Le Mystere des Masques (A4+ box)
This game is for 8-10 players and contains:
Instructions, 10 Character Booklets, 10 Invitations (with character descriptions and colour portraits to assist with costume selection), Secret Clues, Menu Suggestions, Table Place Names, 10 Envelopes, Narrative CD. There is no difference in the game contents or script between the A4 and A5 box versions.
I mprisoned within this great game, you'll find a
real aristocrat of a mystery...just dying to escape!
“Play a far, far better game than you have ever played,
with this revolutionary new French murder mystery
- where you really can have your cake and eat it!”
Hold your own Masked Ball…and chain,
and masquerade as some famous faces from the world of French fiction!
S et amidst the social upheaval and political turmoil of late C18th France, our story revolves around the shocking assassination of the country’s reigning monarch - King Louis XVI!
Despite his enforced detention in the forbidding Bastille Fortress, preparations for the King's official 40th Birthday Party are almost complete, when, suddenly, his lifeless, poisoned body is found slumped across his dressing room table, by the party's host and organiser, Cardinal Richelieu.
Or so it first seems!
However, as Richelieu rushes to raise the alarm, he is shocked to discover a second, 'living and breathing' Louis, casually strolling around the castle's inner courtyard, seemingly without a care in the world.
A brief examination by the Cardinal reveals that the two men are identical in almost every respect, and, he is therefore unable to tell them apart.
With the future of France at stake, Richelieu knows he must solve this mystery as quickly as possible if he is to avert a potential disaster, and save the country from ruin.
The Eight Murder suspects: (hover over each one to learn more...)
T he year is 1791 and France continues its headlong slide into a state of anarchy and terror. As the starving French people riot openly in the blood-stained streets, leaders of the country's various rival factions continue to quarrel and fight in their attempts to sieze outright control.
Meanwhile, following their desperate failed attempt to flee the country, the deeply unpopular King Louis 16th and his equally despised wife, Marie Antoinette, have been taken to the Bastille fortress, where they are now being held under guard, ''for their own safety''.
In a brave attempt to inject a small degree of normality back into the royal couple's lives, Cardinal Richelieu decides to continue as planned, with the Masked Ball he was intending to hold in honour of the King’s 40th birthday - albeit on a much smaller scale, with just the jail’s four current residents, and each of their guests, in attendance.
However, with just an hour to go until the party begins, Richelieu is horrified to discover King's lifeless body lying slumped across his dressing room table, having been poisoned with some form of deadly toxin!
Confusion soon replaces shock, however, when a second ‘living and breathing’ Louis then appears, identical to the first, and claims that he is the real king, and that the corpse is obviously just a ridiculous imposter!
With the future of France at stake, Richelieu realises he must enlist the help of all those attending the ball, if he is to catch his killer and unravel this mystery, before news of the terrible events escapes, and a panic takes hold of the city!
The Motives for Murder:
I n amongst the political plotting, passion and power struggles that surrounded King Louis we find a none too surprising array of motives for murder amongst the assembled 'guests'
...all eventually rear their ugly heads in a night most will wish had never happened. Each guest should try to unravel the tangled threads running through the evening's rich tapestry, until they finally arrive at the killer's door!