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How We Escaped the Coronavirus with a DIY Escape Room

And Chased Away the Doom and Gloom!


COVID-19 is finally here and there's no escaping it.

The first few days of our social isolation were refreshing but eventually, the boredom made its way to us. So what did we do? The High Wizards decided to throw a mini house party!

This article is a quick summary of how you can use the Envy escape room kit to add a little oomph to your mini get-togethers and fend off those social isolation blues.

Here's how we did it:

We set the mood with super smooth vibes

To start, we invited a small group of 15 curious but fearless individuals for a 1920's themed evening filled with laughs, mystery and mayhem. Fortunately, you won't need to find 15 players to have an escape room party because Envy can be played by a little as 2 players.


Breaking the ice is an essential part of any get-together. It's hard to have a good time if the evening is being weighed down by awkward half-smiles and sliding glances, so melting the ice was super important!

This is where the prop-pack (included with the escape room kit) comes into play.

The props followed the 1920's theme and allowed guests to get into character by chatting while trying on glasses, moustaches and bowties. This went on for about an hour while 1920's music played in the background, slowly making us feel like we were at a party hosted by the great Jay Gatsby himself!

Time To Get Our DIY Escape Room Party Going

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Eventually, it was time to get to the main event: our escape room game. Like any escape room party, the first step is to split the players into teams, so we divided ourselves into three teams of five.

Setting up the game is super easy. Our night full of jazz and rebellion was kickstarted in three simple steps:

  • We gave each team a printed copy of the game, markers, scissors, and some tape.
  • I read out the introduction like a Broadway voiceover.
  • Everyone jumped right in to solve the enigmatic murder mystery!
Letter & glass puzzle

Need more comprehensive setup instructions?

Letter & glass puzzle

Some Exciting Rivalries Were Formed

The fun-factor of these types of parties hinges on strong competition, so some healthy dramatic rivalry was definitely in order... and it started as soon as I yelled 'go'.

Two of the three groups scrambled from the living room to their own private meeting spots.

One group found a quiet corner behind a desk. From there, they proceeded to plot and scheme in hushed tones.

Another group took to the deepest, darkest hidey-hole they could possibly find. They opted to work stealthily by torchlight.

This competition made the 1920's nightlife practically buzz! The whole event was very competitive with each team finishing within five minutes of each other. Talk about close!

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It Was A Party To Remember

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Overall, it was a very memorable evening. The game itself engaged our minds in new and exciting ways. Once the game got started, the pandemic outside ceased to exist for an entire evening. We were having an absolute blast roaring in the 1920's alongside the Great Gatsby and Al-Capone!

Better yet, people really connected over the game. The competitive atmosphere drew teams together, and it made for a perfect bonding experience among friends.

You Can Make Your Own Escape Room Party

Unfortunately, we don't have any photos from after the game. We were all having such a good time! Everyone was in full party mode. There was some dancing, lots of chilling out, and great conversations.

This is the kind of experience that the Envy escape room kit excels at creating. Need something a little extravagant, refreshingly novel, and friendship-strengthening? Then Envy totally has you covered!

Music playlist

If you're experiencing loneliness and isolation, an at-home escape room game can transport you to another world. We can say that it certainly did so with us. Like us, you probably won't want to stop, either. It's pure child's play.

Music playlist
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It doesn't have to be a 1920's murder mystery like ours. It just has to be a scene that you can easily get lost in. Our love for the 1920's happened to be something that we had in common so that was what we did.

However, it should be noted that Envy isn't quite so suitable as a singleplayer game. Like Chess, you can play it alone (and some people really do enjoy this). However, it may not live up to its truly epic potential. Escape rooms tend to have at least two characters. We all know Sherlock Holmes isn't the same without Watson, and Batman isn't the same without Robin. So find yourself a sidekick before setting out on your grand quest!

If there are at least two people in your home and you're bored, an escape room kit could just be the adventure that you need.

We wish you the best throughout this pandemic. Have fun and please, stay safe!

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How to score an instant date night WIN with 'Envy' and some cool company

Refined chuckles rippled through the balmy evening air; an odd sound, considering a man had just been killed at this party. Yes, love was indeed in the air tonight, but so was murder, and that's not something you want to face alone.

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That's right, I invited my brother along to our Valentine's date-night-adventure.

