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Another Chance to Go Sleuthing in Lincoln

Would-be detectives have another exciting opportunity to turn sleuths for the day when a brilliant gaming experience comes to the city.

Date: 27th Sep '17

Once again, Lincoln BIG teamed-up with Casebook Events – which brought The Mystery of the Star-Eaters earlier this year.  Now its star character Detective Inspector Ranney is on his way back!

A demanding boss, enough unsolved cases to fill an aircraft hangar, and now Lincoln is on alert as a dark threat is prowling the streets.  Detective Ranney is not having a good day….

Do you feel like testing your powers of deduction? Fancy pitting your wits against an evil force linked to one of Lincolnshire's own, the great Lord Alfred Tennyson? Could you solve a centuries old mystery and save an innocent person in the bargain?

Then Detective Inspector Ranney needs YOU!

After a hugely successful premiere in Lincoln last April, with over 250 players attending, Lincoln BIG is presenting another  truly immersive gaming experience for would-be detectives and adventurers.

As part of its initiative to increase footfall in the city centre the organisation will be employing the streets as a literally life-size game board. Casefile: Appearance of the Obeli, invites players to take on the role of “consulting detective” in a spine-tingling thriller that will test their wits to the very limits. This is gaming on a grand scale.

With the aim of giving players of all ages a great day out in the city, Lincoln BIG has funded the event so that adult tickets are discounted and under 12 year-olds are free.

Players will be asked to examine the casefile, hunt down clues, question real live witnesses and solve ingenious puzzles. The amateur sleuths will be taken on a journey of discovery around the city centre as they investigate a mystery that would test even the great Mr Holmes.

Like last time, the game is best enjoyed when played in teams of two-to-six. While the main investigation takes approximately two-to-three hours, the event will be running continuously throughout the day so players can stop and start whenever they choose, even taking time out for lunch and shopping!

With a dedicated children’s trail running alongside the main game, this “Casefile” mystery makes for a day of unique entertainment for all ages.

Head puzzle-master Stephen Blackwell points toward Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as his inspiration for the new game,

“For me it’s just the perfect mix of adventure, detective work and the supernatural. We learnt a lot after the first one and this time we’ve upped the ante, adding more physical “missions” that players need to complete as they go.

“Casefile gets players using their body and brain in equal measures, and having a lot of fun along the way. Lincoln, with its great mix of heritage buildings and independent businesses, really is the perfect location for our games.”

Touring nationally, the game, which has been featured by BBC Radio, the Metro and in VisitEngland’s influential blog, is transforming towns and cities up and down the country, returning to Lincoln on October 28.

Matt Corrigan, Lincoln BIG Chief Executive, said: “Finding fun and different ways to spend the day with friends and family can be a challenge. 

“April’s Casefile game made a real change from the usual kind of event and people really responded to that. Like last time we’ve got a fabulous line-up of locations taking part, players will all find at least one of our hidden local gems that they didn’t know about before.’

“It’s really exciting that this time the game includes one of Lincolnshire’s great heroes, Lord Tennyson. I describe the game as a giant Agatha Christie play, only the whole of the city centre is the stage and you are Miss Marple!”

The event is being presented as part of the Lincoln Frequency Festival, with the game’s mix of digital and physical puzzles. Players will use their smartphones and the city’s various free Wi-Fi points to crack the new case and reveal the truth behind an ominous ancient ritual.

Grab your magnifying glass, the game is afoot...

Tickets prices are £12 for Adults with accompanied under 12 year-olds are free and there are also discounted team tickets available – priced  £50. To buy an advance ticket visit the Casebook Events website. The Frequency Festival runs from 20-29 October in various Lincoln locations.