On Founder's Day, the teachers and pupils of St. Cakes gather to honour the memory of the blessed Bishop Cakes, who established the school in 930 A.D. Prefects, nerds, bullies and sneaks all do their best to make this a day to remember - and one the headmaster would sooner forget!
Designed for groups of 40-200 people, St. Cakes runs for about 3 hours and works particularly well over a meal. Two people will need to act as co-ordinators, responsible for making sure everything goes smoothly and that guests receive all the information they need. Although there are only six main guest characters, everyone will be given a team or "house" to belong to, and each "house" has its own Head of House, Prefect and Swot. One of the guests will, of course, be a murderer.
To help them find out who this person is, every house is given a few clues soon after the first murder happens. They use the clues they have to trade and barter with other houses, in the hope of ending up with a full set. They also have a "St. Cakes Challenge" to complete, for which they will be asked to write (and perhaps perform) a new school song.
As proceedings draw to a close, the different houses get the opportunity to make their accusations, then the correct solution is revealed and the murderer is unmasked.
The plot usually runs for about 3 hours and is suitable for groups of all types and most ages. If you are planning to run it in your school, bear in mind that characters in murder mysteries often behave badly: they kill, they tell lies, they have affairs! Fancy dress is optional, but strongly recommended! This game is recommended for both adults and teens.
- Character information for each guest.
- Speeches for a few of the guest characters to read out.
- Team information for each team.
- A step-by-step guide, explaining what the organisers need to do before and during the event, to make everything run smoothly.
- All the paper props you need: clues, coroner's reports, etc.
- The solution!
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