Murder In The Mountains

Murder In The Mountains

  • Players: 6-9
  • Theme: Jealousy, Soap Opera, Family Feud, Betrayal
  • Type: Dinner Party Games
From €19.99
Rich Drachma Senior, the head of the Drachma family, is found dead in the snow during a short skiing holiday at a private ski lodge. There is no indication how he got outside the lodge or how he died. As a storm moves in cutting them off from the outside world, the police rush to collect evidence as the family and their staff try to find out which of them killed the Drachma patriarch.

Complete Character List

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

male

Rich Drachma Jnr

A bit of a spoilt brat, and used to getting his own way…at least most of the time. Always ready to show off his money.
male

Guy Dew

The Ski Guide and Instructor for this holiday. Guy Dew is an expert skier and very charming, but his past is a mystery.
female

Lotta Drachma

The wife of the deceased, and now head of the Drachma family. Lotta always looks like she’s just walked out of a fashion magazine, even when skiing.
female

Minnie Drachma

The eldest of the Drachma children. Minnie Drachma is the Vice-President of the company her father ran. Always hungry for power Minnie power dresses to show everyone that she is in charge.
female

Miss Filed

The Personal Assistant to the deceased. Miss Filed is never without her notebook, organiser or clipboard, so she knows exactly what her boss is doing next.
any

Casey Joint

The chauffeur and helicopter pilot for the Drachma family. Always ready to take the family wherever they want to go in the world.
any

Shay Lounge

The lodge caretaker. Shay lives all year round at the Drachma’s ski lodge and thinks of it as their home, rather than the Drachma’s.
any

Devon Cream

The Drachma family’s Cook. You often travel with the family and prepare all their food, even snacks. You are always prepared to whip up a batch of anything.
any

Bill Board

You work for the Drachma’s as the Head of Marketing. You are always sharply dressed to project a professional image of the company.

As the game is set in a 'Mountain Lodge' on a ski trip how about a fondue? Easy to prepare and fun for everyone, this is the winter equivalent of sitting around the barbeque or camp fire.

Starter

Cheese Fondue

1 cup dry white wine
½ pound grated Gruyere cheese
½ pound grated Swiss or Danish cheese
2 tablespoons flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
French loach cut into dipping size chunks

1. Simmer the wine in the fondue pot.
2. Add half of the Swiss cheese and stir into wine until melted.
3. Repeat with half of the Gruyere cheese and then the other halves of the remaining cheese.
4. When all the cheese has melted stir in the salt, nutmeg and flour.
5. Serve with French bread.

Don't have a fondue? Not to worry you can make the cheese fondue in a saucepan and place this over a heat source on the table. (A large night light works - you may just have to keep stirring it to keep it runny).

Main Course

Hungarian Goulash

&frac13 vegetable oil
3 sliced onions
2 tablespoons Hungarian sweet paprika
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
3 pounds of beef stew meat (cut into chunks)
6 ounces tomato puree
1 ½ cups of water
1 garlic clove, crushed

1. Heat vegetable oil over a medium heat and cook onions until soft, stirring frequently. Remove from the oil and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the paprika, salt and pepper. Coat the beef cubes in the spice mixture and cook in the onion pot until brown on both sides.
3. Return the onions to the pot, add the tomato puree, water and garlic.
4. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 ½ to 2 hours, or until the meat is tender.

Dessert

Chocolate Dip

10 fluid ounces double cream
6 ounces of Crème fraîche
1 pound semisweet chocolate
Strawberries, bananas, pineapple, marshmallow or any other dipping item of your choice

1. Melt the chocolate over boiling water.
2. Whilst the chocolate is melting lightly whip the cream so it has thickened but is not stiff.
3. Once chocolate is melted pour into whipped cream and blend together, then add Crème fraîche.
4. Serve immediately with precut dipping items.

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

A classic "cut off from the world" scenario when the storm arrives, which leaves the players nothing else to concentrate on except finding out who amongst them is a killer. A good plot for an entertaining evening with everybody suspecting everybody else, but happily (or unhappily for the murderer) there is a result to be result.
- David

Watch the introduction to the mystery