Frequently Asked Questions

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Sign up, choose which type of Games Night In you’d like to host and set a date with your friends, family or colleagues.

Make sure you let your guests know you’re organising a Games Night In for Macmillan so they can donate.

Whodunnit is a virtual murder mystery game. You are each assigned a character for the evening while you gather evidence and unmask clues to guess who the murderer is.

Trapped! An Escape Room is a virtual team game where players work together to discover clues and solve puzzles to get through a series of rooms to escape!

Trapped! Agent Rescue is a virtual game where players discover clues and solve puzzles to assist Agent 203 to escape capture!

Horse Racing Night is a virtual night at the races. We’ll send you pre-recorded horse races for you to pick and cheer them on to the finish line with friends, family or colleagues. We have two different race packs on offer and you will receive both when you register.

This is your chance to make your Games Night In truly special by raising money for Macmillan. You just need to set up a JustGiving page and ask your friends, family or colleagues to make a voluntary donation to take part. There is no minimum donation amount, but you could ask for a donation of £10, £15, or £20 per person per person, for example. You can also share your page on social media to spread the word. You will also have the option to donate £3 via text throughout the games to receive clues or as a forfeit for revealing the answer.

Unfortunately Virgin Money Giving will stop operating on 30 November 2021. You will therefore need to consider using an alternative fundraising provider if you plan to raise money online for Macmillan after November (we recommend JustGiving). If you would like to discuss options with us, please call 0300 1000 200 or email fundraising@macmillan.org.uk

Once you have signed up, we will send you a link via email to create a JustGiving fundraising page.

Due to limitations with JustGiving, the event date will default to: September 27, 2021 to August 31, 2022, this can’t be changed. You can always share the date of your event when you invite your friends, family or colleagues to take part or by personalising the ‘story’ section of your JustGiving page. You can find out how to personalise your JustGiving page here

There’s lots of different platforms you can use. You may have to download an application to use one. Here’s a few you could use:

  • Houseparty
  • Google Hangouts
  • Zoom

For Whodunnit, the scripts are for 8 people however 6 people can take part. Beryl and Lily are different enough to be played by one person. Or Cyril and the Captain. You can double up ... use a different hat to differentiate the characters, or an accent. If you have more than 8 people, you can ask guests to share a character or consider hosting two Whodunnit evenings!

If you are hosting Trapped! An Escape Room we recommend 2 – 8 players with access to a computer each. 2 players can play together from the same screen. There are 4 cells to begin with and each one needs to be occupied to play the game we suggest:

  • 2 players: allocate 2 cells to each player
  • 3 players: allocate 2 cells to 1 player, and 1 cell to each of the remaining 2 players
  • 4 players: allocate 1 cell to each player
  • 5 players: 2 players must share a cell, the other 3 players can be allocated 1 cell each
  • 6 players: 2 cells must be assigned to 4 players (2 players per cell), leaving 1 cell each for the remaining 2 players
  • 7 players: 3 cells must be assigned to 6 players (2 players per cell), leaving 1 cell for the remaining player
  • 8 players: split the group into 4 pairs and allocate 1 cell to each pair. If there are 8 or more players you could play 2 separate games, starting at the same time and race to see who escapes first!

If you are playing Trapped! Agent Rescue, you can play this alone or with as many people as you would like, each with access to their own computer.

You can host your Horse Racing Night with as many people as you like. Please see our social distancing guidance below.

If you’re hosting a Quiz Night, the more the merrier! You can ask people to set up teams to take part too. Please see our social distancing guidance below.

If you would like to hold a Games Night In at work or with a large group of friends, we have some top tips for making it a success:

1. Registering and setting up your fundraising page:

We would recommend that one person signs up for the game of your choice and sets up a centralised JustGiving page for everyone to donate to. If you prefer, you can also register and set up a fundraising page per team taking part. Make sure to do this a few days in advance of your Games Night In.

2. Fundraising:

Once your page has been set up, share the link to your fundraising page with colleagues, customers or friends. Players could donate to the page as a way of RSVP’ing to your Games Night In - we suggest around £10, £15 or £20 per person. Alternatively, workplaces could make a donation on behalf of everyone. £109 could provide emotional support to one person living with cancer for around eight weeks, through ongoing & regular telephone sessions with one of our Macmillan Telephone Buddies.

