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The Terrible Castle of Baron Castaign - Mystery Party Kit


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The Terrible Castle of Baron Castaign

Add intrigue to your next party with this murder mystery game, set in a haunted castle.
Format: Mystery Party Kit
Setting: A haunted castle
Players: 8-12 (Standard Game)
13-30 (Expanded Game)
Time: 90+ minutes
Ages: Adult / Teen
Something sinister stalks the halls of Shufflemore Manor...


The Barony of Shufflemoore Woods is being plagued by wolves - or perhaps only a single wolf. The creature or creatures have been responsible for all sorts of deviltry, including the disappearance of livestock and, most recently, of Mitchell and Susannah Miller's youngest daughter. Now, several residents of the Barony have retreated to Shufflemoore Manor, seeking the protection of Baron Castaign. Several visitors have also appeared, including a trio of wandering Gypsies and a hunter who has offered up her services in tracking down and slaying the beasts that are terrorizing the Barony.

A Reluctant Protector

This party is divided into two primary segments. During the first portion of the evening the guests arrive at Shufflemoore Manor, just as a terrible storm begins building up outside. The players in the adventure include Baron Castaign and his family and servants, villagers and common folk from the surrounding Barony, and various travelers who are passing through. Though the Baron himself is a gloomy, somber man with no love for company, propriety and decorum dictate that he must provide accommodation for those in need. With the storm gathering outside, Baron Castaign reluctantly offers to feed everyone dinner and let them spend the night.


After dinner, the guests retire to their rooms to sleep. Shortly before midnight, they are awakened by a shriek of terror and find that the maid, Luella, has been killed in her bed, drained of all blood. Suspicions are immediately raised that one of the company is, in fact, a vampire. Now the players must use their wits and skills to find a way to escape from the castle before the monster in their midst kills them all.

Solving the Mystery

Guests must work together to identify the murderer. A terrible evil stalks the solemn halls of Shufflemoore Manor, and only the most clever and lucky of Baron Castaign's guests are likely to escape with their lives!


There are 12 primary suspects in this mystery, however only 8 are required to play the game. The host or hostess will play the role of the Narrator, a gamekeeper and guide who is there to run the game. Read the "How To Play" section for more information on how to play an expanded game with more than 12 guests.

Male Roles

  • Baron Venedict Castaign: Lord of Shufflemoore Manor and the nearly forgotten Barony of Shufflemoore Woods, Baron Castaign is a somber, silent man, prone to melancholy and introspection.
  • Desmond Othas: A peasant who ekes out a living cutting wood and performing rough carpentry in the Barony of Shufflemoore Woods, Desmond wears rough clothing and carries a hand axe.
  • Winston Phipps: Butler and manservant to Baron Venedict Castaign, Phipps is a formidably competent and icily professional butler.
  • Edgar: Caretaker and groundskeeper of Shufflemoore Manor, Edgar is an ill-kempt, lazy drunkard whose primary goal is to do as little work as possible while still collecting the pittance the Baron pays him.
  • Curtis: A Gypsy juggler and husband to Maven, Curtis is an outgoing entertainer always ready and able to put people at ease with his clever wit and well-timed jokes.
  • Mitchell Miller: A simple farmer who ekes out a livelihood in the Barony of Shufflemoore Woods with his wife Susannah, Mitchell has fallen on hard times with the disappearance of his daughter Krista. He has come to Shufflemoore Manor to petition the Baron's aid in locating his daughter.

