Casino Fatale (15–30) 18+
Casino Fatale – a present-day murder mystery party game with a casino setting for 15 to 30 guests.
Curse of the Pharaoh – a 1890s murder mystery party game with an archaeological setting for 6 to 19 guests
"We did Curse of the Pharaoh Expanded for my birthday and
had a blast! I was so impressed with the game, the flow and of course
everyone's costumes. Super fun!"
Recommended for ages 18+
Written by Mo Holkar
Curse of the Pharaoh is a dinner party murder mystery game for 6 to 19 guests and a host – download the free introductory pdf file.
This game is a bit more complex than some of our others. If you've not hosted one of our games before, you might want to allocate a bit longer to prepare for it and to read through how it's going to work.
Join us in Egypt, 1894, and determine the fate of the British Empire in a thrilling evening of mystery and murder. 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 Curse of the Pharaoh? It's up to you.
Curse of the Pharaoh
The Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt. 23 April 1894. The excavation season will soon be over, as the baking sun makes digging unbearable, but the Oxford University archaeologists lead by Sir William Saville have made a startling discovery. Tonight, the team and their guests prepare to enjoy a slap-up dinner to celebrate the uncovering of the tomb of a previously unknown XVIth Dynasty pharaoh. But while the archaeologists make merry, dark clouds gather, internal tensions among the group burst to the surface and one of the local diggers is brutally murdered.
Curse of the Pharaoh 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.
"Curse of the Pharaoh Expanded is a brilliant game –
better than any other murder mystery I have played."
Becky Pruitt, United States
The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game, a cast list of all the characters, and a copy of the Cairo Gazette – plus details of how to buy the game.
These are the characters in Curse of the Pharaoh:
- Alvy Spanheim – The charming and sinister German cultural attaché
- Ariadne Price-Evans – The respected archaeologist with an intriguing past
- Eva de Chalons – The beautiful and mysterious Frenchwoman
- Helen Mackinnon – The belle of Oxford, fought over by men
- Hugh Carlaw – The enthusiastic young student
- Lindsay Wilde – The downtrodden assistant with hidden depths
- Robert Tregarne – Detective Sergeant in the Colonial Police, charged with the responsibility of clearing up this dreadful crime
- Shahfeez Merouf – The enigmatic curator of the Luxor Museum
- Sir William Saville – The veteran leader of the archaeological team
And here are the extra characters that you get if you purchase Curse of the Pharaoh Expanded:
- Alex McQueen – The ambitious young detective sergeant in Her Majesty's Colonial Police Force
- Angela Fox – Wife of a Church minister and member of the Cambridge archaeological team
- Armand Lenoir – The French archaeologist with a sad romantic history
- Chris Kovacs – The Hungarian student, dogsbody of the Cambridge archaeological team
- Fatima al-Mansoor – The unscrupulous antiquarian and collector
- Lady Jane Fortescue – The financial backer of the Cambridge archaeological team
- Marie-Claire Guiscard – The French archaeologist, dedicated to her parents
- Professor Reginald Mathers – Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge
- Reverend Godfrey Fox – Church minister and member of the Cambridge archaeological team
- Tariq al-Mansoor – The wealthy antiquarian and collector
How Freeform Games Murder Mysteries Work
Curse of the Pharaoh 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!
Curse of the Pharaoh 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, Curse of the Pharaoh lets you decide how to achieve your goals and thwart your enemies.
"Curse of the Pharaoh Expanded has a brilliant story – I
have played other mystery games from other sites in the past – your story
was unique and everyone loved the complexity and the props."
A Customer, United States
On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the archaeological team's native servant. They then receive their detailed backgrounds - including dark secrets, objectives and money. When everyone has arrived the servant announces that, with the corpse tidied away into the camel shed for safekeeping, dinner will now be served. The fun then begins as everyone questions, bribes and blackmails each other. As the evening progresses they may even try to murder one another! 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.
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.
'Ginger' Roberts – freelance reporter in search of the Big Story.
(by Freeform Games)
Paige Money – archaeological reporter for The Times. (Any)
(by Philip Murray)
- 'Ginger' Roberts – freelance reporter in search of the Big Story. (Any)
Please note that we haven't always tested these – and they may not tie in exactly with our games.