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Court in the Act

Court in the Act is a murder mystery dinner party game for 13 to 21 guests plus one or two hosts – download the free introductory pdf file. It costs 25 GB pounds, which is about 40 US dollars or 28 Euros.

Join us at the court of Queen Elizabeth I of England for an evening of revelry, intrigue and murder. You will be in the middle of the action and it will be up to you to wheel and deal with the other guests. Can you achieve your goals, keep your secrets hidden and survive Court in the Act? It's up to you.

"I bought this game to play with my Shakespeare class (the students were 12-18) -- it was a very fancy affair. We just did it today. It was AWESOME. Everyone came in costume and had a blast. They were begging me to do it again!"
Susan Taylor, California, United States

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Court in the Act

The Court of St James's Palace, London, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. All present have but lately arrived from the Royal premier of Master Shakespeare's latest rib-tickling comedy, Two Ladies of Venice. Now, the Queen makes merry and entertains her courtiers, guests, would-be husbands and envoys from foreign powers with a sumptuous banquet. But while all prepare to feast and frolic, dark clouds gather, the sound of war-drums is heard in the distance - and that dear old man the Archbishop of Canterbury, who surely had never an enemy in the world, is found brutally murdered.

At Court in the Act you will discover the following:

  • Who murdered the Archbishop of Canterbury?
  • Why must Queen Elizabeth never marry?
  • Who wrote Shakespeare's plays?
  • What is the secret of Dr John Dee's magical powers?
  • ...and can England be saved from defeat by the Spanish Armada?

Find out in Court in the Act!

Court in the Act lasts for about four hours and is suited to an evening. It is often played over a meal – a finger buffet if possible to allow guests to circulate and talk in private.

"I use Court in the Act with students who are not able to go on our 8th grade Washington D.C. Trip. We have played it for three years now, and each year is different but amazing. The kids get involved and do a great job. They love being able to participate in something special that other kids don't do! Plus it ties in to our reading of "Much Ado about Nothing". Thanks for the great product! "
Shannyn Hanlon, United States

The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game, a list of all the characters, an invitation to send to your guests, and the Prologue – plus details of how to buy the game.

These are the characters in Court in the Act:

  • Doctor John Dee – Adept and Magus
  • Elizabeth – named Gloriana, a Queene
  • General FitzBacon – a commander of Irish mercenaryes and moss-troopers
  • His Eminence Diego Menendez de Aviles – Cardinal of Seville
  • His Grace Andrew Prim – Archbishop of York
  • Hobbs – a servant
  • Lady Catherine Northwood – lady-in-waiting upon Her Majesty
  • Lord Canning – military counsellor to ye Queene
  • Mary, Queen of Scots – a Dethroned Monarch
  • Master Chris. Marlowe – an established play-writer
  • Master Edward Kelley – an Associate of Doctor Dee
  • Master Wm. Shakespeare – an Actor of some new-found fame
  • Mistress Jane Dee – Wife to Doctor Dee
  • Mistress Nagel – a serving-wench
  • Philippe of France – a Junior Prince
  • Robert Deveraux, Earl of Essex – a Gallant and Peer of the Realm
  • Señor Juan Futin da Greve – Ambassador of the King of Spain
  • Signor Pico della Mirandola – a Philosopher of Venice
  • Sir Francis Drake – a most Daring sailor and Champion Bowler
  • Sir Francis Walsingham – close adviser to ye Queene
  • Sir Walter Raleigh – an Explorer

How Freeform Games Murder Mysteries Work

Court in the Act is unlike many murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a murder, most of the characters have more important things to do than to investigate it. And the killing may not be over – it is unlikely that everyone will survive the remainder of the evening!

Court in the Act is played just like a murder mystery game. You may be trying to solve the murder, but primarily you are (initially at least) concentrating on your own goals and objectives. Unlike most boxed murder mystery games, Court in the Act lets you decide how to achieve your goals and thwart your enemies.

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Chamberlain of the Court of St James. They then receive their detailed backgrounds - including dark secrets, objectives and money. When everyone has arrived the Chamberlain announces that, despite the recent tragic events, dinner will now be served. The fun then begins as everyone questions, bribes and blackmails each other. As the evening progresses they may even try to murder one another! Depending on what the players choose to do, there are several different possible endings, but finally everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.

Buying Court in the Act

Court in the Act costs £25.00 (GB pounds). That works out at about 40 US dollars or 28 Euros, depending on the exchange rate charged by your credit card. (You can use the XE.com Personal Currency Assistant to check the amount.)

To purchase Court in the Act, follow these three steps.

Step 1: Download the free introductory pdf file. You'll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to read this. If you don't already have Acrobat Reader, click here to get it.

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Step 3: After you've entered your credit card details, you can download your game right away. Also, you'll be emailed the download link and password, in case you need to come back at a later point.

Cast Iron Money-Back Guarantee

Together with Freeform Games we're happy to offer you a no-quibble money-back guaranteed refund. If you're not completely satisfied with Court in the Act, just please let us know within 30 days and we will refund you.

And please remember that if you buy Court in the Act, you are buying it from Freeform Games LLP. Don't forget to read their terms of trade.