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Organizing a Murder

DOWNLOADABLES

Impressive downloadable game kits from Freeform Games for a wide range of players and ages.

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Crime scene tape

Whichever kit you go for, don't forget this essential prop!

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Spellbound £20 - "Welcome to the Tremaine School of Magic, which is located within an ancient British castle. The castle is built at the top of a cliff and is miles from the nearest town or city. Students and Professors live in the castle during the school year, but today is the last day of school before summer break.

Last night, someone painted a red X on the Headmaster's door. This morning Professor Bennet, the Headmaster, woke up unable to remember anything. Not even his own name! Parents are convinced that the school is under some sort of magical attack, and the professors have announced that if the culprit is not caught, the school will close and will not reopen next year. Professor Riley Karlsen, the most senior teacher, is overseeing investigations. No-one may leave the school grounds before the end of the school day. Anyone caught doing so will be presumed guilty and detained for questioning.

Even with all of that going on, today is still the dreaded day of finals. Each professor will give an exam and grade the students' performance, and a full scholarship will be awarded to the student with the highest grades.
Let's hope the students' memories are working better than the unfortunate Professor Bennet's!"
Spellbound is a new game set at a magical college. It was written by Lisa Perez, who also wrote the terrific Arabian Nights game.

13-17 players

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Murder on the Dancefloor £25 - It's the 1950s, small-town USA: and tonight Flo's Diner is the place to be. It's the most popular place in town, and the local hangout for teens and adults alike. Neon lights flash out front, the checkered dancefloor sparkles inside, and the seats are polished to perfection.

Tonight the diner is set to host the town's annual Dance-off competition. Famous celebrities have arrived at the event to help judge, while many keen locals and newcomers wish to participate. As the sun sets in the sky, the diner fills with people and the night begins. The dancefloor is flashing, milkshakes and burgers are being served constantly, and there's a great vibe of enthusiasm.

But suddenly a terrifying scream echoes throughout the diner, causing panic! Local bad-boy, Ricky Johnson has been found dead in the male restroom by his best friend, Mikey Reed. Mikey found Ricky on the bathroom floor, with a fatal knife wound to his chest.

With the local police officer already at the diner, everyone is told to remain on the premises. Detective Hudson has ordered all exits and entrances to the building locked until further notice. In an effort to not completely destroy the night, however, Flo has arranged for the Dance-off to carry on as normal. With the Dance-off only an hour away, and Ricky's killer unknown, many mysteries hang in the air: so just who did commit Murder on the Dancefloor?

For adults/older teenagers - 14–20 guests and one or two hosts

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A Heroic Death £20 - "The world is in jeopardy. As usual. And as usual, it's up to the SuperHeroicJusticeDoomSquad to save the day. The problem is that they all had a big party last night, and this morning their manager Bernard was found dead on the lovely faux-sheepskin rug in their Lounge. Their secret base, the location of this party, has impenetrable defences (being inside a giant dormant volcano, naturally) and it was locked shut all night - so they have come to the realization that the killer must have been one of the Squad… or possibly their cleaner, Miguel.

Bernard was the only one who had the access code to the main computer which controls everything, and it somehow got logged out last night. Now the Heroes can neither speak to the outside world to find out what crisis is going on this time. The outside door (which is controlled by the main computer) is locked shut until the alarm system can be reset, and it has been specially made to withstand anything.
Our Heroes need to find a way to get out of the base in time to save the world - and find out which of them is a murderer, and why - before it's too late!"

A Heroic Death is set in an exciting near-future where superpowered heroes protect the world from scheming villains. The normal version includes references to alcohol, drunknenness and hangovers, and also includes a character who is a fake spiritualist feinging communing with spirits. So there’s a separate version, included free, which removes those elements so as to be suitable for kids, church groups, and other more conservative guests.

8-12 guests and one host

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A Will to Murder £20 - is set in the 1930s in Albion House, a stately dwelling in the small English village of Highthorpe. Albion House belonged to Roy O'Leary – who was murdered yesterday afternoon.

Roy O'Leary was an elderly and wealthy man, and there are several family members who may benefit from his last will and testament. O'Leary's lawyer has asked the family to gather together at Albion House, the day after the murder, to hear the reading of the will. The police are also present – because the O'Leary family are the prime suspects in the murder case.
Everyone listens respectfully, as the Lawyer reads out the will. The main clause is very simple, as O'Leary must have had a premonition or warning of his dreadful end. The whole of Roy O'Leary's splendid fortune is left to whoever identifies his murderer!"

