Under the Big Top is an interactive murder mystery party for 12-15 guests (plus one host) published by Freeform Games.
It's 1952 and Bo Bennett's Big Top Bonanza has reached Sarasota, Florida for their final show.
With a successful nine month tour behind them, the performers and staff of the Bonanza are making plans for a restful and rewarding off-season.
There's just time for one last party...
Under the Big Top is an interactive murder mystery game - which means that everybody has a full character with detailed backstory, objectives to achieve during the game and information about other characters.
Characters have item cards and abilities (Item cards are used to represent all sorts of things - from jewels and paintings to a bloodied juggling pin... Abilities, on the other hand, allow the characters to detect secrets find out information about other people.)
Under the Big Top has a number of different plots to keep everyone busy. For example, there is the mystery of the stolen paintings, the missing jewels, INS problems, new circuses to form - and of course a murder to solve.
The cast of Under the Big Top includes:
Bo Bennett: Owner and ringmaster.
Marvin Mancuso: High wire performer and juggler.
Burt Butler: Lion tamer.
Dana West: Floppsy the Clown.
The Korchencko Brothers: Trapeze artists.
Stella Sue: Fire-eater.
Quinn Bones: The human pincushion.
Roxanne Bones: The Blind Seer.
Lt. Morgan Caine: Sarasota Police detective.
Under the Big Top 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.
Under the Big Top is available from Freeform Games.
For more information about Under the Big Top, 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!
Here's my suggested quick route through the site:
Step 1 - Go to Choosing a Game to choose the game that suits your party best.
Step 2 - Review the Tips for Hosts for helpful advice.
Step 3 - If you want to keep up to date with the latest murder mystery game news, click on my What's New page.
Step 4 - Once you've had your party - tell me how it went! Click here to tell me your murder mystery party story.
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?
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?
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