Death on the Gambia is a murder mystery game for 8 to 11 guests and a host. It is set on a riverboat in The Gambia in 1939, and characters include spies, adventurers and scientists. Download the free introductory pdf file.
Death on the Gambia is a thrilling evening of plotting, mystery, and treachery. Your guests will be in the middle of the action, and it will be up to them to wheel and deal to get what they want. Will they achieve their goals, keep their secrets hidden, and survive Death on the Gambia?
“I hosted Death on the Gambia for a New Year’s Eve party, and my guests loved it! It was our first time playing an interactive murder game, and they were all surprised at how much fun they had. They all marvelled at the complexity of the game, and they talked for quite some time, and are still talking about it several days later! Great game!”
Jennifer Vals, United States
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from Death on the Gambia
It is 1939, and across Europe, countries are preparing for war. In the distant British colony of Gambia, a smaller drama is about to unfold as the tramp riverboat Christabel starts a routine trip along the River Gambia…
Death on the Gambia 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.
Note that while Death on the Gambia doesn’t start with a murder to solve, it’s likely that murders may be committed during the party!
“Death on the Gambia was fantastic! The theme, game play, props, costuming, and murder and treachery was everything I hoped it would be for our Murder Mystery Party! If you like or think you might like a role-playing type party, this one is absolutely wonderful for family and friends from high school age and up!”
James Barnes, United States
Includes rules for the use of poison.
Includes rules for combat.
Does not start with a murder that needs solving.
The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game, a cast list of all the characters, and a copy of the Gambia Tribune.
Cast of characters
- Jane Carter: an American journalist working for the Gambia Tribune.
- Dexter Fairchild: an intrepid big game hunter from England.
- Captain Sam Ironheart: captain of the Christabel.
- Uzoma Jobe: first mate aboard the Christabel.
- Joey Keene: one of Gambia’s finest detectives.
- Connor McDouglas: a rugged Scottish
archaeologist, adventurer and finder of antiquities.
- Marie Renard: a famous French artist.
- Gabe Schwartz: a brilliant German doctor
bringing aid to the people of the jungle.
- Caroline Tanner: an English widow seeing the world.
- Alex Thomas: chief buyer for the Happy Peanut Spread Company.
- Vic Townhill: an English missionary.
Death on the Gambia is for 8 to 11 guests:
- 8 guests (2 male, 2 female, 4 any)
- 9 guests (2 male, 3 female, 4 any)
- 10 guests (2 male, 3 female, 5 any)
- 11 guests (2 male, 3 female, 6 any)
You also need a host – someone to organize the party and ensure everything runs smoothly.
How Freeform Games murder mystery games work
Death on the Gambia is unlike other murder mystery games – it doesn’t start with a murder to solve (although one is likely to be committed during the game). Instead, plenty of other plots and secrets will keep everyone busy, as each character has several objectives they must try to accomplish. Death on the Gambia isn’t scripted, and lets the players decide how to achieve their goals and thwart their enemies.
“Everyone enjoyed Death on the Gambia and came in character to the party and stayed in character the whole evening and even for the next week!! Thank you for the game. It made an unforgettable evening for my guests.”
Anna Gísladóttir, Iceland
On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the deckhand of the old riverboat.
They then receive their detailed backgrounds – including dark secrets, objectives and money. When everyone has arrived the Christabel casts off and starts the voyage along the River Gambia to Bathurst, Gambia’s capital city. The fun then begins as everyone questions, bribes and blackmails each other. As the evening progresses they may even try to murder one another!
Finally, the Christabel arrives in Bathurst and everyone finds out how they did, and what what secrets everyone else was concealing.
Recommended for ages 15+
We recommend Death on the Gambia for those aged 15+, as it contains the following themes: potentially quite violent (simulated, not real violence!) and calls for a good deal of duplicity.
Sometimes you have too many guests and need more characters. Death on the Gambia comes with free extra characters (written by us or previous hosts) that are included in the download when you purchase the game.
- ‘Ginger’ Roberts – freelance reporter in search of the Big Story. (Any)
(by Freeform Games)
- Akuchi Tamba – biologist studying River Fever. (Any)
(by Lisa Perez)
- Jenay Richfield – European fur shop owner. (F)
(by Kimberly Flack)
- Sasha Simirnov – Russian poet. (Any)
(by A. Fidan)
Please note that we haven’t always tested these – and they may not tie in exactly with our games.
IMPORTANT – you shouldn’t add too many of these characters in to your game as they haven’t been designed to work together (unlike the main game characters). If you add in several, they may make your game chaotic and incoherent. You should probably instead choose a larger game. If you still want to add several extra characters (four or more), we recommend having an extra host to help.
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