Come now, pick your jaw off the floor! Three isn't a crowd, it's a party!

Don't believe me? Then read on, and let me lay out the tips and tricks that turned this thrilling escape room game into a major date-night win.

But first, let's meet the cast:

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Cpl. Horatio Swatchton

Renowned for his wit and sharp hair. Ladies beware!

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Lady Priscilla Belleville

A true noble, her character is as refined as her moustache.

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Mr Alexander Lockridge

Loves bow-ties and writing fun articles about date nights!

So, why exactly did inviting a third party member make our evening so spectacular?

Extra hands make light work

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Setting up the 'Envy' escape room game was ridiculously short and simple:

  1. Print
  2. Sort the papers
  3. Drop them on the desk
  4. Set up the laptop as a music/hints station.

Done. It took me three minutes! (plus print time)

However, cutting out all those props would not have been a short and simple task for my clumsy fingers.

Fortunately, my brother had my back, and he helped me get everything cut out and ready in time.

Extra help = less time cutting out moustaches = more time to spend chuckling as we solve a murder! **high five**


  • Make sure you follow the printing directions and print the game on 200 GSM paper, or you'll end up with sad, flimsy sheets like I did.
  • For extra classiness you can stick skewers to your glasses and make them easier to hold.


Letter & glass puzzle

Need more comprehensive setup instructions?

Letter & glass puzzle

More laughs = more fun!

Cpl. Swatchton's amiable demeanour easily doubled the number of laughs at the table. His quiet antics and understated humour fit in like a piece of fine decor.

While this certainly created a different atmosphere to that of a candlelit dinner, it was no less romantic. As Lady Priscilla and I locked eyes after another of my brother's sly remarks, we knew, we were happy.

Remember, your aim is to host a night that your date will remember. There is something truly special about simply having fun with a group of friends.


This escape room theme is irresistibly fun to really lean into. So be fancy!

    • Dress up all slick and polished (bonus points for staying in character all night)

    • Start the music early to help people transition into the theme

    • Alternatively, pass around the flavour text and see who can pull off the best posh accent (the suspect list is good for this).

    • NOTE: Read the intro and flavour text before starting your clock. If you have the time, you may as well have fun with it!

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We burst our bubble

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I'll be the first to admit that, as a couple, I tend to live in my own little world where the sun only ever shines on the face of my wife.

Every now and then you need to burst that bubble, so why not do it with your brother, a tragic murder, and an unclaimed inheritance?

Plus, building strong relationships with others actually makes you a far more interesting and attractive person!



Eat snacks! Everyone is a little more comfortable when there's a hearty supply of finger-snacks and tasty drink on hand. This is a perfect recipe for more relaxed interactions and a great evening!

Flirting was waaay more fun!

What's more fun than flirting? Stealth-flirting!

Having my brother around meant that we needed to tone it down... or get creative...

My wife and I made it into a game to see how badly we could flirt without being caught. Bonus points if you can distract your date from their puzzle!

My advice - while shenanigans under the table are fun… just make sure you know who you're playing footsies with!


Flirt up a storm, and make sure your date knows s/he's not forgotten.

        • Find excuses to touch each other's arms and neck.
        • Exchange little kisses.
        • Give secret, smouldering looks.
        • Take fun, wacky selfies.
        • Play footsies under the table. Etc.
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I watched and learned

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Escape rooms are a great date-night tool to begin with, as you get to see how your date performs under this weird fun/pressure combo. But add another person to the mix, and you start to see your date's character leak out into their interactions.

My wife's fun-loving side was in full swing as she happily crushed the game. However, when the clock counted down and she hit her hardest puzzle, Lady Priscilla didn't snap with the frustration. Instead, she elegantly frowned at her paper, kept calm, and carried on!

They say that pressure exposes the cracks in people's character, but this night, the cracks in my wife looked more like veins of gold!


Make sure you leave enough time before and after the game for people to hang out. Remember, the goal is to have a good time together, not get an escape room done ASAP!

He really came in clutch!

"There's only ten minutes left guys! We need to win this!"

You could feel the tension in the way we collectively frowned over the last puzzle sheet. It was do or die time, and it looked like we were going to die.

Until that is, Cpl. Swatchton flashed a full smile and attacked the answer sheet with fresh gusto.

