A Pryce in Blood
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!
A Pryce in Blood is suitable for 8 guests (or 8 teams), including the host or hostess. The available characters include:
- 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.
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 together a group of players
- Hand out character sheets and name tags
- Follow along with the 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
30 Minute Mysteries are intended to be played around a table by eight people (or up to eight couples). 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.
Next Round Two begins with the facilitator 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.
After the second time around the table, the game will proceed to the Final Round. The Final Round begins with the facilitator 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 couple) will say the name of the person who they think is responsible. The facilitator 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 (the minimum is eight; if you have more than eight, multiple guests can work together to play the same character)
- 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)
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!