Murder Mystery Party Kit Details

Set Sail for Disaster - Mystery Party Kit

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£29.95



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Set Sail for Disaster

£29.95
Add intrigue to your next party with this murder mystery game, set on a cruise ship.
Format: Mystery Party Kit
Setting: On a cruise ship
Players: 10-22 (Standard Game)
23-100+ (Expanded Game)
Time: 90+ minutes
Ages: Adult
Story
A balmy, nighttime tropical cruise turns violent...

The Backstory

Your players have been invited on a pleasure cruise by Captain Michael Von Ammon. The guest list includes a number of the Captain's friends, family members, and business associates, as well as the crew of the Captain's sixty-foot yacht, the Elizabeth May. Everyone is expecting an evening cruise replete with dinner, drinks, and dancing - they aren't expecting foul weather, the murder of the Captain, or a sudden shipwreck on a deserted island in the uncharted Caribbean.

Murder!

This mystery is divided into two primary segments. During the first portion of the evening, Act One, the events take place on the Elizabeth May, Captain Von Ammon's ship, a sixty-foot pleasure cruiser manned by the Captain, the Ship's Engineer (played by the Host/Hostess), and a handful of wait staff. As the evening progresses, a tropical storm rolls in, casting a somewhat ominous pall over the festivities. As the hour grows late, lightning strikes the ship, the lights go out in the cabin, and the partygoers hear a thud and a scream. When the players light candles they will find that someone has taken advantage of the momentary darkness to kill the Captain, bludgeoning him in the head with a candlestick. The mystery is afoot!

The Perfect Crime?

Unfortunately, the partygoers will have no immediate opportunity to determine the identity of the killer; the ship has been struck by lightning, blowing most of the mechanical systems. Worse yet, she is taking on water, and the storm is intensifying. Amidst the crash of the waves and the roar of thunder there can be heard a rending shriek as the hull splinters. The partygoers are tossed about and lose consciousness.

Solving the Mystery

Act Two opens with the characters regaining consciousness on the shore of a small island, amid the wreckage of the ship. Miraculously, everyone has survived (except, of course, the Captain, whose body has been lost at sea). It looks like there is enough left of the ship to put together a makeshift raft, and there are enough resources on the island to feed the group for quite a while 'but everyone is nervous at the knowledge that there is undoubtedly a murderer in their midst. Now the players must work together to collect sufficient food and water, build an escape boat from the wreckage of the Elizabeth May and try to identify the murderer of Captain Von Ammon!

Characters

There are 22 primary suspects in this mystery, however only 10 are required to play the game. The host or hostess will play the role of Drew Henson, the Ship's Engineer. Read the "How To Play" section for more information on how to play an expanded game with more than 22 guests.

