onceuponamurder

Once upon a Murder – Large group script

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall…but no! Humpty didn’t fall. He was pushed!

Which of these familiar fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters is the perpetrator? Can you solve this scrambled case?

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This Game is Rated:

Teen

This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older.

Including:
A murder – violence suggested.
Comic Mischief – Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour.
Suggestive Themes – Mild provocative references or materials and sexual innuendo.

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set

  • Full instructions

  • Script booklet for each cast member

  • Invitation flyer (which you can copy to requirements)

  • Invitations and envelopes for each cast member

  • Script for the inspector

  • Guest instruction handouts x 20 copies

  • Clue question sheets for guests

  • Solution in sealed envelope so inspector can play too

Reviews:

2 reviews for Once upon a Murder – Large group script

  1. Happy Customer

    We used the Large Group version of Once Upon a Murder as a very enjoyable social evening within a weekend of serious business as the Board and senior staff of a large charity. There were about 20 people present, and the 11 character version fitted well, allowing people choice as to whether to act or ask questions, but keeping everyone involved. Some had experience of murder mysteries, others none, but everyone soon picked up the approach. We had a private dining room in a hotel, and were able to fit the serving of 3 courses around it without much difficulty for hotel staff. Any more characters would have made it too time consuming.

    We had chosen this title as a relaxed fantasy setting, with no risk of parallels with the “day job”. The pantomime characters made it easy to dress up just with hats and accessories, from a pool we asked everyone to contribute to. It was surprising how many bits of pirate gear these upright citizens had access to! Despite the nursery setting it is not childish or simple – even those with police or audit experience failed to get the solution. Hence we’re staying strictly anonymous!”

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How it works:

How a large group works

These games require 7-13 cast and involve the rest of the audience by getting them to ask pre-set questions – which are provided to them on paper by the inspector at the start of each round.

They run in a similar way to a dinner party, so are an ideal first choice for novice hosts and acing teams with little or no experience running large scale events.

These games work best as a sit down event with 6-12 tables of guests, with a suspect on each table.

As a rough guide these mysteries take approximately 2-3 hours to complete with a three course meal.

During the game the audience will listen to five short sets of dialogue from the cast and pose pre-scripted questions (which the cast answer with pre-scripted answers). There are three rounds which can be evenly spread throughout the night or, if preferred, the question and answer rounds can be bunched together into one large round.

At the end of the final round the guests are given time to decide who is the murderer, and once the guests have decided who did it, how and why (i.e. the murderer and motive) they will complete the answer sheet and hand it in.

How these games usually run.

Introductory Round: Introductions by the cast and the facilitator “inspector character”.
Rounds 1, 2 and 3: Scripted dialogue from the cast, followed by pre-set questions and answers.
Concluding Statements and solution: conclusions by the cast and denouement from the inspector.

There is one “inspector character” who acts as facilitator during the event and is essential to the cast.

Reducing the cast size will reduce the length of time required to solve the mystery.

How does a “download and print at home” kit work?

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

How does a “Pre-printed box set” work?

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:

Old King Cole – the King.
With a crown on his head and a chain of office draped over his Tudor-era clothes, Old King Cole is a merry old soul, but that jolly demeanour could just be an act.

Dread Pirate – the Pirate.
This masked pirate is quite new to the kingdom and has earned his moniker by pillaging throughout the fairy tale lands.

Jack – the Beanstalk Climber.
Strong, brave and true, Jack is dressed for his next climb and carries a pouch holding his magic beans.

Alice
 – the Investigative Journalist.
With a crumpled trenchcoat over her blue dress, Alice is a reporter determined to satisfy her curiosity.

Queen Grimhilde (QG) – the Business Executive.
The CEO and owner of Fairest of Them All Cosmetics, this former wicked queen is dressed in a sharp business suit and court shoes.

Contrary Mary – the Gardener.
Contrary Mary knows you need to get your hands dirty in order to get the job done. She’s dressed for a day of gardening.