Host your own Murder by Zoom

People often ask how they can host their own Murder by Zoom

Here are a few pointers as well as a few things for you to consider:

  • Buy a downloadable game from one of the many websites that offer murder mystery dinner parties
  • Work out how many players you have for your event. There are mysteries available for 2 – 20 suspects
  • People might not be up for being a character in which case most mysteries allow for additional non character detective, so they can still gather evidence and ask questions to identify the murderer, without needing to be questioned themselves.
  • Decide if you want an ad-libbing murder mystery or a scripted one? Some of your guests may prefer a script, whilst others will enjoy having suggestions and being able to embellish. Check which one you’re buying to make sure it’s what you expected
  • Are you playing or hosting? There are a few things to think about to help you decide
    • If you’re playing then you need to find a way to choose the murderer anonymously
    • If you’re hosting it can be easier for you to manage the technology, but can be less fun for you
  • What technology are you using? Zoom, Skype, Google Meet or something else? Whatever you use, how comfortable are you managing the technology? Are there ways in which you can practice before your murder mystery party?
    • If you use Zoom then you can break out into small groups to interview each other and gather your evidence. This means you have to make sure everyone meets everyone during the evening, but smaller conversations can be more inclusive. (You will need a paid Zoom account in order to go over 40 minutes)
    • If you’re using something that doesn’t have breakout rooms then you’re going to be having all the conversation in one place and that might be a challenge to make sure everyone can ask their questions. On the positive side though everyone can hear all the information so you don’t need to keep an eye on who is talking to who

As you can see, there’s a lot to think about, which is why hiring an experienced Murder by Zoom host might be the right thing for you. If you’re interested in one of our parties then you can find out more here