History Mystery Norwich, The Museum of Norwich – The Merchant’s Vaults

A Saturday visit with a new player joining our regular duo, we headed into another historic underground area of Norwich to play another game. There aren’t any doors with locks on, only a story to tell and some ingenious ideas to reinforce the story.

You have travelled into the past of Norwich with no money, and have found yourselves way back in time with only a considerate sponsor willing to help you get back to your own time.

It is a romp through some major industries of Norwich with physical and mental puzzles, it is not always linear but you do need to work together to solve as you work through the “ages” to escape Debtor’s Prison and get back to your own time.

A good games master with the ability to tell a story here really helps the experience, particularly one who knows the history as we have always found that these guys do. Our GM was attentive, sarcastic when necessary and played her role well when we ran into the inevitable health and safety issues that presented themselves in such an important listed building. She gave a character while being herself at the same time, and clearly had a lot of experience in dealing with both experts and novices alike. I believe her name was Rosie and she was also an experienced dungeon master for D&D. This gave our group a great experience and I can see it being a good time for anyone as long as you have a team with a sense of humor and can work logically.

I found the physical/mechanism of the puzzles useful without being intrusive on the time period, and as immersive as it can be bare in mind there was limited space. There were certainly a few things I hadn’t seen before.

I would recommend this game to visitors to Norwich who perhaps have some games under their belts, and can work well together. I think it may be difficult to do with 2 players, but we managed well with 3 and I think two pairs would do well.

Certainly a company I enjoy, we are happy to have our Platinum reward badges (a nice touch) and hopefully we will play the last currently available game of the Queenmaker soon at Blickling!

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