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Christmas Lies – a present-day murder mystery party game with a Christmas-movie setting for 16 to 32 guests

Recommended for ages 12+
Costs US$49.99
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Christmas Lies is a murder mystery party game for 16 to 32 guests and one or two hosts – download the free introductory pdf file.

As a special holiday treat, we now have a Christmas version of our ever-popular Hollywood Lies game

Join us in a thrilling evening of murder, blackmail, and movies. You will be in the middle of the action and it will be up to you to wheel and deal with the other guests. Can you achieve your goals, keep your secrets hidden and survive Christmas Lies? It's up to you.

Christmas Lies

It's award night and Tom Speed's latest film, Christmas Confidential, has just swept the board and garnered four Santas – for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Sadly, Tom Speed's award for Best Actor was accepted posthumously by his friend, Hayden Vicars, as Tom was killed in a driving accident late last night.

Despite this note of sadness, celebrations are in full swing at the Christmas Confidential post-award party. Deals are being cut for future productions and everyone is having a good time enjoying the atmosphere and mingling with Hollywood's movers and shakers.

Is there anything suspicious about Tom Speed's death? Who will win next year's Santas? Find out at Christmas Lies.

Christmas Lies lasts for about four hours and is suited to an evening. It is often played over a meal – a finger buffet if possible to allow guests to circulate and talk in private.

The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game and a cast list of all the characters – plus details of how to buy the game.

No combat, no poison. No combat, no poison.

These are the characters in Christmas Lies:

  • Morgan Beech: Star of blockbuster movie Christmas Confidential. Morgan won critical plaudits for playing Kendall Nimitz, the victim's partner. This was Morgan's first major role in a movie.
  • Detective Arden Chase: One of Hollywood's finest detectives, Detective Chase is well known to the movie community.
  • Sam Cortinelli: Sam Cortinelli is one of Christmas Confidential's stunt doubles. Sam is rumored to have "family" connections.
  • Mel Cutter: Mel is the author of "Cutter's Comments", a notorious newspaper column in the Hollywood News. In the column, Mel described Christmas Confidential as "limp and tired" and accused Tom Speed of "having all the charisma of a fishbowl". Mel is a regular feature at post-award parties.
  • Joss Dawson: Joss has been in the business a long time, first as an actor and now as an agent.
  • Luca Delmonico: Luca is comes from a very wealthy family and recently appeared in The Night Before Christmas.
  • Ash d'Lessey: Christmas Confidential's director and winner of the Best Director award in this year's Santa awards.
  • Cass Dockery: Cass works for a small independent movie financier, but is looking to break into acting.
  • Lou Egan: A respected Hollywood film director. Lou was the original director for Christmas Confidential, but was replaced by Ash d'Lessey.
  • Eddie Flax: Eddie is one of Hollywood's many agents and does a lot of charity work.
  • Terry Ford: Terry has worked in over 100 movies, playing character roles. In Christmas Confidential Terry played "Hatch", a bodyguard.
  • Charlie Henderson-Plum: Charlie played "Skipper Primley," Christmas Confidential's British villain.
  • Claude Janvier: Claude is a composer who recently wrote the music for Ash d'Lessey's The Last Noel.
  • Jam Lafayette: Owner of the popular Sacre Bleu! restaurant and TV celebrity chef.
  • Ronnie Manfred: Ronnie is a character actor who often plays evil henchmen. Ronnie has had many different jobs before getting into acting.
  • RT Markovitz: Press photographer for The Big Cheese, a tabloid newspaper.
  • Max McNab: Max plays bit-parts and is struggling to get into the big time. In Christmas Confidential Max played "Cop in Elevator".
  • Evrim Meric: Bit part actor with a minor role ("Cam Nightshade") in Christmas Confidential. Evrim also works at the Sacre Bleu restaurant.
  • Jules Milton: Manager of Spangles Hotel, where the Christmas Confidential post-Santa party is being held. Six years ago, Jules was accused of a fire that burned down three sound stages.
  • Ghana Moon: Ghana is one of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters, and won a Santa for Christmas Confidential.
  • Bernie Newman: Bernie has come to Hollywood to become a movie star.
  • Nat Rankin: Nat is a character actor who recently appeared in The Night Before Christmas as a villain – as usual.
  • Hunter Sharp: Hunter is an independent film producer/director and directed last year's award-winning Under the Big Top.
  • Toy Shepherd: Toy is a comedian from the East Coast and has suffered some bad luck lately.
  • Jackie Simpson: Jackie was originally signed up to act in Christmas Confidential, but was fired before filming started after Jackie and Tom Speed had a blazing row.
  • Pip Slater: Pip is one of Hollywood's many agents and is looking to sign up more clients tonight.
  • Val Taylor: Val both acts and produces. Val was one of Christmas Confidential's co-producers.
  • Bobby Treveeno: Bobby is an entertainer of the old school and can dance, act and sing. However, Bobby's career is in decline.
  • Les Tytan: Les is a mesmerist whose clients have included Charlie Henderson-Plum and Mel Cutter.
  • CJ Vasquez: One of Christmas Confidential's co-producers and is keen to make more blockbusters.
  • Hayden Vicars: Hayden is co-producer of Christmas Confidential, and one of Tom Speed's closest friends.
  • Shelly Wells: Shelly owns TrixieCorp, a large corporation that makes fast food and frozen dinners (among other things), but is now producing a movie.

The characters are all ungendered, so they can be played by any mix of guests as required.

How Freeform Games Murder Mysteries Work

Christmas Lies is unlike many murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a murder, most of the characters have more important things to do than to investigate it. And the killing may not be over – it is unlikely that everyone will survive the remainder of the evening!

Christmas Lies is played just like a murder mystery game. You may be trying to solve the murder, but primarily you are (initially at least) concentrating on your own goals and objectives. Unlike most boxed murder mystery games, Christmas Lies lets you decide how to achieve your goals and thwart your enemies.

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Master (or Mistress) of Ceremonies. They then receive their detailed backgrounds - including dark secrets, objectives and money. The players can form alliances, blackmail each other, steal items and even try to make the best movie for next year. Along the way they may solve some of Christmas Lies's mysteries. What is the Post-Modern Freeform Movement up to? Who will get tickets to the charity ball? What really happened on the set of Snow Business? Which script will be made into a movie? And of course, how did Tom Speed die? Finally, the game concludes and everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.

Recommended for ages 12+

Extra characters

Sometimes you have too many guests and you need more characters. So we've written a free extra character for each of our games that you can add in, and some of our customers have created their own characters for their parties and are kindly willing to share them. They are included in your download when you purchase the game.

  • 'Ginger' Roberts – freelance reporter in search of the Big Story. (Any)
    (by Freeform Games)
  • Gwen Cortinelli – secretary and Sam Cortinelli's wife. (F)
    (by Jo Stinett)

Please note that we haven't always tested these – and they may not tie in exactly with our games.

Purchasing Christmas Lies

Christmas Lies costs US $49.99. You can buy it from anywhere in the world. The price will be converted back into your own currency for you, at today's exchange rate.

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