a Dead Man's Chest

A Dead Man's Chest is a pirate-themed murder mystery party for 12-16 guests (plus one host) published by Freeform Games.

the story

Set in 18th century Caribbean, A Dead Man's Chest takes place on the sleepy island of Santa Oloroso as rival pirate crews race to discover the location of Captain Flint's treasure - and uncover his murderer.

how a dead man's chest works

A Dead Man's Chest is an interactive murder mystery game. In an interactive game each guest has a full character with backstory, objectives and a list of people that they know.

They also have item cards (to represent all sorts of things - from pearls, to pirate cutlasses and of course Captain Flint's treasure) and Ability cards (that let them detect secrets find out information about other people).

A Dead Man's Chest has lots of different plots to keep everyone busy. For example, there is the Governor's daughter to rescue, negotiations with the locals, placating the volcano god - and of course a murder to solve and Captain Flint's treasure to find.

In my opinion, once you've played an interactive murder mystery game you won't want to try any other!

stories

But don't just take my word for it!

Here are some customer stories about A Dead Man's Chest.

Playing A Dead Man's Chest

"We ran A Dead Man's Chest game on New Years Eve in Hull for a group of my former uni (Newcastle) mates, partners, family and friends. It went really well and was enjoyed by all. Among those taking part were three complete newbies and a good number of people who were just used to 'conventional' murder mystery games. The latter even said that they preferred this type of game." Nick Davison, Rochester, UK

And here's more great feedback.

the cast

The cast of A Dead Man's Chest includes:

  • Pirates (lots of pirates!)
  • The crew of the Fury (who are pirates)
  • The crew of the Scurvy Knave (who are also pirates)
  • The Governor of Jamaica and his glamorous daughter
  • A steadfast Royal Navy captain
  • The local Indian chief, his daughter and the shaman
  • An Spanish nobleman and his valet
  • And a marooned former pirate - now as mad as a brush.

the details

Instead of a formal dinner party, A Dead Man's Chest 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.

A Dead Man's Chest 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 a dead man's chest

A Dead Man's Chest is available from Freeform Games for $29.99 USD.

Click here to buy A Dead Man's Chest from Freeform Games.

Buy A Dead Man's Chest

or download the free intro file

Download the A Dead Man's Chest intro file

For more information about A Dead Man's Chest, 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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