Female Roles

  • Esmerelda: A Gypsy girl and occasional dancer who travels the land with her brother, Curtis, and his wife, Maven, Esmerelda is bright and vivacious, a lively sort of person who always has a cheerful comment and smile, even for strangers.
  • Maven: A Gypsy seer and wife to Curtis, Maven is wise and mysterious. She always seems to know more about people than she is inclined to let on.
  • Susannah Miller: A soft-spoken woman, Susannah is the wife of the farmer Mitchell Miller. She has recently lost her young daughter, Krista, and is heartbroken and distraught.
  • Luella: One of the maids of Shufflemoore Manor, Luella is a cheerful young woman who has aspirations of traveling to some place more cosmopolitan and compelling than Shufflemoore Woods.
  • Constance Castaign: The sister of the Baron, Constance Castaign is a dour and devoutly religious spinster.
  • Tatanya: A hunter and tracker of some skill, Tatanya is a taciturn woman, more at home in the wild than in a baron's castle. She dresses in rugged clothing and carries a pistol, something of a novelty for a woman in this time and place.

How to Play

Follow these steps to host this mystery:

  1. Each guest will each assume the role of a particular character
    Mystery Parties involve a combination of improvisational acting, storytelling, and creative problem solving. Each guest will play the part of that character throughout the course of the game. Each character has specific personality traits, goals, secrets, and information, all of which are included in the character sheet; a big part of the fun is getting into character and taking on a new, exciting role.

  2. A mysterious Event will occur
    At some point during the party, an Event will occur that will force the players to come together in order to solve a problem or unravel a mystery. Traditionally, the Event in question will be the murder of one of the characters (as played by a guest), but the parties crafted by Playing With Murder often use this basic framework to accommodate different types of Events, thereby ensuring that your guests will be surprised and entertained (even if they are veteran murder mystery party players).

  3. Solve the mystery!
    Your guests will need to use the information that their characters know (as well as additional clues that are provided during the game) to solve the mystery or overcome the problem posed by the Event. Typically this culminates in the guests voting on the identity of the murderer, but again, different parties will have different specific goals. All of our parties also come complete with additional subgames (treasure hunts, unique character goals and special puzzles) that are guaranteed to keep the action intense and your guests motivated and focused.

Expanded Game For Large Groups

If you have extra players, there are two ways that you can accommodate everyone:

  • Investigator Role - 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. Expanded Games include a PDF guide that explains how to use the Investigator role, as well as printable character sheets and name tags for anyone that is playing an Investigator.
  • Multiple Groups - It is also possible to break your guests up into groups and play multiple instances of the game at the same time. The game will more or less happen the same way; the host makes announcements and each group moves their game forward simultaneously based on the host's instructions. It's good to have one assistant in each group to answer questions and facilitate gameplay within the group. This method provides a more intimate experience for your guests, who get better acquainted with a smaller group and participate in a more digestible story.

    Please contact us if you'd like more information about how to run your party using the Multiple Groups method.

You can choose whether you'd like the Standard or Expanded version of a game when you add it to your cart.

Read more about Expanded Games here

First time hosting a murder mystery party?

Visit our How to Host a Mystery Party page to get step-by-step instructions on how to prepare for your murder mystery party.

What's Included

The Terrible Castle of Baron Castaign is a 96-page downloadable PDF file that you print at home. It includes the following features:

  • An introduction that explains the basic principles of running a mystery-party and provides specific tips on props, menu items, sound effects, combat and special tips to help make your party exciting, memorable and easy to run
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to prepare for your party
  • A detailed party guidebook that will walk you through the event in a simple, easy-to-understand format
  • Instructions on how to run the party for a large group
  • 20 pages describing the rooms in the Baron's castle, each with its own special dangers, obstacles and puzzles
  • Nametags and character sheets for each player - the character sheets include tips on costuming and role-playing, as well special goals and information unique to each character
  • Fully customizable invitations, complete with RSVP cards and guest lists
  • 45 gorgeously illustrated full-color item cards representing the different objects that the players can find and interact with in the castle
  • Voting sheets
  • Customizable awards for your guests
  • And much more!

With your purchase of The Terrible Castle of Baron Castaign you will also receive the following:

  • Step-by-step printing instructions
  • Four mp3 audio effects for use with your party
  • Instructions on how to use these audio clips to best effect

Playing With Murder offers several audio files for use with each of our Mystery Party Kits. The audio clip below provides a sample montage of the sound effects included with The Terrible Castle of Baron Castaign.

