Friends, Romans, Murderers…

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Infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it in for me!

The year is 44 BC and in Rome, the glittering capital of a vast and powerful empire, gladiatorial combat, roaring lions, mysterious omens and political intrigue abound. But all is not well at the Senate as the First Consul, Julius Caesar has become too big for his shiny red boots and there is a plot among his political opponents to kill him.

However when Caesar dies at home in his bed under mysterious circumstances everyone begins to wonder who foiled one of the biggest murder plots in history! There are daggers, petulant slaves and motives aplenty as well as a touch of classical pizzazz.

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Characters in the 6 player game

Didius Severus – The man sent to solve the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Didius Severus has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!

Brutus – Governor of Gaul.
Wearing a crisp white toga which shows off his bling splendidly, Brutus is a Palatine Hill bovver boy, rippling with muscles and attitude who’s handy with his fists.

Calpurnia – Wife of Julius Caesar.
With a floaty tunic, a chain of wild flowers around her neck and in her hair, she’s quite the hippy chick.

Arsenix the Gaul – Slave.
Primped and preened to make him look like a respectable house slave, Arsenix the Gaul has still got that wild, flowing hair and big droopy moustache that mark him out as not from round here.

Flavia – Chef.
In her low-cut gown and with her hair bejewelled, Flavia is a glamorous chef who exudes sex appeal. You could say she’s a living goddess.

Titus Panticus – Bodyguard.
Wearing a fur-trimmed toga with gold sequins, Titus Panticus is Caesar’s personal bodyguard and fashion adviser.

Cossetta – Slave girl.
Barefoot and wearing a little shift dress with a cord around her waist, Cossetta is a slave girl who carries a broom and sweeps and sings wistfully.

Additional characters in the 8 player game:

Bibulus – Consul.
Wearing a woman’s full-length gown, his laurel wreath a bit wonky and hiding beneath a cloak, Bibulus doesn’t come across as leadership material.

Fortuna – Oracle at the Temple of Jupiter.
With her wild, flowing hair and full length cloak, Fortuna looks enigmatic, mysterious and frankly a bit potty.

Additional characters in the 10 player game:

Mark Antony – General of the Roman Army.
With his lithe tanned body, rippling biceps, brand new laurel wreath and skimpy toga, Mark Antony thinks he’s a bit of a Cupid.

Cleopatra – Queen of Egypt.
With her headdress, distinctive eye make-up, gold jewellery and long figure-hugging gown, this Egyptian powerhouse is dazzlingly exotic and beautiful.

Additional characters in the 12 player game:

Agononius – Apothecary.
A shady-looking character, unshaven and wearing a dirty tunic, Agononius carries figs and strange potions in his cloak and has herbs hanging from the cord around his waist.

Hilaria – Consul’s wife.
In a true blue gown with shoulder pads, bedecked with rossettes and carrying a manifesto, Hilaria is Bibulus’ wife and campaign manager.

Additional Characters in the 14 player game

Gluteus Minimus – Gladiator.

Knock-kneed and weedy, Gluteus Minimus is hardly lion-fighting material. With a shiny breastplate and dagger, there’s not scratch or a drop of blood on him.

Vesty Virginia – a Vestal Virgin.

Wearing a white veil with red and white ribbons and a shawl over her long dress, and with shiny sandals and braided hair, Vesty Viginia isn’t exactly the picture of innocence.

Additional Characters in the 16 player game

Biggus Diggus- Road builder.
Wearing tunic and sandals and carrying architectural plans, Biggus is ready for anything, or at least he says he is!

Servilia – Julius Caesar’s mistress and mother of Brutus.
Wearing a red cloak over her gown and a black pearl in her headdress, Servilia is a bit past her sell by date, heavily made-up and out to impress.

Additional Characters in the 18 player game

Drearios – Julius Caesar’s Tutor.
Wearing a dun-coloured tunic and carrying a stone tablet, Drearios is a Greek tutor who will bore you to tears.

Canidia – Professional poisoner.
Dressed in a tunic and cloak, Canidia has a pocket full of potions, plants and business cards.

Additional Characters in the 20 player game

Privatus – Caesar’s secretary.
With his ink-stained toga, a pen behind his ear and with armfuls of scrolls, Privatus looks like a man who’s overworked.

Florentia – Julius Caesar’s childhood nurse.

Dressed in a tunic and wearing a cap and apron, Florentia carries a baby’s rattle and bib as she’s the fussy, mothering type.

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.


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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.
Suggestive Themes - Sexual affairs mentioned.
Sexual innuendo. Acting as if attracted to particular characters is suggested in the character backgrounds.


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