A Medieval Murder

A Medieval Murder

  • Players: 6-9
  • Theme: Treason, Smuggling, Revenge, Medieval
  • Type: Dinner Party Games
From €19.99
This should have been a happy time at the Royal Court as the whole castle prepares for the wedding of Princess Eloise and Baron Gorgo. Tragedy strikes when the King falls from a window high in the tower housing, amongst other things, the council chamber. Only a few people were in the tower at the time of the King's death. Did the King simply fall out of the window, or was he the victim of foul play?

Complete Character List

Listing for maximum number of players. Smaller games do not include all characters.

male

Baron Gorgo

Betrothed to Princess Eloise. Very ambitious and never lets anyone or anything get in the way of what he wants.
female

Princess Eloise

Daughter of the King and heir to the throne. Dresses like a true princes and likes to be pampered.
any

Maddox

A servant at the Royal Court. Is usually ignored by everyone in the Castle except the Cook and other servants.
any

Taylor Woolman

Tailor/Seamstress well-known all over the kingdom and beyond. Is making the royal wedding dress.
any

Mystic Auralias

Court Mystic and advisor to the King. Auralias enjoys the power the position of Court Mystic affords, and is known for the powerful magic the Mystic can perform.
any

Cook

The Head of the Kitchens at the Royal Court. Is generally referred to simply as Cook.
any

Chancellor Underhand

The Chancellor of the neighbouring kingdom. Fond of their robes and the rings and chains of office.
any

Amara

Mysterious advisor to Chancellor Underhand. Always dressed in black robes, Amara looks intimidating as they sweep through the Castle.
any

Captain Merek

The King’s Personal Bodyguard. Dresses in black leather most of the time, or at least black trousers and tunic. Ready to leap to the King’s defence at a moment’s notice.

Starters

Salmon Cakes

400g (14oz) salmon
1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon onion, minced/chopped
40g (1½oz) oatmeal
40g (1½oz) breadcrumbs
2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1. Gently cook the salmon in a pan, it should still be firm but cooked through
2. Allow to cool a little(so the egg doesn't cook)
3. Chop up the onion
4. Beat the egg
5. Put the salmon in a dish and break it into small flakes with a fork
6. Add the onion and egg. Add the oatmeal and breadcrumbs, mixing with your hands. You have added enough when you can make firm patties
7. Make the mixture into patties about 2 inches or 5cm across
8. Heat a little oil in a frying pan
9. Add the patties and brown gently on both sides - keep the heat quite low or they will scorch. Take care when turning as they can break up easily
10. Remove and drain on kitchen paper while you cook the next batch
11. Once all the patties are cooked, serve them with watercress or seasonal vegetables

Soft Cheese Spread

225g (8oz) plain cottage cheese
225g (8oz) cream cheese (softened)
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon rose water
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

1. In a medium sized bowl, cream the two cheeses until smooth (you could use a food processor, but it doesn't take very long to do this by hand)
2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well
3. Spoon into a container with a lid and seal or cover with cling film
4. Chill for at least one hour before serving

Flatbread

Measurements are given in cups. One cup=1 ½ dl or about 90 g flour.
7 Cups of gruttet flour or thick wheat flour.
3 cups of liquid. Use whey or butter milk
1 Egg
A dash of salt (if desired)

1. Flour, liquid, egg and salt must be kneaded long and thoroughly. If needed add more flour or liquid so the dough is just right.
2. The dough should be shaped into small balls and then pressed flat and thin.
3. The bread is should be baked over a glowing fire on shards of pottery pans, about 2-3 minutes on each side. (Or on a griddle, or backing sheet in a medium to hot oven).
4. The bread should be light brown and sound hollow when you knock on it lightly with a fingernail.
5. Sweeter bread/cakes can be obtained by sweetening the dough with honey.

Cheats Mead

1lt Carton of White Wine
500g Honey
Cinnamon stick
Nutmeg

1. Put all ingredients in a pan and heat gently. DO NOT BOIL
2. Allow to cool and then serve - it may be necessary to strain the drink and mix well before serving.

