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How to Host a Teen Mystery: Barbecue with the Vampire


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  • CD with period music and details of the murder, a host guide with instructions
  • 8 guest invitations and envelopes, layer name tags, 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 Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.5 x 3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: 1878875922
  • Item model number: 102369
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 - 16 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,707 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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Be there or be square, Stan A. Live

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You are invited to attend a barbecue at the very spooky castle of rock superstar Killian Killagan. It's been a long time since Killian has had a party. He's lonely, but busy recording his new album "Spawned in the USA." You'll also be celebrating the birthday of Nora Flexion - the homecoming queen of Jugular Springs High - with a special cake. Upon arriving, you discover someone is turning helpless citizens into bats. Assume the role of one of these eight eerie characters: JACQUELINE HYDE (Jackie is a health food freak and body builder by day... a party animal by night), JUAN STEPHAN LAGRAVE (Juan is the poorest kid in school. His father is an undertaker for the local Albanian Orthodox funeral home. Juan's father often promises his son the business but Juan is not thrilled about it), FREDA EVERTIN (Freda is afraid of the dark, scared of insects, terrified by animals... yet she lives in an old mansion which is said to be haunted. Her family owned the well-known amusement park Six Black Flags, but ever since it was washed away during Hurricane Vlad, they have been shrouded in mystery), DWAYNE DENARTERY (Dwayne is a slick, handsome and incredibly conceited young prince from a small Eastern European country. He expects people to treat him like royalty, and usually everyone does), ANITA LOTTA TAI-PEI (Anita is Dwayne's girlfriend and is so completely devoted to him that she waits on him like a servant. She used to be the school's best student. Popular, confident and outspoken, she is a natural leader), HOWIE BLEDSOE (Howie was the victim of a freak lawn mower accident during Hurricane Vlad. Surgeons were forced to transplant nearly every organ. Now, he stars in every sport... he creates amazing paintings... and he melts girls' hearts with the tongue of a poet), ROBIN O'POSITIVE (A child prodigy who completed college at age 12 and medical school at 15, now the state's youngest surgeon. Everyone loves Robin's sunny disposition), Killian Killagan (Reclusive and strange, this famous recording artist lives alone in a dark castle on top of Deadman's Bluff. Killian loves all things spooky: scary movies, horror books, etc. His parents were victims of a tragic Venus' flytrap encounter during Hurricane Vlad). Imagine your home as a spooky castle on a bluff as you and your friends enjoy hours of suspense and intrigue - but mainly humor - as you solve the crime over an authentic New England vampire's feast of barbecue chicken and roasted vegetables. Ages 12 to 17, eight players. So much fun, it's almost criminal.

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They had a great time playing the game.
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There were quite a few fun comments added in the Gossip About Others area - so loads of laughs.
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It was a little slow going at first but by the end they were really into it.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1999
Although the age range starts at 12, my daughter's 10th birthday was a huge success with this game. It is very complex, but all eight of the kids really got into the finest details. None of them solved it before the solution was revealed, but had a great time playing the characters and anlyzing the information anyway. From start to finish, including playing through dinner, they needed 4 1/2 hours, and even then I was pushing them along a bit. Be sure to allow enough time for the guests to discuss the mystery as much as they'd like. The downside was that they got into it so much that two of the kids had nightmares about vampires afterward! We did the decorations along with the theme, and I (Mom) dressed as a vampire to add to the atmosphere. With take-out barbeque served, this was the EASIEST, most fun birthday party I have ever done - and my daughter says that it was her favorite party ever. She wants to do the other one, and it's so easy that we'll do it this spring without the excuse of a birthday. Perfect for kids who are into mysteries - this group also loves fantasy such as Harry Ptter.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1999
When I hosted Barbecue with the Vampire for my friends ages 15-17, I found that all of us were instantly plummeted into the plot of this unique game. The characters were complex and my guests portrayed their roles well, dressing in intriguing costumes that fit in perfectly with my basement that had been transformed into a vampire's lair. We had a lot of laughs and did a lot of thinking. My only complaint was that the solution was really complicated and no one solved the mystery correctly. This game is well thought out and challenges the players to be attentive to the smallest detail. I would recommend this game to anyone who likes pretending to be someone else, solving problems, and scary movies.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Krista on June 25, 2001
Hi everyone! I am 14 years old and I was looking for a fun game for my party. My dad had a murder mystery game that seemed really fun, and it got me into looking for a teen mystery game. I found "Barbeque with a Vampire." I invited some friends over and we had a blast. Even if your guests dont wear a costume for their role, its still a lot of fun. No one knew who the vampire was in the end, but most of us had suspected him/her at one point of the game. My friends and I are definately going to play "Hot Times at Hollywood High." It really keeps you thinking of every possibility at all times. It was really well planned out. I'd definately recommend this to someone.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Diane on November 28, 2003
This game made for an easy and very entertaining birthday party for my 12-yr-old son and his friends. We got a lot of compliments from the kids who attended and their parents. The game allows for a great amount of flexibility in terms of setting, food, decor, or lack thereof. Although the game specifications say that you need to have 4 girls and 4 boys, one of the female characters (Robin O'Positive) and one of the male characters (Killian Killagan)can be played as either gender, so you can have a 5/3 split with either gender in the majority. The costume suggestions were easy to follow and could be done minimalistically--everyone who came to our son's party had worn some degree of costume, which helped the kids keep the characters straight during the game.
"Take-out" rotisserie chicken with BBQ sauce and snack-sized jelly-filled sponge cakes from the grocery store are good party fare to go with the vampire theme. An adult moderator is indispesible for keeping the game moving and for re-speaking any clues that are mumbled or spoken too softly for the whole group to hear. Our group of 11-14 yr-olds finished the game in four hours, which included breaks for lunch, birthday cake, and gift opening.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2000
As far as themed parties go--this is fabulous. My daughter chose this for her themed birthday party this year and what a hit! The girls all aged 12 really got into the characters. The game took 4 hours but the time flew by. Although no one guessed the culprit, thier guesses where well thought out.
The only recommendation I have is to make sure all the guests that you invite can attend. Have alternate guests in mind in case someone cannot show up. We had 2 no shows, but were lucky that Mom(me) and Grandma were willing to assume roles. Without all players the game is unplayable.
It is wonderfully entertaining and well thought out. Everything is included and it even gives you time tables and menu ideas.
I would recommended this game to anyone--Great fun!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Randi on May 25, 2004
I have gotten both "Barbecue with the Vampire" and "Roswell that ends well" for my 14th and 15th birthday parties. I must admit that both are exalent and have the guests talking about it for years (yes that's right years!) but Roswell that Ends Well has a much better story line.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1999
An overwhelming success at my daughter's eleventh birthday party. The difficulty level was challenging but manageable for the 11-year-old guests. They all came imaginatively dressed for their pre-assigned roles, we had the room decorated like a spooky castle, daughter and I played our roles right from the beginning, and the weather cooperated by adding a clap of thunder as people arrived! Appropriate food was prepared by dad at the bbq. It took a lot of management by mom to keep everything on track but the kids had the best time ever, guests asked for information to order the other game in the series for their parties.
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