As our clock hit only 16 seconds remaining, we pounded the table. Solved!

There's few feelings quite as exhilarating as squeaking in a win so close to defeat. And we couldn't have beaten this game without my brother's help.

There is truly strength in numbers.


Always keep communicating. When you solve a puzzle, tell everyone the answer. Read your completed paragraph out loud so that your friends know how the story is progressing. Keep your allies in the loop so they can make informed decisions.

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Stuck! If only we'd read through these winning tips beforehand...

Three is a party!

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At the end of the day, the goal is to share a fun experience with your date, and adding another close friend to the mix achieves that with flying colours!

Private, romantic dates are always fun. But you'll get plenty of those. Having a blast with the people you love gives you a treasured memory to reminisce about later.

Without my brother, there would have been less laughs, a more subdued atmosphere, and a murder that would have remained unsolved.

Thanks Cpl. Horatio Swatchton! You made our Valentine's a night to remember!

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Get the Kit. Instant Download.

Grab yourself an easy date night instant-win with the Envy escape room kit. Download today for just $29.

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Mysterious escape room experience magically made with fun and mayhem.

Instant download. Just print & party.

Risk-free with 100% money back guarantee.

A little party killed somebody...

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The illustrious Carnegie family are hosting a giant party of frivolity, laughter and a few spiked drinks. From Gatsby to Governors, everyone's invited for the riotous affair.

Unfortunately, the bloodied dead body suggests there are one too many guests. Was it a jealous lover? Or filthy blackmail? Or plain old fashioned Envy?

This is the bloody 1920's at it's worst.

How to solve puzzles


  1. Solving puzzles in this escape room involves making lateral connections between clues or completing tasks, like mazes.
  2. Start where any good investigator would - by looking at the evidence on the puzzle sheets. Some are easier to tackle than others, so check them all out to get a feel for how things work. You'll find hints further down this page if you're stuck.
  3. Write your answers on the Police Report chart. If you're not sure where an answer fits, keep solving other puzzles and use the process of elimination.
  4. Don't worry about knowing when a puzzle is solved. Each puzzle has just one way of solving it and finding the right word answer. The answer is usually a word or sometimes a two word sentence.
  5. As you complete the Police Report, a single letter from each puzzle answer will combine on the Conclusion section of the report to form a final sentence.

Wait! Remember to Snap a Selfie!


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Show off your awesome escape room party by posting a review to our Facebook page. Or, you could even tag us on Instagram using our hashtag #lockpaperscissors.

And hey, if you use BoardGameGeek, could you drop us a rating to let us know how you liked it?

However you choose to share your adventure, we'll reward you with a magical 20% discount on your next game, just for being such an awe-inspiring member of the magical guild!

Hints from Captain Farthing

Having trouble solving a puzzle? Try asking Captain Farthing using the latest contraption the department has to offer - the Phonogram.


Want More Adventure? Grab another escape party kit:

Try Escape Room Z. A Zombie Themed Escape Room Kit That Transforms Your Space Into A Nail-Biting Adventure.

It's a harder challenge, perfect for competing against your friends to become the ultimate survivor!

(Save $7 with coupon code WEROARED)

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Setup Guide

Let's Get This Party Started Old Sport

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You're about to transform your place into The Carnegie Mansion and throw a party that'll make even ol' Gatsby proud.

As the host of this event, you will prepare the game before everyone arrives. Don't worry, there are no spoilers so you'll get to enjoy every treacherous moment with your friends.

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Customizing the escape game (optional).
  2. Printing the escape kit.
  3. Setting up the puzzle sheets and props.
  4. What to do when players arrive.

1. Customize The Escape Game


Need inspiration? Check out how this teacher modified the Lost Mummy and created a thrilling new escape room game!

Just want to get playing and skip customizing? No worries just keep scrolling to the next section - Printing the Game.

However, if you'd like to dab your hand at making your own DIY escape room you can edit easily edit the game using the Builder's Kit included in the download.

It's jolly simple really. The entire game is built using MS PowerPoint, so if you're comfortable editing a Word document you have all the skills you need to become an Escape Room Designer!

How to install the Envy fonts

Start By Installing The Fonts

You'll need to install two fonts onto your computer to edit the game. Don't worry Old Sport, this is super simple.

