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Arabian Nights (18–24) 12+

Author: Murder Mystery Games  Date: 29 November 2021

Arabian Nights – a fairy-tale murder mystery party game with an exotic setting for 18 to 24 guests

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Arabian Nights – a fairy-tale murder mystery party game with an exotic setting for 18 to 24 guests

"We played Arabian Nights last Saturday to a huge success! It was amazing! I instantly had requests to start planning another. You guys are great!!!"
Kent Nyland, Arizona, United States

Recommended for ages 12+
Costs US$39.99
Written by Lisa Perez

Arabian Nights is a dinner party murder mystery game for 18 to 24 guests and one or two hosts – download the free introductory pdf file.

Join us in an enchanted evening of thievery, investigation, betrayal, and magic! You will be in the middle of the action and it will be up to you to wheel and deal with the other guests. Can you achieve your goals, keep your secrets hidden and survive Arabian Nights? It's up to you.

Arabian Nights

Welcome to Ardalan, a small kingdom ruled by a benevolent Sultan. Ardalan has its share of troubles: the city is plagued by thieves and smugglers, including a group known as the Band of Forty Thieves. Try as they might, the Sultan's guards have never succeeded in capturing the Band's leader.

However, not everything in Ardalan is corrupt. The Sultan has a beautiful daughter, Princess Almeera, who has just turned eighteen. Earlier this evening, the Sultan chose a husband for her. Dozens of princes attended the feast, but the Sultan noticed one man who was handsomer, cleverer, and richer than any of the others in attendance. So, the Sultan announced his daughter's engagement to the Prince Ala' ad-Din.

Tragically, the young prince's dead body was discovered in the marketplace only an hour later. The Sultan's guards are surrounding the marketplace, and the Grand Vizier is on his way to oversee the investigations. No-one is leaving the marketplace until the murderer is found.

Arabian Nights lasts for about four hours and is suited to an evening. It is often played over a meal – a finger buffet if possible to allow guests to circulate and talk in private.

"I directed Arabian Nights last Friday and what a blast! It's really a fantastic game, probably one of your best :) Thanks for giving it to us, you guys are awesome :)"
Sigrún Geirsdottir, Iceland

The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game, a cast list of all the characters, and a copy of the Marketplace Messageboard – plus details of how to buy the game.

These are the characters in Arabian Nights:

Number of
18 6 6 6
19 6 7 6
20 7 6 7
21 7 7 7
22 7 8 7
23 8 7 8
24 8 8 8

How Freeform Games Murder Mysteries Work

Arabian Nights is unlike many murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a murder, most of the characters have more important things to do than to investigate it. And the killing may not be over – it is unlikely that everyone will survive the remainder of the evening!

Arabian Nights is played just like a murder mystery game. You may be trying to solve the murder, but primarily you are (initially at least) concentrating on your own goals and objectives. Unlike most boxed murder mystery games, Arabian Nights lets you decide how to achieve your goals and thwart your enemies.

"I loved the theme of Arabian Nights! Really unique."
A Customer, United States

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Genie, and welcomed to Ardalan's marketplace. They then receive their detailed backgrounds – including dark secrets, objectives and money. The fun then begins as they form alliances, blackmail each other, steal items and maybe even try to murder one another! Along the way they may uncover some of the mysteries of Arabian Nights. Who is the leader of the Band of Forty Thieves? Who stole the magic lamp? Who secretly loves Princess Almeera? And, of course, who murdered Prince Ala' ad-Din? Depending on what the players choose to do, there are several different possible endings, but finally everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.

Extra characters

Sometimes you have too many guests and you need more characters. So we've written a free extra character for each of our games that you can add in, and some of our customers have created their own characters for their parties and are kindly willing to share them.

Please note that we haven't always tested these – and they may not tie in exactly with our games.

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