A Will to Murder is a tribute to Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple and the other heroes of the Golden Age of English detective fiction - it's a classic country-house mystery, with a feuding family at its core, and shady secrets waiting to be revealed.

This is a game that's suitable for small parties, and that involves dressing up smartly.

For 6-9 guests plus one or two hosts, and is suitable for adults.

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The Spy Who Killed Me £20 - Welcome to Maudlin College, an institution with prestigious roots and an even more promising future. As we are nearing the end of the last term of the year, it is time to celebrate a hard year's work - in the lab, the library, and on the water - at the glorious Summer Ball. Maudlin College's best and brightest have gathered for a evening of celebration recognizing the recipients of prestigious research grants, and academic as well as athletic scholarships, which will be renewed - or not - this evening.

It should be cause for celebration - but the evening is more sedate than planned; as the musicians arrived this evening, the Head Porter announced that Beth Garnet, one of this evening's student honorees, was found dead in her room. There are whispers about that Beth lost her life because of her involvement in espionage - if that is true, she cannot be the only secret agent in the college.

This intrigue-filled murder mystery game takes place at the height of the Cold War, when ancient ivy-clad colleges became the battlegrounds in a deadly struggle between rival spies. Will you be fighting for the free world, or will you be a Red under the bed? Not to mention those other important college concerns - romance, rivalry, scholarships and the boat crew!

The Spy Who Killed Me is for 14-18 players and a host. It is suitable for adults and kids down to 15.

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Arabian Nights £25 - Welcome to Ardalan, a small kingdom ruled by a benevolent Sultan. Ardalan has its share of troubles: the city is plagued by thieves and smugglers, including a group known as the Band of Forty Thieves. Try as they might, the Sultan's guards have never succeeded in capturing the Band's leader.

However, not everything in Ardalan is corrupt. The Sultan has a beautiful daughter, Princess Almeera, who has just turned eighteen. Earlier this evening, the Sultan chose a husband for her. Dozens of princes attended the feast, but the Sultan noticed one man who was handsomer, cleverer, and richer than any of the others in attendance. So, the Sultan announced his daughter's engagement to the Prince Ala' ad-Din.

Tragically, the young prince's dead body was discovered in the marketplace only an hour later. The Sultan's guards are surrounding the marketplace, and the Grand Vizier is on his way to oversee the investigations. No-one is leaving the marketplace until the murderer is found.
Travel back on our magic carpet to a land of mystery, magic and murder! - the realm of genies, magic lamps, romance, and secret caves containing fabulous riches - the land of Arabian Nights! This game might cast you as a prince or princess, a sorcerer or spy, a beggar or a thief - the only certainty is that enchantment and wonder are in store for everybody!

Arabian Nights is for 18-24 players and a host. It is suitable for adults and kids down to 12.

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Who Shot the Sheriff? £20 - In the summer of 1869, two stagecoaches set out from the small town of Dustville on a three-day trip across the American West to San Francisco. A new source of gold has been discovered 20 miles from San Francisco, attracting miners, prospectors and businesspeople.

After two days, the stagecoaches stop for a break at a ghost town called Buzzard Creek. It’s a chance to water the horses and let everyone stretch their legs. Buzzard Creek is deserted save for a few old-timers, Sheriff Cassidy, Deputy Baxter, Good-For-Nothin’ Ned, and the employees of the Gold Nugget Saloon.

Unfortunately, before the horses are ready, a dust storm approaches. Then, gunshots ring out. In the stables, the Bartender finds Sheriff Cassidy sprawled face-down with gunshot wounds in his back, his gun lying beside him. With the passengers and townsfolk gathered in the Gold Nugget Saloon, the full force of the ferocious dust storm arrives, confining everyone inside. Everyone, including Sheriff Cassidy’s killer…

This exciting murder mystery game, set firmly in the Old West, is a prequel to the game Way out West and features some of the favourite characters from that game, in their younger days (though each game stands alone).

Who Shot the Sheriff is for 12-15 players and a host.

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Bludgeoned on Broadway £20 - It’s 1947, and along New York City’s Broadway Avenue, theatres are stuffed to capacity with anxious spectators waiting to be entertained. Inside the Arlington Theatre, it’s the first scene of the new Broadway play Olympian Days, and leading actor Jackson Turner has failed to make his grand entrance!

Why? He’s been found brutally murdered in his dressing room backstage.

We've wanted another small-player-numbers game for a long time. We've also been looking for a game set at a theatre for a long time. Now we have a terrific one of both, from new author Jennifer Vals. In Bludgeoned on Broadway players are actors, theatre staff, and local mobsters drawn into the dramatic intrigue... is there more to Jackson's death than meets the eye? Politics, finance, and personal jealousy and greed will all have a role to play in this particular tragedy.

