Thrilling mystery game brings Rugby to life

A real-life mystery game was staged in Rugby recently, with clues to find placed around the town and in a number of the shops and pubs.  Pictured: Colin Arthur (Owner - Rugby Tap), Nicky Main (Rugby Theatre), Laura Blackwell together with Martin & Joanne Bannister. NNL-170320-102901009
A real-life mystery game was staged in Rugby recently, with clues to find placed around the town and in a number of the shops and pubs. Pictured: Colin Arthur (Owner - Rugby Tap), Nicky Main (Rugby Theatre), Laura Blackwell together with Martin & Joanne Bannister. NNL-170320-102901009

Dozens of wannabe detectives descended on Rugby town centre as it was turned into massive game of ‘whodunit’ on Saturday.

Locations around the town hid clues and puzzles to unlock the answer to the giant investigation in Rugby First and Casebook Events’ game.

Casefile: Mystery of the Star-Eaters used Rugby as a game board as players followed the clues around town to solve the crime.

Gaming shop Shadow Games hosted the event with players coming in to sign up and get started, as well as holding the penultimate puzzle. Owner of the Church Street store, Neill Wilcock, said the event tripled footfall and gave them and the town centre a big boost.

“As far as we’re concerned, it went really well. It increased footfall in our business considerably for a Saturday and I thought the town itself felt a bit livelier,” he said.

“The event went really smoothly and a lot of people asked us to do it again, so it was a great success.”

Mr Wilcock said the organisers told him they were planning another similar event sometime in the future after the success of Saturday.

The amount of people taking part, many of whom may not regularly visit Rugby town centre, gave shops a boost with the increased footfall.

Mr Wilcock thinks the event was such a hit because it provided people something ‘different’ to do.

“People are looking for something to do these days, something to get them away from the sofa and to get them out and about and maybe something they have never tried before,” he said.

“It’s good way of getting people in the town and helps the businesses.

“People often walk through town with the blinkers on and don’t look at what’s new but with this sort of thing, you see things you might not normally notice.”

If anyone missed the event, the organisers are holding it in Leamington Spa on April 1.