Curse of the Pharaoh
Curse of the Pharaoh is an interactive murder mystery party for 6-19 guests (plus one host) published by Freeform Games.
Set at an archaeological dig in Egypt in 1894, one of the diggers has been stabbed to death - just after a previously unknown tomb has been opened. Is it a curse - or is it murder?.
Curse of the Pharaoh is an interactive murder mystery game - much like Freeform Games' other games such as All at Sea and Halloween Lies. Curse of the Pharaoh also shares many of the same features - it has the item cards and the ability cards that those games have. (Item cards are used to represent all sorts of things - such as archaelogical artefacts. Ability cards, on the other hand, allow the characters to detect secrets find out information about other people.)
The guests, playing the parts of the archaeology team and their guests must solve the mystery before the Pharaoh's curse strikes again. But they can't wait too long, for dark forces are breathing life into the Pharaoh!
In Curse of the Pharaoh everyone has a complete character with background, who they know and objectives. The game starts after the murder has occurred, with Sir William Saville (an eminent Oxford archaeologist) hosting a party to celebrate the opening of a previously undiscovered Pharaoh's tomb.
But that's not all, for whoever killed the digger is still at large - and there are other problems. Someone is smuggling artefacts and several characters have secrets they need to keep hidden from the others. And then there's the Pharaoh's Curse - there are those who want the evil Pharaoh to return!
Yes, Curse of the Pharaoh includes magic - ideal if you like your murder mysteries with a hint of the fantastic! (Curse of the Pharaoh includes simple rules for working magic.)
Instead of a formal dinner party, Curse of the Pharaoh better suits a buffet meal or finger food. Everyone needs to be able to talk quietly with each other - blackmail is much harder when everyone else can hear you...
The cast of Curse of the Pharaoh includes:
- Hugh Carlaw: an enthusiastic student.
- Eva de Chalons: dilettante and art connoisseur.
- Lady Jane Fortesque: a wealthy English widow.
- Rev. Godfrey Fox: a Cambridge minister.
- Angela Fox: Godfrey's wife.
- Marie-Claire Guiscard: an up and coming French archaeologist.
- Chris Kovacs: a student archaeologist.
- Armand Lenoir: a respected archaeologist.
- Helen MacKinnon: the belle of Oxford.
- Shahfeez Mahouf: the curator of the Luxor Museum in Egypt.
- Tariq and Fatima al-Mansoor: a wealthy antiquarian husband and wife team.
- Professor Reginald Mathers: of Cambridge University.
- Alex McQueen: an assistant detective.
- Ariadne Price-Evans: a veteran translator of hieroglyphics.
- Sir William Saville: an eminent archaeologist.
- Alvy Spanheim: Cultural Attaché at the German Consulate.
- Robert Tregarne: Detective Sergeant in the Colonial Police.
- Lindsey Wilde: another student.
- Oi You: the servant (the host).
Curse of the Pharaoh needs a dedicated host, someone to organise the game. They play "Oi You" the servant and will read the entire game and will be available to answer questions. 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.
Curse of the Pharaoh stories
Here are some comments about Pharaoh from other people who have played it. (Clicking on the links goes to the full story.)
Curse of the Pharaoh is available from Freeform Games and costs £20 (for 6-9 guests) or £25 (for 10-19 guests). To see how much Curse of the Pharaoh costs in other currencies, use the converter. (It's pre-set to show how much £20 costs in US dollars - however please note that the exact amount will depend on the exact exchange rate at the time you buy and also the commission charged by your credit card.)
For more information about Curse of the Pharaoh, click here to download the free introductory pdf file which includes more details - including background, a full cast list, costume guide and invitations. (The file may take a few moments to download.)
| To purchase Curse
of the Pharaoh from Freeform Games LLP
click on one of the logos below:
For 6-9 guests (£20).
For 10-19 guests (£25)
You will be taken to the Freeform Games LLP website - just follow the instructions to purchase Curse of the Pharaoh. You will then be emailed the location of the main Curse of the Pharaoh pdf files and password almost immediately. Just download the game, print it out and have a great murder mystery!
By the way, if you don't want to buy the game over the Internet, the introductory pdf file provides details of paying by post.
Disclosure: I am a partner at Freeform Games LLP - feel free to ask me lots of questions!