choosing? Then contact us for advice and support.