The year is 1719 and pirates scour the sea like sharks, attacking even the most prominent of ships. Welcome aboard the pirate ship Revenge, the most feared ship on the water – and she is yar! Grisly Meed, the Captain of the Revenge was, until recently, the longest serving captain at her helm. This night, his reign has been stolen from him with a slash of a blade – his own blade – his prized treasure, the Sword of Steggan. Captain Meed has been found dead in his quarters, and his murderer could have only been a member of the crew! Now everyone aboard is a suspect in his murder, and the mutineer must be discovered and face his judgement by Davy Jones himself.
This mystery has murder and is rated 3/5 on the “clean” scale. While there is the mention of one of the suspects being the captain’s personal slave, there are no details given, no mention of sex or drugs and, as with all of our mysteries, no foul language.
So You’re Attending a Mystery Party…
Mystery parties are a lot of fun. If you have been invited to a mystery for the first time, you’re in for a real treat.
How to play a murder mystery game at a party
There has been a murder or a theft! (*gasp*!) But we all know that – that’s the reason we’re getting together, after all. The suspects, anywhere between 5 and 20, will quickly make themselves known. Perhaps you’re a suspect yourself, but you may just be an ‘investigator’ or ‘sleuth’, questioning the suspects, gathering intel and piecing together the puzzle in order to correctly cast your accusation at the end.
If you’re merely attending as an investigator, this sleuthing is the extent of your role. In preparation for the big event we recommend screening old episodes of Murder She Wrote and Agatha Christie movies. Plan out some questions in advance, like ‘where were you at the time of the murder?’ ‘can anyone verify your whereabouts?’ or ‘did you have anything against the deceased?’. From there as you ask the suspects questions, their answers will lead you to more questions. Regardless of your current experience or comfort level, you will quickly find yourself cross-interrogating suspects to identify holes in their stories.
Are you playing a suspect?
If you are attending the party as a suspect, your role is slightly more complicated – but not by much. Either before the party or as you arrive you’ll receive an information booklet, either printed or via a .PDF file on email.
This guide will tell you about your character and motives, instructions for how to play and more. All the information you will need at the party will be in your guide.
As the party begins you will be questioned by others. You will answer these questions based on the information in your guide. Feel free to bring your guide to the party to refer to. You don’t have to memorize your information – unless you want to, of course! While answering questions you will also be interrogating others.
Guess what! If you’re the killer, you won’t know it. There are a number of reasons for this that are explained further in your guide. Trust us, it’s waaaaaaay better this way.
Regardless of whether you are playing a suspect or attending a mystery party as a sleuth or investigator, you’re going to have a fantastic time, and you’ll be talking about this event for years to come. Just remember to relax and enjoy it! Have fun!
This game is NOT written in Pirate Speak. Click here to find out why not.
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