Pirate Murder Mystery game

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Arrrrrr, mateys! It's time to invite yer crew and have a shiverin' timbers good time at yer next pirate murder mystery party (face-to-face traditional mingling format)! 8-10 players, ages 14+. 28+ unique players with both expansion packs. You can expand your guest list by using the expandable teams in the expansion pack #1 - expand to over 75 guests! This is the instant download upon purchase version of the game - no waiting, no shipping fees! Everything you need to play the game is in the PDF file. Easy to host, easy to prepare.

There are four PDF files to download with this game - a host instruction file, printable file, solution key, and an optional free invitation file.

Five out of ten difficulty.This game was last revised on 1/16/24. Previous versions will not be seamless. 

Helpful Links:

Host character list
Free, printable invitation
Sample game materials View some plotlines, format, example timeline, table of contents of printable file
10 character, Expansion pack #1 (Use first. Purchased separately) 
8 character, Expansion pack #2 (Purchased after Expansion pack #1)
Boxed version
Free, pre-game site at Your Mystery Party

Murder Mystery Synopsis:

Captain Jack Blacksparrow has sent word to the most notorious pirate crews of the Caribbean Sea that he is seeking to recruit pirates for a journey to seek legendary treasures on Parrot Island. Accordingly, Cap’n Jack has summoned everyone to the Pillagin’ Pirate Tavern - a land-lubbin’ waterin’ hole owned by the ex-Leader of the Privateers and most dangerous pirate at sea—Sir Henry Barburosa.

The pirates will gather at the pub to engage in a night of merriment, enjoying a break from the vile sea grog and drinking the tasty tavern rum. Unfortunately, some potential guests of the gathering have depraved histories, but Sir Henry has vowed to keep the scallywags on their best behavior. Captain Jack Blacksparrow is apprehensive about getting swashbucklers together, but he does know this—at least one pirate is soon to be the wealthiest in the world. Cap’n Jack believes it will be him. This is where your story begins.

How to Host a Larger Game:

  • Main game (purchased separately): 10 unique players
  • Expansion pack #1(purchased separately): 10 unique players
  • Expandable Team Players from Expansion Pack #1 to play with Montblog: 25 players
  • Expandable Team Players from Expansion Pack #1 to play with Doris: 25 players
  • Expansion pack #2 (purchased separately): 8 unique players

Total players: 28 unique player roles and 50 expanded team players = 78 guests 

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If you wish to host this (or any other) game for profit, you will need a commercial license - click here.

Minimum age:
14 years
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 5/10
Gender of character roles:
# of players in main game:
8-10 players
Expansion pack(s):
10 players, 8 players
Expandable team players:
Expands to over 75 players (with expansion packs)
Date of publication:
2009. Last revised on 9/30/21
Unique content:
Quick group challenge
Game license:
Single, private use. See the game license's Terms and Conditions below.


  • 5
    Best Party Ever

    Posted by Cindy on Nov 16th 2022

    I have done 5 of these parties and this one was my FAVORITE! The guest found if very easy to find costumes for this party and enjoyed getting creative. The level of difficulty was a bit harder than some of the others, but that's what I liked about it. You have to think like a detective and really reason out the clues to figure it out.

  • 4
    Effort but worth the fun

    Posted by Katt on Apr 28th 2020

    If you’re looking for a break from quarantine life and you have a big family, then try this pirate murder mystery! It wasn’t as easy as first thought as it took some reading and organizing with the printing out of clues and instructions, but with some simple food ideas and costumes and a little effort on the hosts part, we had a great night and would definitely do another. Once you get the hang of it I think it would be easier second time round.

  • 5
    Really fun mystery!

    Posted by Unknown on Oct 7th 2019

    I used this mystery for my 13th birthday party, and really enjoyed it! It’s complicated enough for adults, but still great for teenagers (too much for kids). Now a few years later, we still bring it up and talk about it. Even though it says the pre game is optional, I totally recommend doing it!