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Your stories and pictures from Court in the Act

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

"I hosted Court in the Act for my 18th birthday party last year and it went amazingly well. We all dressed in costume – to varying degrees – and it was a great icebreaker for people who didn't know each other well or at all. Everyone's character allowed for so much interaction.
"At the end we gave prizes – bags of Ye Olde English chocolate coins – for various categories. These included best dressed, best speech, best deceit, best acting, best characterisation, and of course, the best death scene – we accidentally killed Shakespeare. Oops.
"Anyway, it was a great success and everyone loved it – even the people who were most apprehensive at the beginning. One of the people there has just called me to find out your site – they're going to do one for their birthday too!"
Elise, Australia


Court in the Act – Queens Mary and Elizabeth 
							– John Jennette
Court in the Act – Queens Mary and Elizabeth – John Jennette


Court in the Act 
							– Brook M
Court in the Act – Brook M


Court in the Act 
							– Brook M
Court in the Act – Brook M


"Court in the Act was amazing! We made so much food but everyone forgot to eat because they were so in to the game. We used our balcony for "private conversations". Very few of my guests had played a murder mystery game before but the ones who had agreed that this was a way better, more interactive set up."
Jo Dixon, Canada


"I hosted Court in the Act (my 6th Freeform Game) for my birthday last summer, to riotous success. Many members of our cast of 18 had not played one of your games before – though a few were veterans – and most had not even met before that night! Nevertheless, everybody got right into the game and had a lot of fun. The last fifteen minutes was a maelstrom of duels and marriages and more duels. Almost half of the cast ended up dead; so many so that we had to sequester them to the corner so everyone could tell who was still in the game! Through all that, the bartender – innocently talking to everyone the entire night – was the only person who guessed the murderer, and she promptly demanded that she be hired to tend bar for the next time! The time period of this game is one of the more difficult ones to costume for, but most of the cast work in the theater, and they really delivered."
John Jennette, United States


Court in the Act 
							– Brook M
Court in the Act – Brook M


"I hosted Court in the Act for my 18th birthday party, and it went down a storm. I was initially apprehensive that a large group of teenagers used to discos and the like might find the idea a little silly and geekish, and not want to get involved, but I couldn't have been more wrong. I have never seen some of my friends as excited as they were when they opened their invitations.
I'll admit that I ended up having to play around with the storylines a little – some of the characters weren't quite as gender-neutral as they were supposed to be, and I had an excess of girls, but this actually proved useful as I could tailor the event to the guests I had. I also wrote an extra, purposely non-taxing, character for a particularly shy guest, who by the end of the night got so into it that he was awarded a prize for the Most Outrageous Death!
I had so many compliments for coming up with a unique way to celebrate my 18th that it was unreal. Even my college teachers were jealous that they couldn't come! I would definitely recommend this kind of party to others – they are great fun to host, and they get everyone involved. Inhibitions usually disappear within half an hour, and it's great if you have friends that don't all know each other very well, as I do.
Thank you very, very much for a wonderful evening. I hope to run another night like this one very soon."
Gemma King, United Kingdom


"I bought this game to play with my Shakespeare class (the students were 12–18) – it was a very fancy affair. We just did it today. It was AWESOME. Everyone came in costume and had a blast. They were begging me to do it again!"
Susan Taylor, California, United States


Court in the Act 
							– Brook M
Court in the Act – Brook M


Court in the Act – Diego and Dr Dee 
							– John Jennette
Court in the Act – Diego and Dr Dee – John Jennette


Court in the Act 
							– Brook M
Court in the Act – Brook M


"I just ran Court in the Act for my 21st birthday, and it was a huge success! Even characters that had no clue of what they were doing were busy watching the duels and confrontations of those more comfortable with their characters. Only one death occurred (surprisingly, it wasn't the Queen!) but plots and blackmail ruled the night! Our murderer stayed completely under the radar and not a single soul guessed – too busy with courtly intrigues I suppose!! Thank you so much for a fun game that all present enjoyed. We look forward to hosting another!"
Kellie Vickers-Willis, Australia


"I decided to have a murder mystery party for my 18th birthday. I chose Court in the Act because I'm really into the Renaissance era.
I'm so glad I came across Freeform Games! My guests had so much fun – they said it was the best party they've ever been to!!
Everyone dressed up (especially my Queen Elizabeth!) At first, everyone had a hard time starting out, but after an hour, everyone was talking to each other. Not all of my friends knew each other, but the party was a success nonetheless!
We served Maggiano's Little Italy catering instead of English food, which was a bit odd… haha! But that didn't stop my friends from acting all "English".
Overall, the party was a huge success!! THANK YOU, FREEFORM GAMES!!!"
Christina Wu, United States


Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess – Court in the Act 
							– Amy Diaz
Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess – Court in the Act – Amy Diaz


Court in the Act – the pile of dead 
							– John Jennette
Court in the Act – the pile of dead – John Jennette


Court in the Act 
							– Brook M
Court in the Act – Brook M


Court in the Act 
							– Brook M
Court in the Act – Brook M


"We've played roughly 10 of your games, and Court in the Act was one of the best. We like it when there's something unique and memorable about the game, like resolving the Spanish invasion at the end. And plenty of opportunity for dressing up!"
Petter Olsen, Norway


"I use Court in the Act with students who are not able to go on our 8th grade Washington D.C. Trip. We have played it for three years now, and each year is different but amazing. The kids get involved and do a great job. They love being able to participate in something special that other kids don't do! Plus it ties in to our reading of "Much Ado about Nothing". Thanks for the great product! "
Shannyn Hanlon, United States


Court in the Act – celebrating the host 
							– John Jennette
Court in the Act – celebrating the host – John Jennette


Court in the Act 
							– Brook M
Court in the Act – Brook M


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