Main Course

Medieval Banquet

Roasted Meats (Turkey legs, ribs, pork knuckle, lamb shoulder) and roasted vegetables (these can have a honey glaze on them if you wish

Dessert

Medieval Mixed Fruit Crumble

1kg/2½lb mixed soft summer fruits (raspberries, loganberries, strawberries, currants, bilberries or similar)
4 Large apples, pealed, sliced and stewed gently until soft
Honey or brown sugar (to taste)
75g/3oz toasted hazelnuts
75g/3oz wholemeal or whole wheat brown breadcrumbs

1. Put the fruits in a pan with about 2cm/1" water in the bottom and cook gently for 10-15 minutes, or till the fruits are soft without being totally mushy.
2. Sweeten to taste with honey or brown sugar (Anglo-Saxons would have used honey); how much you need will depend on the fruits you used.
3. Drain off excess juice and save to serve with the pudding.
4. Chop the hazelnuts in a processor until they are almost as fine as the breadcrumbs but not quite, then mix the two together.
5. Spoon the fruit into an ovenproof dish and cover with a layer of the apples, followed by a thick layer of the hazelnuts and crumbs.
6. Bake in a moderate oven (180C/350F/Gas mark 4) for 20-30 minutes or till the top is slightly crunchy and browned. Serve with lots of cream or plain yogurt and the warmed fruit juices.

How To Play A Dinner Party Murder Mystery

p>Our dinner party games are designed to be played by the combination of players listed on the game. Some require a specific number of male and female players, some have interchangeable players. When considering what game to buy you should think about who you want to play with you. If you want you can also add the 'Inspector' character as a player as there are scripts provided for this person as well.

Once you have chosen a game, simply click to buy it and then download.

What Is Included In Your Download

Your download should include a ZIP file with which once un-zipped you should have the following folders and files.

  • Character Scripts
  • Inspector Script
  • Link to download the Inspector Video or Audio Files (these are included on a DVD for shipped games)
  • Instructions
  • Timetable
  • Invitation
  • Deduction Sheet
  • Specific Suggestions For This Game – including menu ideas and recipes

How To Use The Game

Produce Invitations

Within the files downloaded is the 'Invitation' for you to print out and send to your guests. The invitation is double sided giving the information need for those participating in the game before they arrive. Once printed all you need to do is put the guests name on the front, and indicate which character they are playing, that way if they choose to dress up for the event they know what to look out for in the way of costume. (Please be aware that this file shows the invitation in Landscape view – you need to adjust your print settings accordingly).

Character Sheets

The Character Script pages are designed for double side printing, and should be printed then folded. If your printer does not have the facility to double side print, just print the 'even' pages and this will give your what you need, fold these in half and write the character name and round number on each.

The Inspector

The Inspectors Script is contained in its own folder and should be printed out and folded as the Character Scripts.

Inside the Inspector folder is another called Audio which contains MP3's for use during the game. The audio is the same as the printed script of the Inspector giving details at each stage of the game.

The Solution

This is the last printed and audio file.

MP4 videos of the Inspector are also available from a download link included in the pack. It is advisable to check the first video or audio file just to make sure that it plays OK.

It is always worth having this script handy, even if using the video or audio files, you never know when there might be a power cut!

The solution should also be printed and folded and we recommend putting a paper clip over the loose edges of this one so that it does not inadvertently come open for anyone to read.

Making The Most Of Your Theme

Where and how you run your game can make a real difference to its feel. Think about the game – is it appropriate to sit around a table, or would a lounge be more conducive. If you are round a camp fire would it be better to have the chairs in a circle? Would a poster over the window help the setting i.e. snow covered mountains if you are in a ski lodge. Small alterations to your home or setting can make all the difference to the game.

Specific Suggestions For Each Game

Just in case you are at a loss we have provided a suggested menu for each game. Don't be rigid about the meal, it should be easy to produce and serve during the course of the game, so go with what you are comfortable with. Now is not the time to try new recipes (unless you know you can pull them off), go with something tried and tested. You are meant to enjoy the game as well as your guests.

Player Reviews

This theme gave rise to a most enjoyable dinner party with definate medieval atmosphere. In this instance the host had entered into the spirit of the evening by serving up authentic medieval food dishes, which were surprisingly tasty! The wedding theme allowed for definate love interest.
- Simon

Watch the introduction to the mystery