Trouble in Thornwood | Non-Murder Mystery

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A fun non-murder adventure for 8-16 players, ages 14 and up for difficulty. This is a case of a stolen ancient artifact. Expansion packs (purchased separately, coming soon) will include up to 24 additional roles with 12 of them being required players - totaling 40 unique suspect roles in the game if all packs are purchased. Expandable teams will be included with expansion pack #3, so you can host a party for 200+ players.  



   Nested in the breathtaking Thanos Mountains, Thornwood is a relatively small town. Hartford University, one of the world's most prestigious scholarly institutions, is the municipality's lifeblood and is famous for its extraordinary contributions to many academic fields.

     In recent news, Dr. Indiana Tawny, a famed archaeologist and professor at Hartford, unearthed a crown estimated to be a thousand years old from the submerged city of Posidonia. The crown, thought to be made of meteorite metals, platinum, and a combination of luminous minerals and bioluminescent organisms, might have belonged to the ancient city's ruling class. Scientists and historians from all corners of the world are desperate to participate in a collaborative research project surrounding the crown.

     But before the find becomes a perpetual laboratory subject, the mayor of Thornwood is hosting a celebratory bash for the discovery in Thornwood Town Hall. The night of the gala, the prized artifact will be displayed behind a glass case in the center of the Starlight Sonata Ballroom for all to admire.

     Soon after the announcement of the celebration, the town's hotels found themselves fully booked, as well as every restaurant in the city for days surrounding the event. The tickets for the event sold out in mere minutes, but you were fortunate to get your hands on one. This is where your story begins.

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Minimum age:
14-15 years for difficulty
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 6/10
Gender of character roles:
All flexible
# of players in the main game:
8-16 unique suspect roles
Expansion packs:
8, 8, 8 (all purchased separately)
Expandable team players:
6 teams with expansion pack #3
Unique content:
Non-murder, Required video, group challenge, evidence cards instead of forensic report
Date of publication:
February 17, 2024
Game license:
Single, private use. For the game license Terms and Conditions, see below.