The game is mostly for indoor play, and it has a strong costume theme -- as well as the 1940s New York setting, the actor characters are in togas. Bludgeoned on Broadway is suitable for adults and for kids down to the age of 15 or so. We don't recommend it for younger kids.

Bludgeoned on Broadway is for 8-13 players and a host.

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Curse of the Pharaoh £20/£25 - The Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt. 23 April 1894. The excavation season will soon be over, as the baking sun makes digging unbearable, but the Oxford University archaeologists lead by Sir William Saville have made a startling discovery. Tonight, the team and their guests prepare to enjoy a slap-up dinner to celebrate the uncovering of the tomb of a previously unknown XVIth Dynasty pharaoh. But while the archaeologists make merry, dark clouds gather, internal tensions among the group burst to the surface and one of the local diggers is brutally murdered.

Set in Victorian Egypt, grapple with evil from beyond the grave in this game for 6-9 guests and a host. An expanded version of this game is also available, for up to 19 guests and a host.

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Halloween Lies £25 - make Halloween special with a murder mystery! "It's award night and Tom Speed's latest film, The Vampire Detective, has just swept the board and garnered five Skellies - for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Sadly, Tom Speed's award for Best Actor was accepted posthumously by his wife, Zara Vicars, as Tom was killed in a driving accident late last night."

A murder mystery game for 16-22 guests and one or two hosts. Also includes a free kids' version, suitable for playing just with kids or a mixed family group. Note this is a variant of Hollywood Lies.

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Hollywood Lies £25/30 - It's award night and Tom Speed's latest film, Dazzled to Death, has just swept the board and garnered five Erics - for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Sadly, Tom Speed's award for Best Actor was accepted posthumously by his wife, Zara Vicars, as Tom was killed in a driving accident late last night.

Despite this note of sadness, celebrations are in full swing at the Dazzled to Death post-award party. Deals are being cut for future productions and everyone is having a good time enjoying the atmosphere and mingling with Hollywood's movers and shakers.

A murder mystery game for 16-22 guests and one or two hosts. An expanded version is available for 16-32 guests.

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Casino Fatale £25 - On the banks of the River Seine in Paris is the Hotel D'Etoile, with a casino named the Casino Fatale. Rumour has it that the casino is connected to the mysterious underworld character 'Mr X'. No one seems to know exactly who the elusive Mr X is, or what he looks like - and there are many people who would love to know. Among those trying to find Mr X are Interpol, the local police, the local organized crime family, and the agents of several countries in which Mr X is believed to operate. Tonight, however, a charity auction is being held at Casino Fatale and it has drawn all sorts to the casino - playboys, starlets, maybe even a jewel thief… Who will you play?

A murder mystery game for 15-30 guests and one or two hosts. Ideal for a big party!

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Court in the Act £25 - The Court of St James's Palace, London, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. All present have but lately arrived from the Royal premier of Master Shakespeare's latest rib-tickling comedy, Two Ladies of Venice. Now, the Queen makes merry and entertains her courtiers, guests, would-be husbands and envoys from foreign powers with a sumptuous banquet. But while all prepare to feast and frolic, dark clouds gather, the sound of war-drums is heard in the distance - and that dear old man the Archbishop of Canterbury, who surely had never an enemy in the world, is found brutally murdered.

A murder mystery game for 13-21 guests and one or two hosts.

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All at Sea £30 - It is 1914 and the First World War has just broken out. On an American cruise ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, diplomats, dignitaries and the crew must grapple with not only the outbreak of war but also the murder of Captain Bayard.

Who killed Captain Bayard - and why?

A murder mystery game for 16-33 guests and one or two hosts. Ideal for a large group.

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The Karma Club £20 - 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!

For 10 to 14 guests and a host. Suitable for aged 15 and above.

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Davy Jones' Locker £20 - It is 1785, and the Caribbean is a hotbed of violence, treachery, the occult and, of course, piracy. Tortuga, an island off the north coast of Haiti, is home not only to peaceful plantations, but also to thieves, gypsies, scavengers, voodoo queens and grave robbers. Tortuga is also a pirate stronghold and a frequent port-of-call for the most feared pirates in the Caribbean.

Tonight, the Libra, a retired warship converted for commercial use, departs from Tortuga on its journey to St. Augustine, Florida. For some of its passengers, this will prove to be a profitable journey. For others, Tortuga may be the last dry land they ever see...

