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Death on the Rocks (12–16) 18+

Author: Murder Mystery Games  Date: 05 December 2021

Death on the Rocks – a 1930s murder mystery party game with a village setting for 12 to 16 guests.

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Death on the Rocks – a 1930s murder mystery party game with a village setting for 12 to 16 guests.

Recommended for ages 18+
Costs US$29.99
Written by Jessica Andrews

Death on the Rocks is a dinner party murder mystery game for 12 to 16 guests and a host – download the free introductory pdf file.

Join us in a thrilling evening of romantic scandal, poisonous gossip, political tension 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 Death on the Rocks? It's up to you.

Death on the Rocks

Death on the Rocks is set in 1936, on the notoriously cold and windy Gull Island, just off the north-east coast of England, whose perilous rocks have claimed many a victim. It is 6:30pm on the eve of the winter's Solstice, a traditional day of celebration for the villagers of Little Bleakly – much to the horror of the local Reverend. The wind is howling and the rain is coming down in sheets, but inside the village hall has been cheerfully decorated with brightly coloured flags and bunting.

The needle of the gramophone is poised over 'Music Maestro Please', and many of the villagers have already arrived in the village hall, when Little Bleakly is suddenly plunged into darkness by a power cut. Stumbling along the shadowy and winding paths with candles in their hands, the remaining villagers are on their way when light returns.

The festivities are ready to begin! Except someone is missing: Hugo Malady, the dashing heir to the legendary Malady fortune, who traditionally kickstarts the Winter Solstice Celebrations, is nowhere to be seen! The villagers spread out over the island in search. Soon, a shrill scream is heard from Lighthouse Bay: Freda, the local pub landlady, has discovered the body of Hugo Malady on the beach, lifeless, with a dagger protruding from the back of his neck!

Get ready for suspicion, intrigue, gossip and a jolly good pub meal – and join us at Death on the Rocks!

Death on the Rocks 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.

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

These are the characters in Death on the Rocks:

Number of
guests
Male
characters
Female
characters
Ungendered
characters
12 5 6 1
13 5 6 2
14 6 6 2
15 6 6 3
16 6 6 4

How Freeform Games Murder Mysteries Work

Death on the Rocks 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!

Death on the Rocks 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, Death on the Rocks lets you decide how to achieve your goals and thwart your enemies.

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Malady family's Lawyer, and welcomed to Little Bleakly. 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 Death on the Rocks. What is the secret of the wig? Is there really a gypsy curse? What is kept in small blue glass bottles? Who wants to live forever? Who might be a foreign spy? And, of course, who killed Hugo Malady? 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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