General Update

I am still kind of thrashing around trying to figure out how to build an audience for this site and thus the future Kickstarter campaign.

Currently I am writing a more complete description of each of the games that are ready to go. Keep your eye out for that. The first was “The beatnik that was not beat, but was shot.” (Click here to read that page)

Question for readers. One of my main goals with these games is to create beautiful artwork that is high quality print. The question of downloadable games has come up. The art would be the same of course, but it would not look as good printed on home printers. What do you think?

A few words from fans

Here are some comments from people who have play tested the games. I hope you are ready to jump into the fun too!

Oscar wrote…

“Such a very cool and creative way to party! Dress up or dress down. Lie through your teeth or team up to find truth. No matter; fun times will be had by all!”

A creative way to party!

Becky wrote…

“So, if you enjoy playing games with friends and you like a good “who done it “theme, if you like mysteries and murder all wrapped into one, and you enjoy immersing yourself into the role of a crazy character- complete with costume design suggestions , psychological background and a well written script, look no further than these games.

Get a group of friends together, plan a potluck around the theme (80’s prom, cowboy western, etc), dress up as your assigned character and let the fun begin. You will be briefed by the leader of the game in the role of the cop/detective and each character will read a short statement of where they were at the time of the crime. Then, there are many clues that will be shared with the players , some of which are just to throw off your guesses as they have no meaning to help solve the murder. All drawings, maps, clues provide the group with many intricate pieces of information to solve the murder. Players must interact and ask questions of each other to try to solve which one amongst themselves is the actual murderer. Story lines are in depth and keep the characters digging deeper to find the answers.”

If you like mysteries and murder all wrapped into one, look no further.

Audrey wrote…

“A great way to get a group of friends together, dress up and have a game themed potluck, we had a blast!. It’s something different than your usual backyard gathering! Our group can’t wait for the next game!”

Our group can’t wait for the next game!

Rose wrote…

“Fabulous Interactive murder mystery games, they keep evolving and are even more fun and intriguing. I enjoy the extensive social interaction and learning certain details of the crime through evidence, eavesdropping, and questioning other characters. The latest game STEAMPUNK game was awesome!”

I enjoy the extensive social interaction.

Joanna wrote…

“Dressing up, setting the scene with decorations, music, and themed food, getting into character, reading clues, and then matching wits with the murderer is an exciting and gripping experience. Time flies and before you know it accusations fly and the mystery is solved.”

Matching wits with the murderer is exciting.

The Murder Happens philosophy

Lies, more lies, and bad behavior, that’s what it’s all about.

First, lies, in my games, are cool. Players don’t have to be truthful about some clue on a slip of paper. They can make it up as they go. Murder Happens celebrates the human tendency to lie, to get caught in a lie. Tall tales and subterfuge form the color, texture and downright fun of the whole game. What is more fun than catching someone in a lie? I have yet to make sense of a rule that says the actual murderer must tell the truth. Or anyone for that matter.

There are no “scenes”, or envelopes that are to be opened at certain points in the game as a way to pace the game. Murder Happens games are paced using human nature. The way we gather and process information is my pacing tool.

People aren’t just a murderer or a good guy. We all have skeletons in our closets. Some uglier than others. Some skeletons outrank murder on the scale of unacceptability. Now that kind of secret is fun!

Finally, I like to shape the way players will react to the other characters, situations, accusations, and implications. If you manipulate the story elements the right way you can get players to play their part, without trying or reading lines. The ultimate subtlety is when every other character in the room finally realizes something about one of the characters that the character them self doesn’t yet realize. That’s neat.

Ultimately, it’s a fun story, and a fun time getting to the bottom of it that really counts.

Will

 

 

 

Nefru’s last night on the Nile

You walked back towards Chemnis Palace. As you were approaching the North Gate a figure stepped out of the shadows and raised a bow and arrow as if to shoot someone. When you realized that a murder was about to happen you screamed. The assassin turned and fled around the west side of the Chemnis Palace. Then Prince Paser came running out of the North Gate, you pointed in the direction you saw the assassin run and he ran that way. You stayed where you were, waiting to see what would happen next.

Refreshing break then back to work!

Just got back from a week of rafting the Rogue River. Beautiful! Lots of new ideas for the Kickstarter campaign.

Came up with ideas for new murder mysteries too. How about a biker gang murder mystery? We could all be bad to the bone bikers and biker chicks and there is a murder. The thing is, virtually every member is a murderous thug and some would even like to claim responsibility for the murder just to raise their gang status!

Speaking of which. Let me know if you have any ideas about future murder mystery themes I could build a game around.

A few words from fans

Here are some comments from people who have play tested the games. I hope you are ready to jump into the fun too!

Audrey wrote…

“A great way to get a group of friends together, dress up and have a game themed potluck, we had a blast!. It’s something different than your usual backyard gathering! Our group can’t wait for the next game!”

Our group can’t wait for the next game!

Rose wrote…

“Fabulous Interactive murder mystery games, they keep evolving and are even more fun and intriguing. I enjoy the extensive social interaction and learning certain details of the crime through evidence, eavesdropping, and questioning other characters. The latest game STEAMPUNK game was awesome!”

I enjoy the extensive social interaction.

Joanna wrote…

“Dressing up, setting the scene with decorations, music, and themed food, getting into character, reading clues, and then matching wits with the murderer is an exciting and gripping experience. Time flies and before you know it accusations fly and the mystery is solved.”

Matching wits with the murderer is exciting.

What is the Kickstarter campaign?

A way for you to help me print and offer my murder mystery party games to the world.

Kickstarter is a crowd funding web site. You can post a project with a description and the amount of money needed to complete it. Then people can read about the project and pledge money to support it in exchange for rewards. The pledges are not collected unless the total amount of the goal is raised in pledges.

So if I needed $6000 to print 100 copies of each of my murder mystery party games that would be my goal. The reward for pledging money could be a copy of one of the games for a $30 pledge, or two games for $50, or three games for $70. for a really big pledge, like $100, I could use your name for one of the characters, or for a $300 pledge i could develop a story line idea you have and give you credit for the story concept. I don’t know exactly how much I need to raise yet, or what the rewards will be. Keep an eye on this web site over the next six months as that develops.

More important than just pledging though, you know other people who would be interested in these games and letting them know about the Kickstarter campaign and sending them to the site would help tremendously. It takes a lot of pledges to reach a goal. Especially the people that have play tested these games, your personal testimonials about how interesting the stories were and how much fun they were to play will make this happen.

I will keep you posted as to when I start the Kickstarter campaign. For now, if you all could direct your friends, family, and acquaintances to this website, that would be extremely helpful.

Thank you,
Will

Welcome to my murder mystery party game start-up

Short version of what I’m up to, more to come later.

Many years ago I started writing murder mystery party games for six to twelve players. Those games were a hit with the people that play tested them, but life interfered and I had to set them aside.

Fast forward to the present, I went back and finished them up and wrote some more. We have play tested those games and the reception has been overwhelmingly positive, people loved them! They keep asking me when I will make them available to everyone. In the coming months I will be planning a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough capital to print copies of the game for sale. Why don’t you join in the fun and help me fulfill a dream?

That’s it. If you are interested, or are a supporter, leave a comment or question below.

Thank you,
Will