Cowboys on the loose

I am currently working on the final art for “Done in out of Prescott Junction”

There is a group of play testers forming up right now. I’ll get some video and keep you posted on that game. This particular group is a lot of fun. There might be a place or two available so text me if you are interested.

This murder mystery party game takes place in the old west on a train that is traveling from Chicago to San Diego. It’s a long trip, the passengers are bored and restless, and for cowboys, that is a bad combination.

Although the characters in this story don’t know each other, they are connected in ways that you will soon discover when you play this rollicking fun game by “Murder Happens”.

Sit with friends and enjoy yourself

Someone thought these murder mystery games would be downloaded and printed out at home. I have a particular vision for each one, nice art work printed on quality paper. Something that would be a pleasure not only to read and share, but also to hold and appreciate visually.

There is a wide variety of murder mystery party games out there, from corporate productions requiring professional actors, to write it yourself guidelines. My games can not be all things to all people, so here are a few goals I have when designing them.

What I write

I build a game so that a close group of people can solve an intriguing and entertaining mystery. They can act out the characters with a flourish, including lavish costumes, or sit together with just the story and the art of the game to draw them into the mystery, like the world of “The Lilly Hotel”.

Humor is required, and people laugh a lot playing “The beatnik who wasn’t beat, but was shot”, or “Done in out of Prescott Junction”. The fun is in the comedy of human foibles, the crazy things we animals will do to each other.

When the murder victim’s narrative is finally read out loud at the end of the game, and all the players are listening with rapt attention, that is my goal. A story and a world that draws you in completely.

You looked to the south where there was a lone rider and screamed… he reached the caboose and was climbing on.

A player’s experience

One particular player had a lot of fun laughing and goofing around during her first Murder Happens mystery party game. Afterwards though, while listening to the other players discuss the intriguing details, the shocking revelations, and their successful deductions, she realized that there was a whole world she had missed out on. She vowed to really dig seriously into the next game, which she in fact did, resulting in a rich, fun filled, time playing “A night to remember, the prom murder”.

Do this

So take a look at the game descriptions here “About the games”, remember to LIKE and FOLLOW the Facebook page “Murder Happens”, and be prepared to take part in the Kickstarter campaign when it gets started, which you will be notified of when you join this page by signing up here.

Thank you,

Carrying water, chopping wood.

Clue card, front and back for “Done in out of Prescott Junction”. While I am busy promoting this web site and my future Kickstarter campaign, I am also busy developing the final art for the murder mystery games that I will be marketing.

I have here the front and back of a clue card. The idea was to make the cards look like old fashioned railroad tickets.

Everyone listen

A request to all of you who have been interested in the progress of this little Murder Happens mystery party game venture.

Email, text, or IM ten of your friends and get them on board. Tell them to visit and sign up here at Help me get these fun games to market so I can get down to writing more.

Thank you,

Meanwhile, enjoy this little bit of Beatnik poetry, courtesy of “The Beatnik who was not beat, but shot”

Ruby and Eva create the Satepa costume

Ruby and Eva go thrift shopping to find what they need to make a costume for the Satepa character in the Murder Happens mystery party game called “Nefru’s Last Night on the Nile”.

They chose this character because he is one of the most interesting in the Murder Happens series. Satepa is actually a woman, but due to palace intrigues, she was forced to pose as a man to be appointed to the position of the Chemnis palace priest.

It is a time during which Egypt was subject to the waning power of outsiders, the Sea Peoples, or Hyskos. Politics, power, influence, and trade were all subject to chaos in this transitional period. Everyone was scrambling to gain new power, or regain old power. In the midst of this turmoil, a promising young princess is found by her ambitious prince, face down in the Chemnis palace pool.


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