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Your stories and pictures from Under the Big Top

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Here's a selection of people's stories and pictures from Under the Big Top – if you've enjoyed one of our games, you can click here and tell us your own story.

Under the Big Top – Svetlana Yuri, the human pretzel! 
							– Terence Smith
Under the Big Top – Svetlana Yuri, the human pretzel! – Terence Smith


Under the Big Top 
							– Debi Gilroy
Under the Big Top – Debi Gilroy


"We played Under the Big Top on New Year's Eve -- it went brilliantly! I was quite nervous at first in case I had made a mistake preparing the envelopes. We were 16 players (I had downloaded the extra character) from 10 years old to 74 years old -- the 10 and 12 years old were brilliant doing the dirty deals with their fake money! We almost forgot midnight, so busy everybody was talking about the various plots (we had finished the game at 11.30pm!)"
Claudine Combrie, Northants, United Kingdom


Under the Big Top 
							– Debi Gilroy
Under the Big Top – Debi Gilroy


Under the Big Top 
							– Debi Gilroy
Under the Big Top – Debi Gilroy


"I couldn't help but think that I, as the host, was entirely unprepared for the Under the Big Top night. It seemed to me there was far too much to remember. Luckily, that wasn't the case at all, everyone really took to their goals and went fully for it. I kept having people tell me "don't end the game yet! I'm so close to achieving such and such goal." Even my shy friends picked up on it right away. It was an incredible way to spend my 30th birthday!"
Alyssa Stratton, United States


Under the Big Top – Quinn Bones 
							– Terence Smith
Under the Big Top – Quinn Bones – Terence Smith


Under the Big Top – the whole group 
							– Tatyana Rasmussen
Under the Big Top – the whole group – Tatyana Rasmussen


Under the Big Top – lion tamer 
							– Jill Davis
Under the Big Top – lion tamer – Jill Davis


"We had a wonderfully funny time last night at Under the Big Top. I have to say that some of the costumes we saw were not only imaginative, but wildly funny. I am so proud of all of my friends who went out of their way to make the evening a success.
Many of them expressed concern that they would never be able to learn all the information they were given ahead of time, but the party ran quite smoothly. The laughs never stopped and continued well into the wee hours of the morning. We just couldn't stop.
We used a white plastic tablecloth roll alternating with rolls of red wrapping paper on the walls to make it look like the inside of a tent. Rolls of red and white crepe paper went from the corners of the room into the center of the ceiling for the roof. We had a balloon arch, curtains hung in doorways, and balloons everywhere. It looked super and the decorations certainly added to the fun."
Debi, United States


Under the Big Top – Whole Group 
							– Terence Smith
Under the Big Top – Whole Group – Terence Smith


Under the Big Top – the girls 
							– Tatyana Rasmussen
Under the Big Top – the girls – Tatyana Rasmussen


Under the Big Top – Frieda Laing 
							– Terence Smith
Under the Big Top – Frieda Laing – Terence Smith


Under the Big Top 
							– Debi Gilroy
Under the Big Top – Debi Gilroy


Under the Big Top – Alex Marbles and Bo 
							– Terence Smith
Under the Big Top – Alex Marbles and Bo – Terence Smith


Under the Big Top 
							– Debi Gilroy
Under the Big Top – Debi Gilroy


Under the Big Top – The two Korchencko Brothers 
							– Terence Smith
Under the Big Top – The two Korchencko Brothers – Terence Smith


Under the Big Top 
							– Debi Gilroy
Under the Big Top – Debi Gilroy


Under the Big Top 
							– Debi Gilroy
Under the Big Top – Debi Gilroy


Under the Big Top – Stella Sue 
							– Jill Davis
Under the Big Top – Stella Sue – Jill Davis


Under the Big Top 
							– Debi Gilroy
Under the Big Top – Debi Gilroy


"I hosted (on my own) again for the first time since 2008 Under The Big Top last Saturday and it was really good! I created Jo Jo's Emporium and added freaky props and fake spiders web to the walls plus playing cards tacked to the wall for an extra mini-game ;) I dressed as a mime as the circus-hand and very nearly won the best costume which I was very glad about! Well, that's six down and people are already talking about the seventh on the way… Thank you once again Freeform for a great murder mystery! :)"
Nick Eccles, United Kingdom


Under the Big Top 
							– Debi Gilroy
Under the Big Top – Debi Gilroy


Under the Big Top – Mischa Korchencko 
							– Terence Smith
Under the Big Top – Mischa Korchencko – Terence Smith


Under the Big Top 
							– Jessica Murray
Under the Big Top – Jessica Murray


"Another great evening thanks to Under the Big Top, everyone got very into character and there were some great costumes. Can't wait for our next murder mystery."
Jessica Murray and the York St John drama society, United Kingdom


