arabian nights

Arabian Nights is a murder mystery party for 18-24 guests (plus one host) set in the middle-eastern kingdom of Ardalan published by Freeform Games.

the story

Welcome to Ardalan, a small kingdom ruled by a benevolent Sultan.

The Sultan has a beautiful daughter, Princess Almeera, who has just turned eighteen. Earlier this evening, the Sultan chose a husband for her.

Dozens of princes attended the feast, but the Sultan noticed one man who was handsomer, cleverer, and richer than any of the others in attendance. So, the Sultan announced his daughter's engagement to the Prince Ala' ad-Din.

Tragically, the young prince's dead body was discovered in the marketplace only an hour later. The Sultan's guards are surrounding the marketplace, and the Grand Vizier is on his way to oversee the investigations.

Who murdered Prince Ala'ad-Din?

how arabian nights works

Arabian Nights is an interactive murder mystery game, so all the players receive complete details of their character, including a detailed backstory, objectives that they must try to achieve, and information about other characters.

Characters also have item cards (that represent scimitars, lamps, carpets and so on), and abilities (that let them detect secrets find out information about other people).

In my opinion, once you've played an interactive murder mystery game, you won't want to go back.

the cast

The cast of Arabian Nights consists of:

  • Abdul-Malik – the Sultan's Grand Vizier
  • Adi – a member of the Sultan's Guard
  • Ara – a young woman shopping in the marketplace
  • Cantara – a fortune teller 
  • Deniz – a trader 
  • Hassan – the caravan leader 
  • Hayat – Captain of the Sultan's Guard 
  • Inas – a trader 
  • Ismat – the crazy beggar 
  • Jamal – Hassan's son 
  • Jinan – a doctor 
  • Joharra – the tailor's apprentice 
  • Kalila – a merchant 
  • Kasuni – a caravan guard
  • Malak – a fire walker 
  • Nadia – Omar's apprentice 
  • Nihad – an entertainer with a performing monkey
  • Numair – a member of the Sultan's Guard 
  • Omar – a jeweler 
  • Prince Amir Barad – a suitor of the Princess 
  • Prince Jabbar Sharifi – a suitor of the Princess 
  • Rasha – the snake charmer 
  • Zahrah – a young woman shopping in the marketplace 
  • Zane – a messenger

the details

Instead of a formal dinner party, Arabian Nights is better suited to a buffet meal or finger food.

Everyone needs to be able to talk quietly with each other - to plot and scheme and achieve their goals.

Arabian Nights needs a dedicated host, someone to organise the game.

I really enjoy being the host - you know what's going on and can watch your friends scheme and plot and be devious to one another.

how to get arabian nights

Arabian Nights is available from Freeform Games and costs $39.99 USD. 

Click here to buy Arabian Nights from Freeform Games.

Buy Arabian Nights

or download the free intro file

Download the Arabian Nights intro file

For more information about Arabian Nights, click here to download the free introductory pdf file which includes more details - including background, a full cast list, costume guide and invitations.

Disclosure: I am a partner at Freeform Games - feel free to ask me lots of questions!

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