The Karma Club (10–14) 15+
The Karma Club – a 1960s murder mystery party game with a hippy setting for 10 to 14 guests.
The Karma Club – a 1960s murder mystery party game with a hippy setting for 10 to 14 guests
"The Karma Club was the best one so far!"
Harriet Smith, United Kingdom
Recommended for ages 15+
Written by Mark Schaefer
The Karma Club is a dinner party murder mystery game for 10 to 14 guests and a host – download the free introductory pdf file.
Join us in a thrilling evening of love, peace, music and murder You will be in the middle of the action and it will be up to you to wheel and deal with the other guests. Can you achieve your goals, keep your secrets hidden and survive The Karma Club? It's up to you.
The Karma Club
The Karma Club is set in the lodge of the Karma Club commune in Wells River, New Hampshire. The commune has been hosting a sending-off party for their guests, rock band Marmalade Skies.
Marmalade Skies had been invited to perform at a 3-day rock concert in Woodstock. Unfortunately their tour bus has broken down. Unable to make it to the concert, they are spending the weekend at the Karma Club commune before embarking on a 5-month U.S. tour.
The tour bus is now fixed and in the morning Marmalade Skies resume their tour. Tonight is the chance for one last party. Unfortunately, it has been marked by tragedy - Marvin Stank, Marmalade Skies's manager, has been found murdered!
Break out your bellbottom jeans, wide belts, tie-dyed and paisley shirts - and join us at The Karma Club!
The Karma Club lasts for about four hours and is suited to an evening. It is often played over a meal – a finger buffet if possible to allow guests to circulate and talk in private.
The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game, a cast list of all the characters, and a copy of the Wells River Gazette – plus details of how to buy the game.
These are the characters in The Karma Club:
- Abbot "Abbie" Rosen – Founder and leader of the commune.
- Axel Maddox – Drummer, and prankster of the band.
- Bobby Stank – Head roadie, Marvin Stank's brother.
- Flower Mason – Commune member.
- Guinevere Stone – Commune member and mother of 18-month-old Sunshine.
- Jackie Nichols – Local folk singer, opening act for Marmalade Skies.
- Judy Stank – Bass, and Marvin Stank's widow.
- Lee Melvick – Lead guitar, the party-boy of the band.
- Moonbeam Baxter – Recent commune member.
- Pony Noonan – Long-time member of the commune and something of a rebel.
- Sam Spears – Executive with Groovytunes Records.
- Sandy McVee – Wells River citizen, avid Marmalade Skies fan, owner and sole employee of "Sandy's Memorabilia & Collectibles".
- Snow Diamond – Commune member.
- Suzy Dickerson – Lead vocals and Marmalade Skies' songwriter.
How Freeform Games Murder Mysteries Work
The Karma Club is unlike many murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a murder, most of the characters have more important things to do than to investigate it. And the killing may not be over – it is unlikely that everyone will survive the remainder of the evening!
The Karma Club is played just like a murder mystery game. You may be trying to solve the murder, but primarily you are (initially at least) concentrating on your own goals and objectives. Unlike most boxed murder mystery games, The Karma Club lets you decide how to achieve your goals and thwart your enemies.
On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, Deputy Kozlowski, and welcomed to the Karma Club commune. They then receive their detailed backgrounds - including dark secrets, objectives and money. The fun then begins as they form alliances, blackmail each other, steal items and maybe even try to murder one another! Along the way they may uncover some of the mysteries of The Karma Club. Was this fateful collision of Marmalade Skies and the Karma Club a coincidence, or karma? Will Marmalade Skies recover and secure new management before the tour kicks off tomorrow? Or will they crack and disband under the weight of this tragedy? Where are the master tapes from the Rough Ride Home sessions? Is the Karma Club really the haven of peaceful harmony it pretends to be? What are the true identities of local bank robbers "Bonnie & Clyde?" Depending on what the players choose to do, there are several different possible endings, but finally everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.
Sometimes you have too many guests and you need more characters. So we've written a free extra character for each of our games that you can add in, and some of our customers have created their own characters for their parties and are kindly willing to share them.
Chris Champion – member of the Wells River Town Council. (Any)
(by Freeform Games)
- Chris Champion – member of the Wells River Town Council. (Any)
Please note that we haven't always tested these – and they may not tie in exactly with our games.