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Murder on the Istanbul Express

RPG system: LARP
Participants: 8-12 players

Organized by

Freeform Games


✏️Mark Jarrell

Retford Moot A (2022), Retford Hotel, Retford, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

OrganizerSteve Hatherley


The luxurious Istanbul Express takes three days to travel between Istanbul, Turkey and Paris, France. The train line is lavishly opulent and has a glowing reputation. Tonight, some of Europe's most notable citizens and travellers (and some who are not so notable) are journeying in style through the European countryside.

Two days ago (June 29, 1914), just before the train left Istanbul, newspapers announced that Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, had been assassinated in neighbouring Bosnia. Everyone is now on edge – this could be the start of a great war.

Further trouble is the discovery of a dead body in the kitchen car this evening. Selda Zaim, the maid of Turkish merchant Esra Hoca, appears to have been bludgeoned over the head with a cooking pot.

It is now midnight and only a few hours until the _Istanbul Express_ arrives in Paris and the proper authorities can investigate the crime. But until then, there are many mysteries to unfold…

Murder on the Istanbul Express is a murder mystery freeform for 8-11 people. It is written by Mark Jarrell and published by Freeform Games. All characters are gender-neutral.

Played at

Retford Moot A (2022)

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