The Curse of the Sultan’s Pyjamas

Professor Colin Fipmacintyre – the head of the Archaeology faculty in Oxbridge, is a popular after-dinner speaker.

His favourite topic “The Curse of the Sultan’s Pyjamas” has been well received in many dinner venues, especially as he brings along the Sultan’s Pyjamas jewel itself!

Unfortunately, tonight his talk is cut short. Just a few minutes into his planned speech Colin Fipmacintyre drops dead in full view of the assembled diners.

Is the curse real? It’s up to you to decide!

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This Game is Rated:


This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older.

Murder – Two murders have been undertaken, so violence is suggested. One murder occurs during the game.
Suggestive Themes – Mild provocative references or materials suggestive of normal male/female monogamous relationships.

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set

  • Full instructions

  • Scripts for each cast member

  • Invitation flyer (which you can copy to requirements)

  • Table Clues (part A and B)

  • Guest instruction handouts x 12 copies

  • CD-ROM of printable files you can use to print duplicate materials as needed


3 reviews for The Curse of the Sultan’s Pyjamas

  1. Happy Customer

    There were almost 90 people at our event on Saturday evening and it was fantastic! People were a little unsure to start with, but a screaming cleaner certainly got the evening off to a great start. Guests soon got into the swing of things and clue swapping and eavesdropping on other tables was going on aplenty. My husbands table still managed to miss out on some of the most vital clues and was therefore completely clueless!! All in all, a great night out.

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How it works:

This format of game is ideal for novice hosts.

This particular game format requires 7 (or 8) cast who can also participate as “detectives” to if wished, use of 1 large room with stage area, and a few easy to obtain prop clues.

This mystery requires very little rehearsal time, and the cast do not need to learn any lengthy back story. Cast can usually manage to perform the short skits after just 30 minutes to an hour run through on the day, or can act “script in hand” throughout the performance.

Two murders occurs during the event. Usually one happens before the first script (and is announced within that script, and one occurs mid way through the evening.

Your guests will play the role of detectives. You can have any number of detectives, your only limit is the size of your room, and confidence of your cast. Performing for large groups over 100 in number, your cast may benefit from added sound support.

The audience will watch 2 fully acted scenes, witness two murders and will be required to solve the case by bartering and exchanging clues between the teams in order to see as much information about the case as possible.

This style of murder mystery usually works best with 40+ guests.

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:

Detective Inspector I. B. Clueless – The policeman sent to solve the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Ian Buchanan Clueless has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone! If anything he is more like a bungling detective than a methodical one, but it has to be said, he does get results.

Professor Colin Fipmacintyre – University dean
A typical university professor with black gown covering a suit, Professor Fipmacintyre is a male chauvinist with a commanding presence and is a well rehearsed and confident speaker.

Colin Fipmacintyre is the first victim of the evening and can be played by the person who plays IB Clueless with a quick change of clothing and facial / headgear props.

Sandra Fipmacintyre – Colin’s wife
The immaculately presented wife of Colin Fipmacintyre, Sandra enjoys the privileges Colin’s position brings and has worked hard to achieve her high social standing.

Dr Sheila Fielding – University lecturer
Stern and studious, Dr Sheila Fielding has risen through the ranks of the university through sheer hard work and determination.

Justin Tomlinson – Archaeologist
Just back from the field, Justin Tomlinson has attended his uncle’s talk this evening to show his continued support. He tends to wear a jacket and trousers rather than a formal suit.

Ethan Fawkes – Archaeologist
A dashing dilettante who took up archaeology purely for something to do, Ethan managed to obtain university funding for a dig in Egypt, but in actual fact has used the money to fund a lavish way of life in Cairo.

Shona Donaldson
 – Head of the Student’s Union
An angry, sarcastic young woman, Shona Donaldson dresses in drab, unflattering clothing and objects to just about anything on principle.

Fabien Yahoui – Businessman and university sponsor
A charming French businessman, Fabien Yahoui has sponsored the university for many years and has a close friendship with the Fipmacintyres.