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Alternative content

The specific audio files for The Terrible Castle of Baron Castaign include:

  • The background noise of an ominous thunderstorm and the howling of wolves
  • The struggle and murder of the hapless victim, alone in the upper story of the castle at midnight
  • Wolves at the door, frantically snarling and scratching in their attempt to reach the guests
  • And more!
The Terrible Castle of Baron Castaign
By on at 08:01 AM (GMT)
  • Having previously purchased and run two other playing with murder events I was a little surprised when I read through the full game. To work effectively it was considerably more complicated than the others! However, my bunch of mixed gender 14 year olds loved it and mostly solved all the puzzles. it did take coordination to keep resting the spaces as the moved around the house and garden. The weather even put on an authentic storm for us which added to the complication. All round a great party but definitely best to allow time to think through all your locations and have an adult in reserve for resetting spaces to allow kids to find clues fresh.
Awesome Group Event
By on at 05:43 PM (GMT)
  • The Terrible Castle of Baron Castaign was more of a team building event which worked great for our High School Youth Group. The character sheets were well laid out with costuming suggestions and enough information for everyone to get into their character. I loved the strengths and weaknesses assigned to each character and how those were used by the group to overcome obstacles with in the mystery. We were able to easily adapt the set-up suggestions to our church to make the most of the story. Some rooms were more elaborately decorated and some were very simple. The Catacombs were so much fun!
  • Finger foods to allow the characters to move around and talk to everyone.
  • Strobe lights, thunder sound effects and only candlelight set the mood for the dinner.
Creepiest thing ever, but AWESOME!
By on at 12:18 AM (GMT)
  • So me and my drama class went into the dark, creepy basement of the church we practice in, and had all the lights off, one lamp in the "great hall" and various windows/black lights in other rooms. Our group had quite a few people, and I was Tatanya. This is amazing and highly recommended!
  • Cheetos, Lays Chips, Oreo Cookies
Terrible Castle of Baron Castaign
By on at 04:13 AM (GMT)
  • The party seemed a little daunting at first to plan but it worked out great . Overall, highly recommend for someone in search of a good challenge. We have had other parties that were boring and didn’t make a whole lot of sense. This story kept everyone engaged and the ending was satisfying.

    Other notes: After the murder, we let the murder victim “haunt” people pretty much any time the rest of the game instead of how it was indicated and it turned out to be so entertaining! The victim can also help the narrator of some extra fun. We did not do the catacombs and did a party game to suppliment the goal of the area instead; it did not seem worth the effort.
  • Appetizers! We did an app party with drinks. It provided extra flexibility for timing and better conversation than a sit down dinner. The butler was a great bartender and the maid made sure everyone got enough to eat. It proved to work wonderfully so that the characters could mingle.
  • We set up with tons of candles in some rooms and black lights in others to keep the mood ominous. Plenty of our creepy Halloween decorations helped set the scene.
Murder Mystery Event at Ella Johnson Library
By on at 08:22 PM (GMT)
  • Ella Johnson Library hosted their second annual Murder Mystery event on a Friday after hours at the library! Teens had to register ahead of time and pick up a character sheet, so they could come in costume the night of the event. Over 20 youth came for a pizza dinner while they mingled in character. Once the first murder occurred they had to go room to room in the castle picking up clues and hoping to survive to "dawn". To accommodate for the large group, owner and author Ken Blumreich kindly developed a new character bundle for us so everyone could have a role. Thank you!
  • A dining room, great hall, dungeon, servants quarters, a library, chapel and secret tunnels were all decorated with props painted ahead of time by teen volunteers.
Fun Times @ Shufflemoore Woods
By on at 10:55 PM (GMT)
  • We did this as a Team Building Event. It was a lot of prep work but worth every minute of it in the end! The planning committee was very excited about the event and our co-workers caught the fever as well. We didn't reveal a lot about the characters to the team, only to the individual and so the surprise of everyone walking in with their costumes was awesome! Everyone participated to the full extent, taking their roles seriously and playing their parts to the fullest. It was interesting to see how the team worked together to evaluated what was going on to deduct the best course of action. We would definitely do another mystery party, but maybe not one that is quite this extensive.
  • We went with a Ukrainian dinner theme paired with wine and punch. We included vegetarian dishes as well. The wine was our link to the times as there is a wine cellar involved in the mystery.
  • We decorated each room with it's own props as suggested. We had skeletons and bones in the jail and catacombs. We drew pictures of the fireplace and wine barrels on construction paper and taped them to a large box, it worked very well. we had a lot of candles and lanterns for lighting (not lights on in the room). we played a thunderstorm throughout the evening from the computer. Our characters were all dressed for their parts, including our one who had 2 characters to play! It was awesome!
Son's 15th party
By on at 10:43 PM (GMT)
  • We hosted this party for my sons 15th birthday. We had 8 boys and they had a fabulous time, were still talking about it the day after. They were genuinely pretty scared as they made their way through the creepy castle.

