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How to Host a Murder: The Class of '54

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  • CD with period music and details of the murder, a host guide with instructions
  • Eight guest invitations and envelopes, layer name tags and individual player manuals
  • Sheet of secret clues with summary of findings, iagram of the crime scene and optional menu and costume suggestions
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  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.5 x 3 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B00000DMBT
  • Item model number: 102205
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 17 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,667 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Invite your guests to a lively evening of murder, mystery and intrigue. The long-running board game How to Host a Murder is back and theres a whole lotta shakin going on. Return to a time of malt shops, burger joints and poodle skirts to uncover a twisted plot of deceit and murder. Join the Roley High class of 1954 as they celebrate their fifth reunion with a performance by their most illustrious graduate, Rock N. Roley. You and your guests can enjoy burgers, fries and a cherry coke while you investigate the murder of a beloved rock star. Solve the murder of Rock N. Roley and expose the truth about the tragic death of Becky Sue Lamour on that fateful Homecoming night. Enjoy the taped introduction by tough cop Sergeant Joe Flighty while you and your party assume the roles of characters such as Principal R. Anton Ravon. One of the most colorful narratives in the series, the Class of ft54 includes a map of the crime scene, secret clues, guest invitations and more! Bring the game to life with costumes, props, hoppin music and some dramatic flair for an evening so fun, its almost criminal!


The Class of '54 installment of How to Host a Murder includes all the necessary items for planning and hosting a four-hour mystery dinner party for eight people. It is probably the easiest in the series for the aspiring murder-party host, but not because the mystery is easy to solve. Rather, it's because take-out burgers and fries would only enhance the game, and most of the players will have no problem putting together a costume (OK, a poodle skirt could be a bit tricky to find--but it isn't required). Nevertheless, the designers of the game's Host Guide have put together a more challenging (and more tasty) menu of brandied pot roast for ambitious hosts, and the cassette tape, featuring a malt shop atmosphere and Sargent Joe Flighty's tough-cop narrative, goes a long way toward setting the mood. After listening to the taped introduction, each of the eight players must scour the player books to find out who his or her character will be--from Joe Dierdre C. Deucer to Joseph K. Awledge. All are graduates of Roley City High's class of '54, but only one is the killer of rock star Rock N. Roley. Who will solve the murder? In addition to the Host Guide, eight player's books, and the tape, the package contains a map of the crime scene, secret clues, guest invitations, and nametags. --Patrick O'Kelley

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 5, 2010
This was my first "How to Host a Murder" game, and I must say that I was hooked! The most important aspect is your guest list; you need to invite people (friends or family) who are open-minded and have a good sense of humor; it also helps if they have a bit of the actor in them as good role-playing truly brings the characters and situations to life. I used this game as the backdrop for my Halloween party; it was a wonderful way to get all my guests to dress-up. A word of caution: as with others in the series, the story involves sexual themes and clues that are not suitable for children! The instructions are easy to follow and the costume ideas and character-histories on the invitations are terrific additions. The CD creates the mood and automatically thrusts you into the game-play, while the map (which I had laminated) maintains the board-game feel and focuses the game. I have to admit that at first I thought that it would be difficult to juggle both hosting the party and playing the game, but it worked perfectly. The only downside to these games is that they have little to no replay value, but I am looking forward to hosting another party with a new group of people and simply observing how the game develops; I honestly think that this game is enjoyable even for an observer... HAVE FUN!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lostonme83 on January 9, 2012
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These games are so much fun to do and this particular one is no exception. My friends and I (all in our mid twenties) had so much fun dressing up and getting into character. I would suggest that you make your own menu...we just had "diner food" and root beer floats buffet style, it was easier than trying to serve a full course meal AND try to act out my part at the same time. Make sure you invite outgoing friends and stress the importance of really getting into character! We have the most fun when people do crazy accents and dress to their part.

I would also suggest that when you send out the invites, you do it digitally so that you have the originals and can use it again with a different group of friends!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By red bear787 on July 14, 2012
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Our family used this game to celebrate my daughter in laws 30th birthday. I set a side table to look like a malt shop and everyone really dressed to their part. The first ten minutes we just laughed at everyone's costumes. We made 1950's type food, meatloaf, macaroni and cheese and made home made ice cream. It was a bit of work and preparation but it was really a fun night and everyone really stayed in character trying to solve the mystery.
You have to have a week or two ahead lead time to send out invites and give people time to gather their props for their costumes. We had lots of laughs and it was really a fun evening. We will do this again.
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This game was really fun, especially if you play with the right group of friends willing to dress up. Little cheesy, but that was to be expected.

I thought I was buying the newer version of this game with the CD but instead I got the cassette, which is a little harder to play nowadays. Also the name tags are not sticky, just a sheet of hard paper, so I had to find my own. The invitations did not come with costume suggestions, only in the Host Guide.
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