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DO-IT-YOURSELF Crime Scene Mystery Games

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Break Open the Secret of Creating Your Own Crime Scene Mystery Game

Crime Scene Buster – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW  to create and set up your own crime scene investigation mystery games. Whatever the age and size of your group, Crime Scene Buster can help you. buynow

Crime Scene Buster is organized into Nine Steps. Follow the steps and you end up with a CSI mystery event. Some of the steps have three parts: basic, intermediate and advanced. You only need to do the basic steps. If you are interested in a more elaborate game and/or the mechanics of putting it together, then read the intermediate and advanced sections. The intermediate and advanced sections are not necessary to this book but I feel so passionate and excited about mysteries, that once I start on the topic, I have a hard time stopping!

THE CRIME for children’s mystery parties is usually about something being stolen. The stolen item is found at the end of the game. A different crime can be used if you wish. We will use a theft for the crime example but you can just as easily pick a murder for parties with older participants. The format remains the same.
This format is based solely on clues found at the crime scene. Figuring out who had the motives, methods, and opportunity to commit the crime is a more complicated structure and not covered in this book. This book is all about the clues.

 

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21 Comments

  1. Hi.
    I’m considering doing a toned down murder mystery party for my 10 year old’s birthday. I’ve been on many websites and most of these parties involve a script. I feel like this one is more about games and dressing up but is there a script as well? If so, how much reading is there? I only ask because my daughter is very smart but is dyslexic. A party where she has to read a lot will not be much fun for her. Let me know! Thanks.

    1. Hi Jennifer – Nope, no script. There are a few things that need to be read, such as the police report, letter from the victim, and maybe one or two other things. Usually the mystery starts off at CSI Headquarters where someone reads these documents out loud to the group and the game is on – a mad scramble for clues and crime scene investigation. The bulk of the Casebook you print off is pictures. Just a heads up that you are on the DO-IT-YOURSELF Crime Scene game page and Crime Scene Buster tells you how to put together your own mystery, using the same format as the Gumshoe Detective Series. It’s super fun and can be written specifically to match your groups own interests. And it will take time to put together. If this is the route you want to go and want to chat about it first – send me your number and we can talk.

  2. Hi there. I am interested in hosting a party for my to be 9 yo. She wants what sounds like a heist during a high end party (like adult murder mysteries) but since she is only 9 I am sure we can tone it down a lot!
    The party will be in a few weeks. What should I buy or any advice?

    1. Hi Susie – I would go with Crime Scene Buster, where you make up a crime, set the crime scene up, pick six suspects and have some happy-go-lucky adults or siblings play the part and turn the party guests loose, tracking down clues and solving the case. The kids’ mysteries are more games than performances and you don’t necessarily need to have anyone play the characters. Why don’t you email me your number and we can chat so I can give you a better idea of what is involved and you can decide what works for you?

  3. What exactly is included when buying the Crime Scene Buster pkg?
    I have a month to invite and plan. I want something Super easy for a 10 yr old party. Please let me know if this would be easy and suitable!!
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Val – What you get in Crime Scene Buster are instructions to create your own simple crime scene investigation. This takes a bit of thinking about but it’s really pretty easy. You decide on what gets stolen, who the suspects are, and who did it. Then you create the clues to prove that and scatter them around. If you were interested and purchased Crime Scene Buster, we could arrange a phone call and I could help you plot it out. Won’t take long. : )

  4. Not sure if you know this, but the national theme for Cub Scout Day Camp in the US this summer is CSI and we are all planning now. I bought the Clue Buster… waiting patiently for this one 😉

  5. Can you please email me as well when this is finished. My daughter requested a CSI clue party at the end of Feb and this would be so very helpful. Thank you!

  6. When will this be available? I am planning a Pack meeting for Cub Scouts at the end of February and this would be perfect.
    Thanks

  7. Hi there

    When will this be available? My daughter would love this for her 9th birthday party. We are planing her party for November 2015

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    1. Hi Sanett – If you like we can talk on Skype, plot it together and then I’ll send you all the templates, etc that you will need for the mystery. Send me an email jrv(at)mysteryfactory.com if this is of interest to you and we’ll set up a time and talk.It’s pretty fun and we can get it all plotted out in about an hour or so. Consultation rates vary.

  8. Hi Juanita,
    Thanks so much for getting up at the crack of dawn (literally) so I could Skype you from Western Australia to talk through ideas for my daughter’s 8yr old birthday mystery party; it was wonderful to talk through it with you. I tend to over think (and therefore over complicate) things, so having your guidelines, templates and fun suggestions for my ‘Do-It-Your-Self Mystery Party’ has taken the stress out of organising the party and I’m actually really looking forward to pulling it all together. You’re brilliant with a capital B! Thanks again, I’ll send you an update and photos of the party.
    Cheers, Michelle.

    1. Thanks! It was excellent speaking with you too. I love that your daughter was already creating masterpieces for her art gallery where the theft would take place. I bet it will be a party she never forgets. Totally worth getting up at first light for : )

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