    We had lots of fun transforming the house into the castle and sourcing and preparing props. It was a lot of work, about 3 days, but worth the effort for the fun that was had

    It took me 3 readthroughs and 2 walkthroughs to really get the order of events and scenarios in my head and this was essential, because I couldn't read from the booklet in the dark. I enlisted the help of another adult to play Luella and the wolf and direct the unfortunate guests who died as to their next actions, I could not have done the party as smoothly without a helper - I'd say it's essential rather than optional if you want things to unfold seamlessly.

    The boys will remember this night for many years to come - the event of the year they called it!

    One thing to be aware of is that the party doesn't easily adapt to fewer guests, because the character sheets then refer to non-existent characters. So I had to read through everything carefully and write out the inconsistencies. This would have been heaps easier if the download was available in both word and PDF format.
  • The butler served Castaign Champagne to the guests during act 1 ( fizzy grape juice with a home made label)
    Main: Lasagne and salad
    Dessert: death by chocolate cake
  • We had a different room for each area and used LED tea lights stuck into cardboard tubes for the two torches to light their way. The dim light in the darkness made everything more scary. We turned the TV into a fireplace in the library and that worked brilliantly as we could extinguish it with the remote when the gust of air blew in from the secret staircase. I also downloaded some extra sound effects which added to the drama and tension of the night- stone scrapping as the fireplace moved aside and the stone wall raised; the sound of struggle and choking followed by an evil vampire laugh as each victim was attacked in the darkness. I had these downloaded on to my iPad and carried a portable speaker around as I narrated.
    We used garden trellis for the portcullis and dropsheets and tarpaulins to create the walls of the catacombs. Lots of bones, skulls, skeletons and rats, cobwebs, black hanging glaze to walk through and crunchy rusty things underfoot in the catacombs.
    I had an envelope with the names of all the characters in my pocket and after each attack in the dark I had a player draw a name at random to determine who the victim was.
Re. Social event
By on at 05:12 AM (GMT)
  • Left a review previously but this review isn't so much about the game rather the company / author. They reached out to me to ask for more information why the party didn't go well. Most impeccable customer service I have ever seen. I've never seen a company so meticulous about the customers enjoyment of their product.
  • Dinner
  • Music
Social event
By on at 07:38 PM (GMT)
  • Would advise you have people read through every character before you start. Do not have anyone play the irrelevant french maid.
14 yr Birthday Party with Teen Girls Everywhere
By on at 02:10 AM (GMT)
  • My wife and I left the house as more than a dozen teen girls entered.

    Everything was planned, arranged, cooked, etc, by my teen daughters. (Ages 14 and 15).

    I don't know any details, except everyone apparently had an extremely fun time.

    My 14 year old teen doesn't post reviews, so I am posting something simply because I am happy the activity was a) fun b) able to be managed completely by my teenagers friends.

