Knight of Murder

A Night of Medieval Madness

A tournament of great celebration is planned to honor the noble marriage
of Baron Bartholomew to Lady Diana of Dunnsberry in the manor of Fernwood.
As a resident of the manor, you are not only invited to be there,
but your attendance is required by the request of your lord.

Whether it is to see knights jousting or to partake
in the ale and entertainment, your business is your own…
that is until you find yourself in the middle of a murder. 

With only one night to find the guilty, you will soon figure out
that there is a lot more at stake, for murder in the manor is punishable by death.
Whether you are guilty or not, there will be others trying to finger you as the culprit
as you try to find the real murderer, and only you can defend your innocence.
Who do you trust? Who will betray you before the night is through?
Everyone is a suspect and no one is safe in this mystery of medieval madness.

Be careful in attending. Your life will depend not only on
your innocence, but your ability to defend it.

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Guest Info

Guest Breakdown

With 20+ guests: At least 9 male characters, 9 female characters, 2 gender neutral-characters (roles that can be assumed by either a male or female guest).
With 15-20 guests: 7-8 male characters, 8-10 female characters, 0-2 gender-neutral.
With 10-15 guests: 6-7 male characters, 4-6 female characters, 0-2 gender-neutral.
With 8-12 guests: 4 male characters, 4-6 female characters, 0-2 gender-neutral.

 

** Not all characters will be included if you do not order 15-20 guest version.

* The upgrade is only able to upgrade the 15-20 guest version to the 20-80 guest version. The upgrade DOES NOT work with any other size of party.

With 20+ guests: At least 9 male characters, 9 female characters, 2 gender neutral-characters (roles that can be assumed by either a male or female guest).
With 15-20 guests: 7-8 male characters, 8-10 female characters, 0-2 gender-neutral.
With 10-15 guests: 6-7 male characters, 4-6 female characters, 0-2 gender-neutral.
With 8-12 guests: 4 male characters, 4-6 female characters, 0-2 gender-neutral.

 

Clean versions are void of references to extra-marital affairs, alcohol and/or illegal drugs. Teens and/or conservatives often use clean versions for their mystery of choice.

* The upgrade is only able to upgrade the 15-20 guest version to the 20-80 guest version. The upgrade DOES NOT work with any other size of party.

The Cast

*Note that the cast listed below is provided only to give an idea of the types of roles available, and not presented in any order relevant to the plot. Not all cast members are included in every version.

  • King Kyle

    King

    As ruler of this prosperous kingdom, Kyle is well liked by everyone. It’s hard to have many enemies when the punishment of betrayal is death!

  • Queen Genevieve

    Queen

    Genevieve rules equally alongside her king, or so she thinks.

  • Sheriff

    The Sheriff of Fernwood.

    As Kyle’s official in Fernwood, Sheriff is in charge of collecting the taxes in the manor. With the profits dwindling, Sheriff may have some explaining to do since the royal family’s prosperity seems to be at its highest.

  • Sherilyn

    Sheriff’s Wife

    Sherilyn will do anything to see her husband promoted, especially if her actions bring her more power and riches.

  • Lord Taylor

    Lord of the Manor

    In celebration of his only son’s marriage to the noblewoman of his choosing, Lord Taylor is determined to host a tournament of epic proportions.

  • Lady Gwendolyn

    Lady of the Manor

    Gwendolyn is delighted for the approaching tournament. To Gwendolyn, the celebration symbolizes prosperity and happiness and a chance to marry off her only son to another noble.

  • Baron Bartholomew

    Son to Lord Taylor and Lady Gwendolyn

  • Lady Diana of Dunnsberry

    Noblewoman

  • Maid Marilyn

    Lady Gwendolyn’s Lady-In-Waiting

  • Sir Cameron

    Knight

  • Sir Rufus

    Knight

  • Gary Gallant

    Squire

  • Joking Jerry

    Court Jester

  • Willie the Watchman

    Manor Watchperson

  • Elizabeth the Elaborate

    Vassal

  • Maid Victoria

    Maid

  • Charlamagne

    Chambermaid

  • Maid Monica

    Maid

  • Poor Pearl

    Peasant

  • Wyatt Worker

    Serf

Party Tips

MAKE YOUR OWN

 

CAPE OR ROBE- Make a cape from a piece of velvet material. Add some fake fur and gold cording for the collar, if desired (see below).

 

STAFF – Spray paint a curtain rod gold.