In Davy Jones' Locker, this fateful journey will be played out over the course of a single evening. There are, among the passengers and crew, an ex-pirate, a gypsy, and a nun. However, not everyone is who, or what, they seem. Some (well, all) of those on board have mysterious secrets and will do anything to prevent them from being revealed.

For 9 to 11 guests and a host. Suitable for aged 15 and above.

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Lei'd to Rest £20 - It's the present day on the island of Hawaii. Lokuhai Beach is a small, isolated beach in the loneliest part of Harmony Cove. The luau started badly... the bus broke down on the way to the beach, and everyone had to walk the last fifteen minutes. Everyone's cell phones seem to be unable to reach out of the mountains to the resort (or anywhere else), and the driver has been unable to get the bus running again. One of the guests, Joe Markham, has been trying to help get it started...

For 6 to 12 guests and a host. Suitable for aged 16 and above.

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Dazzled to Death £20 - It is 1948. The socialite Evington-Browne family ("E-B" to their friends) and guests are preparing for their annual cocktail party, held by tradition at the family's hunting lodge in the White Mountains north of Boston. A fierce storm has now set in, and the party finds itself cut off from the rest of the world. This is unfortunate, as the valet of one of the guests has been found dead in the kitchen! It looks like a heart attack - but is it murder?

For 12 to 15 guests and a host.

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The Night before Christmas £20 A Christmas-themed version of Dazzled to Death. It is December 24, 1948. The socialite Evington-Browne family and guests are preparing for the annual Christmas Eve cocktail party, held by tradition at the family's hunting lodge in the White Mountains north of Boston. Snow has been falling for days - a blizzard has now set in - and the party finds itself cut off from the rest of the world. This is unfortunate, as the valet of one of the guests has been found dead in the kitchen! It looks like a heart attack - but is it murder? Can you achieve your goals, keep your secrets hidden and survive The Night before Christmas? It's up to you.

For 12 to 15 guests and a host.

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Snow Business £20 Each winter, the Harrisons and the Perrys ski in the French Alps and always rent the Chalet Flaubert. They hire the whole chalet and bring both families and friends. The holidays are usually an opportunity to relax and unwind away from the pressures of normal life, but this year has been different. Jacqui and Mariella have been arguing, Lucy has sprained her wrist, snow has cut the chalet off - and tonight, real tragedy has struck. A few minutes ago, John Morgan was found dead at the foot of the attic steps, his neck broken at an unfortunate angle. Nobody can leave the chalet; and there is no phone or radio in here... Did John fall or was he pushed? Is there a murderer in Chalet Flaubert?

For 10 to 12 guests and a host.

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Happy Birthday, R. J. £20 It is 1984 and the height of the oil boom. Harrington Oil is the most successful oil company in the state of Texas. Tonight is a lavish birthday party for R.J. Harrington held at his parents' ranch - SouthSpoon. What could possibly spoil such a joyous occasion? Join us in a thrilling evening of scheming, double-dealing and big, big shoulderpads. 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 Happy Birthday R.J.?

For 11 to 15 guests and a host.

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Way out West. £20/£25 It is the spring of 1884. America's west coast is slowly being populated with small towns full of settlers, coming to prospect for precious metals, set up ranches and run dubious saloons. Now the railway is coming! Cactus Gulch is one such small town. Founded 20 years ago, tonight it has a festive air as the townsfolk get set to start their 20th anniversary celebrations. Plus, the railway is coming! However, all is not running smoothly." This game for 10-14 guests and a host, set in the Wild West, includes a FREE special version written for kids and younger teens.

Also available in an expanded version for 10 to 24 guests and a host.

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Under the Big Top. £20 It's 1952 and Bo Bennett's Big Top Bonanza has reached Sarasota, Florida for their final show. With a successful nine month tour behind them, the performers and staff of the Bonanza are making plans for a restful and rewarding off-season.

As the curtain falls on the final Big Top performance, a select few gather in JoJo Bones' Exotic Emporium of Enigmatica (part of the Bonanza). To celebrate the successful tour, JoJo will host a night of revelry, food, drink and, this year, what JoJo has promised to be "startling revelations". Tragically, however, JoJo was killed last night. His body was found early this morning in the lions' cage, mauled by lions Gladys and Mountjoy. Since JoJo's body reeked of alcohol, preliminary reports are that he wandered into the cage in a drunken stupor.

But, the show must go on and the post-season party will continue – and so the selected performers and staff of Bo Bennett's Big Top Bonanza assemble to remember JoJo and celebrate the successful season. This may be their last chance to seal their fates for the future…

For 12 to 15 guests and a host.