    Money well spent.
  • Wife just told me they cooked more than two casserole dishes of cheese, cheese, mac and cheese... Whatever that is. And 4 gallons of homemade ice cream. Seriously?
  • I left the house to teen girls. Honestly, my ears couldn't have taken the high pitches if I had stayed. The mood set itself.
Sixteenth Birthday Party
By on at 12:00 AM (GMT)
  • The teens loved the story line and the puzzles. They wished it had been a bit harder to solve in some parts, and I wished that there was more of an outline format for each room so that I could follow it easier on the spot without having to read through the paragraphs. I read the script twice before the party, but felt like I almost had to have it memorized to have it run more smoothly. I think an outline would have helped. Also, If I had know that a key component of the storyline was what it was, I would have chosen a different storyline. (cant say more without spoilers.) Also, would do it at a church or somewhere larger than my home next time. Overall, super fun, even with the glitches. The sound tracks were great.

    One thing I would have LOVED was a printer friendly version without all the border decorations on every page. I had to purchase new ink half way through. And, no one but me sees those pages anyway. It would be nice to have the option to print minimally.

    I also created my own certificates for awards that could hold their photo.
  • Birthday girl wanted chinese takeout, so we served chinese food, salad, fruit salad, lemonade and snow cones. They loved it even though it wasn't themed exactly.
  • the storm/wolves track set a great mood. We did the party at 5:30 in the spring, so it wasn't dark enough, so next time I will wait until dark to make the effect more dramatic. Also, instead of makeup for wounds, we used red fabric to tie around their necks.
Halloween Party
By on at 02:34 PM (GMT)
  • It was our monthly get together for our close circle of friends and we had heard so much about this Murder Mystery event. We were all so excited to give it a try and it was AWESOME!!!

    Every one came in costumes and made up extra quirks to their back story and really stayed in character the whole night! During the game it started pouring cats and dogs which added more to the enchantment of the game and everyone had such a great time.

    my only one downside was that the dungeon set was a little hard to prepare. The instructions werent as clear as i would have liked but we got through it and my friends enjoyed to the MAX!

    Wish i could have uploaded more pictures to at least give a small inkling of how much we enjoyed that night but unfortunately for some reason it will only let me upload one picture:(
    We will definitely try another story!
  • Roast Chicken!
    Sprite with grenadine syrup in wine glasses to give a bloody feel!
    Baked Creamy cauliflower
    Pork Belly roast
  • This was our first time so the decors werent up to par as the costumes of most of our guests!
So much fun we did it twice!!!!
By on at 09:25 PM (GMT)
  • We decided to throw a murder mystery party for fun. In looking at the many possible parties online I came across this one. It was actually not my first pick until I tried the sample button and was able to see how it was set up. I knew it would be more work but also way more fun. My husband helped me set up our whole house for the party. I was going to rely mostly on imagination but my husband doesn't do anything halfway. The first half of the party wasn't overly decorated just streamers across the ceiling for the great Hall and flameless candles everywhere. But we went all out with the dungeons and catacombs. We purchased skeletons and bones the day after Halloween because everything was half off. And we scattered them through my laundry room for the dungeons. The catacombs were put together with dollar store plastic table clothes, binder clips and fishing line coming down from the rafters in our garage. We also had a fog machine going in the catacombs and with only three flameless candles for light it was creepy. We also had the vampires jump out at people through the catacombs to add more fright. We had so much fun that we did it again the next weekend with my family. Everyone thought it was the coolest murder mystery ever.
  • We did finger foods and martinellis cider so that everyone could talk in the great Hall while the "servants" served the food on platters.
  • We only used flameless candles for the mood. The sound clips were great. I had everyone close their eyes and pretend to be asleep while we got the murder scene ready and when they heard the scream everyone jumped.
So good we did it twice.
By on at 05:52 PM (GMT)
  • Our friends wanted to do a murder mystery for fun and so that meant I was in charge. I searched for a good party when I came across this one. I read the sample and was hooked. My husband doesn't do things halfway so he transformed our whole garage into a maze using dollar store black plastic table clothes, fishing line and binder clips hanging from the rafters. We also have a fog machine so we filled the catacombs with fog and had the vampires jump out at the guests at places. We only used flameless candles for the event to set the mood. The portcullis was made from cutting holes in a dollar store plastic table cloth. We did it with our friends and loved it so much that we did again the next weekend with my family.
  • We did finger foods so that the Butler could serve everyone in the great Hall due to the size of our house.
  • Everyone loved the sound effects especially the scream. I had everyone close their eyes and pretend to be asleep while we set up the murder and when the scream came they were truly shocked.
Death in the dark
By on at 01:47 AM (GMT)
  • My daughter put this party on for Halloween. Everyone raved about it and begged to be invited to any others we threw (and we will). We had flameless candles, sowhen the lights went out in the beginning, we left them off and used the candles (unfortunately, that means no pictures). This really added to the mood, especially with the vampires running around at the edge of the light. Great product!
  • We just served appetizers.
  • We kept everything in the dark and used flameless candles. For the cards, we used props to add to the realism.
A fantastic time!
By on at 05:22 PM (GMT)
  • I hosted this party as my Halloween party this year. I transformed my entire house into a haunted mansion! With the low lighting and the help of a wolf-ish assistant, we created quite a few screams. The party went very well and everyone was eager to do another one soon!
  • All the TVs in the house were turned into fireplaces and black streamers were hung from the ceiling to make the rooms feel smaller and darker. Candles were lit, but all the other lights were off. I also had a fog machine and black lights in my garage/dungeon.
The party went well
By on at 02:08 AM (GMT)
  • People really got into it, dressed the part, played their parts. Unfortunately they weren't very attached to their lives and were overcome by vampires...

