A Will to Murder – a 1930s murder mystery party game with a family-feuding setting for 6 to 9 guests
"A Will to Murder, like all the games I've hosted, was wonderfully put together and everyone vastly enjoyed the different plots and twists that occurred throughout the game."
Terence Smith, Australia
Costs £20.00 or US$29.99
Written by Mo Holkar
A Will to Murder is a dinner party murder mystery
game for 6 to 9 guests and a host – download
the free introductory pdf file.
Join us in an upper-crust evening of mistrust, family feuding, betrayal, and murder.
You will be in the middle of the action and it will be up to you to wheel and deal with the
other guests. Can you achieve your goals, keep your secrets hidden and survive
A Will to Murder? It's up to you.
A Will to Murder
A Will to Murder is set in the 1930s in Albion House, a stately dwelling in the small English village of Highthorpe. Albion House belonged to Roy O'Leary – who was murdered yesterday afternoon.
Roy O'Leary was an elderly and wealthy man, and there are several family members who may benefit from his last will and testament.
O'Leary's lawyer has asked the family to gather together at Albion House, the day after the murder, to hear the reading of the will.
The police are also present – because the O'Leary family are the prime suspects in the murder case.
Everyone listens respectfully, as the Lawyer reads out the will. The main clause is very simple, as O'Leary must have had a premonition or warning of his dreadful end.
The whole of Roy O'Leary's splendid fortune is left to whoever identifies his murderer!
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A Will to Murder lasts for about four hours and is suited to an evening.
It is often played over a meal – a finger buffet if possible to allow guests to circulate
and talk in private.
"A Will to Murder is different than the other murder mysteries. I don't like it to be ALL scripted… this game added more fun when people were able to kill other players or have certain powers."
The free introductory pdf file
contains an introduction to the game, a cast list of all the characters, and a copy of the
Highthorpe Herald – plus details of how to buy the game.
Now available in German!
You can buy a German translation of this game – click here for more details.
These are the characters in A Will to Murder:
- Alan Trode – Gillian's husband, who owns a motorcycle sales and repair business
- Atkins – the O'Leary family's old retainer
- Corey O'Leary – Roy's youngest child, an amateur naturalist, who still lives at home
- Cornelius Khan – Regina's husband, an accountant
- Doctor Barker – the local physician and an old family friend
- Gillian Trode – Roy's oldest child, she is a professional sculptor
- Inspector Harris – the police detective investigating the murder
- Janis O'Leary – Roy O'Leary's widow, his second marriage – formerly a model and actress
- Regina Khan – Roy's middle child, a well-known writer of detective novels
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How Freeform Games Murder Mysteries Work
A Will to Murder is unlike many murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a murder, some of the characters have more important things to do than to investigate it. And the killing may not be over – it's not certain that everyone will survive the remainder of the evening!
A Will to Murder is played just like a murder mystery game.
You may be trying to solve the murder, but primarily you are (initially
at least) concentrating on your own goals and objectives. Unlike most
boxed murder mystery games, A Will to Murder lets you decide
how to achieve your goals and thwart your enemies.
"A Will to Murder was really fun and I enjoyed it thoroughly!"
'Regina' (from the playtest),
On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Lawyer, and welcomed to Albion House. They then receive their detailed backgrounds – including dark secrets, objectives and money.
The fun then begins as they form alliances, blackmail each other, steal items and maybe even try to murder one another!
Depending on what the players choose to do, there are several different possible endings, but finally everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.
Click here to visit our forum and see some ideas that our customers have had when hosting A Will to Murder and our other murder mystery games.
Sometimes you have too many guests and you need more characters. So we've written a free extra character
for each of our games that you can add in, and some of our customers have created their
own characters for their parties and are kindly willing to share them.
Please note that we haven't always tested these and they may not tie in exactly with our games.
IMPORTANT – if you've bought the game, you can download the files for these characters
from the download page where you got your main game files. Contact us if
you need the link and password to get back to that page.
- 'Ginger' Roberts – freelance reporter in search of the Big Story. (M/F)
(by Freeform Games)
- K C Warburton – internationally acclaimed artist. (M/F)
(by Freeform Games, based on Steph Mann's original)
Purchasing A Will to Murder
A Will to Murder costs £20.00 (GB pounds) or US $29.99. You can buy it in either currency, from anywhere in the world, as you prefer. The price will be converted back into your own currency for you, at today's exchange rate.
IMPORTANT: please be aware that you are buying a game to download from our website, not a boxed game that we will send you in the mail.
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you're not completely satisfied with A Will to Murder then please let us
know within 30 days and we will refund you.