UK Freeforms and Mystery in Mind Proudly Present:

21st - 23rd February 2020

"For the moment - an eternity it must have seemed to the others standing by - I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, 'Can you see anything?' it was all I could do to get out the words, 'Yes, wonderful things.”
― Howard Carter, The Tomb of Tutankhamun

On November 4, 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter uncovered the first of sixteen stone steps that led down into the tomb of Tutankhamun, a minor pharaoh of ancient Egypt’s 18th Dynasty. Tutankhamun, only nine when he came to the throne, died in his late teens or early twenties, and left little mark on Egyptian history.

This discovery has led to a new craze in a world scarred after the global upheavals of World War One. In an era of surging economy created by mass consumerism, Tut-mania, a feverish enthusiasm for all things Egyptian, sweeps the world. All things ancient Egyptian are desirable – from songs written to celebrate the lives of the ancient civilization, to fashion and beauty products designed to enable every woman to look like Cleopatra. Indeed, it is because Tut-mania coincided with the birth of Hollywood that so many theatres are taking the form of Egyptian temples!

During this time, Jazz music has blossomed along with dance clubs, to appease the mood from the recent war. The flapper has redefined the modern look for British and American women, and Art Deco is in fashion. The Roaring Twenties combines a feeling of novelty and a desire to break with traditions. New technology is becoming more accessible with automobiles, moving pictures, and radio. Transportation options have significantly improved, even with the loss of many ocean liners during the war, with more comfortable rail travel, automobiles, bicycles and even the possibilities of aviation!

Tut-mania however has taken a darker turn with the death of Lord Carnarvon, sponsor of the Tutankhamun excavations, less than a year after the tombs discovery. Now there are concerns over the "Mummy's curse". This is supported by the reports that several members of the excavation team, Egyptian locals it is noted, have been reported dead.

Meanwhile the political situation in Egypt becomes more unstable, with uneasy balance of power between the King, the British Residency, and the WAFD leadership.


Conceived by Paul & Fiona Kennedy of Mystery in Mind
With additional material by Alex Sinclair & Jon Swift

A weekend long freeform game for around 76 players