    The only complaint I had is that the set up for the dungeon was a little unclear. A rough sketch would have helped. We ended up putting the canal in front of the entrance to the catacombs and it should have been somewhere else. We managed to work around it though.
Transformed my home into a castle. Truly memorable evening!
By on at 06:42 PM (GMT)
  • I have never planned a Murder Party before, but was up for the challenge! The instructions and ideas in your game were very helpful to a "newbie".

    I cannot tell you how excited I was to plan this event. I went all out when I realized that the story line followed the layout of my home, all the way down to the wine cellar. My son, (Edgar the Groundskeeper) was able to help me with a small amount of the preparation. Conveniently, I have a bathroom in my basement just past the last tunnel. The corner shower was the perfect Iron Maiden complete with tortured prisoner and spikes.

    My ENTIRE home was transformed into a Medieval Castle and my guests (my immediate family) became characters I did not know! As you can see from the picture, everyone got into the act.

    I wish I had been able to take pictures of my home, however, the tunnels, etc. didn't show well in photos.

    I will gladly purchase another game down the road. It made for a truly memorable evening!
Party went fantastic at rented Manor
By on at 11:07 AM (GMT)
  • We just got back from our Stockland Manor weekend late last night! The party was absolutely fantastic!!

    The Manor was absolutely the perfect setting for your story - it was set out over 3 stories so there were more than enough rooms to allocate to all the stages.

    Following the victim's death on the four poster bed I led the guests into another chamber so she could run downstairs and then play the role of the wolf (with full furry face mask and fur coat) outside the door which illicited a few screams when she leapt out.

    The guests were all fantastic in character. I haven't got many photos during the actual game because it was so dark but have plenty of great before and after ones.

    Everyone declared it one of the best parties ever so thank you very much! If we get to rent the manor again I will definitely get another game from Playing With Murder!
  • We did it all by the light of two candles (the torches) and at the points in the story when the candles went out and the vampires leapt out to attack a guest it was properly scary!

    The catacombs we adapted slightly and instead of a maze we used a large cupboard type space that guests were shut into one at a time to try and feel around in the pitch blackness and find the catacomb cards that were hidden in there. It worked really well for the sense of claustrophobia.

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