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Davy Jones' Locker

Author: Murder Mystery Games  Date: 05 December 2021

Davy Jones' Locker – a murder mystery party game with a pirate setting for 10 to 15 guests.

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Davy Jones' Locker – a murder mystery party game with a pirate setting for 10 to 15 guests.

"Now that we've tried a freeform game, we'll never host another type of mystery dinner party! Six months later, our guests are still talking about what a fantastic time they had with Davy Jones' Locker."
Amy D., United States

Recommended for ages 15+
Costs US$29.99
Written by Mark Schaefer

Davy Jones' Locker is a dinner party murder mystery game for 10 to 15 guests and a host – download the free introductory pdf file.

Join us in a thrilling evening of intrigue, double-dealing, mysterious powers 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 Davy Jones' Locker? It's up to you.

Davy Jones' Locker

It is 1785, and the Caribbean is a hotbed of violence, treachery, the occult and, of course, piracy. Tortuga, an island off the north coast of Haiti, is home not only to peaceful plantations, but also to thieves, gypsies, scavengers, voodoo queens and grave robbers. Tortuga is also a pirate stronghold and a frequent port-of-call for the most feared pirates in the Caribbean.

Abel "Blackheart" Read, the Caribbean's most nefarious pirate, had wrought havoc for many years throughout the region – but now his reign of terror is over. First, Blackheart and the Pegasus, his ship, was captured a month ago -- and then two weeks ago Blackheart's second-in-command, Calico Jack, ran his ship (the Orion) aground off Tortuga's rocky north coast. With these two pirates (and their ships) out of business, the waters of the Caribbean are much safer.

They have also created a power vacuum in the pirate world – one that will no doubt be filled before too long.

Tonight, the Libra, a retired warship converted for commercial use, departs from Tortuga on its journey to St. Augustine, Florida. For some of its passengers, this will prove to be a profitable journey. For others, Tortuga may be the last dry land they ever see...

In Davy Jones' Locker, the course of this fateful journey will be played out over the course of a single evening. There are, among the passengers and crew, an ex-pirate, a gypsy, and a nun. However, not everyone is who, or what, they seem. Some (well, all) of those on board have mysterious secrets and will do anything to prevent them from being revealed.

Davy Jones' Locker 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.

"Davy Jones' Locker was fantastic. All the scheming and backstabbing made for a great time. A great night was had by all!"
Kimberley Retschlag, Australia

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

These are the characters in Davy Jones' Locker:

Number of
guests
Male
characters
Female
characters
Ungendered
characters
10 5 3 2
11 5 4 2
12 6 4 2
13 6 5 2
14 6 5 3
15 6 5 4

How Freeform Games Murder Mysteries Work

Davy Jones' Locker is unlike many murder mystery games. This game, unlike most of our mysteries, doesn't start with a murder. However, by the end of the journey it is unlikely that everyone will survive!

Davy Jones' Locker 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, Davy Jones' Locker lets you decide how to achieve your goals and thwart your enemies.

"Everyone really enjoyed Davy Jones' Locker – they commented that it was so different from other murder mysteries they've played, and it was much better than they were expecting after previous experiences with scripted games."
Jennifer Stout, United Kingdom

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Deckhand, and welcomed aboard the Libra. 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 Davy Jones' Locker. Who was responsible for Blackheart's capture? Who really wrecked the Orion? Will the Montenegro curse be broken? And perhaps most importantly of all, who will find Blackheart's treasure? 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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