'The Railburn Affair'  Game Synopsis

9 - 12 Guests

Canvassed in the Majestic Rocky Mountains, the Stanford Alpine Hotel basks in the graciousness of a by-gone era. It is 1936, and a well known railroad baron is found dead on the premises. The guests of the Hotel, the fashionable elite of the early 20th Century, are now all suspects.

An adult mystery party with lots of interesting relationships, captured in a Roaring 20's Party Theme that will entertain 9-12 guests.

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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

Railburn Affair works great for our Inn! Intro in living room, bread and drinks with first clue, serve appetizers with second clue, serve dinner and reveal third clue. Stir up discussion at dessert. Tour of basement to go over finger print analysis then back to the living room for drinks and final reading. Dinner is officially over but the Inn and bar is open afterward.
Maxwell P. - Stowe Inn 123 Mountain Rd
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Thursday, September 19, 2013
This game was a lot of fun! It was my first time to host such a game and everyone was on to their roles once the game started. The pre-game clue help build up the excitement and everyone was curious to see and find who the real culprit was. It was fun to watch the tactics of each guest to conceal their evidences and to accuse others. This game made my birthday more memorable. Guests keep on telling me that they had fun and we are already planning our next murder mystery. The tools on this site are amazing and easy to use.
Katrina S. - San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
This was a fantastic Mystery! (and my first!) I had 15 guests, and what I really loved about this was that everyone is a suspect. Only one person guessed the murderer, and there were plenty of plot twists. I served dinner, but I honestly think it is too much for the hostess to deal with especially the first time out. I would recommend playing short parlor games between rounds accompanied by cocktails (served by Jake - we even built a makeshift bar for him in our livingroom and it was a great place for gossip) and appetizers. An awesome time was had by all!
Christine H. - Livingston, MT
Saturday, October 20, 2012
We had a blast. I had to rework some clues because we were missing an important character but with the ability to edit character clues it worked out okay! All in all a GREAT time was had by all.
The F. - South Carolina
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
We played this game at a department Christmas dinner and had a lot of fun. We were exactly 12 players and everybody dressed up in style and got into their characters quickly.
Antje H. - Barcelona, Spain
Saturday, December 17, 2011
We had a great time!!! This was our first year doing this. We would definitely come again! And we may host one of our own one day! Thanks for such a wonderful time!
Rob D.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Great game! Even after we solved the mystery people would randomly switch back to character and make Railburn jokes!! So hilariuos!
Megan C. - Orlando, FL
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The game was terrific fun, and a definite success! I booked two rooms in an old hotel, which suited the game perfectly. I almost worked closely with the manager who made sure the waitresses knew what was going on. Some players took a little time getting into character but once everyone was there in costume the sense of intrigue and the settings won them round. We even had a real policemen (called in as a favour by the Manager) call in which surprised everyone, including me! The meal and the conversations were complimented by background music of the 1920s which I got from iTunes and put onto CD. It felt very authentic and the wine also helped relax the guests. All in all a very enjoyable evening, and a very interesting plot, which made everyone think! Tips I would give others; The one thing I would do diferently if doing this again would be to have a buffet and not a sit-down meal. Making accusations across the table works OK, but there wasn't as much mingling and I think that helps to stir and cross-polinate the plot somewhat. Also, I recommend that the host has someone neutral to read the whole plot before the game as one or two characters don't have as much to do. I had to invent a character, and in doing so, I gave additional clues to those chracters who I was told had the least to do (and to do this I only had to read through part 1). I recommend this game to anyone who was a very enjoyable and thoroughly unique night!!!
Jonathan P. - Bath, England
Monday, April 26, 2010
The whole evening was a blast. The Murder Mystery game format was a wonderful setup for an evening of exciting interaction with friends and new acquaintances. And the hostess planned a delicious assortment of all types of food that truly made the evening a memorable experience. This was a superb New Year's Eve party. As long as you don't take the "game" too seriously you can have a lot of fun.
John S. - Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, February 21, 2010