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It is 31 December 1919 and the party at Weatherby Manor is in full swing. The guests exchange furtive whispers of intrigue, blackmail and forbidden love. At midnight, a glass of poisoned champagne shatters, dropped from a dying hand. The family has to find – or frame – the killer before the police start looking too closely into their secrets.

About the game

Arsenic & Lies is a 3 hour larp for 5-10 players inspired by Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie novels. Rather than being a classical whodunnit, it focuses on the emotions, relationships and secrets of the characters involved: solving the murder might be less important to the characters than pursuing their clandestine affairs, arranging marriages of convenience or blackmailing their enemies.

Features:

  • Infinitely replayable: the characters and relationships between them are based on randomly drawn cards and created by the players right before the game, which makes every run unique.
  • Requires no game master or preparation: just read the 2-page instructions and you're good to go.
  • Great introduction to larps, accessible to non-larpers and non-gamers; it has been successfully played by diverse groups of people aged 16+.
  • 22 double-sided Character cards, 10 News cards, 18 Relationships and 16 Secrets.
  • 90 minute soundtrack for ambience and time-keeping.

Relationship and Secret cards

Arsenic & Lies is like a murder mystery dinner party, but infinitely replayable: every time you play, the characters, their secrets and relationships will change, and both the victim and the culprit will be different. A&L doesn’t need a host and requires little preparation. The focus isn’t on figuring out whodunnit, but on the drama of being slightly larger than life characters with intense relationships.

Arsenic & Lies is like improv theatre, but you will be your own audience. The workshop before the game will provide you with characters and relationships, so you won’t have to invent things from scratch. Also, the tone is drama rather than comedy.

People playing Arsenic and Lies

I've played Arsenic & Lies twice and it was such a blast! A great interpretative murder mystery for any party. Totally recommended.
Mirella, Spain

Playing Arsenic & Lies was great fun! The simple set-up mechanics gave us a web of relationships that was charged with drama and very entertaining to play.
Arne, Germany

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Karolina Soltys