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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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102205 Features: -Class of 54. -For 8 people. Game: -Party Games. Product Type: -Party Games. For Ages...: -12 Years And Up. Gender: -Boy/Girl. Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: -2.5 Inches. Overall Width - Side to Side: -8.5 Inches. Overall Depth - Front to Back: -10.5 Inches. Overall Product Weight: -2 Pounds.

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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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Product Dimensions 10.5 x 8.5 x 3 inches
Item Weight 2.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B00000DMBT
Item model number 102205
Manufacturer recommended age 17 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #137,454 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#3,913 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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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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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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Just received this and will be using it in a few weeks. Have played two of these games in the '80s and loved them. What's nice about this is they now use a CD instead of audio tape. The participants dress for their part and we eat, drink, laugh and at the end of the evening - the murderer is revealed. Very fun. This seller was quick to ship and the game arrived in brand new condition. Received this in 2 days because of Prime, which I suggest highly!!
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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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We'd used earlier kits in this series, and find them fun and dependable. The inclusion of a cassette tape is rather outdated, and we didn't play the tape but shared the info in a more dynamic fashion. We also expanded the roles to 12 by inventing some characters who seemed to have an equally good time--perhaps a better time as they knew they weren't suspects!
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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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I wish they would come out with newer versions of these awesome games. Cassette tapes are a little....difficult to play nowadays if you haven't hung on to a cassette player. However, these games are so much fun, especially if you have friends who like to laugh and are good sports. We have had two of these parties now and have gone all out. They were both a blast. You can only play once, but I think it's worth it. Pass it along to someone else to enjoy when you are done.
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just opened box in preparation for party and one of the MAIN items is a CASSETTE TAPE ?!?!? I do not have an antique cassette player ( or 8 track for that matter) so no party and $45 down the toilet cuz I am 3 ?!?!? days late to return ?!?!? When I order an item I have the expectation that it is from this century ?!?!? hey ad said it was a CD ..No Mention of tape Amazon participating in bait and switch false advertising... so disappointed in you AMAZON
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