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Details of Murder Mystery night - 28th November 2008
Hollywood Lies

New start time of 6.30pm for 6.45pm when the rules will be explained (please be on time) and will end at 10pm.

See Facebook (click here) or below for more details.
Invites with your character have been posted Tuesday 18th November to all (total of 22) who have indicated they are coming.
Details of the Freeform game can found by clicking here.

George Herbert is having a murder mystery party!

You are invited to a party at Meadow Way Chapel Oasis youth group, between the times 7pm to 10pm, on the date Friday 28th November 2008.

There will be party type snacks served during the evening.

Click on this link to see the details online, or read on:

Hollywood Lies

You are warmly invited to Hollywood Lies, an evening of murder, blackmail and movies!

Welcome to Hollywood!

It's award night and Tom Speed's latest film, Dazzled to Death, has just swept the board and garnered five "Erics" - for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Photography and Best Screenplay. Sadly, Tom Speed's award for Best Actor was accepted posthumously by his wife, Zara Vicars, as Tom was killed in a driving accident late last night...

Announcer: "And now, to accept the award for Best Actor on Tom Speed's behalf, is his widow and producer of Dazzled to Death, Zara Vicars."

Zara Vicars: "As most of you know by now, Tom died in a car crash yesterday evening. Tom enjoyed life to the full, and was looking forward to tonight. He would have been thrilled to be standing here tonight, accepting this award. For my part, Tom was a loving husband and I shall miss him dearly. On his behalf, I accept this award. Thank you."

Despite this note of sadness, celebrations are in full swing at the Dazzled to Death post-award party. Deals are being cut for future productions and everyone is having a good time enjoying the atmosphere and mingling with Hollywood's movers and shakers.

Is there anything suspicious about Tom Speed's death? Who will win next year's Erics? Find out at Hollywood Lies.

Your Character

In Hollywood Lies you and the other guests will take on the roles of characters involved in Hollywood. You might be an actor, a producer, an agent - and you might even be the murderer! You will be provided with background details for your character explaining who they are, along with information on other players and goals for you to achieve.

Your character, the person you will be playing, is indicated above.

Costume Tips

Hollywood Lies is set after the world-famous Eric awards. Dress is black tie for the men, with glamorous dresses for the women.

Hollywood Lies - Cast List

Crystal Beech: Star of Dazzled to Death. Crystal won an Eric (Best Actress) for her role as Millicent Nimitz, the victim's wife. This is her first major role in a movie.

Detective Sandra Chase: One of Hollywood's finest detectives, Detective Chase is well known to the movie community.

Sam Cortinelli: Sam Cortinelli is one of Dazzled to Death's stunt doubles. Sam is rumoured to have "family" connections.

Mel Cutter: Mel is the author of "Cutter's Comments", a notorious newspaper column in the Hollywood News. In the column, Mel described Dazzled to Death as "limp and tired" and accused Tom Speed of "having all the presence of a fishbowl". Mel is a regular feature at post-award parties.

Lou Dunlin: A respected Hollywood film director. Lou was the original director for Dazzled to Death, but was replaced by Anna d'Lessey during pre-production.

Anna d'Lessey: Dazzled to Death's director and winner of the Best Director award.

Brian d'Lessey: Anna's husband. Brian used to work for a movie-financing business.

Edison Flax: Edison is one of Hollywood's many agents. He is also Tom Speed's agent.

Terry Ford: Terry has experience of over 100 movies, playing character roles. In Dazzled to Death Terry played "Hatch", a bodyguard.

Charles Henderson-Plum: Charles played "Skipper Primley," Dazzled to Death's British villain.

Max McNab: Max plays bit-parts and is struggling to get into the big time. In Dazzled to Death Max played "Cop in Elevator".

Jules Milton: Manager of Spangles Hotel, where the Dazzled to Death post-Eric party is being held. Six years ago, Jules caused a fire that burned down three sound stages.

Kara Montague: Kara is a singer turned actress with a minor role ("Carmel Nightshade") in Dazzled to Death.

Ghana Moon: Ghana is one of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters, and won an Eric for Dazzled to Death.

Bernie Newman: Bernie has come to Hollywood to become a movie star.