 

CROWNS – Obtain a Burger King crown and spray paint it gold. Decorate your crown with fake jewels (found at local craft store). OR, here is a great link with ideas!

 

CRESS – Use felt, notions and glue to make your own cress or coat of arms and adhere it to your outfit (see below).

– A cress can be easily made out of felt and attached with safety pin, stitch withery, hot glue or velcro.

 

 

 

DRESS UP AN OUTFIT check second-hand stores for inexpensive garments.

  • Add shimmering fabric or even fake fur.

 

  • Can’t sew? Attach the fabric with hot glue or stitch witchery.

 

  • Change the color of a dress or outfit by spray painting it.

 

  • Add gold cording, tassles, etc. to your favorite outfit or dress. You can find these in the notions section of your fabric store.

 

MAIDEN’S HAT  Spray paint a cone-shaped party hat a solid color. Add a piece of sheer fabric to the top to cascade down.

 

JESTER COSTUME – Follow this Link

 

SIMPLE DIRECTIONS – How to make a medieval costume

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HAIRSTYLES:

  • Fishtail Braid
  • Milkmaid Braid
  • A Low Bun
  • French Braid Updo
  • Flowing Loose Curls

 

Looking for inspiration? Look here at this GALLERY OF MEDIEVAL HAIRSTYLES.

 

Watch a video to help you style your hair. CLICK HERE.

THE ENTRANCE

  • Have a trumpet sound effect announce guests as they arrive.

 

  •  Have guards greet your guests.

 

  • Lay out wood planks to create a drawbridge leading up to your entrance. (Look in the discount bin at your local hardware store for inexpensive wood.)

 

  • Make a black construction paper chain to simulate large chains for your drawbridge or dungeon.

 

  • Create a dragon out of carboard boxes and spray paint to guard your castle.

 

  • Make flags for Fernwood Manor. (Pictured below. Instructions and template design included in packet.)

 

  • Make a castle façade with styrofoam (Pictured below. Instructions included in packet.)

 

  • Have stone signs around the venue. (Pictured below. Instructions included in packet.)
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INSIDE THE PARTY SPACE

  • Make the peasantry and the Jester entertain the nobility. It was common for the king and/or the nobles to demand their lower class comrades to “make them laugh” before they could continue on with their evening.

 

  • Hang plastic shields, swords, axes, etc. on the walls (find some at a local party store).

 

 

  • Encourage jousting

 

  • Have the king’s riches on display (see below).

 

  • Make your own shields out of cardboard.

 

  • Create a throne by spray painting a chair gold. Add a bit of regalness with a velvet cushion or accent.

 

  • For authenticity, print all of the materials for the game on parchment paper.

 

  • When the characters read the introduction, investigation report, evidence presentation & solution, have them presented on a scroll. (Follow directions on how to make a scroll invite—included with party packet.) OR have them sealed with a wax seal.

 

  • Create gallows for anyone wanting to take a picture!

 

  • Have an unfinished basement set up as the dungeon.

 

  • Have candles flickering about.

 

  • Hold the party in an old pub or a castle. (Yes! We have had customers do this!)

 

  • Dig a moat around the venue (just kidding!)

 

SETTING THE TABLE

  • Construct one long table for dinner. Use a brightly colored piece of fabric for a runner.

 

  • Decorate the table runner with gold fabric paint.

 

  • Use goblets for drinking.

 

  • Purchase gold colored plastic cups and hot glue fake jewels to the outside of the cups.

 

  • Have the guests eat entirely with their hands. (Silverware? What is silverware?)

 

  • Provide juggling and dancing as forms of entertainment between courses of the meal.
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PICK A COLOR SCHEME
Two popular color schemes for your party may be gold and purple (the color of regency) or gold and red.

 

To pull the color scheme through to your whole space consider the following:

 

  • When decorating a large area or to make an area look more intimate and festive, consider draping white or gold gossamer across the ceiling, walls, and edges of the tablecloth. Combine two colors for a fabulous appearance.

 

  • A little spray paint can go a long, long way. Spray paint novelty items, vases, old wine bottles, etc. to help bring out the color theme and add inexpensive decoration to your party.

 

  • Have a tablecloth—whether plastic or fabric – the colors of your choice.

 

  • Accentuate your tablecloth with the alternative color by using paint pens or fabric paint to paint on decorative accents.
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USING FABRIC
There are many ways you could use “fancy” fabric – shimmering, metallic, sheer, etc. – to decorate in a number of ways:

 

  • Drape brightly colored fabric on the walls like banners. (Purple and gold for royalty!)