  • Michael Von Ammon (The Captain): The well-to-do owner of the Elizabeth May, Captain Von Ammon is wealthy, successful, and well respected by all.
  • Elizabeth Von Ammon (The Captain's Wife): A society lady of excellent breeding, Mrs. Elizabeth Von Ammon is highly cultured, beautiful, and well mannered. She is happily married to Captain Von Ammon and lives a lifestyle that is envied by many.
  • Dr. Jessie Parker (The Doctor): Dr. Jessie Parker is a highly regarded plastic surgeon who caters to the wealthy and famous. Why Dr. Parker was invited on this cruise is something of a mystery to the other guests.
  • Mortimer Stout (The Banker): Mortimer Stout is a financial genius who has a better understanding of accounting than he does of people. He is a longtime business associate of Captain Von Ammon.
  • Shelly Summers (The Actress): Ms. Shelly Summers is a popular B-movie actress whose keen mind belies her somewhat ditzy demeanor.
  • Kris Laramie (The Author): Kris Laramie is a best-selling author and critic, known both for a sharp tongue and a love of the bottle.
  • Jonathon Whipple (The Philanthropist): Jonathon Whipple was once a feared and respected businessman, known for his cutthroat approach. In recent years, he has devoted himself wholeheartedly to charity, leading many to believe that he is seeking to atone for some dark secret.
  • Miss Alexandra Crane (The Debutante): Miss Alexandra Crane has only recently become part of the local social scene. Hailing from an old and powerful East Coast family, she is an impulsive young lady who enjoys horseback riding, dancing, and theater.
  • Ashley Jones (Boat Staff): Ashley Jones is one of Captain Von Ammon's hired hands, there to make certain that the ship (and the party) run smoothly.
  • Jake Morrison (The Gambler): A close friend of the Captain, Mr. Jake Morrison is something of a loveable scoundrel; his greatest pleasures in life are fine wine, fine women, fine cigars, and the lure of the poker table (in no particular order).
  • Bridget Belle (The Model): Equal parts sugar and spice, Bridget Belle is elegant, trendy, and sharp-tongued. A very successful swimsuit model, Ms. Belle is quite used to men doing whatever she requests.
  • Kelly McCorvin (Boat Staff): Kelly McCorvin is one of Captain Von Ammon's hired hands, there to make certain that the ship (and the party) run smoothly.
  • Lane Garrison (Boat Staff): Lane Garrison is one of Captain Von Ammon's hired hands, there to make certain that the ship (and the party) run smoothly.
  • Taylor Sattenworth (Boat Staff): Taylor Sattenworth is one of Captain Von Ammon's hired hands, there to make certain that the ship (and the party) run smoothly.
  • Drew Henson (The Ship's Engineer): (Played by the Host/Hostess) Drew Henson is the engineer of the Elizabeth May, in charge of keeping the yacht sailing smoothly and the crew at their posts. The Engineer doesn't normally mingle much with the Captain's friends, preferring to stay below decks with the machinery and the security system.
  • Claude LeQue (The Cook): Educated at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Claude LeQue is Captain Von Ammon’s personal chef. He rules the ship’s kitchen with an iron hand.
  • Milton Sanford (The Gourmet): A gourmet and food critic, Milton Sanford makes a living writing an occasional regular column for Epicure Monthly, a little-known culinary journal.
  • Jimmy Grimes (The Janitor): Jimmy Grimes is the caretaker and Janitor aboard The Elizabeth May. It is his responsibility to keep the ship free of dust and dirt and to assist The Engineer in maintaining the yacht’s engine.
  • Franklin Smith (The Architect): A well-to-do architect and old friend of the Von Ammon family, Franklin Smith has gained several very lucrative contracts through The Captain’s generous use of his contacts.
  • Regina Guissepe (The Bartender): Polite, professional, and very discrete, Regina Guissepe is the bartender aboard The Elizabeth May. She makes a killer Bloody Mary and knows how to keep a secret.
  • Phyllis Howe (The Lawyer): Phyllis Howe specializes in corporate law and copyright issues. She became friends with Elizabeth Von Ammon after meeting her at an art show.
  • Ophelia Saint (The Artist): Ophelia Saint is an up and coming artist who has earned a degree of fame for her otherworldly sculptures.

Extra Players

  • Investigator (male or female): 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.
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.

Both the standard and expanded games are included with the purchase of any game kit.

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

Set Sail for Disaster is a 113-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 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
  • 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
  • 6 pages of full color props and clues, including tokens representing the wreckage of the Elizabeth May, salvaged electronics that will help the players solve the mystery and numerous food and water tokens for use during a scavenger hunt
  • Voting sheets
  • Customizable awards for your guests
  • And much more!

With your purchase of Set Sail for Disaster 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
Audio

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 Set Sail for Disaster.