In your game download, open the folder Designer's Kit -> Fonts. Inside you'll find two folders:

  1. Gatsby Font -> double click the file ParkLaneNF.ttf file and then click the Ok button to install it.
  2. Handwriting Font -> double click the ReenieBeanie.ttf file and then click the Ok button to install it.
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Next, Edit The Game

Just click on the Designers Guide folder inside the game download. Then open the Designers Guide.pptx file. From here you can click and drag items around, add text boxes, sort things, and even create totally new puzzles from scratch.

For example, using a real-world combination lock that has 5 letters. This would work for any puzzle answer that has a 5 letter word as the answer.

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Lastly, Export The DIY Escape Game

The easiest way to print the game is to use PowerPoint's Export feature. It's like printing only better. Click File -> Export -> Choose pdf file format & save Every slide.

You'll now have a super simple pdf that can print anywhere.

After more details on editing? Check out our Mods Guide for a full breakdown.

Print Your DIY Escape Kit

Open the PDF file Game - Envy.pdf and print the escape kit on standard paper. It's sized for US paper sizes but will still print on international paper (A4).

There's no need to use high-gloss paper or professional printing, however, you'll get the best results by printing at an office store and asking for "200 GSM Satin paper", which gives the game a sturdy authentic feel and a nice sheen.

The game is designed for teams of 2-4 players.

If you have a larger group, though, don't despair!  Just print the kit out several times and run the game as a competitive team event.

For example:

  • 2-4 players = print one copy.
  • 5-8 players = print two copies.
  • 9-12 players = print three copies.
  • 16 players = print 4 copies
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(Optional) Themed Party Posters

The Envy escape kit also includes optional posters and party invites to make the experience even more immersive. None of these are required to play the game, but if you want to go the extra mile, it's totally worth it!

To print the posters just open the folder Props->Posters and the double click the file Posters.pdf. You'll most likely only want a few of them, so when you click print, type in the page numbers separated by commas.

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(Optional) Photo Booth Props

The Envy escape kit also includes optional posters and party invites to make the experience even more immersive. None of these are required to play the game, but if you want to go the extra mile, it's totally worth it!

To print the posters just open the folder Props->Posters and the double click the file Posters.pdf. You'll most likely only want a few of them, so when you click print, type in the page numbers separated by commas.

Setup the Puzzle Sheets & Props

Envy requires players to solve 10 challenges and combine the results into a Police Report, revealing the culprit.

Simple 5 Minute Setup:

  • Place all the puzzle cards in the middle of a table.
  • You can solve them in the printed order or tackle them randomly, up to you and your party.
  • Grab some scissors, blank paper, and pens (permanent markers write best on the full-color sheets).
  • Start solving!

How To Make It More Enigmatic

Place the puzzle sheets in logical places around your room. For example, place the typewriter puzzle on top of a desk against the wall, the torn-up paper puzzle in a bin that's been knocked over, and the cocktail puzzle among a coffee table full of martini glasses.

Get The Props Ready For Photos

Cut out the photo booth props and place make a 'photo station' out of them. You can go all out and tape skewers to make them easier to hold, or double-sided tape on the back of the props so players can wear them while playing the game. The moustaches work best for this crazy affair.

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Play The Gatsby Background Music

Nothing gets the party started like swinging backbeats crafted for the bloody roaring twenties. Don't worry, there's nothing stodgy here, just pure debauchery and good vibes.

Open this Spotify playlist on your phone and test to make sure it plays. There's enough juice here for about half an hour of background music before the game starts and a full hour during the game.

When Your Guests Arrive


Welcome players and set the scene:

  • What's going on: Explain how escape rooms work, since they're still a new experience for most players. A good 'hook' is asking if anyone's played a digital escape room app.
  • How to solve puzzles: Explain that there are 10 challenges to solve, with the answers being written onto the Police Report to uncover the final word combination.
  • If playing with teams: Appoint a team leader. Teams race to finish first. Deduct 5 minutes for every hint used.

Ready to play? Then bring your wits, streets smarts, and luxurious elegance and let's get this party started!

Don't forget, if you'd like a hint during the game you can ask Captain Farthing using your Phonogram on the Hints page.

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"A night of velvet gloves, blood-stained."