 

  • Make a table runner.

 

  • Drape over furniture.

 

  • Create decorative pillows.

 

  • Tie to the back of a chair.
    Places to find fancy fabrics inexpensively:
    – Searching clearance bins at fabric stoes
    – Second hand shops
    – The fabric section at Walmart

LIGHTING

Needless to say there was no electricity. When considering the lighting for your party, you will not want anything too harsh or bright. Consider the following and what might work best within your space:

  • Christmas lights
  • Candles
  • Solar lights
  • Torches
  • Lanterns
  • Oil burning lamps

 

CREATE A BACKDROP

Give your guests an unforgettable souvenir by setting up a photo area where they can capture a picture of themselves in character.

 

A few suggestions:

 

  • Pick a place where there will be good lighting.

 

  • You can make it as elaborate or simple as you want.

 

  • Accessories and decorations can make the difference. Have some extra props on hand that your guests can pose with.

 

  • An easy way to create a background is to use a “scene setter“. These affordable rolls of images  transform your room instantly and make for a good backdrop to your picture.

 

  • Make sure there is enough room to fit everyone in to the frame.

 

  • For individual shots of guests, designate someone to be in charge of pictures as your guests arrive.
    • Consider your character list and which character would fit the role of taking the picture. Ie, if you want mug shots, perhaps ask the investigator to be in charge of taking the pictures.

 

  • For a group picture, take one just before the introduction is read or right after the solution is read (before people may start heading out).
    • These are two times when you can count on everyone being around and attentive.
Medieval foods can consist of things as simple as chicken wings, potato pancakes, cider, chicken pot pie, and chocolate dipped fruit. However, if you want to add some authenticity to your menu include roasted turkey legs, mince pies, fruit pies, savory tarts, and shepherd’s pie. And don’t forget the ale and wine, which was always a staple at any medieval feast.

 

Make It A Medieval Feast:

 

  • Begin dinner with soup or broth, bread, & cheese.

 

  • Follow with green vegetables.

 

  • Next, serve a meat dish of lean pork or chicken, or perhaps fish accompanied with sauces.

 

  • End with sweets and spiced desserts.

 

  • Serve wine and ale throughout the entire meal, or if the event is non-alcoholic, use apple cider, grape juice, lemonade, water, etc. Just don’t let your guests go thirsty!

 

  • Divide the various dishes among two or three courses, serving each course in its entirety and leaving time for talk, music, & entertainment for guests between courses.

 

A Great Idea For Meat:
Serve turkey legs or chicken on the bone– Perfect for having your guests eat with their hands, as they did in the olden days. Want something simpler? Think chicken wings.

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SERVE A CASTLE OR WEDDING CAKE:

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Miscellaneous Fact: Origin of the Wedding Cake
“In medieval England, guests brought small cakes and piled them on the center of a table. The bride and groom then attempted to kiss over them. A baker from France conceived the idea of icing all the small cakes together in one large cake.”

 

Need Ideas for Castle Cakes? GET THEM HERE!

 

Directions for the Dragon Cake: FIND THEM HERE!

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SETTING THE TABLE:

  • Construct one long table for dinner. Use a brightly colored piece of fabric for a runner.

 

  • Decorate the table runner with gold fabric paint.

 

  • Use goblets for drinking.

 

  • Purchase gold colored plastic cups and hot glue fake jewels to the outside of the cups

 

  • Create elaborate and lavish centerpieces for the table.
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CUSTOMS FOR THE MEAL:

  • Have the guests eat entirely with their hands. (Silverware? What is silverware?)

 

  • Each new dish was announced by trumpets and drums.

 

  • Music and singing were part of the meal.

 

  • Juggling and dancing were also forms of entertainment between courses of the meal.

MUSIC:
Musical selections from this time period are hard to suggest since there is little documented.

 

Instrumentals:
There were many simple instruments that were used to entertain. Try finding some music from the harp, flute, pan flute, mandolin, organ or lute. Find it here.

 

Theatrical Soundtracks:
Since little is known, try using soundtracks from movies from the time period. Braveheart, Camelot, or for some humor Monty Python’s Search For The Holy Grail.

 

For Free Music:
Visit your local library for a number of compilations.

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Knight of Murder includes:

Mystery PDF that includes: A Host Guide, A Schedule of the Night, An Introduction, Designed Invitations, Background Information, Character Descriptions, Character Objective Sheets, Name Tags, Evidence, Accusation Sheets, a Detailed Solution, Award Certificates, and more!

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