3. Setting up teams with large groups:

  • Quiz: You can have as many players taking part as you like. We would recommend splitting up into teams and appointing a quiz master to host the quiz for your team/company. Send round an answer sheet to each team taking part and ask them to exchange answer sheets for marking.
  • Whodunnit: Between 6 and 8 people can take part in Whodunnit, so we would recommend splitting up into as many groups as needed and play against the clock. Appoint a leader for each team who can allocate and send out the scripts to the players. The first team to solve the mystery wins a prize!
  • Escape Room: Between 4 and 8 people can work together to solve the clues and escape. For larger groups, we would recommend splitting into teams and racing against the clock to escape fastest. Set a start time and share the link to the Escape Room to all teams at once. You can set up a leader board to rank how quickly each team can escape.
  • Horse Racing Night: This can be played by as many players as you like. You can appoint a compere to host the night and to play the pre-recorded videos on a large screen or virtually on a laptop. Use the race cards to predict the winning horse for each race. You can print these out or send via email to each player. Share the link to the videos and the race cards with every team taking part.

4. Set up a leader board:

Use this leader board to record each team’s scores or finishing times. Why not give a prize to the winning team as an incentive?

With government guidance about the pandemic constantly changing, we appreciate it can be difficult keeping up to speed with what you can and can’t do as well as how to stay safe if you are planning to host a Games Night In in person – that’s where we can help! Please see our guidance for more information.

Under 18s are welcome to take part but they’ll need an adult to register on their behalf as we can only communicate with an adult.

Whodunnit - There is no inappropriate content in the game and should be fine for older children to play.

Trapped! virtual escape rooms – These games may be too difficult for younger children but are suitable for children aged 14+

Horse Racing Night and Quiz are family friendly.

Each game varies but are designed to take between 1-2hrs.

For Whodunnit, the time varies depending on whether guests go off script, have breaks in between scenes etc so could take around an 1hr or up to a few hours.

If you’re playing Trapped! An Escape Room, the time will depend on how quickly you and your team solve the puzzles. There are hints and clues if you get stuck.

If you do not receive your welcome email within an hour, please check your junk folder then email us at gamesnightin@macmillan.org.uk.

Make every £1 worth 25p more at no extra cost to you. It’s just a little box to tick but gift aid makes a huge difference when it comes to how much money we can raise to support people living with cancer.

To be eligible to add gift aid to your donation, you must be a UK taxpayer and understand that if you pay less income tax and/or capital gains tax then the amount of gift aid claimed on all donations made in that tax year it’s your responsibility to pay any difference.

This option will be there on your fundraising page, but if you could mention it to your sponsors, you could help raise much more money to support people living with cancer. Find out more about Gift Aid here.

If you choose to use Facebook as a fundraising platform, or in order to complement or top up donations for your Games Night In, please note we may not be aware of this fundraising activity.

If you raise money on Facebook and want us to acknowledge this, please get in touch; you can email fundraising@macmillan.org.uk or send us a private message through Facebook.

If you’d prefer not to text 70550 to make a £3 donation to Macmillan to receive your clue that’s no problem.

The text message reads:

It reads ‘Completing Reports on time for media transmission is paramount’. Do the letter combinations you used spell a word?

If you’d prefer not to text 70550 to make a £3 donation to Macmillan to receive your final clue that’s no problem. You’ll find each character’s final clue here – your clue might just give you the final piece of the puzzle.

Marvin

Cyril told you a secret. He’s on his final warning, for assaulting a passenger who ‘looked at him the wrong way’

Roger

Madame told you she wants to run away together, as fast as you can, when the ship docks. But not to tell anyone

Beryl

Lily just asked to run away with you to NY, where no one can find her. She wants to ‘leave this mess behind’.

Captain

You saw Madame crying the other night at the top of the ship. She tried to hide it, but she was hysterical

Madame

The captain’s lying. He was still angry with the Doctor. Told you when he was drunk that he’d make him pay.

Cyril

Marvin told you the cricket bat disappeared. He looked everywhere. He wanted to keep it. And use it.

Lady Iceberg

You saw Roger and Beryl practising her cricket swing on the deck after dark. Suspiciously, without a ball.

Lily

You overheard your mother telling the Doctor he had ‘ruined everything’. And deserved to pay for it.

If you'd prefer not to text 70550 to make a £3 donation to Macmillan to receive answers to our Brainteasers in our main quiz pack that's no problem. You'll find the answers here:

  • I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I? The answer is... map!
  • What English word has three consecutive double letters? The answer is... bookkeeper!
  • What is as big as an elephant, but weighs nothing at all? The answer is... an elephant’s shadow!

If you’d prefer not to text 70550 to make a £2 donation to Macmillan to receive answers to our Anagrams in the Festive Quiz, don’t worry. Here are the answers:

  • Anagram 1: MISS CHATTERER = CHRISTMAS TREE
  • Anagram 2: TOSSING EAGERNESS = SEASON'S GREETINGS
  • Anagram 3: CONGRESS LIAR = CAROL SINGERS

For more information, just give us a call on 0300 1000 200 or email fundraising@macmillan.org.uk