By Thirteen for Halloween on Oct 23, 2008 | In Party Games
My sister reminded me today of this wonderful game I learned to play when I was in high school. While you could possibly play it with as few as four people, it is much better with a group of ten to twenty.
This should be played in a dimly lit place. Bright lights make it easier to identify the murderer.
- Take one card for each player from a deck of cards.
- Set the remaining cards aside, they will not be used.
- Show the top card from your selected pile to the group and announce aloud that this card is the card of the murderer.
- Place the card back in the pile and shuffle the stack well.
- Pass out the cards to the group and tell them not to let anyone else see the card they have been dealt.
- The one who gets the murderer’s card becomes the murderer for this round.
- Everyone joins hands.
- The murderer sets about his/her work by squeezing the hand of the person next to them a certain number amount of times. That person passes the squeezes on to the next person minus one squeeze. When a person only receives one squeeze that person is dead and must feign death in an agonizing mannor and then leave the circle.
- Everyone who is not the murderer may try to guess who the murderer is at any time. If they guess correctly they win the round. If they guess incorrectly, however, they die and leave the circle.
- People who have died are not allowed to speak.
- If there are only two people left in the circle, the murderer has won this round.
- Award the winner with a favor if you choose.
- To play another round, reshuffle the cards, pass them out and so forth.
Have fun! This game is addicting.
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