Murder at Sea

Murder at Sea is for 17 to 33 players (plus one host) and is set at the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. 

Murder at SeaFirst class passengers in Murder at Sea

The story

An American cruise liner, the Libertania, is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean when its Captain is murdered...

The guests, playing the parts of crew and passengers, must uncover the murderer before the Libertania arrives in port.

how murder at sea works

In Murder at Sea everyone has a complete character with background, friends and objectives.

Each guest decides how he or she will approach the murder - and the murderer must try to avoid detection.

At the start of Murder at Sea, the Captain of the Libertania is murdered in front of the other characters. (Don't worry - the player who acts out the role has another character to play. He isn't left for dead while everyone else has a good time!)

The passengers and crew must then try and solve the murderer - but that's not all.

In addition, most characters have other goals and objectives. In Murder at Sea, for example, the acting Captain must take charge, the stewards must carry out their duties and the passengers must decide how to react to the news of impending war.

(Personally, I think interactive murder mystery games are the most satisfying - there's simply so much going on!)

The cast

The cast of Murder at Sea includes:

  • The crew of the Libertainia - its senior officers, stewards and stewardesses.
  • Important diplomats from America, Germany, Britain and other countries on the brink of war.
  • Spies and secret agents.
  • Smugglers, thieves and murderers.
  • The rich and the famous - and the not-so-rich and not-so-famous.
  • Journalists and reporters.
  • and many more.

The details

Instead of a formal dinner party, Murder at Sea is better suited to a buffet meal or finger food.

Everyone needs to be able to talk quietly with each other - the officers may need to discuss what to do with the Libertania and diplomats may want to hold secret discussions about the war.

Murder at Sea needs a host, someone to organize the game.

They will read the entire game and will be available to answer questions.

It's a lot of fun 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 Murder at Sea

Murder at Sea is available from Freeform Games and costs $49.99 USD.

Click here to buy Murder at Sea right now from Freeform Games.

Or download the free intro file

Download the free Murder at Sea intro file

For more information about Murder at Sea, 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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Recent Articles

  1. Is Murder at Sea suitable for teens?

    Aug 15, 17 12:45 PM

    I want to host Murder at Sea for my 17th birthday and I wanted to know if it's suitable for teens? Does this murder mystery have references to drugs?

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  2. Sit down dinner

    Jul 24, 17 12:44 PM

    Am organising a sit down dinner for 24 people - many of your games say that they are better as a buffet. Are any in particular good for a sit down meal?

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  3. Choosing the right game for 19 adults

    Jul 17, 17 04:28 PM

    Thanks so much for your website. It has lots of information, but so much so that I am a bit overwhelmed! I have a group that I think will be 19 adults

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