Murder Among the Mateys

Well, shiver me timbers and sharpen me sword!

After a voyage filled with pillaging and plundering, the Jaded Jewel–a pirate ship
captained by Redbeard, an old but dangerous pirate–is docked in a cove near Port Royal.
As the pirates head into town to celebrate their homecoming and
spend their gold and goods,  a night of turmoil and trouble is sure to transpire.

As the night quickly steers out of control, one guest meets a
tragic demise and ends up in  Davy Jones’ Locker leaving the rest
of the party goers to bring the guilty to the gallows.

Is the culprit the profiteering pirate organizing a mutiny? Or, the saucy sea
mistress who wanted more than a casual commitment? The perpetrator could
be the swashbuckling swordsman desperate to win the love of the governor’s
daughter, or possibly the treasure seeking seaperson incapable of sharing.

In a harbor village filled with backstabbers and buccaneers looking to get ahead,
there is little reward for honesty and a high price to pay for deceit.

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Guest Info

Guest Breakdown

For 20-80 guests: at least 8-9 males and at least 6-7 females.

For 15-20 guests: 8-9 males, 6-8 females, 1-3 gender neutral.

For 10-15 guests: 5-7 males, 4-6 females, 1-2 gender neutral.

For 8-12 guests: 4-5 males, 3-5 females, 1-2 gender neutral.

 

* 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.

For 20-80 guests: at least 8-9 males and at least 6-7 females.

For 15-20 guests: 8-9 males, 6-8 females, 1-3 gender neutral.

For 10-15 guests: 5-7 males, 4-6 females, 1-2 gender neutral.

For 8-12 guests: 4-5 males, 3-5 females, 1-2 gender neutral.

 

Clean versions are void of references to extra-marital affairs, alcohol and/or illegal drugs. Teens and/or conservative groups 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the pirate theme of this party, even the clean versions contain references to violent behavior in the past (such as pirates being hung, flogged and marooned). Please see the introduction file to get a sense of what to expect.

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.

  • Cap'n Redbeard

    Pirate Captain

    A fierce but fair pirate, this man runs a tight ship and won't have anyone overthrowing it!

  • Sharktooth Brandy

    Sea Maiden

    Sister to the cap'n, Brandy has been braving these waters since she was a girl. Her latest conquer, however, is not one that she occupies her time at sea.

  • Merciless Morgan

    First mate

    Found alone on an island, Redbeard took Morgan in and he quickly became one of the Cap'n's favorites.

  • One-eyed Wanda

    Gunner

    Raised as a boy on the pirate ship, Wanda was passed over by Merciless Morgan when it came to promotion. Wanda has a lot to prove if she is to earn her rightful place.

  • Thumbless Jack

    Crewman

    A seasoned pirate, Thumbless Jack has only been on the crew of The Jaded Jewel for only a short while.

  • Cutthroat McPhearson

    Powder Monkey

    Fierce and feisty are two words that best describe this pirate. Cutthroat has larger plans than most of the crew members.

  • Gurglin' Uma Scarr

    Galley Wench

  • Governor Napier

    Governor of Port Royal

  • Juliana Napier

    Governor's Wife

  • Anotonia Napier

    Governor's Daughter

  • Breathless Betty Napier

    Governor's Daughter

  • Commodore Clearing

    Commodore

  • Buccaneer Bradshaw

    Privateer

  • Shoutin' Roger Dagger

    Innkeeper

  • Mad Rose

    Serving Wench

  • Blackspot Jane

    Pirate's Widow

  • Sealegs Sam

    Merchant Sailor

  • Rovin' Reynolds

    Treasure Hunter

  • Jean Golddust

    Gold Dealer

  • Dirty Wiggins

    Gallows Master

Party Tips

Pirate Costumes
THE CLOTHES: The clothes serve as a “base layer” which you can accessorize over to complete the outfit!


PANTS –
 
The pants will preferably be black, although gray and brown are also options. Tight or baggy will do. Cut the bottoms of the legs off, in a zig zag pattern to look old and worn out, so that they are just below the knee.


SKIRTS –
 
A skirt for female pirate costumes can be long(peasant-type) or short. To make it look tattered and old, take some scissors and tear up the bottom to cut it shorter and to make it look tattered and old.


SHIRT –
 Find a white long sleeved button-up shirt – the baggier the better. Since pirates weren’t always the cleanest of people, try and stain it up a little bit and even tear it in certain areas. If you are able to locate a long-sleeved white shirt that has ruffles on the cuffs and maybe even a Victorian style ruffle on the collar, then you are very lucky! This would suit a pirate costume well!

