Murder Mystery Party Kit Details
The guests will be playing the roles of surviving crewmembers of the wrecked pirate ship Retribution. While navigating toward a remote Caribbean island, the purported resting place of the famous Treasure of the Lost Grotto, a huge storm erupted and the ship hit a large reef, splitting the hull. The ship was within sight of the island, and nine pirates, including their leader, Captain Bartholomew Pryce, were able to salvage planks from the wreckage and use them to assist in the swim to shore. The rest of the crew perished.
Awakening from their first night on the island—spent in exhaustion on the beach—the pirates find that the captain has been murdered, and the treasure map, which he kept on his person at all times, has been stolen!
Solving the Mystery:
Now it’s up to the guests to determine who murdered the captain in order to recover the treasure map, find the treasure, and, of course, exact pirate justice!
There are 8 primary characters in this game. Read the "How to Play" section for instructions on how to play this game with more than 8 people.
- Olde Lucky, Aging Pirate: Olde Lucky has been a pirate for forty years. He’s seen a lot of action and is missing the body parts to show it. He may be going a little senile.
- Master Luftinant, Former Naval Officer: Once an officer in the Royal Navy, Master Luftinant became a pirate after a mutiny gone awry. He still maintains a certain military stiffness.
- Celine du Nuit, French Exile: Celine is a French deportee and the widow of legendary buccaneer Philippe de Berry. She uses a falsely naïve demeanor to catch her enemies off guard.
- Orphan Ollie, Cabin Boy: After losing his parents, Orphan Ollie stowed away on a merchant ship, which was subsequently captured by Captain Pryce and his crew. At only eleven years old, he is a master pickpocket.
- Ramsay Prescott, Former Privateer: Ramsay Prescott was once a crewmember on a privateering vessel, but he opted for a life of piracy after discovering the much more equitable distribution of loot amongst pirates. He always wants his fair share.
- Estella Buckham, Swashbuckling Beauty: Estella grew up in Charles Town but left home in her teens. She is quick-witted, hotheaded, and masterful with the sword.
- Sidney Sheffield, Young Aristocrat: Sidney Sheffield is the child of Baron Sheffield. Shirking noble duty, Sidney left home in search of adventure but has not yet learned how to fit in amongst pirates.
- Sawin’ Sister Sarah, Ship Doctor: Sarah was the mender of wounds, letter of blood, extractor of teeth, and remover of limbs on board the Retribution. She may also be a witch.
- Investigator: If you have more than 8 players, additional players have the option of playing the role of "Investigators". In this role the players are not suspects and do not have character backgrounds but can question the suspects and try to solve the mystery along with the other players.
Our line of 30 Minute Mysteries is specially designed for fast setup and easy play. All you need to do to get started is:
- Print out the party guide
- Gather a group of players
- Hand out character sheets and name tags
- Follow the party guide instructions
Best of all, the party facilitator can choose whether they join in the game and solve the mystery along with the other guests!
Playing the Game
While this mystery has 8 primary characters, it is designed to accommodate any number of additional players. See the "Expanded Game for Large Groups" section below if you have more than 8 players.
Each of the players will be assigned a character and given a character sheet that explains who or what their character is, what information their character knows, and how their character should respond to events that occur during the game.
The game will progress in rounds.
Round One will start with the party's host or hostess reading a script that explains the nature of the mystery that is afoot. After the introduction is read, each player at the table will share a piece of information from their character sheet, and all the other players will have an opportunity to respond to that piece of information.
Round Two begins with the host sharing a clue that should shed further light on the mystery. After the clue is revealed, the players will once again go around the table, providing another piece of information and then responding.
Round Three, the final round, begins with the host sharing the last clue. The players then go around the table a final time, sharing their last piece of information and responding to each other.
By this point, the players should have learned enough information to be able to piece together a theory about who was responsible for the murder. Each player (or team) will say the name of the person who they think is responsible. The host will then read the final page of the mystery aloud, revealing the culprit. Any player or couple who correctly guessed the identity of the killer is declared a winner.
From start to finish, the entire game should generally only require half an hour to complete.
Note: As the host or hostess, there are certain times when you will be called upon to read aloud passages from this booklet. Passages that are meant to be read aloud will be clearly labeled and contained in a gray box.
What Do I Need in Order to Play?
Our 30 Minute Mysteries are specifically designed to not require very much in the way of supplies. All you really need is:
- a table to sit around (or a large playing area where the guests can sit in a circle)
- a group of players (minimum 8 people)
- a printed copy of this booklet
- a pair of scissors (to cut out nametag placards for each character)
- pencils or pens for each player
- Scratch paper (for players to take notes on)
- Folders (to help players conceal their character sheets)
If you wish to do so, you may also choose to provide prizes for the winner or winners (any players who accurately identify the culprit). Some suggested prizes might include candy, bath and body products, homemade treats or any other small, inexpensive gift item; remember that it is possible for multiple players to win, so if you choose to offer prizes, make sure you have enough on hand!
Expanded Game For Large Groups
If you have more than 8 players, there are three ways that you can accommodate everyone:
- Investigator Role - Using this method, eight guests play the primary characters while the remainder of the guests each play the Investigator role. Players in this role are not suspects and do not have character backgrounds but can question the suspects and try to solve the mystery along with the other players.
