Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment

  • Players: 6
  • Theme: Blackmail, Treason, Betrayal
  • Type: Dinner Party Games
A few days ago the police discovered a body in a park in Washington DC. The victim had been shot in the head. After a thorough investigation the police have discovered that the victim was blackmailing a number of officials around the city. The police are convinced that one of the blackmail victims is also the killer. While trying to avoid a government scandal the officer in charge of the investigation decides to anonymously invite the suspects to a quiet diner to try and sort the affair out.

Complete Character List



One of the government lawmakers. Has been in this position for many years.


Works to promote the interests of private corporations and other organisations in government.


Works at the White House as an intern to learn how the seat of government works for his Masters Degree.

FBI Agent

A special investigator specialising in undercover operations.


Government official working under the Secretary of State.

Air Force Officer

Senior officer with the Air Force. Has served many campaigns.

"Lou's Diner" is by all accounts in a less reputable part of town, the menu is unlikely to be gourmet, rather more down at heal.


Tacos and dip (salsa or guacamole)

Main Course


Burgers in buns, salad garnish, with onion rings and French fries or wedges (burgers can have cheese and mushroom added for variety)


Ice cream sundaes

Ice cream sundaes (mixture of ice-creams , with whipped cream and chocolate sauce on top)

Apple Pie

How To Play A Dinner Party Murder Mystery

Our dinner party games are designed to be played by the combination of players listed on the game. Some require a specific number of male and female players, some have interchangeable players. When considering what game to buy you should think about who you want to play with you. If you want you can also add the 'Inspector' character as a player as there are scripts provided for this person as well.

Once you have chosen a game, simply click to buy it and then download.

What Is Included In Your Download

Your download should include a ZIP file with which once un-zipped you should have the following folders and files.

  • Character Scripts
  • Inspector Script
  • Inspector Audio Files
  • Instructions
  • Timetable
  • Invitation
  • Specific Suggestions For This Game – including menu ideas and recipes

How To Use The Game

Produce Invitations

Within the files downloaded is the 'Invitation' for you to print out and send to your guests. The invitation is double sided giving the information need for those participating in the game before they arrive. Once printed all you need to do is put the guests name on the front, and indicate which character they are playing, that way if they choose to dress up for the event they know what to look out for in the way of costume. (Please be aware that this file shows the invitation in Landscape view – you need to adjust your print settings accordingly).

Character Sheets

The Character Script pages are designed for double side printing, and should be printed then folded. If your printer does not have the facility to double side print, just print the 'even' pages and this will give your what you need, fold these in half and write the character name and round number on each.

The Inspector

The Inspectors Script is contained in its own folder and should be printed out and folded as the Character Scripts.

Inside the Inspector folder is another called Audio which contains MP3's for use during the game. The audio is the same as the printed script of the Inspector giving details at each stage of the game.

The Solution

This is the last printed and audio file.

It is always worth having this script handy, even if using the video or audio files, you never know when there might be a power cut!

The solution should also be printed and folded and we recommend putting a paper clip over the loose edges of this one so that it does not inadvertently come open for anyone to read.

Making The Most Of Your Theme

Where and how you run your game can make a real difference to its feel. Think about the game – is it appropriate to sit around a table, or would a lounge be more conducive. If you are round a camp fire would it be better to have the chairs in a circle? Would a poster over the window help the setting i.e. snow covered mountains if you are in a ski lodge. Small alterations to your home or setting can make all the difference to the game.

Specific Suggestions For Each Game

Just in case you are at a loss we have provided a suggested menu for each game. Don't be rigid about the meal, it should be easy to produce and serve during the course of the game, so go with what you are comfortable with. Now is not the time to try new recipes (unless you know you can pull them off), go with something tried and tested. You are meant to enjoy the game as well as your guests.

Player Reviews

What a great mixture of intrigue amongst some of the great, the good, and powerful players in Washington. It could well portray real life in Washington even today.
- Tony