Jack Simpson: Jack was originally signed up to act in Dazzled to Death, but was fired before filming started after Jack and Tom Speed had a blazing row.

Pip Slater: Pip is one of Hollywood's many agents.

Jim Taylor: Jim both acts and produces. He was one of Dazzled to Death's co-producers.

Bobby Treveeno: Bobby is an entertainer of the old school and can dance, act and sing. Bobby's career, however, is in decline.

Les Tytan: Les is a mesmerist whose clients have included Charles Henderson-Plumb and Mel Cutter.

CJ Vasquez: One of Dazzled to Death's co-producers.

Zara Vicars: Zara is a rich and successful Hollywood producer, and co-producer of Dazzled to Death. Zara is also Tom Speed's widow.

Gate crashing the party will also be Ginger Roberts and Gwen Cortinelli.

Playing Hollywood Lies

Hollywood Lies is completely interactive. You decide who to talk to and when. You also decide what you will tell them, and whether you tell them the truth or not. Of course, that goes for everyone else in the game as well' The most important skill in Hollywood Lies is the ability to hold a conversation. You will need to talk to the other players to find out who they are and whether they will help or oppose you. Some of the characters you may know a little about already, but some will be unknown to you.

Information is the key to achieving your objectives in Hollywood Lies, so you should aim to talk to everyone. You may need to reveal information known only to you in order to get information from another player.

You will also have a number of abilities that give you an advantage against other characters in certain situations. The other players also have abilities that they may use against you!

Hollywood Lies has a few simple rules, but the Host of the party usually oversees these. The Host is neutral, and is there to ensure that Hollywood Lies runs smoothly and that everyone has a good time. If you have any questions about Hollywood Lies, you should first consult the Host.

Tips for playing Hollywood Lies

If you've not played a Freeform Games murder mystery game before, you might not be familiar with how they are played. Our games are different from most other murder mysteries - we suggest that you read these tips first:

Three basic attributes: Playing Hollywood Lies requires just three basic skills - a sense of fun, an ability to strike up a conversation with another person, and a willingness to pretend to be someone else for an evening. If you can do that, you should have no trouble!

Dress the part: You will receive information, including costume tips, about your character beforehand. A good costume can help you get into the spirit of the game, and also means that you will be in lots of photographs.

Read your character sheet: Your character sheet explains who you are, who you know and what your objectives are. However, your character sheet describes what your character believes, but that might not necessarily be true! Keep your character sheet handy as you may need to refer to it during the evening.

Your Goals: Your goals describe the objectives that your character is trying to achieve during Hollywood Lies. You should attempt every goal - although it is unlikely you will achieve them all (as other characters may be trying to oppose you).

Read your character sheet again: This time, think about your goals. You should also take note of other characters - you will probably need to speak to them sooner rather than later.

Introduce yourself: Once Hollywood Lies starts, you will need to talk to people whilst pretending to be your character. The easiest way is to introduce yourself to someone as your character. If you don't know anything about them you can ask who they are and why they are here. If you do know something already (you may have information on your character sheet, or someone else has already told you something about them) then you can ask them about that.

Tips for beginners: We provide tips for people who haven't played our games before. These give you a couple of ideas of things you should do at the start of the game. The tips are optional, but they may help you get started.

Find your friends and enemies: In Hollywood Lies there are those who will help you, and those who will oppose you. It's important to find both - although to get your friends to help you, you may have to help them in return.

Ability cards: You will have special ability cards that you can use to help achieve your goals. The cards are self-explanatory and generally have a limited number of uses. You may need to think carefully about who you want to play them on.

The Host: Ideally, you shouldn't need the Host (the MC) to achieve your goals - most can be achieved by talking and negotiating with the other characters. You should consult the Host if you have a question about the rules, but you certainly shouldn't ask for help in solving your goals, as they are up to you!

Act the part: Don't start talking about football or cars or anything else that isn't part of Hollywood Lies. It's more fun if everyone tries to maintain the illusion that you're in the movie business.

Read your character sheet yet again: If you find yourself at a loose end, find a quiet place and re-read your character sheet. You may find that there's someone you haven't spoken to yet, or something you need to do.

Tom Speed's death: How did Tom Speed really die? Finding out is a matter of talking to people and picking up the clues.

Finally: Remember that the most important thing is to have a good time!