Black Cat Cabaret

Black Cat Cabaret

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Stop, stranger! This building, the premises of Le Chat Noir,

is devoted to muses and pleasures.

Keep an open mind, stranger!

Paris, 1893.
Political passions run high, anarchism is gaining momentum, and new forms of art are emerging. The hill of Montmartre in Paris has become the cultural center of the world, and Black Cat Cabaret is the center of Montmartre. The clientele are artistic bohemians, bourgeoisie and the heirs to thrones – arriving incognito –  as many foreign countries’ intelligence officers. Everybody is ‘crazy in love’. The Black Cat Cabaret never has an ordinary day: there is always music, laughter, artistic and poetic discussions, love and freedom. Everyday is a holiday!

Montmartre is the hill where the legends are born and everyone is speaking of a painting that is both valuable and unusual. It is said that if a talented person looks at it, he or she will become world-famous within months. But if an ordinary, talentless person beholds it, he or she will be found dead in four days’ time. But is it true? Is this fate, or somebody’s cruel plan? And who dares to look at this painting?

Many more mysterious and amusing things can happen in Le Chat Noir Cabaret today. It will be a special evening. The owner of the cabaret is publishing a new magazine and all poets and artists dream of being on its cover. Don’t miss the chance to become part of legendary times, which future generations will call La Belle Époque!

How it works?

Our Game Master will lead the game, creating a special atmosphere and providing costumes, accessories, and music to transport your imagination to the Monmartre in the end of XIX centure.
Every player has a role and is assigned a few goals which can be achieved through interacting with the other players. 
And not just murder! In every quest there are multiple story-lines that intersect with each other. Every hero has a variety of goals in addition to discovering the culprit. For example, for a given character it may be to arrest anarchist’ leader, to find a bomb, and to poison someone at the end of the game. Even the culprit has more to do than just hide, even the culprit has to solve their own batch of mysteries.

All roles are complete! We don’t believe in having any supporting roles. We’ve come up with a way to integrate new characters so that they either bring in a new mysterious plotline, or add to an already existing one.

In every game there is a key event!
 For example, in the game “The Black Cat Cabaret”, the event is publishing a new magazine and all poets and artists dream of being on its cover. The end of the game is a time of dark doings, when characters freely murder one another. This keeps the participants tense and engaged. According to reviews of our games, the emotional roller coaster they provide is akin to one provided by extreme sports.

Who will lead the game?
The plot needs one gamemaster. Their primary job is to get the participants to start to feel like they themselves are actors.  Our professionally trained gamemasters will help you get into character, explain the rules and be on hand to answer any questions.

Where and when can we play?

Black Cat Cabaret theme party game is a good format for a birthday party, corporate event, prom or any other celebration. The game can be held in a house (if there is enough space), in a restaurant (in a separate hall) or outside. 
Duration: 2,5-3 hours.

Number of players: 9-21 ppl

Age: 14+



Plot parameters:

Place & Time Montmartre, Paris, 1893
Atmosphere Belle Epoque
Number of players 9-21
Players` age 16-99
Associations France, cabaret, flirt, poetry, painting, freedom & even a little anarchy


Regulars of Le Chat Noir

Gender is indicated with either M, F, or M/F if the character may be a man or a woman. 

Louis/Louise Bristal (M/F), the host. А living legend who founded Montmartre as we know it today. Bristal likes the artistic motley crew and when the visitors drink his/her absinth. Bristal lives in his/her cabaret.

Herbert Argent (M), art patron. With all his riches, he is modest and well-mannered – when he is sober, of course. What he values most is talent and women’s beauty. Argent lives on 53 Lepic St.

Andrea (M/F), art patron. With hot Southern blood flowing inside his/her veins, Andrea is unpredictable and short-tempered. He/she supports local poets and painters and, lately, has started writing poetry him/herself. It is advisable to admire it. He/she lives on 19 Dancourt St.

Maurice Verfé (M), eccentric art patron. If he is there, the party is on: he stands rounds of absinth for everyone, gets drunk himself and buys paintings by the dozen. He often sees beautiful ladies home and lives at their places.

Moro (M/F), art critic. Every painter dreams of pleasing him/her. Moro has only three kinds of opinion on a particular painting: “Hm…”, “…there’s hope…”, and “…there’s hope… hm…” The latter holds a promise of future world renown. He lives on 76 Dancourt St.

Philippe Grantier (M), novelist. Here’s the new Maupassant! It has not been long since his ingenious, magnificent talent was discovered, and here he is, a worldwide celebrity. Grantier lives on 12 Custin St, but is planning on moving to the Champs-Elysées.

Marianne (F), fiery-tempered poetess. Her eyes, like her poetry, flame. She lives on 43 Dancourt St.

Steven (M), painter. He came from America with a friend in search for glory. Steven’s paintings are of an unconventional, insolent style that, we hope, will soon become known outside Montmartre. He lives on 5 Abbesses St.

Alexander/Alexandra Kessonsky (M/F), poet. Newly arrived from Russia, Kessonsky is intrigued, enchanted, exhilarated. All around seems to him/her a Green Fairy tale … Address as yet unknown.

Eugene/Eugenie (M/F), painter. Eugene is usually seen with a glass of absinth, in a state of constant melancholy and endless meandering on eternal questions. He/she lives on 93 Lepic St.

Blanche (F), painter. She is a fighter, rebel and a stunner – both in life and art. Her art defies tradition by any means possible. It is also best not to mess with her: she fights well. Blanche lives on 10 Dancourt St.

Henri (M), painter. Henri is a famous painter whose talent has only recently been acknowledged by the critics. His best known paintings involve dancers, painters, poets. .. He lives on 3 Haussman Blvd.

Sophie Splendid (F), opera singer. New star of Grand Opera. Sophie’s path to fame started in Le Chat Noir that she half-heartedly exchanged for the big stage. Sophie now lives on 28 Haussman Blvd, next to Opera Garnier.

Nana (F), Moulin Rouge dancer. She is kind, ready to comfort the unhappy and help the poor. She takes everything that happens to heart. Nana lives on 89 Dancourt St.

Claire (F), a young dancer from the Moulin Rouge. Pretty and seductive, Claire is also impulsive and instable. She dreams of the big stage and big fame. She lives on 19 Lepic St.

Violette Gauthier (F), country girl. Violette has just arrived but has already charmed everyone. Her hobbies are knitting and dirty dancing. A perfect woman. Address as yet unknown.

Lady Catherine (F), a young woman from high society. What she is doing on Montmartre remains unknown. She lives on 4 Haussman Blvd.

Jacques/Jacqueline Verlaine (M/F), a popular journalist. Leave him without attention and you will be left in people’s memory as “some unsociable mediocrity”. He lives on 4 Haussman Blvd.

Victor/Victoria Charcotier (M/F), psychiatrist, head of a mental hospital. A very respected man/woman on Montmartre. That is no surprise, as each one of us might move to his/her clinic one day, on 93 Lepic St.

Michel Pascal (M), waiter. Not just any waiter, but a waiter in Le Chat Noir! That is why he wears a scholar’s gown and constantly cites pearls of wisdom. He lives on 6 Pigalle Sq.

Joseph/Josephine Oller (M/F), doorman. He can’t stand serious people, and even less when they are serious and sober. His duty is to see that the Charter of Le Chat Noir is strictly followed … If he himself happens to be at work. Oller lives on 13 Abbesses St.