A little about the author

David J. Rodger is author of numerous Science Fiction Thrillers set in the dark near future. Excellent reviews. Creator of Yellow Dawn - The Age of Hastur RPG. Has written for SFX. Short stories published in UK, US, Canada and Japan. Supported by Bristol Fantasy & Science Fiction Society.

A fantastic way to lose friends with wine and smiles!

Sergio Castenares

The Game

Murder At Sharky Point

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Murder At Sharky Point { Game } I wrote this murder mystery game to break the mould on the kind of play you get with regular boxed sets. They're fun enough but always leave me chomping at the bit because of the way they railroad players down one particular path. I wanted something that allows a player to have more freedom with how they run any particular character, whilst at the same time providing a rigid structure that supports folks who just want to read from the script - and to stop the entire investigation freewheeling into chaos.

This game is designed to provoke argument and debate against a background of fun and laughter. I want people to really fight their corner to prove their innocence, with tongues firmly planted in cheek, or avoid suspicion by pointing the accusatory finger at somebody else. This is a game of wits and cunning, and above all, casting a sparkle of delight over any dinner gathering." - David J Rodger (Bristol, UK)

Here at Talliston we're always looking to create extraordinary evenings for our guests. We ran Murder at Sharky Point with costumes, staff and three-course dinner for a private party with resounding success. Inventive, cunning and fun, it ticked all the boxes of what an adult murder mystery should be. Highly and wholly recommended!

John Trevillian, Talliston House & Gardens

Utterly original, brilliant - a blast!

Karon Morgan

Organising the game

Plan early and send out invites in advance.

Half the fun is the anticipation that comes after everyone has received their invitation packs and the waiting begins, waiting for the night to arrive with a nervous flutter of growing excitement. Whoever hosts the dinner party / murder party can chose to be any of the characters below. They can also decide which guest should play which character when sending out the invitation packs – there is information about each character that will allow you to match your knowledge of your friends to the characters described.

The Setting

A dinner party.

It can be set in any time-period. The story itself takes place at the lavish and arcane mansion of Dr Black. A man adored by the heartless and hated by the worthy. The guests arrive for dinner and quickly establish who is who. Dr Black seems to revel in the tensions simmering below the barely maintained facades of civility. After dinner Dr Black excuses himself to retrieve a bottle from his renowned champagne collection but never returns, and is not seen alive again. The police are called.

How the Game Unfolds

Ask questions, expose the lies!

The game begins with the arrival of the Special Agent in Charge, plus any extra players in the role of Agent-Investigators. As they interrogate the guests, the guests themselves will ask questions, either to find out the person(s) responsible for the murder, or to deal in subterfuge and ensure they avoid suspicion, or even shoulder it onto somebody else. There are no rules on what can or can’t be asked. There are some tips, which are revealed at the start. As the questions force guests to talk about where they were and what they were doing, between the hour of 9pm and 10pm, other players will have a chance to spot inconsistencies, expose lies, and direct further questioning to make suspects as uncomfortable as possible. Even if you’re innocent, you may fall victim to foul-play of the guilty.

Duration

An hour or entirely up to you.

The game is written to last a little under an hour. Forensic updates arrive every 7 minutes, each update providing clues derived from crime-scene-analysis. However, the organiser of the game can chose to shorten or extend these timescales depending on how they feel the pace of the investigation is going.

First Public performance of Sharky Point

Game was played in front of a live audience - fantastic response!

Video

Short video at the end of the performance after audience had been asked to guess who they thought was guilty.

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Client Testimonials

  • I’ve always been a fan of mystery games and books, I own the entire collection of Sherlock Holmes and read it rather often, but before I played this I never had the opportunity to participate in a real Murder Mystery Party, so when I got invited I was quite the happy person! Aside of being ever so slightly, okay maybe more then slightly, nervous about the whole idea it was easily one of the funniest parties I have ever been to! Especially once things really got rolling and the accusations started flying! Practice your short hand people cause you gotta write rather quickly when everyone is at each others throats! The packet is detailed and lines everything out wonderfully with lots of twists and surprises in there that caught me by such surprise my jaw must have dropped a few times. I loved playing and hope to play again and again! Definitely one to add to the game shelf, or bookshelf as it were. Thanks so much for writing and making this available for us Mr. Rodger! I look forward to any more you do in the future!

    Andrew Corrieri
  • Here at Talliston we're always looking to create extraordinary evenings for our guests. We ran Murder at Sharky Point with costumes, staff and three-course dinner for a private party with resounding success. Inventive, cunning and fun, it ticked all the boxes of what an adult murder mystery should be. Highly and wholly recommended!

    John Trevillian, Talliston House & Gardens
  • A fantastic way to lose friends with wine and smiles!

    Sergio Castenares
  • Utterly original, brilliant - a blast!

    Karon Morgan

Get In Touch.

INTERVIEWS: contact me directly to start the ball rolling.

COMMISSIONED WORK: I can write a bespoke murder mystery along a similar format for any party or event. I require 60 days lead time. Such work will be charged £100 GPB per 500 words for First Publication Rights (World Wide) and Unlimited Use for that project with all other rights remaining in my possession. Costs include scoping the brief and one review / set of changes. Additional review / change requests charged at £50 GBP per hour.
GUEST POSTS: send me a brief (what subject, how many words) and I'll respond.
QUESTIONS: Fire away, I'll see what I can do.
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David J Rodger