A Christmas Carol Catastrophe

Christmas in a traditional country village. What could be nicer? A smattering of snow, a happy festive band of carollers, an after singing party in a cosy warm country home with a roaring open fire and a bubbling pot of mulled wine.

Unfortunately, this seasonal good-will-to-all-men came to an abrupt and rather gruesome end this evening when the body of Ivor Kracker was discovered in a bloody mess on the floor of the lounge.

One of the jolly carol singers is responsible for this tragedy, but the question is… who?

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This Game is Rated:


This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older.

Murder – One murder has been undertaken, so violence is suggested.
Suggestive Themes – Mild provocative references or materials.
Sexual themes – hints at marital affairs (no one is engaged in any but the suggestion is there they might be), several murders in the past are revealed. Unhappy relationships at home between spouses. Two cast members are divorced. One cast member is pregnant (ligitimately so)

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set

  • Full instructions

  • Scripts for each cast member

  • Invitation flyer (which you can copy to requirements)

  • Clue Labels

  • Guest handout (which you can copy to requirements)

  • Access to digital files if needed

  • Character background for each cast member

  • Cast guidelines for each cast member

  • Any additional printable files as needed for clues

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How it works:

Multi-room events are designed to be run in multiple rooms in a venue and are a great way of showing off your premises, or getting maximum footfall through what would otherwise be too small a venue for a traditional murder mystery evening.

These events have proved very popular with the guests, as it encourages them to interrogate the suspects and locate clues hidden around the building. There are usually seven to eight cast, one murder occurs before the evening and the crime scene is set up in one of the rooms in the venue.

The instructions document (the sample file attached) contains the details of the physical clues you will need to obtain for the evening – these are usually easy to obtain props, and some games have paper clues within them too.

We usually suggest a roving buffet as the guests move between rooms, but some hosts prefer to have a formal two-course meal mid-way through the evening.

For these events guests require a special handout and a pen/pencil to keep track of information presented to them.

The scripts are, in the main, monologues which means they can be learned ahead of the event by the actors. Two actors will share a duologue.

Due to the nature of these events, and the need for each guest to have a hand-out, we will only print one copy of each file when ordered as a printed kit. If you wish further copies of the guest handout – please get in touch so we can find out how many copies you need and provide you with a quote.

Each “download and print at home” kit is provided as a zip file containing a set of PDF files for you to print at home, and a selection of MP3 files to use on the night.

Each dinner party game requires use of a printer and A4 paper (approx. 80 sheets for a 6 player kit – 240 sheets for a 20 player kit), envelopes so you can send out your invitations, and either a laptop or MP3 player (e.g. an ipod) to play the inspector MP3s; OR a CD burner so you can burn the MP3s onto a CD to run in an ordinary CD player.

When you order the game you’ll be sent a link to download the files you need.  The file will be a zip file.  This can be opened with a zip compatible program on your computer.  If you struggle to open zip files – we can email you the game directly over several emails instead – just contact us after purchase to arrange this.

You will download the following files:

  • How to use this game
  • Instructions for running the murder mystery
  • Making the most of your theme- ideas for decoration / activities.
  • Invitations
  • Character Booklets (available in single sided printer and double sided printer format)
  • Scripted for the inspector character (available in single sided printer and double sided printer format)
  • Solution script for the inspector character (needed when printing from the single sided copy)
  • MP3 files for the inspector character (dialogue and solution)
  • Hints and tips
  • Recipe suggestions
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase

This is the easiest way to play.  Everything you need will arrive in a box, pre-printed, directly to your door.

You will receive through the post:

  • Instruction booklet (includes hints and tips)
  • Invitations and envelopes for all the guests
  • Character booklets
  • CD of the inspector
  • Inspector script in a sealed envelope so you don’t find out the solution by accident!
  • Making the most of your theme and recipe suggestion booklet.
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase (printed inside the booklets)

We always ship within 24 hours meaning orders arrive as quickly as possible.

As each game is printed on demand, we can also provide a customisation service on any order.  See details further down the page on what we can do to tailor this game to your party.

Characters in the game:

Ava Kracker (Wife of the deceased)
Grief-stricken by her husband’s recent murder, Ava is not her usual cheery shop assistant self that everyone knows and loves.

Carole Singer (Convenience store owner)
Extremely organised and particular, Carole is on several committees in the village and fully engaged in the community.

Chris Tingle (Local Vet)
Good with animals and people, Chris is a popular man about the village and is very good at making people feel at ease.

Donna Blitzen (Local Farmer)
Strong and attractive, Donna has managed the farm since her husband died and is not afraid of hard work.

Gaye Buntin 
(District Nurders)
Efficient and extremely capable, Gaye is a big advocate of the ‘tough love’ approach so don’t expect any mollycoddling!

Noel Nowell (Owner of the local coach company)
Well turned out and a respected pillar of the local community, Noel has a strong work ethic and a disciplined mind.

Rudolph Snoze (Landlord of the Glitterin’ Star)
Jovial, convivial and with strong arms from pulling pints, Rudolph is well liked within the village and just the man for a gossip and a joke..

Detective Inspector Holly Bush (Detective)
Detective Inspector Holly Bush is the detective sent to solve the case. She provides the solution speech at the end of the evening.