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The specific audio files for Set Sail for Disaster include:

  • The sounds of a thunderstorm at sea, gradually increasing in intensity
  • The struggle and murder of the hapless victim
  • The sound of the ship, the Elizabeth May, being tossed about and ultimately wrecked
  • And more!
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01 11 201905:24 AM
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Fun night for all the guests!
We had a NYE party for our fellow condo dwellers. Even though some of the attendees were strangers, they all showed up in character. Because the weather didn't cooperate, we decided to forego have the scavenger hunt.
  • We assigned characters to each of the guests, giving lesser roles to those attendees that were not confirmed to attend. Since it was NYE, we had shrimp cocktail for starter, followed by prime rib, twice baked potatoes casserole, green beans and carrots. For dessert - cheesecake and GF chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel icing.
  • We set up a photo site to get guests photos as the went in for dinner.
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12 10 201812:25 PM
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Great fun & happy times!
We own a houseboat in Kariba, Zimbabwe and this is why I chose Set Sail for Disaster - holding thumbs not too disastrous to start. We were all elderly bridge players getting together. It was really fun and very different from our normal setting. Everyone joined in playing their roles and Jonathon Whipple still asks for his cane, that he lost, every time he sees me. Everyone was also pleasantly surprised that there wasn't too much dressing up. We are a much older age group, so a younger age group playing the game would be completely different atmosphere, I should think. Hopefully we will play again next year!
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18 09 201808:39 PM
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Great fun!
Set Sail for Disaster was a smash hit! Our yacht club cruised in to the Delta Marina in Rio Vista, CA. We decorated the covered patio area to simulate the ship's dining room for Act 1, then changed to the desert island for Act 2. Went through Act 1 Friday evening with a catered dinner, storm & the murder/shipwreck, intermission overnight, then began Act 2 Saturday at 9am. We used all the sound effects, (used a high power LED work lamp for the lightning), all the roles were assigned in advance so players had time to prepare. We had about 40 people there. The murderer got away with it! Staying organized was key to a smooth flow of the scenario, and I also had help with the light and sound effects. My Bose Soundtouch 20 was plugged in to my laptop. Awards were given on Saturday after dinner at The Point Restaurant at the marina, accompanied by tumultuous applause.
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27 06 201804:34 AM
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Set Sail for a Birthday Disaster
This was for my birthday, hosted with friends, at my apartment. We had 15 total guests. We used all of the parts in the kit except the 'boat staff' and the janitor. I was glad not to use the janitor because I was worried giving that part to someone might be a little insulting. I also was glad to avoid using the boat staff parts because it seemed a bit rude to invite people to my birthday party and then ask them to be serving.

Everyone had a wonderful time dressing up and getting into character. My boyfriend played the Captain and helped me organize the scavenger hunt.

We had finger food on the table and a bar for drink making. We used my living room and kitchen mostly, and spread out to the upstairs sitting room which had a balcony in order to spread out.

