How To Host A Virtual Murder Mystery

With many of us living under lockdown, it is important to keep ourselves entertained. That said, some of the more common solutions (like Netflix) can only go so far. Instead of relying on these tired solutions, we encourage you to host a virtual murder mystery.

Virtual murder mysteries can be extremely fun for your friends and family. Through the power of technology, you can invite virtually anyone to join you in the fun. But having said this, the actual act of hosting a virtual murder mystery may be less clear.

In this article, we want to share some helpful tips and instructions on how to host a virtual murder mystery. By implementing these tips and insights, we’re confident that your murder mystery party will be a hit with your friends and family.


Some Helpful Tips When You Host a Murder Mystery Party

To get started, you’ll first need to select the murder mystery game that you would like to play. This is an extremely fun part of the process. The good news is that there are plenty of murder mystery games that you can purchase. As just one example, we have created many different types of mysteries, ranging from Pirate Themed to 1920s Gatsby Themed Murder Mysteries.

These are just some of our murder mystery games, however, so you’ll want to do some additional research to find a murder mystery that speaks to you. Depending on the service, there may be an in-person moderator that can emcee the murder mystery for you and your guests. If not, you will have to run and manage the murder mystery yourself (although you will be provided instructions on how to do so). 

After picking the precise murder mystery game, you must focus on the logistics. This is one of the most important parts if you want to host a murder mystery party. You’ll need to think about how you’ll connect everyone and when you’ll connect them. You likely know some of the top video conference services, which include Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Skype. While you aren’t forced to use any of these services, they are especially popular at the moment. We’re confident that one of them will work for you.

Besides your choice of video conferencing service, you’ll also need to find a block of time where your guests are available. Aim for at least 60 minutes. You want to account for any chit chat at the beginning and time to complete all necessary logistics. As for finding that block of time, emails or text messages with the group will often work.

Once your group is connected with your video conferencing service, you need to assign the roles. If you are using a facilitator, he or she will take the lead here. If not, go ahead and assign character roles to your guests. Assigning the roles before the murder mystery starts lets your guests add their personality to the game. They can create and wear intricate costumes, use detailed backdrops, and more. You’ll also want to send your guests their character packets. Finally, it doesn’t hurt to send one final reminder text or email before the virtual murder mystery begins so that your guests can come well-prepared to the event.

Finally, you can go ahead and launch the virtual murder mystery. This is where the fun begins! You can kick off the festivities by letting your guests introduce themselves. From there, you can give any final reminders about the virtual murder mystery before you start. Once it starts, keep the guests on track and have fun. Before you know it, your guests will be having a terrific time.

Get Started Today

Virtual murder mysteries can be a great way to break up the monotony of life. Even under quarantine or lockdown, we can connect with our friends and even engage in some role play.

Ultimately, when you host a virtual murder mystery, keep these insights and tips in mind. Even if you encounter some issues or roadblocks during planning or the murder mystery party itself, keep going. Don’t be afraid to improvise. By keeping your guests’ fun and satisfaction at the top of your mind, your murder mystery party will surely be a hit.