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Want More Adventure? Grab another escape room party kit:

Try Escape Room ZA Zombie Themed Escape Room Kit That Transforms Your Space Into A Nail-Biting Adventure.

It's a harder challenge, perfect for competing against your friends to become the ultimate survivor!

(Save $7 with coupon code WEROARED)

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This DIY escape room kit will transform any space into the dark and enigmatic world of Envy! A 1920's Gatsby style murder mystery game of debaucherous luxury and deadly feuds. Get ready for a stay-at-home night of velvet gloves, blood-stained.

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1: Download the escape kit

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2: Print it out anywhere

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Carefree fun for 2+ adults at home

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"Really fun game."

-Liz Hollar

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"Easy with the printed kit."

- Michael Suarez

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What Is The Envy Play-At-Home Escape Room Kit?


The Envy Escape Kit is a ready-to-play party pack that transforms any room into a DIY escape room.

What's it like? Well, imagine what would happen if you mixed an escape room and a house party in a cocktail shaker.

That's Envy.

In this world, your friends will be racing to solve the murder mystery in teams of 2-4. You can have any number of teams by simply printing out the game once per team.

Best of all, there are no spoilers so you'll get to enjoy it too!


Your Friends Will Love This Theme...


The illustrious Carnegie family are hosting a giant party of frivolity, laughter and a few spiked drinks. From Gatsby to Governors, everyone's invited for the riotous affair.

Unfortunately, the bloodied dead body suggests there are one too many guests. Was it a jealous lover? Or filthy blackmail? Or plain old fashioned Envy?

This is the bloody 1920's at it's worst.

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"A little party killed somebody..."

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Why It's The Best Way To Have Fun While You're At Home:

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Saves you effort. Everything's done.

The ready to play game comes with everything you need to have your party entertainment set up in less than 30 mins.

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Saves you $$$. Everyone can play.

The whole kit costs less than 1 ticket at an escape room so everyone gets to play. Just print 1 copy for each team.

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More Fun Than Murder!

Your friends will have a great time. Seriously, we've sold over 60,000 escape room kits. These things are hot.

Bonuses You Get Inside Your Escape Room Kit:

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Posters & Facebook Invites

Transform your room with party posters and gear to set the villainous mood.

Photo booth party props

Fabulous Photo Booth Props

Wear these props and capture the moment as flappers, clappers, gangstas, & toffs.

Music playlist

Themed Party Music Playlist

Get the party started with our custom music list crafted for this murderous night.

You Also Get These Free Perks:

Full money back guarantee

Risk Free Refund Guarantee

Don't love it? We'll send you a 100% refund no questions asked.

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There's A Person Here to Help

We're here to get you un-stuck!  Just drop us a question via email or Facebook.

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Earth Friendly. Always.

Since you just print what you need, there's no wasted packaging or postage. Go you!

You Can Even Edit The Game!

Editing the DIY escape kit

Editing the Envy kit is the easiest way to try your hand at designing an escape room. After all, most of the work has been done for you.

For example, you could add a real-life combination lock or safe as the final challenge in the game, or add someone's name to one of the puzzles for a birthday or team-building day.

Seriously: Designing your own escape room puzzles and putting them all together will take at least 50 hours. Even if you're using our Escape Puzzle List and Designer's Blueprint. Comparatively, we invest 300+ hours into designing Lock Paper Scissors games. So instead, grab the kit, have fun for a few hours customizing it, then enjoy time with your crew.

And, You're Paying It Forward:

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20% of the profit from your purchase will be donated to help kids escape poverty and child trafficking in rural Thailand.

Perfect For Any Sized Group

Since you can print more copies of the game it can be played by 2 people+ all the way up to larger groups 10+ people.


Escape rooms are an epic team activity.

The problem? You can't take 30 people to one.

Solution? Just print a copy of this kit for every team of 4 players. For example, when running an escape party of 12 people just print the kit 3 times.

Then compete by racing for:

  • King of the Hill: Just finish first.
  • Cluemonger: Whoever uses the least hints but finishes in the 1-hour time limit.
  • Silent SWAT: Players can't talk (gasp!) but still need to complete the game.

Best of all, you can use the game forever once you've bought it. For example, a teacher can repeat the activity with a new class each year.

The Verdict Is In: Murderously Fun

4.8/5 stars on Facebook. We love to thrill!


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