The inspector/facilitator role is essential for the game to work. He/she facilitates the entire evening.
The other characters can be taken from the audience and briefed before game play starts, OR you can select a group to play your suspects in advance of the night and give them time to get fluent in their roles and answers.
The rest of the guests are fully included in the game as they’ll be asking questions throughout the night.
The Magistrate – The man responsible for solving the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, the Magistrate has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!
Ned Nickerley – Gentleman rogue
An intelligent man of the world, Ned dresses solely but smartly in black and always seems to have money to spend or, if not money, then assorted valuables such as men’s pocket watches or ladies earrings.
Hubert Saggingsails – Jolly innkeeper
Cap’n Hubert dresses and talks like the eye-patched, wooden-eared pirate he used to be before he decided to settle down on dry land.
Alfie Broadbum – Talkative coach driver
The chatty Alfie wears tatty clothes and is constantly searching for more newspapers to push inside them as weatherproofing.
Miss Amelia Ravenblood – Bride to be
Dressed to attract men, Amelia only has one requirement; that her men be perpendicular, male and still breathing.
Doris Thumplightly – Frumpy chaperone
Bundled up in layers of clothing and covered in a cape, the ferocious Doris is a young ladies bodyguard and organiser.
Lady Panthea Katt – A refined woman
With puffed sleeves, flowing dresses and plaited tresses, Lady Panthea Katt is somewhat out of place at the Highwayman’s Halt.
Additional characters in the 9 cast game:
Mr Zackary Falsegoldsmith – New money businessman
Zackary is a commoner posing as new middle class, a bread and dripping eater with very deep pockets.
Mrs Abbatissa Falsegoldsmith – Ideas above her station wife
Fiercely protective of her new place in society, Abbatissa has developed a very fine accent, wears lots of fake jewellery including a tiara, and carries an enormous handbag.
Additional characters in the 11 cast game:
Capt Quentin Ramrod – Stiff upper lip, upper class military type
A smart, be-medalled soldier, Ramrod is ever ready to take command in a crisis.
Dolores Saggingsails – Fierce tavern wench
Dolores, the pirate-talking tavern wench, possibly illegally wed to Hubert, wears a fashion eye-patch even though it isn’t needed and shares his obsession with extracting money from paying guests.
Additional characters in the 13 cast game:
Daft Sam – General helper at the Highwayman’s Halt
With straw in his hair and holes in his clothes, Sam comes across as a bit dense but actually has hidden depths, evidenced by his copious note-taking.
Becky Pinchpenny – General maid
A typical short-change expert serving wench with an eye for loose gold coins, Becky is quiet but observant, especially where unattended coins are concerned.