The Melbright Cup Murders

Australia! Home to Ayres Rock, Sidney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef and of course: the famous Melbright Cup thoroughbred horserace!

This year, like it has for the past few years, the Melbright Cup Trophy has gone on tour to foster even more interest in the annual race.

Tonight the Trophy is visiting yet another charitable venue, a gala organised by the Riding for the Disabled Club.

Unfortunately things go horribly wrong. Seymour Crooks the security guard is discovered murdered, but even worse – the Trophy on display is found to be a fake!

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This Game is Rated:

Teen

This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older.

Including:
Murder – Once murder occurs pre-game and one during the game.
Sexual Themes – Mild innuendo only.

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

Reviews:

1 review for The Melbright Cup Murders

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Happy Customer

    The Albany Harness Racing Club presented the Emirates Melboune Cup Murder Mystery Dinner and Gala Auction as part of the celebrations for the Melbourne Cup visit to Albany on October 11th 2008. The game was great! We had about 180 guests and used good actors – which I think is important for a group of this size or it would not have run so well. We could have improved the event by holding the game early in the night, before all the guests had drunk too much, because it was quite intricate and tricky to figure out the answer. I would highly recommend this game.

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Sample:

How it works:

How do skit and clue scripts work?

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.

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:

Detective Inspector Bruce McBruce – The policeman sent to solve the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Bruce McBruce 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.

Clarence Mount – The Melbright Cup Tour Manager.
Handsome, suave and sophisticated Clarence Mount prides himself on his appearance and is always dressed in tailor made clothing.

Shelly Beech – Melbright Cup Chief of Security.
Beautiful and deadly, Shelly is always in her security guard uniform and woe betide anyone who messes with her – her hands are deadly weapons!

Ted Kelly
 – Local Security Guard
A bit of a ladies man, Ted is extremely good looking in a rough sort of way and strong. He dresses trendily and wears enough cologne to sink a battle ship!

William “Billy”Bong – Local Man.
Rough and ready for anything, William “Billy” Bong is a scruffy local who is often in hot-water with the police.

Anne Zacks – Radical Environmentalist.
Ready to protest about everything and anything, Anne Zacks is always in practical clothing and waving a placard.

Victoria Derby – Chair of the Riding for the Disabled Club.
Fascinated by horse racing and defiantly part of the racing set, Victoria is always dressed for the races, with a fancy hat and an extremely fashionable dress or suit.