Murder in Cardville: A Murder-Mystery Card Game for 8 to 24 People
This is a much improved version of the card game I invented while teaching English in Beijing, China. I am still in the process of refining this game, but it is 90% there. I want to do some play balancing via computer testing and simulation but haven't had time. I also want to eventually create a networked, computer/iPhone/mobile phone version of the game.
My idea was to make a fun, interesting, and logical card game that gets the class talking and practicing English. One of my students (maybe it was more than one) had talked about some other murder card game, and I have never seen or played any (other than my own), so I came up with a simple version that I had my students play in China and that they seemed to enjoy. Below is a better version that integrates more logic and more sleuthing that I think will be even more fun for students of English; it should even be fun as a game in its own right.
My other motivating factor behind the physical (non-computer-version) card game was that it should need no special props. Required are just two decks of normal playing cards and photocopies of the supplied handout (which assists students with logical deduction). No special cards are required. For extra fun, you can make some props (like a gravestone/ghost, as noted in the specs below) but these are absolutely not necessary to enjoy the game.
The Complete Rules to Murder in Cardville
Cardville Clue Sheet (give one to each player)