Death In The Deep

Death In The Deep

  • Players: 6-10
  • Theme: Blackmail, Corporate, Jealousy, Soap Opera, Betrayal, Smuggling, Family Feud, Revenge
  • Type: Dinner Party Games
From €19.99
Sergei Smetenoff is a man to be feared by both his friends and his enemies. He has built up a business empire that even the authorities can not touch, try as they might.

Sergei's latest idea is to search for hidden treasure on the sea-bed of the Carribean. He has obviously watched too many films with Galleons full of gold sinking amongst the islands scattered throughout the region.

He's invited a group of his closest friends and associates to join him looking for treasure and to spend the weekend on his luxury yacht. Most of the guests think it's a silly idea, but they are not foolish enough to turn Sergei down.

After a couple of hours scuba diving in the beautiful Carribean waters, everyone surfaces to get ready for the evening meal...everyone that is except Sergei!

Complete Character List

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male

James Sommerville

Ilona's husband and Chairman of Sommerville Industries. James is dressed for work, either in a suit or white lab coat, and has his briefcase with him.
male

Vladimir Bruschenoff

Vladimir is Anastasia's husband and is unmistakeable as an International Banker. He wears the best suits (preferably pinstripe) and always carries a briefcase and his trusty calculator.
male

Yuri Malankov

Captain of Sergei's super-yacht. Even in his more informal Captain's outfit, he still has the look of a military man.
female

Ilona Sommerville

Daughter of the deceased. Ilona is a a keen-diver and marine biologist. She is always ready to dive into the ocean at a moment's notice.
female

Tatiana Smetenoff

Tatiana is the wife of the deceased and Anastasia's older sister. She is glamorous and always well-dressed whether it's for a sophisticated dinner party or a weekend party on the yacht.
female

Baroness Helga von Augustus den Grope

World renowed research scientist and board member of one of Sergei's Industrial Companies. Roughly the same age as Sergei. Looks like a mad scientist who is always in a white coat, as they are always working.
female

Anastasia Bruschenoff

Anastasia always tries a little too hard to look like a glamorous socialite. She always dresses appropriate to what she's doing. Don't be surprised to see her dressed as a sailor for this trip.
any

Stacy Ivanov

Sergei's Personal Assistant. Stacy always tries to look smart and efficient, but usually looks dishevelled and in a panic. Maybe they're not really PA material?
any

Parker Goff

The Yacht Steward. Dresses smartly in their sailing uniform. Parker always carries an array of items to help them keep the yacht running smoothly...radio, clipboard and binoculars for example.
any

Alex Kutemov

Sergei's trusted bodyguard. Dressed in dark suits and dark glasses, Alex is not somebody that should be crossed.

Starter

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tartlets

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 onions, roughly chopped
Salt
8 ounces goat cheese, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (1/2 a 17.3 ounce box), defrosted
1 tablespoon fresh thyme

1. Place olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, about 35 minutes. Season with salt. Let come to room temperature.

2. While onions are cooling, place goat cheese in a small bowl. Add black pepper and stir goat cheese until soft and easily spreadable.

3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

4. Place puff pastry on baking sheet. Spread goat cheese over tart, leaving a 1/2 inch border on all sides. Top tart evenly with onions and sprinkle with thyme. Bake until crust is golden, about 25-30 minutes.

5. Let tart cool for 15 minutes. Cut into approximately 2 by 3 inch rectangles. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 20

Main Course

Fishermans Pie

2kg potatoes, peeled and halved
knob of butter
splash of milk

50g butter
50g flour
6 spring onions, finely sliced
600ml milk
600g fish (cod, salmon, smoked haddock etc)
1 1/2 tsp Dijon or English mustard
50g chives, finely snipped
large handful frozen sweetcorn
large handful frozen petits pois
large handful grated cheddar

1. Preheat the oven to 200C/ 180 fan/ gas mark 6. Put the potatoes in a saucepan and pour over enough water to cover them. Bring to the boil and then simmer until tender. When cooked, drain thoroughly and mash with a splash of milk and some butter. Season with ground black pepper. Preheat the oven to 200C/ 180 fan/ gas mark 6. Put the potatoes in a saucepan and pour over enough water to cover them. Bring to the boil and then simmer until tender. When cooked, drain thoroughly and mash with a splash of milk and some butter. Season with ground black pepper. Meanwhile, put the butter, flour and spring onions in another pan and heat gently until the butter has melted, stirring regularly. Cook for 1 -2 mins. Gradually whisk in the milk using a balloon whisk if you have one. Bring to the boil, stirring to avoid any lumps and sticking at the bottom of the pan. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes until thickened. Take off the heat and stir in the cheese (if using), fish, mustard, chives, sweetcorn and peas. Spoon into an ovenproof dish or individual ramekins. Spoon the potato on top and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Pop in the oven for 20 - 25 mins or until golden and bubbling at the edges. Alternatively, cover and freeze the pie or mini pies for another time. Preheat the oven to 200C/ 180 fan/ gas mark 6. Put the potatoes in a saucepan and pour over enough water to cover them. Bring to the boil and then simmer until tender. When cooked, drain thoroughly and mash with a splash of milk and some butter. Season with ground black pepper.

2. Meanwhile, put the butter, flour and spring onions in another pan and heat gently until the butter has melted, stirring regularly. Cook for 1 -2 mins. Gradually whisk in the milk using a balloon whisk if you have one. Bring to the boil, stirring to avoid any lumps and sticking at the bottom of the pan. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes until thickened.

3. Take off the heat and stir in the cheese (if using), fish, mustard, chives, sweetcorn and peas. Spoon into an ovenproof dish or individual ramekins.

4. Spoon the potato on top and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Pop in the oven for 20 - 25 mins or until golden and bubbling at the edges. Alternatively, cover and freeze the pie or mini pies for another time.

Dessert

Pimms Scones

For the scones:
300g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
70g cold butter, cut into small cubes
30g golden caster sugar
zest 2 lemons
150ml buttermilk
2 tbsp full-fat milk


For the fruit:
3 tbsp Pimms
1 tbsp golden caster sugar
300g pack strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 large orange, cut into cubes
handful mint, leaves picked


For the cream:
300ml double cream
2 tbsp icing sugar
50ml Pimms

1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Cover a baking sheet with baking parchment. Put the flour and baking powder in a large bowl, add a pinch of salt, then rub in the butter with your fingertips until it is mostly incorporated - unlike pastry, you don't need to worry about rubbing the butter in too finely. Stir in the sugar and lemon zest. In a jug, mix the buttermilk with the milk. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture, then pour in the liquid. Use a knife to bring the dough together.

2. Tip out onto a clean work surface and bring together with your hands. Patting is better than rolling so that you don't overwork the dough. Stamp out eight scones with a 7cm fluted cutter - you'll need to reshape the dough once from the trimmings. Put the scones on the baking sheet and bake on the top shelf for 10 mins until risen and the tops are golden. Cool on a wire rack.

3. Mix the Pimms and caster sugar in a bowl. Stir in the fruit, cover and infuse in the fridge for 1 hr, then stir in the mint leaves.

4. In a large bowl, whisk the cream, icing sugar and Pimms until the mix just holds its shape.

5. Halve the cooled scones. Top the bottom half with a spoonful of cream and a spoonful of fruit, drizzle over some of the syrup, then sandwich with the top half.

Makes 8

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

Watch the introduction to the mystery