First of all thanks so much to the makers of Foul Play for my set of cards and to Emma at Damppebbles blog tours for my invite to play this brilliant new card game.
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 came to life!
WELCOME TO EDWARDIAN ENGLAND
The Lord of the Manor is dead! The servants are our lead suspects and it’s up to you as detectives to prove which one committed the dastardly deed. Playing good cop or bad cop? Picking from these two game versions will determine the type of investigators you’ll be whilst you try to solve the crime, but which detective will crack the case first?
We have really enjoyed playing this new card game.
Reasonably quick to play and with the ability to play two slightly different versions of the game, playing with either 40 cards or the full deck, and with slight variations on the rules, it’s a game that can be played numerous times in one sitting.
First of all we read the rules via the website, found here: https://www.foulplaygame.co.uk/rulesofplay You can also find them within the pack. Like most games I would suggest you read through the rules a couple of times then play a couple of rounds of the game. This is what we did and it quickly ironed out any questions we had about the rules, and showed us what the game was all about.
I would start by playing Good Cop first. It’s quicker and requires less tactical play. Ideally, sitting round a table, start with just 40 cards, (see instructions of which cards are out of play) shuffle and layout 9 cards in a 3×3 grid onto the table, this is the Crime Scene, deal 5 cards to each player, and place the remaining cards, face down, alongside the crime scene, this will be the pick up pile.
Each player takes it in turn to use one of their cards or discard one in exchange from one from the pick up pile. Using their detective mind and tactical intelligence to use their cards in the right way to not only try and figure out the murderer but also to hinder their opponents progress in beating them to the win!
After we’d played this game a few times, we soon realised that there is a lot more to this compact game than originally seems. Tactics and concentration are definitely required and things like the colour of the back of the cards are just as important as what’s on the front, particularly in the Bad Cop version. A good memory of who’s related to whom and items the suspects are carrying also helps you to win in this game.
We played as a group of 3 or 4 (ages 18, 19, 49 & 53) and have played it now each evening since our pack arrived. Quotes like “I generally enjoyed that!” (Kathryn 19) and “Makes me want to play again” (Joshua 18) goes to show how much it’s been enjoyed and we are a family which play numerous card/board games. We loved reading the description of the suspects, although Lord D’Arque sounded a bit dodgy! and enjoyed the humorous way the website and instructions are written. We all thought it’s a combination of Cluedo, Guess Who, and the Agatha Christie card game Death On The Cards.
A great addition to our games stash and one I’m sure will be played throughout the Christmas holidays. You can buy it now from http://www.foulplaygame.co.uk at £8.95 + p&p
The Murder Mystery Card Game
The Manor House Murder
A game for 2 – 5 players | Age 14 +
£8.95 + p&p
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