Under the Big Top – Bo and Stella Sue 
							– Terence Smith
Under the Big Top – Bo and Stella Sue – Terence Smith


Under the Big Top 
							– Debi Gilroy
Under the Big Top – Debi Gilroy


Under the Big Top 
							– Debi Gilroy
Under the Big Top – Debi Gilroy


Under the Big Top – Whole Group 
							– Terence Smith
Under the Big Top – Whole Group – Terence Smith


Under the Big Top – group shot 
							– Jill Davis
Under the Big Top – group shot – Jill Davis


Under the Big Top – Lt. Morgan Caine, P.T. Connelly and Quinn Bones 
							– Terence Smith
Under the Big Top – Lt. Morgan Caine, P.T. Connelly and Quinn Bones – Terence Smith


Under the Big Top – Roxanne, Bo, Mischa, Frieda and P.T. 
							– Terence Smith
Under the Big Top – Roxanne, Bo, Mischa, Frieda and P.T. – Terence Smith


Under the Big Top – gathering 
							– Jill Davis
Under the Big Top – gathering – Jill Davis


Under the Big Top 
							– Debi Gilroy
Under the Big Top – Debi Gilroy


Under the Big Top – for one night only! 
							– Jessica Murray
Under the Big Top – for one night only! – Jessica Murray


Under the Big Top – Quinn, Frieda and Burt Butler 
							– Terence Smith
Under the Big Top – Quinn, Frieda and Burt Butler – Terence Smith


"I started hosting murder mystery games a few years ago, and most recently I've done Death on the Gambia and Under the Big Top. My friends and I agree, your games have been the most intriguing, most delightful, and most successful of all our murder mystery parties. Now we budget in an extra two or three hours to thoroughly enjoy all of our gossiping, plotting, two-timing, and back-stabbing! It's the side plots that truly make your games. Everyone isn't just staring at the ground, magnifying glass in hand, searching for murderous footprints. They're maneuvering a complex web of secrets and connections, buried pasts and devious ambitions, free to approach any issue in the manner they feel most beneficial for their character's particular gain. In fact, you could take out the murder and still have a great time! Freeform Games is my go-to for the highest quality murder mysteries."
Tatyana Rasmussen, United States


Under the Big Top – Denny McFly and Quinn Bones 
							– Terence Smith
Under the Big Top – Denny McFly and Quinn Bones – Terence Smith


Under the Big Top – Bo and the clown, Dana West 
							– Terence Smith
Under the Big Top – Bo and the clown, Dana West – Terence Smith


Under the Big Top 
							– Debi Gilroy
Under the Big Top – Debi Gilroy


"This was the second game I hosted and played as a group. The year before, we played Way Out West. Everyone had so much fun ans asked us to host and plan another game the following year. My wife and I began thinking about what game we would play next and found Under the Big Top. We partially chose it due to the costumes and varied roles that everyone could play. It was much easier hosting a second game. The flow of the evening, planning, casting, decorating, preparation, and character management was much more easier once I knew what to expect. These are great games to play and use as an alternative to a 'standard' Christmas party with friends. We had people all over our house and at times had as many as four people crammed into a small laundry room for a 'secret' meeting! The game was a hit and have had requests for next year's game."
Dominick Martens, Canada


Under the Big Top – Vladimir, Svetlana and Dimitri Korchencko 
							– Terence Smith
Under the Big Top – Vladimir, Svetlana and Dimitri Korchencko – Terence Smith


Under the Big Top – Alex discussing with Frieda while Quinn secretly watches on! 
							– Terence Smith
Under the Big Top – Alex discussing with Frieda while Quinn secretly watches on! – Terence Smith


Under the Big Top – Roxanne Bones 
							– Terence Smith
Under the Big Top – Roxanne Bones – Terence Smith


"I donated this Under the Big Top murder mystery party as a fundraiser for our local animal shelter. I have done this before. This time I got $3,700 for my murder!"
Jill Davis, United States


Under the Big Top – ticket booth 
							– Jill Davis
Under the Big Top – ticket booth – Jill Davis


Under the Big Top 
							– Debi Gilroy
Under the Big Top – Debi Gilroy


Under the Big Top – total group picture 
							– Jill Davis
Under the Big Top – total group picture – Jill Davis


Under the Big Top – the boys 
							– Tatyana Rasmussen
Under the Big Top – the boys – Tatyana Rasmussen


Under the Big Top – Marvin Mancuso and Bo Bennett 
							– Terence Smith
Under the Big Top – Marvin Mancuso and Bo Bennett – Terence Smith


Under the Big Top 
							– Debi Gilroy
Under the Big Top – Debi Gilroy


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