Detectives For A Day

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Today some friends and I took part in a live-action mystery game called “Cardiff Casebook: The Mystery Of The Star Eaters”. We took the role of consulting detectives tasked with discovering the whereabouts of a university professor whose obsession with an ancient local legend had apparently led to him vanishing without a trace.

We walked all over the city, interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence, putting the pieces together one by one. It took us three and a half hours, but we cracked the case and even earned membership of an ancient organisation with an unbelievable secret!

We all had an amazing time. It was immersive, challenging and great exercise. We had a taste of what it would be like to be Sherlock Holmes (or, more fittingly, Dirk Gently). While some of the clues were fairly easy to follow, a couple of others were frustratingly difficult. The storyline was far-fetched but incredibly interesting, incorporating ancient cults, buried treasure, crooked conspiracy theorists and greed, greed, greed.

Next year the company plans to stage another, new case and I am pleased to say we’ll be among the first to sign up to take part. I wonder what they’ll have for us next time?! These Casefile games happen all over the country, so if you notice one happing where you live then please take the plunge and go along.

It isn’t cheap. Participation is set at £7.00 per person though, while all six of us paid this time, next time we’d be more tempted to get just one ticket, as each team only got one set of evidence, regardless of how many of them had paid to play. We know this for next time. And there will be a next time. We can’t wait to play again!

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