 

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PIRATE ACCESSORIES:
Dress up any outfit to become a full-fledged pirate!
Just add any of these:

 

  • Rings, earings, medallions, jewels.

 

  • Bandana – to be worn under or instead of ye pirate hat

 

  • Scarves

 

  • Hats

 

  • Eye-Patch — download a template here.

 

  • Scars– draw them in with eyeliner or for extra added effect, get some latex scars from a local costume shop

 

  • Facial Hair

 

 

  • Spyglass

 

  • Hook

 

  • Peglegs

 

  • Missing Limbs– Tuck an arm or leg into your outfit.

 

  • Missing teeth– use tooth blackout.

 

  • Gold teeth

 

  • Gold Coins

 

  • Swords

 

  • Pirate Pistols

 

  • Fisnet or pirate stockings

 

 

  • Belt – the wider the better! Don’t forget a BIG buckle.

 

  • Pirate sashes -simply tie a long scarf (or piece of fabric) around your waist.

 

  • Boots

 

  • Vest – red, black or striped should do!

 

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WHERE TO FIND ALL OF IT: Finding all of these items for homemade pirate costumes is much easier than you might think, and much cheaper as well!

 

YOUR OWN HOUSE – Check out your own house and closet. You never know when you might have an article of clothing or accessory that will suit your costume just fine!

 

LOCAL THRIFT STORE – Go to places like the Salvation Army and Goodwill and any other stores in your area that are secondhand and dig in! You would be surprised at what you can find in these establishments! You may even be able to find boots and other accessories.

 

GARAGE SALE – This is similar to going to a thrift store–the only difference is you are most likely going to pay even less! You might find a shirt or pants for 25 cents, and who can argue with that?

 

TOY STORE – The last place you will need to go to is a toy store, primarily for the sword. This can be found anywhere from Wal-Mart to the dollar store!

 

ONLINE COSTUME STORE There are some items that may be harder to find–such as the hat–that you may need to look at a costume store for. Shopping online saves time and often money. 

 

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INSIDE THE PARTY SPACE:

 

  • For your party think traditional pirate colors– Red & Black!

 

  • Place a few wood whiskey barrels in the party area.

 

  • Make a tavern sign for your SALTY SEA DOG INN (How to and templates included in mystery-pictured below left).

 

  • Create an actual plank out of wood for your guests to walk over (pictured below).

 

  • Print and make these EASY directional signs (included in mystery – pictured below).
    pirate signs

 

  • In the entrance, hang a poster that says “Hope Abandon All Ye Who Enter Here” (design included with mystery purchase).

 

  • Hang signs around interior of your venu (designs included with mystery purchase + more).
    pirate signs

 

  • Decorate your venue with a nautical motif. Fishing nets, nautical maps, crabs, lobsters, fish, and ships will all fit the mood.

 

  • Hang some rope lines and rigging.

 

  • Hoist a Jolly Roger flag in a strategic place, such as your entryway or in the buffet area.

 

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Make your own pirate ship parked outside the Salty Sea Dog Inn.

Think we’re kidding? Many customers have. Check out these pictures. Click here for more description.

pirate ship

Follow this link for directions for this setting!

 

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SETTING YE PIRATE TABLE

There are many ways to really “dress-up” your table(s) for your party.

  • Cover your table with a black tablecloth and scatter gold chocolate (or plastic) coins and plastic jewels.

 

  • Create a treasure chest centerpiece and fill it with whatever you wish!

 

  • Adding a few pirate accessories can go a long way!
    • Skulls
    • Candles
    • Candelabras
    • Strings of beads/pearls wrapped around glassware, centerpieces, napkin holders, etc.
    • Treasure chest
    • Coins or jewels scattered about
    • Red & white napkins
    • A spyglass (or two)
    • Empty bottles

 

  • Using bottles instead of glasses can add to the effect. If the bottles are clear, consider serving a red, blood-like beverage or utilizing the “shark’s blood cocktail” idea on our food page.

 

  • Think about table runners or table clothes made out of materials such as:
    • Red fabric
    • Black fabric
    • Fish netting
    • Cheesecloth (pictured below right)
    • Cobwebs
    • Burlap
    • Brown Craft paper
    • Carribean inspired fabrics or designs
    • Jolly Roger flags
    • Striped fabric
    • Skull-themed fabric

 

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CREATE A PHOTO SPOT!

