Who Stole Christmas?

Who Stole Christmas?

  • Players: 6
  • Theme: Industrial Espionage, Fantasy, Christmas, Theft, Murderless
  • Type: Dinner Party Games
€19.99
Christmas is fast approaching and the elves are working hard making the presents for children all around the world. Then disaster strikes... Dringomail, the North Pole Postmaster, find that a sack of letters from children has gone missing from the post office. If the letters are not found, then many children will be disappointed this year as Santa will have nothing to give them. Can the North Pole elves find the missing letters and save Christmas?

Complete Character List

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Dringomail

The Postmaster at the North Pole.
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Raefind

Head of Santa's Secrets Service (SSS)
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Mirdonsmith

The Foreman of the shop floor.
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Laimbenthunk

Head of Research & Development
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Badhorbox

Head of the Packaging Department
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Remherd

The Head Reindeer Handler

As this mystery is set around the Christmas period, a Christmas themed meal could be used.

Starter

Tomato and Orange Soup

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
1 cup water
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
6 slices country bread, cut 1-inch thick
6 ounces Gruyere, sliced paper thin

1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. When the foaming subsides, add the onion and salt and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.
2. Stir in the garlic, thyme, and cinnamon and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
3. Add the tomatoes with juice, 1 cup water, and orange juice and bring to a boil.
4. Decrease the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the flavors are melded and the liquid is slightly reduced, 20 to 25 minutes.
5. Process in a blender or food processor in batches until the soup is smooth and aerated. Return the puree to the saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Add the sherry vinegar and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, as desired.
6. For croutons - toast the bread on both sides, then add cheese and melt. Place on top of soup as it is served.

Main Course

Stuffed Turkey Parcels

6 turkey escalope's
12 rashes of lean bacon
Sausage meat
Fresh prunes (stoned & chopped))
Dates (stoned & chopped)
Apricots (stoned 7 chopped)
Herbs de Provence
Salt & Pepper

1. In a blender put the sausage meat, prunes, dates, apricots, season with Herbs de Provence, salt and pepper. Blend to make stuffing. There should still be visible chunks of the fruit showing in the stuffing. (you may like to add finely chopped and cooked onion to the mixture).
2. Place a roll of stuffing at one end of the escalope (the size of stuffing will depend on the size of the escalope used) and then roll from the stuffing end to the other end.
3. Wrap the escalope in bacon (two pieces for each one) ensuring that it is well covered.
4. Place in a preheated oven (350°F or 180° C) for approximately half an hour (cooking times may vary depending on the oven used).

This recipe can be adapted, depending on the size of the turkey escalope used, you may need two parcels per person.
Serve with a selection of vegetables, roast potatoes and gravy.

Dessert

Snowball Pudding

1 Can of mandarin oranges (drained)
50g Sultanas
50g Seedless raisins
(2 tbsp Sherry)
75g Glace cherries (coloured)
100g Butter
100g Icing sugar
50g Ground almonds
1 packet trifle sponge cakes
125ml Double cream

1. Lightly butter a 500ml basin
2. Place sultanas and raisins in a small basin and add juice from mandarins (or sherry for traditional recipe)
3. Cut cherries into quarters
4. Cream butter and icing sugar together
5. Cut cherries into quarters onto butter, fold in ground almonds
6. Crumble sponge cakes into mixture
7. Fold in oranges, raisins and sultanas
8. Fold in trifle sponge crumbs
9. Place mixture in basin and press down firmly
10. Cover and chill - 12hrs minimum
11. Just before serving whisk cream
12. Turn pudding out and cover with cream - decorate to taste

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

As many games produced in the market place are about murder, or at least somebody dying, this was a pleasant change to solve a mystery with a Christmas feel good story. As I played the culprit thief, I found it hard to believe I could do such a thing at Christmas!
- Douglas

Watch the introduction to the mystery