'Welcome to the Neighborhood'  Game Synopsis

9 - 12 guests

Ricki Mortis is beginning to realize why he purchased his new home for a song: his neighbors are loony. In the four months he's lived there, he's been accused of stealing lawn ornaments, soliciting foolish relationships, disregarding town building code, and murdering a beloved family pet. Whether or not he is guilty of these crimes remains to be solved. Nevertheless, the damage is done: The neighbors hate him. In an effort to mend fences and reverse bad first impressions, Ricki invites the neighbors to a good, old-fashioned backyard bar-be-que. But when the guests arrive, Ricki Mortis is dead. This game is especially suited for outdoor entertaining.

Time to call the cops? Well that wouldn't be any fun! Someone's got the brilliant idea to turn up the grill and transform the BBQ into a murder mystery party. The result is a night filled with cooky characters, lots of laughs, and one unforgettable who dun'it.

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  • Host Instructions
  • Guest Instructions
  • Character Descriptions
  • Character Motives
  • Game Clues
  • Print-able Invitations
  • Email-able Invitations
  • Invitation Tracking
  • Name Tags
  • Pre-Game Clues
  • Suggested Recipes
  • Tips from Other Hosts
  • Bulk Emailing Tools
  • Scripts (Large Group Games Only)
  • Cast Materials (Large Group Games Only)

Team-Building Features (Available only in Team Building version)

  • Facilitator's Instructions
  • Team Assignments Tools
  • Team Building Activities
  • Table Tents
  • Team Building Tips and Suggestions
  • Questionnaires and Team Review Tools
  • Awards

Murder Mystery Reviews

This game worked out really well. I added a crush for Hunter and a few overarching themes, like one about Max have camera's on his property. It was a little shorter than we expected, because some of the other games we have used went really long. I'm not sure if this game was worth the money we spent, but all the same I think the guests really enjoyed it. I ditched the neighbor formarlly known as Dee.
Sally T. - Minnesota
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Nice for BBQ. Had lots of fun!
Zachary - Cap-pele, Canada
Friday, May 23, 2014
After having my girlfriend almost drag me to a murder mystery party two months ago, I had such a blast that I decided to host my own murder party. This set up is great, no special decorations, and easy menu, and no costumes necessary. I ended up having 13 guests and so created the neighborhood psychic, Lady Bologna, who read palms, auras etc. Of the 13 people playing, no one guessed the murderer, and we all had an incredibly good time. I added a couple of extra motives/story lines to increase the suspicions amongst players. The props are easy to make. If you're apprehensive about hosting a murder party, this is a great one to start off with.
Peter F. - Fayetteville, NC
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
this party was such a blast. We all had so much fun. Everyone played their part so well. We all dressed for our character and we all laughed until late in the night. We hadn''t done one of these parties before so I was a bit nervous but amazingly everyone just fell into the game without a hitch. Definately a game for all skill levels.
jodi . - Lebanon,Maine
Thursday, June 09, 2011
This game was a lot fun! I used it for my sweet 16 party, and all my friends had a blast. The premisis was really interesting...
Chelsi C. - Ohio
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
They were predicting rain for the night our party was suppose to be held on, so the weekend before, when the weather was beautiful, we set up the murder scene and took crime scene photos. My husband dressed the part of Ricki (red mark and bruising on the next and all) and we placed the props in the general area where they would have been found by the investigators and then took a lot of photos from different angles. Some were close ups and some were distance shots of everything. The night of the party, we placed an outline of a dead body and caution tape around the area where we took the photos. All of our guests had to walk past this area to get to the house, so it set the scene even with the bad weather. The crime scene photos were then revealed by "Pat", who was able to obtain them due to her "secret job." It worked really well and everybody had fun. Everybody wants to do another one. We also ended up being short one required character and handled this by reassigning those clues to the other characters.
Teresa - Indiana
Thursday, May 06, 2010
I had this party for 8 13-14 y/o girls. They had a lot of fun and really got into the acting. When there isn't a script like in this game the players have to be very imaginative and not shy. If you think people will be uncomfortable acting things out and making things up you might want to try a scripted murder mystery. You must invite people who will play along. I liked being able to send invitations and info via info but would like it easier to upload photos in your character. Most pictures are gifs so it would be nice if you could just easily upload jpeg files. But all was fun and i would do it again and order again here.
Lisa M. - Columbus, OH
Monday, December 14, 2009
My 14 year old daughter hosted the murder mystery for her birthday party. All the kids really got into their roles. Some said it was the best birthday party they had ever attended. The materials were very helpful. Thanks!
Rochelle - Grants Pass, OR
Monday, November 09, 2009
We arranged this for our daughter's 13th birthday. This was the first time we'd ever done something like this, but would seriously consider doing another one! Everyone had a brilliant time and some of the guests went the extra mile with their costumes! One guest didn't show, which wasn't a problem as my husband and I hadn't assigned characters to ourselves (just to our daughter's friends), so I was able to stand in at the last minute. It certainly seemed easier having adults out of character to help those younger ones with some of their clues. All the guests are still talking about it, and some want to have a go at organising one themselves!! Great!
Beckie L. - Lincoln, England
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Game turned out to be a blast! ...The actual game play isn't very complicated and pretty easy to pull off, but is fun b/c everyone got into their roles and acted their parts. It is EXTREMELY hard to cook while everyone is there if you are the host, would be better to have someone not playing the game cook the food. But all in all, a very fun night and one person out of 11 actually solved the mystery!!
The E. - Tennessee
Saturday, June 27, 2009