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Power, Plots and Pistols, Murder Mystery Game

( for 8 to 10 people )

The year is 1649 and we find ourselves in King Charles I's England, a country torn apart by years of civil war and religious persecution.

One place the Grim Reaper is hard at work is the Manor of Buckingham, in the county of Buckinghamshire, where an unhealthy dose of the plague, and a spate of highway robberies, have seen the county become ever more isolated and close to ungovernable. Increasingly frail, Lord Henry Blacksnake's grip on power is slowly ebbing away, and the vultures are beginning to circle.

Struck down with a moderate case of the 'Black Death', Lord Henry has confined himself to his bedchamber, and now sees only his immediate family and personal servants, all of whom believe, with varying degrees of sadness, that the end must soon be near.

It is with complete shock then, that his freshly severed head and body are found in the darkness of the Great Hall of Buckingham Castle. The alarm is raised and the Night Watch immediately seals off all exits to the castle.

Dawn sees the coincidental arrival of 'Witchfinder General', Matthew Hopkins, who immediately assumes control and calls for a formal inquisition of all those found within the castle walls, some of whom we would expect to be there, and some of whom, we would not.

Guests / Suspects :

DICK TURPIN - He is 'The Dandy Highwayman' - who they're too scared to mention! He spends his time robbing the rich to feed....errm....himself, and to finance his extravagent lifestyle.
BLACK BESS - The most daring highwaywoman in England. A poor orphan from an unknown background, she is known as 'The People's Champion', as she gives most of her takings to the county's peasants.
Edmund Blacksnake - Son and heir to the Blacksnake Lordship and Manor. He has a well-earned reputation for sadism, due to his fondness for the torture and murder of peasants.
LADY BLACKSNAKE - Lord Henry's third and current wife. A devout Catholic; she is increasingly concerned at the growing popularity of religious persecution.
OLIVER COMLEY - The thoroughly devious Sheriff of Buckingham. He works for Lord Blacksnake, but seems to spend more time scheming with his deputies than actually solving any crimes.
OLD MOTHER SHIPTON - Almost nothing is known about her! No one knows who she is or where she's come from, as they've never seen her before - or so they think! She should take care; in this day and age she could be mistaken for a witch!
CLAUDE DUVAL - 'The Gallant Highwayman'. His courteous manner, avoidance of violence and fashionable attire, have earned him a reputation as a true 'gentleman of the road'.
MAID MARY-ANNE - Lady-in-waiting to Lady Blacksnake. She has lived in Buckingham Castle since being orphaned at birth and taken in by Lord and Lady Blacksnake.
SAMUEL PEPYS - A leading socialite and famous diarist. His entertaining accounts of the intrigues of C17th Court have made him a much sought after dinner guest.
NELL GWYNE - The most popular and famous actress in England. She started out selling oranges in Covent Garden, but her quick wit, beauty and talent, soon ensured she was successfully 'treading the boards' at the local theatre house.

Contents :
Instructions, 10 Character Booklets, 10 colour Invitations (with character descriptions and colour portraits to assist with costume selection), Secret Clues, Table Place Names, 10 Envelopes, Narative CD

Also required in order to play (but not included) : CD player