Doublebottom House

Doublebottom House

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How many skeletons are hidden in the walls of the old haunted mansion? Who will get the collection of precious Indian jewelry? And who will  win the heart of a young heiress and her hand in marriage?

A Victorian detective story incorporating the very best elements of the works of Edgar Allen Poe, Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie

This story takes place on October 1st, 1874 on a rainy day at the Doublebottom House.

Small excerpts from British newspapers of that time:

arold Barnaby and two other brave British soldiers (Major Williams and Lieutenant Fisher) save the  life of an Indian boy, the only son of  Rajah Singh. During an interview with the “ Bombay Truth” newspaper our heroes reveal the details of the story.  The boy was hidden in an abandoned temple of Kali, goddess of death.  The kidnappers ran away and hid themselves in the jungle.

“It was natural for us to save the boy”, said Fisher. “There was  an abandoned temple in the jungle so we decided to go in there.  The temple is magnificent, but the temple servants were not very friendly,  however we managed to come to an agreement…”

Thus, the story of our fearless heros is short and simple.

ingh was so happy to see his son again that he rewarded the heroes generously, even according to the standards of an Indian Rajah.  Mounds of gold coins and a world famous collection of precious jewelry and ornamental daggers were bestowed upon the ordinary English soldiers. The British Museum had offered them large sums of money for these collections many times.

”My son`s life is priceless.  I swear by the Gods,  I would have given everything I had to get him back”, said Rajah Singh in explanation of his  generosity.

A month later everyone was  shocked by terrible news: Lieutenant Fisher had been stabbed in a Bombay hotel ; and Major Williams was found injured  in a dark narrow alley. Harold Barnaby was said to be born under a lucky star as he managed to escape this tragedy and safely left India.

pon his return to England Harold Barnaby announced his intention to auction off the collection of flower-shaped jewels that the Rajah Singh had given him. The auction should take place on the day of Jessica Barnaby`s 17th Birthday party. He invited lots of guests, amongst whom were famous jewelry collectors, well-known jewelry appraisers, a neighbor, the director of the British Museum, and Queen Victoria.

However, not every guests managed to get to the Doublebottom because of horrible weather.

What a loss it was for those absent that day! Dinner, served at 3 p.m. precisely, was divine and made everyone forget about the storm outside.  After dinner Harold Barnaby made a surprising announcement…

Do find out what happens next, take part in the theme party game “Doublebottom House”, the most mystical and witty live game about the Victorian Era.

How it works?

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 beneficial to marry, to find a hidden diamond, 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 plot-line, or add to an already existing one. This means that even if your role was the twentieth one added, you would never guess it.

In every game there is a key event! For example, in “Doublebottom House” the event is an auction of Indian jewelry. The end of the game is known as a time of Dark Doings, when characters freely murder one another. This keeps the participants tense and engaged.

Who will lead the Game?

Our Game Master will lead the game, creating a special atmosphere and providing costumes, accessories, and music to transport your imagination to England during the reign of Queen Victoria.

Where and when can we play?

This is a great format for a birthday party, corporate event, prom or any other celebration. The quest 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: 8-19 ppl

Age: 14+



Plot parameters:

Place & Time 1874. England, old haunted mansion
Atmosphere Victorian era
Number of players 8-19
Players` age 14-99
Associations Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle, Edgar Allen Poe, Agatha Christie and Gilbert Keith Chesterton


The guests who managed to get to Doublebottom House

You can find the sex of each character in the brackets.  M– male, F- female, M/F- a character can be of either sex.

The Barnaby family

The ghost of the Uncle (m)

Uncle Baranby’s Ghost – a hero of the Indian campaign. The existence is not proven.

Jessica Barnaby (f)

As a 14 year old girl she lost both parents. She was sent to a finishing school by her dearest uncle. She is an accomplished lady and an example of virtue in human form.

Harold Barnaby`s guests

Major Williams (m)

Together with H. Barnaby they saved the Rajah`s son.  A respected soldier of  the British Empire.  Everyone adores listening to his military anecdotes and jokes.

Mr. Night. The Collector (m)

He is an art connoisseur and a bit obsessive in his love for weird Sherlok Holme-like deerstalker caps.

Doctor Moor (m/f)

He/she is a doctor by vocation, but collecting is a sideline.  He/she has been doing military service in India for a long time and now he/she spends all his/her money on jewelry.

Duchess Gorchakova (f)/Duke Gorchakov (m)

A Russian millionaire and treasure hunter.  She/He is said to be assigned to Russian Security Agency at the order of the Tsar.  She/He has a big talent for appraising.

Lady Eleonor (f)

She is a scandalous lady and a French woman, no less, no more.  She can afford to be independent and well-off at the same time.

Sir William MacGreggor (m)

The director of the British Museum, a member of the House of Lords, a loving husband who indulges the whims of his dear wife Harriett.

Lady Harriett MacGregor (f)

She is a writer and suffragist. It`s not typical at all to see a woman who demands not the price reduction for gloves but the right of women to vote.

Jessica Barnaby`s guests

Arthur MacGregor (m)

He is a young man, spoiled by his parents` money and by lack of parental guidance. He is easily carried away by everything but he is not into anything in particular.

Terry Fisher (m)

A young man with great expectations. He is a bank clerk and is dreaming about his own business.  He lost his father recently.

Elliot/ Elly Home (m/f)

She/He is born into a well-of and family and she/he has a brilliant education. Her/His sister introduced him/her to Jessica.  She/He is interested in spiritualism.

Celsia Home (f)

Elliot Home`s sister. She was sent to the finishing school together with Jessica.  She is interested in spiritualism.

Madam Efira (f)

The owner of the finishing School.  She is very kind and sentimental.  She`s been looking after Jessica while her dearest uncle Harold was away in India.

Some random guests who are always a part of a real Victorian detective story

Miss Hudson (f)

She is a lovely lady and a neighbor. She participates in social activities and raises money for charity.  She spends the rest of her time gardening.

Mother / Father Grey (f/m)

She/He is the most energetic priest in the whole of the Empire. His missionary activity covers Jamaica and India. He is a resident of a small village of St Mary Mead. He was the one to follow Jessica`s parents to their grave.

Mr/Mrs Dikson (m/f)

He/She is just a rural doctor.  He/She is a bit too talented though for just a rural doctor… He/She knew the Barnabys very well.

Commercial traveler Julian/Julianna Craine(m/f)

A representative of the company “General Store”.  He./She sells home essentials and more…


The Butler/ the Housekeeper Steplton (m/f)

His/Her brilliant manners are not that brilliant any more as he/she is frightened to death now. He/She promises to leave the house as soon as it stops raining…

Maid Mary Knox (f)

She is aware of every step in the house and she has her own opinion on everything.