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I want to run a murder mystery party. Basically, a party where, in addition to all the drinking and dancing, there's also a murder investigation LARP going on.

At first, I was thinking of designing the game myself, but surely there's already something out there for the needs of people like me.

What systems, books, sets or something pre-made would you recommend? Preferably stuff you tried yourself.

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As this is a system-recommendation question, please adhere to both the FAQ and the rules for subjective questions as outlined in Good Subjective, Bad Subjective and on our Meta. In particular, all responses should be based on actual experience and contain references and examples whenever possible. – mxyzplk Jan 10 '13 at 4:20

There are a lot of these available. See: Murder Mystery Game. In the UK I have seen lots of these in charity shops for next to nothing unused. There was a time a few years back when they where Christmas presents which a lot of people never even opened them.

See here for some Examples.

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We decided to try a murder mystery for Halloween. I can recommend it because we had great success with it. The kit we purchased is called Four Dueces. Dinner and casino games are a great way to warm people up to their characters.

We also wanted to create our own Lovecraftian/Occult murder mystery event, but decided to use a kit this year since it was easier. Maybe next time. At least now we have a better idea what to expect from our group of friends.

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