Give your guests an unforgettable souvenier 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. 

 

 

BACKDROP IDEAS for Murder Among the Mateys!

  • Build a ship in your back yard to pose in front of.

 

  • Create a the ship’s sails for a backdrop using directions in mystery.

 

  • Hang a Jolly Roger flag to pose in front of.

 

  • Decorate a corner with old crates, barrels, skeletons, treasure chests, etc.

 

  • Have additional props for posing in pictures (pirate swords, pistols, eye patches, hats, bandanas, etc.).

Pirate backdrop

 

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BITS AND NIBBLES:

  • SWASHBUCKLING SNACKS. Purchase sword-shaped cocktail picks, available at most grocery stores. Thread grapes, cheese or other sliced fruit onto each sword.

 

  • BONE BREAD STICKS.Make bone bread sticks out of dough and dip in bloody marinara sauce. Tell yer guests they taste bad to the bone!

 

  • CANON BALLS. Serve meatballs in Teriyaki sauce as canon balls. Stack them on several mini trays in pyramid style like canon balls ready for battle!

 

  • CELERY SHIPS. Cut celery into 3-inch lengths. Smear with peanut butter. Make a small pirate flag (using template with mystery) and stick in the center of the celery. Place a few raisins along the length to make the pirates.

 

  • WATERMELON PIRATE SHIP. Accentuate with a large pirate sail (template design included with mystery).

 

  • PIRATES BOOTY. Puffed corn. Not really sure why it is called Pirate’s Booty, but it fits the theme.

Flags to name and label your food are included in the “extras” portion of your mystery.


SAILOR’S DELIGHTS:

  • FISH AND CHIPS. A staple in any seaside inne.

 

  • SALMAGUNDI. This pirate stew, based on a British recipes, was essentially a conglomeration of whatever they had on hand. This Americanized version of the dish has the easiest ingredients to locate. Pirate Salmagundi might include turtle meat among other uncommon ingredients.

 

  • JERK CHICKEN. When pirates landed on an island in the Caribbean, the eating was good. Barbecue was a common method for preparing food. This recipe will give you one of the popular, although spicy, flavors from the islands.

 

  • SALTY SEA DOGS. Serve hot dogs or sausages with a pirate sail (sails templates included in mystery packet).

 

BURIED TREASURES:

  • A CARIBBEAN TREAT. Serve ice cream balls rolled in coconut or frozen bananas and fresh mango sorbet for dessert.

 

  • OCEAN BLUE PARFAIT. Make pirate parfait with blue jello and gummy fish. Top with white whipped cream sprinkled with blue sprinkles (for ocean waves) and an orange pirate ship with a toothpick pirate flag (included with packet).

 

  • THEMED CAKES: Click on pictures to go to more in-depth directions on how to make the cakes seen.

 

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DRINK UP!

  • SHARK’S BLOOD COCKTAILS– Freeze red Hawaiian Punch into ice cubes. Put the ice cubes into sprite or another clear liquid and watch as the sprite turns pink to red.

 

  • PLANTERS PUNCH – This punch will capture the spirit of pirate grog with the rum and citrus flavors, but a few other ingredients make it much more interesting than that. Serve it in a punch bowl OR serve it in labeled growlers. (Label designs included with the mystery.)

 

NO MATTER WHAT YOU SERVE, THINK ABOUT HOW YE SERVE IT!

  •  Be sure to utilize the party extras portion of the mystery to make some growler labels that you can then fill with your favorite beverage!

 

  • The how-to section will show you how to make a pirate treasure chest out of a styrofoam cooler – what better way to serve ye ale?

 

  • And if you would like to label your food, there are templated designs to do that with pirate sails!

 

  • And don’t forget the MENU to list all the food ye will be servin’! (Included with the mystery purchase.)

 

  • As well as large pirate sails for foods like hot dogs, cake, watermelon, etc.

 

  • And who can forget me favorite little Jolly Rogers to place in your appetizers?

 

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Looking for a cd filled with pirate ditties? Try this website that has reviews of pirate music. From “Got booty” to “Prelude to Mutiny”, this website has reviews to help you pick a cd to your liking.

 

Movie Soundtracks– Find some great pirate music from the soundtracks of famous pirate movies. Try Pirates of the Carribean, Pirates of Penzance or any of your favorite pirate movies!

 

For Free Music– Visit your local library for a number of compilations from the time.

 

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Murder Among the Mateys 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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