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The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

It is December 24, 1948. The socialite Evington-Browne family and guests are preparing for the annual Christmas Eve cocktail party, held by tradition at the family's hunting lodge in the White Mountains north of Boston. Snow has been falling for days - a blizzard has now set in - and the party finds itself cut off from the rest of the world. This is unfortunate, as the valet of one of the guests has been found dead in the kitchen!

It looks like a heart attack - but is it 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 The Night Before Christmas? It's up to you.

In The Night Before Christmas you will discover the following:

  • Who has been wearing a Santa Suit to sneak around?
  • Who will inherit the Brilliant Diamonds?
  • Would the infamous cat-burglar 'the Puma' dare to strike here?
  • Are the Evington-Browne family in danger of losing their money, their reputation in society and their sanity?
  • Can anyone keep control of Tracy's pet monkey?
  • ... and, of course, who killed the valet?

Find out in The Night Before Christmas!

Published By: Freeform Games
For 12 to 15 players

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Additional Information

The Night Before Christmas is unlike many murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a death, most of the characters have more important things to do than to investigate it. And the killing may not be over - not everyone will survive the remainder of the evening!

The Night Before Christmas 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, The Night Before Christmas 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 Waiter, and welcomed to the party. They then receive their detailed backgrounds - including dark secrets, goals and items. The fun then begins as players form alliances, blackmail each other, steal items and maybe even resort to murder! 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.

Download a a free introduction to this game (PDF), which explains how the game works, and includes a cast list of all the characters, an invitation to send to your guests, and much more.

This game 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.

This murder mystery game comes with a Cast Iron Guarantee: If you're not completely satisfied with the game, simply request a refund from Freeform Games within 30 days.

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