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Can you guess who the murderer is?

Number of participants: 5+
For: adults.
Intensity level: Medium
Preparations: nothing
Equipment: nothing

“Murder” is a really fun game to play with a large group of people. You will need to pick a narrator first. The narrator will have all of the other players sit in a circle and close their eyes. The narrator will tap one person on the head ~
- once for murderer,
- twice for angel, and
- 3 times for detective

The narrator then tells all of the players to go to sleep, or shut their eyes. The narrator says “Murderer awaken.” The player that is the  murderer will open their eyes and no one else. The narrator will ask them “Who would you like to kill?”. The murderer will point to another player in the circle, and then close their eyes again. Then the narrator says, “Angel, awaken - who would you like to save?” and the angel will do the same thing, pointing to another player in the circle that they would like to save.  “Detective, awaken - who would you like to suspect?”. Same thing will happen again. Then everyone must open their eyes. If the murderer kills a person, that person is now announced to be dead. If the angel saved the same person that the murderer had tried to kill, they are saved. When the detective suspects the correct murderer, they win the game. Only, if the murderer can kill him first.

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3 Responses to “Murder”

  1. A Teacher says:

    Another variation to this is after everyone opens their eyes and the narrator reveals who was killed, each person guesses who the murder is. The person with the most votes dies or you can specify a certain number of votes. If there is a tie then those persons must defend their innocence.
    I also like to incorporate stories. The narrator can be creative in describing the events leading to the murder when reveling who was killed or saved. The suspects can also be creative in defending their innocence.
    This variation may be better with a larger group or to make the game end faster by eliminating suspects.

  2. A Teacher says:

    Addition to last comment:

    After the tied people defend their innocence. Everyone puts their head down again and the detective chooses the one he believes is the murder. The murder and angel also make their choices and play continues.

  3. KAV says:

    Sorry - I’m not quite following. If the person murdered isn’t saved by the Angel, what happens? Does everybody close their eyes again and another person is dead? Is the 1st dead person eliminated or continues play? Also, I don’t understand “Only if the murderer can kill him 1st.”

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