Photos from our flagship murder mystery game

Take a look at murder mystery dinner pictures from our flagship Print-and-Play game, The Morgenrood Murder Mystery!

Inspired by my historic childhood home, this game was such fun to put together. I gathered a bunch of people who didn’t know all the other guests and it became a very surreal – and unintentional – team building game!

The mystery game was a hit at my childhood home, where I had spent countless hours exploring every nook and cranny. As I grew older, the house became a source of inspiration for my love of storytelling and puzzles. So when I stumbled upon writing my own murder mystery dinner parties, I couldn’t resist putting together a new game my friends could enjoy at my childhood home.

Gathering a group of strangers, (not strangers to me, but strangers to one another) we entered into the game without knowing each other’s backgrounds or personalities. It was like stepping into a real-life whodunit scenario, with everyone on equal footing as potential suspects and detectives.

As the night progressed, tensions rose and alliances formed as we tried to solve the mystery. It was an unintentional team building exercise that brought us closer together in unexpected ways.

My childhood home in Cape Town, built in 1842. Murder Mystery Dinner Pictures

With a gorgeous, historic mansion as our location, the guest list was a mix of colleagues, acquaintances, family members and long-time friends who knew no more than 2 people each. 

At a normal dinner in Cape Town under these circumstances it would be a miracle to leave having spoken to everybody! (Apparently we’re quite cliquey?! Yikes!) But by the end of the dinner, each and every guest was 100% engaged – for three hours.  The only other time I’ve seen that was was at a headlining play on London’s West End. Seriously. I think that’s what makes Murder Mystery Guide Experiences special – they act as team building games without that being the headline of the evening!

Guests arrived and were a little nervous, so it was my job as the host to stay firmly in character and help them ease into our make believe world.

I think one of the keys to a murder mystery dinner working well is the guests intuitively being able to give other guests (and their characters) space to shine.  

Murder Mystery Dinner Pictures Tell the Tale…

We assume it will be the extroverted personalities that dominate, but often a murder mystery dinner allows introverted people to tap into a place in themselves that’s rarely seen, but really quite magnificent. 

Murder Mystery Dinner Pictures

Take Banks the Butler (Brett).  He’s a writer who loves deep conversations in small groups, but he also is part of a local theatresports company that provides entirely improvised shows to audiences, large and small.  When you meet Brett off-stage, you wouldn’t automatically imagine him on a stage, but the murder mystery dinner opened a door for him to bring his unique brand of magic to the evening.  

Completely immersed in his butler persona he capitalised on many dramatic moments that contributed significantly to the game.

Murder Mystery Dinner Pictures
Murder Mystery Dinner Pictures

Something I hadn’t ever seen before also happened at this particular murder mystery dinner.  Towards the end of the first section of the evening, while guests were still introducing themselves in character and snacking on canapés, a shared joke developed and was referenced often throughout the rest of the night.  That single joke had the power to draw every single player together and was the most prolific influence on the group’s sense of connection that night. 

The venue belongs to my parents, who kindly vacated their sanctuary for the evening (although my domestic goddess of a mother had also basically single-handedly prepared most of the food and popped in periodically to help serve and even clean up – in character!).  

The location very naturally influenced the catering too.  

A famous South African dish, bobotie (boo-boor-tee) was selected for the main course, with West Coast snoek pâté with crackers before, and a delectable caramel peppermint pudding after.     

Murder Mystery Dinner Pictures

What a beautiful way to christen the launch of the The Brilliant Murder Mystery Guide DIY eBook – with great friends, great food, great accents and great murder mystery dinner pictures!  I hope you have as much fun playing this game as we did! 

You can purchase The Morgenrood Murder Mystery Print-and-Play game, then print it out at home or at your local copy shop. You’ll also receive a link with instructions on how to play the game. Easy peasy. Enjoy!

Love Lisa

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