- Teams - Each primary character can be played by 2 or more people that work together as a team. This works well if you've invited several couples to your event, but also works if you break up your guests into eight larger teams of 3 or more guests.
- Multiple Groups - If you have 16 or more guests, you can break them up into groups of 8 players and run multiple instances of the game on their own. This method is best for large events (e.g. fundraisers) where each table of people can play through the game independently. This method goes well with the Investigator method, which allows you the flexibility to add more than 8 people to any group.
You can choose whether you'd like the Standard or Expanded version of a game when you add it to your cart.
A Pryce in Blood is a 26-page downloadable PDF file that you print at home. It includes the following features:
- An introduction that explains the basic principles of running a 30-Minute Mystery
- A detailed party guidebook that will walk you through the event in a simple, easy-to-understand format
- Nametags and character sheets for each player - the character sheets include special goals and information unique to each character
- Step-by-step printing instructions
- And much more!
- I used this story-line with a group of High Schoolers learning how to conduct crime scene investigations as a warm up; and they enjoyed it. It did take them twice as long to get through all the material but it was still fun. I will use it again next year. The kids loved guessing who was the culprit and had several plausible guesses within the material.
- Sorry no food, it was during school.
- I had each character script in a folder so they could read and hide their script from others as we were in a classroom setting. I copied the "it" person's script and put it behind their first page so they could read it ahead of time. I picked a responsible teen who wouldn't give it away and it worked well.
- We has an adult Singles dinner at our Church with 72 people showing up. We fed them dinner then started the game. We had each table play so it was 8 teams going at the same time. Everyone had a great time. Some dressed up but everyone got into the parts.
- Baked potato bar and pirate cookies
- Everything was set up like a pirate ship including table setting.
- Every year I organize a small game or scavenger hunt for my family to play at out Christmas dinner. This year I wanted to do something a little different, so I decided to try out a small murder mystery game. Everyone really enjoyed it and had a blast getting into character. I had a few more players than the 8 characters, so I coupled some of them up, which still worked well! There was only one downside and that was that the murderer was too obvious too soon in the game that no one ended up guessing them because they though it was too obvious!
Overall, it was good fun, next time I'd like to try one of the longer mysteries with a bunch of my friends.
- Decorated the dinner table with all kinds of pirate themed gear, with lots of wearables for players to put on to get into character. I also took a large wooden plant and wrote 'Retribution' on it and decorated it with pirate swords, as if it were a piece of the wreckage, and put it in the middle of the table.
- For my daughters 16th birthday we had a murder mystery sleepover. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and it was the perfect length for 16yr olds. We got some simple costume props (mostly from the dollar store) and the girls enjoyed playing the parts. The fun did not end when they solved the murder and found out who stole the treasure map. We then made a treasure map that led to the first clue. Then we had a scavenger hunt which ended in finding the treasure (CANDY.)
- The scavenger hunt with clues was a great addition.
- We bought swords, hats and guns.
- I used it as an introduction to the next part of my Mystery Unit with my students. The students really enjoyed the roles and loved getting to play characters. The characters were very well written. The students had a blast!!!
The instructions were extremely clear and easy to follow.
I will definitely be using more of your products in the future!
- I am part of a VW bus/van/camper club and we call our little group of camping friends “Pirates”. When I was looking for a murder mystery to host during our annual Thanksgiving weekend campout (at the farm in Connecticut of one of our Pirate friends who played Sawin Sister Sarah) I just had to find a pirate themed mystery to do. Yours was perfect. With the wonders of technology, I was able to email scripts without seeing the pages….and each person came prepared to the farm in costume. The event was in Connecticut and we had Orphan Ollie from New Jersey, myself (Ramsey Prescott) from Long Island, NY, Master Luftinant was from Massachusetts, and the rest from Connecticut.
The girl who read the narration found it to be easy reading, thorough and clear. the hosting instructions were great.
If there is any criticism, reading the lines got a bit confusing for us actors, with some of the info on the left column and some on the right…..people got confused when they were to read which side and if they should immediately respond, or wait until it was their turn to respond.
Some confusion, however was due to our own fault as there were half a dozen non players sitting around ½ of the campfire watching us, as we all stood around the other half of the campfire acting out the play. Non player comments and laughter were sometimes distracting and they would call out who they thought the murderer was at any given time….
Due to the silliness, (yes, alcohol was involved) certain clues that the characters divulged went “unnoticed”.
Anyway….we had great fun…and thoroughly enjoyed the game…and the reasonable length of time it took to complete. I wish you had more pirate themed murder mysteries, as I do plan on doing one again… I’ll just have to look at the other themes you offer.
- I loved reading thru the material for the murder mystery and was very excited to do it for my Son’s Halloween classroom party. He is in 6th grade, so this was mostly 11 and 12 year olds. However, the material was a little over their heads and they had a hard time following along. I picked this theme because it seemed the most age appropriate for this group. I took a chance that it would work well for this age group, but I think it would be fun with a group of older kids who could follow along a bit better.