Death at Dodge City

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It’s 1878. Lawlessness abounds in Kansas, especially around Dodge City.

The notorious ‘Hole in the Corner’ gang is planning to ride up the trail to hold up the Union Pacific train that’s coming in from the gold mining town of Deadwood.

However, when the Assistant Marshall, Wyatt Twerp, is found dead in the back room of the ‘Variety’ saloon, the Sheriff needs to find some answers real quick!

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Characters in the 6 player game:

“Wild” Bill Hiccup – Cowboy.
A hapless, bungling cowboy whose plans always go awry. He carries so many weapons you’d think he’d fall over with the weight of them.

Hattie Caplock – Saloon Girl.
Wyatt’s common law wife and Saloon Girl. Hattie is the prettiest little lady in Kansas. With her fishnet tights, low cut dress, high heel boots and feather boa, she just has to flutter her eyelashes at the gents to get what she wants.

“Prospector” Rush – Gold prospector.
Rush wears a buckskin shirt and dirty boots. He’s not shaved for a week, he’s so intent on getting a strike.

“Calamity” Jane – Hell raiser.
A cowgirl wearing a check shirt and denims, Jane is a bit of a tomboy and likes a drink. Unfortunately she just doesn’t know when to stop!

“Doc” Halliday – Dentist.
A dentist who likes to gamble. Dressed in his white coat and carrying his pliers, Doc’s the man to pull out your teeth. However, it’s not only your teeth he’ll take out if you’re not careful. There’s a gun in his pocket and he’s prepared to use it.

“Big-Nose” Kate – News reporter.
A nosey news reporter with her notebook and pen.

Additional characters for the 8 player game:

“Cool-Hand” Luke – Poker player.
Luke’s so cool you can never tell what he’s thinking. He wears a striped shirt, black waistcoat and trousers and has a shoestring tie.

Annie Okey-Cokey – Showgirl.
Annie dances at the “Variety” and tells fortunes for a dollar.

Additional characters in the 10 player game:

Sam Whiskey – Bartender.
Proprietor and bartender of the “Variety” Saloon. Sam’s used to trouble and knows how to handle himself.

Madame Bullwhacker – Whorehouse madame.
She’s a tough lady who knows how to keep her customers happy.

Additional characters in the 12 player game:

Deputy Drub – Deputy Sheriff of Dodge City.
A bit of a dimwit, Drub’s more likely to catch a cold than a criminal!

“Ding-Dong” Belle – The Bandit Queen.
A stagecoach robber who wears a mask and men’s clothing. Nobody dares mess with Belle!

Additional characters in the 14 player game:

Judge N. Dury – Judge.
With his pipe, fancy waistcoat, pocket watch and top hat, Judge N. Dury is quite a dandy.

“Lil” Stitches – Dressmaker.
Lil is a dab hand with a needle. She carries a measuring tape and a selection of ribbons to decorate her bonnets. In her cotton print dress and bonnet she looks a sweetheart, but don’t stitch her up!

Additional characters in the 16 player game:

“Beef” Murphy- Beef mogul.
Irishman who made his fortune selling beef. Murphy likes his food, to be sure, to be sure!

“Cattle” Prue – Cow rustler.
A rootin’ tootin’, shootin’ cowgirl with a Colt Pacifier in her belt. Prue’s always got muck on her boots and face.

Additional characters in the 18 player game:

Dynamite Dick – Train robber.
Explosive expert and train robber. Dick’s a bit of a ladies man and frequents every whorehouse in Dodge City.

Laura Dingle – School mistress.
With her cotton print dress and bonnet and her hair in plaits, freckled-faced Laura looks as young as her pupils.

Additional characters in the 20 player game:

“Red-faced” Charley – Undertaker.
Dressed in a long black coat and top hat, you’d think Charley was a sober character, but he’s a holster and guns aplenty underneath his coat.

Ma Twerp – Wyatt Twerp’s mother.
A homely sort with her apron and cotton print dress. Her apple pie is to die for!

Never run a downloadable murder mystery before? Then don’t panic!There is no special acting required. Guests do not need to memorise any information, and everything they need to play their parts is provided to them in a handy printable booklet. The games are constructed so that everyone has to interact, and scripted dialogues are included to help break the ice and get everyone into character. Even total novices get into the swing of things quite quickly!

The game includes both sound files and a script for the inspector character who provides the setting, clues, and summaries for each round, as well as the final solution. This means as host you too can play and remain completely in the dark as to the culprit, or play the inspector yourself and invite an extra guest to the party!

Each downloadable dinner party game requires use of a printer, around 120 sheets of A4 paper (each character booklet is around 9 pages long), 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 purchase this kit 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

When you purchase this kit as a printed kit 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 booklet in a sealed envelope so you don’t find out the solution by accident!
  • Making the most of your theme and recipe suggestions booklets.
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase (printed inside the booklets)

We can customise this game.  However, sadly we do have to charge for this service as even minor customisations take between 1-2 hours to process in the office and we need to buy toilet roll and biscuits as much as the next person…

It’s hard to give “ball park” figures for what different customisations would cost however we’ve attempted to HERE.

Remember… if you just need 1 extra person, or 1 less person, why not add in the inspector as your extra guest.  The inspector can usually be male or female as the “for real” inspector can simply invent a new name for themselves.

Some hosts prefer to play the inspector role as it means they can work on the catering while the round plays out amongst their guests.

1 review for Death at Dodge City

  1. Just to let you know how much we enjoyed playing Death at Doge City. We played the 10 person version on Saturday night as part of our Golden Wedding weekend. Everybody had brilliant costumes and we had a great time. Only 1 person guessed the murderer. We are going to buy another game for our family holiday next year.

    Regards Janet Jackson

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This game is rated Mature
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.

A murder - violence suggested.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour.
Sexual themes - Prostitutes and their behaviour are mentioned in the plot.
Drugs - use of legal drugs is mentioned.
Suggestive Themes - Sexual innuendo. Acting as if attracted to particular characters is suggested in the character backgrounds.


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