Also today, I’ve got something very different!! I’m on the tour for a Murder Mystery Card Game!  Foul Play: Once Upon a Crime is a fun, card game for 2-5 players, aged 8+……

The Game

Carabosse the Bad Fairy is dead, and her Big Book of Villainy has been stolen…

In a shocking revelation, the magic mirror has revealed that all the suspects are goodies, but who had a motive to go bad? You’ll need to swap, steal and search for the evidence in order to scupper the other detectives and sleuth your way to your happily ever after!

There’s more than one way to catch a killer though. So what’s it gonna be? Good Cop or Bad Cop? These two game versions come with their own set of rules and tactics to crack the case and finger your suspect, but will you use fair play or FOUL PLAY?

The Game is Afoot! Playing as detective, you’ll need to find the three evidence cards that point to a specific suspect in order to catch a killer in this crazy criminal caper. Will you uncover them in the crime scene? Could the other detectives be willing to collaborate and share their findings? Or will you resort to more tricky tactics, and plunder the proof you need to solve this crime?

my thoughts

I really loved the idea of this game.  I love a good murder mystery so was excited to give this a try.

There are two ways to play, either a good cop or bad cop – giving you two games from one card pack.  The aim is to find the evidence cards to identify which fairy tale villain committed the crime.  As you go through the game you can play fair or play foul…

The illustrations on the card were fab.  I loved having murderous fairy tale characters – Little Red Riding Hood as a murderer…..brilliant!

The rules are supplied inside the pack of cards but you can also go online to read them and watch a video tutorial.  I have to say the first time we played we were slightly confused, and ended up winging it a little – joining together to solve the murder rather than competing!  It will definitely take a few goes to work out how to play this properly.  BUT it is fun, kids and adults will enjoy the mystery and the murderous characters and once you’ve got into it and had a few goes, I’m sure all will be come clear!

As I say, the idea of this is fantastic! My nephews and nieces are coming to stay in a few weeks so I’ll be testing this out on them too.  It’s a fun game for the family, but just make sure you check out the rules and have a few practice goes first!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

History of Foul Play

What’s a Murder Mystery Events Company to do?

With a pandemic sweeping the nation and no sign of being able to perform their confounding criminal cabarets or incredible interactive investigations any time soon, they needed to come up with a plan, another way to provide mystery to the masses (and provide income to keep themselves afloat)!

Well, lockdown does strange things to people, especially actors who can’t go out and perform. So one fateful evening, Ben & Lee Cooper-Muir decided to come up with a whole new way to murder people. Keeping their cards close to their chests they plotted and schemed until Foul Play : The Murder Mystery Card Game was born. So, what to do next? This is where After Dark enters the picture. After all, Ben and Lee were two of the operators of the infamous murder mystery company. Maybe they could collaborate to bring the game to the masses. When Lockdown restrictions were eased a top-secret meeting was held with the other criminal masterminds behind After Dark, Helen Burrows, Sophie Webster & Tom Fisher and a pact was made. The game would be launched and licensed under the After Dark banner.  In true After Dark style, the team burst into action and then began the beta testing, design updates, promotional planning, character changes, proofing, proofing and more proofing until finally all the kinks were ironed out, mysteries solved, and FOUL PLAY : Manor House Murder came to life!

The team didn’t stop there though! Due to the popularity of the first game, a second version ‘Once Upon A Crime’ was put on the table, designed, and then launched on Kickstarter. Fully funded in under 48 hours the team at After Dark had another success on their hands and players had another murder in theirs! Once Upon A Crime hits the stores on 1st July 2021 and Manor House Murder is available to buy too.

We hope you enjoy playing it, and although we all hope to be back performing soon, WATCH THIS SPACE! Now we know we can create and produce games we’ve got a lot more fun things planned for the future!

Where to find Foul Play online: 

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Massive thanks to Zoe for inviting me on to the tour, and to the authors for my copy of the pack.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a fantastic day my loves and I’ll be back tomorrow.

Chelle x

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