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THE MYSTERY OF THE DEAD BUTLER

A historic mansion hosts a dinner party seasoned with murder
2,5-3 h |
12-25 |
Finnish

This Murder Mystery uses card mechanics

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Each guest gets their own character

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It's possible to eliminate or fight other guests

Card-based Murder Mystery with role characters for guests, includes possibility for violence

In 1931, the owner of the region’s finest mansion, Agnes Lutra, hosts a party for a very special person: her son, a man in his prime for marriage. Agnes has sent invitations all around and young maidens are flocking to win the young master’s heart. Air is filled with romance and nothing can darken the mood, except maybe the murder of the mansion’s butler earlier that day. Does the legend of a buried treasure on the mansion’s premises have anything to do with this tragedy? And who’s the murderer if the butler is out of the question?

What looks to be a regular mansion with its regular visitors, turns out to be a nest of vipers. Despite the severe threats from the gardener, the mansion's garden attracts gangs, mansion staff, church folk, bridal candidates and even the corporate people. Who killed the butler and why? And who gets to marry the mansion’s young master?

  • Each guest receives an invitation and a character by email

  • Tuoni Studios’ host is always present and acts as a guide to the program and its rules

  • Guests receive name tags, character sheets, and all the necessary cards and items on site

  • It is possible to fight or eliminate other characters

  • The duration is approx. 2,5-3 hours depenging on the number of guests and if there is a dinner served during the program

  • The program is currently available in Finnish only

 

THE CHARACTERS

Every guest receives a personal character for the Murder Mystery which besides the bride candidates include the créme de la créme of the region, such as a rich banker, mayor worried of losing his position, a drunk reverend and his pious wife. The staff of the mansion are invited to join the party too, and their presence adds its own spice to the mix.

 

DRESS CODE

The costumes and props fit for the 1930s party are easy to gather from home using scarves, long dresses, gloves, vests, flannel shirts and brimmed hats. If you happen to be a nobleman, jewelry and pocket watches will emphasize your status appropriately, while a top hat and a thick cigar are suitable for important people in the municipality.

Dressing up for the Murder Mystery’s theme helps you immerse yourself in the story and we encourage such endeavors. Character sheets give some ideas of what the character might wear or look like. We want to emphasize that dressing up is not necessary, and the most important thing is to feel comfortable in whatever you choose to wear. What you can find from your own wardrobe is sufficient, but if you want to put in some extra effort, you might find what you need from costume rentals, flea markets, or party prop stores.

PROPS & ITEMS IN THE MURDER MYSTERY

This Murder Mystery uses cards (abilities, secrets, gossip, items) as props and keys to solving the case. When the program starts, Tuoni Studios’ host tells you how these cards work, and is present for the whole duration if you need any help with them later. Reading just one secret card seldom leads to any conclusions, so you’ll need more info from different cards and characters, and then start connecting the dots.

 

You’ll receive these cards at the start of the program, including any items your character might need.

VENUE AND EQUIPMENT

The venue should have enough seats for everyone in case of a dinner, and ample room to mingle. A restaurant cabinet, a cabin, and of course a real mansion are perfect for this story. No need for a stage nor additional AV equipment.

TIPS & TRICKS

  • Acting or memorizing lines are not required when taking part in a Murder Mystery. No one is forced to exit their comfort zone. However, by throwing yourself into the story and your own character, you get the most out of the program.

  • If you normally need glasses to read, we recommend bringing a pair.

  • Conveying information and co-operating with other characters are the key to success in a Murder Mystery. Try to find characters you can trust, ally with, and share information with.

  • Each character has their own agenda, so don’t trust everyone.

  • If you feel stuck, ask the Tuoni Studios’ host for help. They’ll give you more tips on how to advance with your personal goals or solving the case.

INFO AND REQUEST FOR A PRIVATE EVENT

WRITTEN BY

Peetu Maijala, Olli Nupponen and Sami Villa


PRODUCTION 

Tuoni Studios Ltd.

 

The Mystery of the Dead Butler is an original story by Tuoni Studios. All rights reserved.

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