There was some confusion about the scavenger hunt, I recommend having an example of what the clues look like so people know what they're looking for.
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23 05 201812:31 AM
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Murder on May Long
For us the start to our summer is the May Long Weekend at the lake. The party was a hit! We had 33 guests and everyone said let's do this again.! We had guest ranging from 14 to late 50's. We added a couple of characters for the younger group as they did not know some of the others that well and I wanted to make sure they felt part of the process -this also worked well . The fun part for me as the organizer was picking the parts to complement each person's personality.
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19 02 201807:23 PM
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Set sail
We bought the expansion game in the clean version. I did edit a bit of it, but it ended up working great. This was my first mystery party, and we ended up with about 65 people. You need quite a big space for mingling. Everyone has told us how much fun they had, so I definitely recommend this for a great evening. It took us about 2 hours, but it probably could have lasted longer.
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19 01 201804:04 AM
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Set Sail for Disaster
It was Christmas and my granddaughters and I decided while playing the game Clue that we should do one of these Mystery parties. We had 18 people and order the SET SAIL FOR DISASTER because one of the uncles lives on a yacht. I spent the day putting it together with their help as all the others were coming and going. We were in FL also so the game was perfect as they love watching Gilligan’s Island also. Some things were a little too adult for the two youngest but it went ok. We only gave everyone about an hour to get ready and it was amazing how they put together costumes and got into the story. They all have commented on how much fun it was.
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15 12 201706:42 AM
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Island Christmas
We had fun! We did this as our student ministry Christmas Party and we were able to receive the clean copy of the script. Two big thumbs up on that one.
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15 11 201702:46 AM
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Murder on the High Seas of the Hamptons
This party was a blast! Everyone go into it and thank God for the kit, because we pulled it all together in 48 hours! Really fun and well done, Super nice customer service as well.
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30 10 201705:11 AM
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Continuing the Tradition
I hosted a Murder Mystery party aboard the Orient Express last year for Halloween, and everyone could NOT stop talking about it. So, of course, I had to carry on the tradition! We had a difficult time deciding between the cruise ship kit or casino night kit, but we finally decided on “Set Sail for Disaster.” I was so excited that this year’s party lived up to everyone’s high expectations again this year!
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15 10 201701:19 AM
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Set Sail for Disaster
We hosted our first murder mystery dinner the week before Thanksgiving. There wasn't anyone who had done a murder mystery before so there wasn't really anyone who knew what to expect. Quite a few guests really went all out which made it that much more fun! People came dressed and ready to participate and we had the BEST time!
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28 09 201707:29 AM
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Mayhem Murder & Mystery
SET SAIL FOR DISASTER MURDER MYSTERY.
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We are a small seaside Village on the West Coast “Set Sail For Disaster” was a perfect fit and not difficult to stage. I am so glad I chose it for our fundraiser.

With not a lot of time to recruit performers to play the parts I managed to fill all the important Roles with minor changes to script. The Lawyer and some boat crew had to be cut. The Lawyer one of the main characters in the “Who Dunn It” We made sure the Lawyer was mentioned by the players to give out clues.

Instead of Scavenger hunt we used props for our players to scavenge on the deserted island and bring their finds to Ships Engineer Drew Hensen. That worked really well.

Our Murder Mystery players were a mix of first time performers as well as some who had previous experience performing Murder Mysteries. They all did a fabulous job getting into their roles and were amazing. All you need is a group of people who enjoy being involved and are definitely not shy. You will have dinner guests not only trying to solve a murder but also laughing at player’s attempts to throw you off course.

Our volunteers spent weeks gathering driftwood seaweed, logs, shells, ropes, fishing nets all kinds of flotsam & Jetsam to add to the nautical theme.

Thanks to “playing with murder.com” for a wonderful script that easily adapted to any number of players. We were very happy with the script and also sound tracks, when played through a better sound system rather than a laptop we had much better volume.
We are very pleased with the response to the event and are now a little closer to bringing a Family of five to settle in our small community.
Many thanks.

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08 11 201708:13 PM
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Set Sail For Disaster!
Our business fraternity did this as one of our social events, and it turned out great! The script says that act 2 should take place in a different place than act 1, however staying in the same place works fine. Everything took place in my living room except for the scavenger hunt. I hid things for this in my back yard. Instead of using the paper tokens for food and drink tokens and scavenger hunt items I actually used physical items. Everyone found pieces of wood, tarps, and such to build a physical raft. It was a great team bonding experience.
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18 07 201711:42 PM
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Set Sail for Disaster Pool Party
We just wanted to have a fun summer party and try out a murder mystery for the first time. To say it was a hit would be an understatement. Everyone loved the party! The kit was so detailed and everyone came dressed up and ready to go. The highlight was when people started accusing others and stayed in character the whole time!
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02 01 201709:38 PM
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Bollywood on a Boat
We decided to go all out and change the theme to Bollywood on a Boat- the PWM crew were really helpful and sent my the word document of the script so I was able to change some things in the script to match the theme! It went very well- everyone enjoyed the scavenger hunt and the drama of the murder! The audio sounds in the background were amazing and really added to the effect!
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