Steampunk! Pushing this one over the line

Working on the Lilly’s Hotel art, this is the Steampunk murder mystery. The cowboy one, Done in Out of Prescott Junction,” is ready for anyone who would like to buy a copy. Currently I am selling them one off, meaning I print it when you buy it. It’s not the way to make money, but it’s a way to build a fan base.

Here is a detail of some of the art for Lilly’s Hotel. This is really a fun game with some unusual things happening. I will be getting this one ready to sell soon.

The ancient Egyptian game “Nefru’s Last Night on the Nile” can be bought as well. That artwork was done quite a while ago. It is the most played of the games, one of my first to be written. Those who have played it have really enjoyed it and the characters are fun. That story line has a lot of plot twists and surprises.

There are two more murder mystery games, “The Beatnik who wasn’t beat, but was shot”, and “A Night to Remember, the Prom Murder,” that are up next for final art. They have quite a bit done, but I need to polish it all up.

The art is very important to me. I believe that the photos, maps, and drawings all contribute to being drawn into the story making it more real.

Contact me if you would like to purchase any of these games. I don’t have an official sales portal yet, but you can start enjoying these games right now if you want.


Whoops! A month went by.

In my quest to market the murder mystery party game I have begun to reach out to others for advice and support. I have been fortunate enough to find some people who really know what they are talking about and they have offered some great suggestions.

Todos Santos Mexico

We spent two weeks in Todos Santos, which was a fabulous and enchanting experience rescuing turtles, swimming with whale sharks and doing some fishing too. Now I am back and ready to dive into this project with a fresh perspective.

Box cover art for “Done In Out of Prescott Junction”

What next?

So, besides a bunch of technical stuff, I have a few goals to reach, with your help of course. Before I start the Kickstarter campaign I need to build a community of supporters who love the games. The best way to do that is to give more people access to the game. So I will be working next on making the games available for sale. Making them one at a time by hand will not be profitable, but it will get the games out there.

What do you think?

So, amongst this group now, what source do you think would be best to offer the games through? Amazon, eBay, Etsy, or what?
At this moment I have one game that is actually fully designed and ready for sale, “Done In Out of Prescott Junction”. I will put the others up once I finish the art for them.

So let me know what you think please!

Working on Steampunk art

Lilly’s Hotel is the working title for the steampunk, seance, murder mystery party game. One of the five that I will be offering when I start my Kickstarter campaign.

Currently I am working on the art for the game. When I write these I usually create some core illustrations and graphics for the play testing. Now I need to refine and expand on the art.

This is a Cornucopia3D image of one of their 3D models they sell – Here’s their page

In Lilly’s Hotel story there is a steampunk style hot air balloon tethered to the roof. I am currently working on the illustration of the hotel and have done some research on steampunk airship visuals. The whole category is so fascinating that I decided to share some with you here on this post.

Here is a link to some images I have found –

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.


Join this site as a member. There is no newsletter or junk mail. Membership gets you access to all the website material and I will also notify you when the Kickstarter campaign is started. At that time you can support our efforts to bring our games to market by buying one, plus get additional goodies to go along with it. Join, like, comment, here, at the website, and on the Murder Happens Facebook page.

Thank you signups!!!

People are signing up! Thank you.

I have been explaining it in my thank you emails but I will reiterate it here.

The goal is to get a huge list of emails of the people signing up. Then, when I start my Kickstarter campaign, I will send out an email to everyone on the list asking them to visit the Kickstarter page. Just by having rush of viewers in the first days causes the campaign to be featured which will bring thousands more viewers and will give a heads up to those people interested in murder mystery party games. Plus, if you would like to support the Kickstarter campaign by contributing in exchange for games and gifts, that’s even better.

That will be the only email you will get, except possibly one or two if something of major importance happens in the meantime.

Games on the back burner:
Renegade motorcycle club – Find the guilty party in a group of cut throat criminals who would probably like to take credit in the first place.
Water Park – Someone drowns at a waterpark, but wait! It wasn’t an accident.
Shipwreck – In the midst of a storm and the ship wrecking on the rocky coast someone takes advantage of the chaos to do the evil deed.
Pirate Murder mystery – In the case of pirates a murder isn’t much of a mystery, but who did it is. Really fun and easy costuming.
Halloween murder mystery – Everyone was in costume so that kind of makes it hard.
The island murder – A special one that I have been working on.

Got any other ideas…? Games you have wanted to see? Share!!!!!

Here is a good description of how the Kickstarter campaign works.


Who wants to playtest now?

Getting together a playtest group

There are people who have play tested some of the Murder Happens games, but not all of them, and would like to play another. There also are some people who have never played, but are early joiners of the web site, that are interested in playing a Murder Happens game.

I’m thinking about getting together people from the two main play test groups, along with a new comer or two, for one of the games they all have not played yet. That would probably be “Done in at Prescott”, but could also be “Nefru’s last night on the Nile”, or “The Beatnik Who Was Not Beat, but Shot”.

We will find a central location in Santa Barbara County when we get the group together and plan a cool game.

If you are interested then please post on the website, Facebook page, email me, or send us a text. Let me know which of the above listed games that you haven’t played yet. We can work out a date after getting the group together. We are looking at eight to twelve players. This is a hosted game so there is no cost to join, other than a dish for the potluck, and your own costume.