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"A great game, with interesting plots, believable characters with great motivations, cool investigations, and some fun twists. I love how The Roswell Incident plays with real incidents and gives its own spin on them. This game will be fun and easy to run for new players but will also appeal to more experienced players who love to get their teeth stuck into roleplay. Highly recommended!"
Elina, UK

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The Roswell Incident – a 1940s murder mystery party game with a mystery setting for 10 to 13 guests

Recommended for ages 12+
Costs US$29.99
Written by Steve Hatherley

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The Roswell Incident is a murder mystery party game for 10 to 13 guests and a host – download the free introductory pdf file.

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Join us in an evening of intrigue, double-dealing, and mysterious goings-on in 1947 Roswell! 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 The Roswell Incident? It's up to you.

The Roswell Incident

In June 1947, an Idaho pilot reported seeing a string of nine shiny unidentified flying objects flying past Mount Rainier at speeds of 1,200 miles an hour.

One week later, something crashed near Roswell, New Mexico (population 25,000). An experimental aircraft? A weather balloon? A secret military project?

Or something else?

Two days later and Roswell has visitors. It is noon, July 3, 1947.

Welcome to The Roswell Incident, where we discover what really happened in Roswell. Why did the US Army and FBI arrive in Roswell? What happened on the Turner ranch? What did crash outside Roswell? Welcome to The Roswell Incident!

See stories and pictures
from The Roswell Incident
 Read the
Roswell Courier

The Roswell Incident 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.

The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game, a cast list of all the characters, and a copy of the Roswell Courier – plus details of how to buy the game.

Includes rules for combat. Includes rules for combat.

These are the characters in The Roswell Incident:

Citizens of Roswell

  • Mayor Weinrib: Roswell's mayor
  • Sheriff Jackson: Roswell's police chief
  • Dr. Blake: Vet, with a practice opposite the sheriff's office
  • Turner: Cattle rancher living north of Roswell, originally from England
  • Karns: Chain-smoking mechanic and junkyard owner
  • Finley: Roswell Courier reporter

Roswell Army Air Field

  • Major Collins: US Army major
  • Sgt. Baker: Major Collins' driver
  • Dr. Fowler: Shark Systems Inc scientist


  • Prof. Kraushaar: Physicist at the University of New Mexico
  • Zivojinovič: Junior reporter for Albuquerque Chronicle
  • Agent Franz: FBI agent
  • Agent Deacon: Junior FBI agent

The characters are all ungendered, so they can be played by any mix of guests as required.

How Freeform Games Murder Mysteries Work

The Roswell Incident is unlike many murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a murder, most of the characters have more important things to do than to investigate it.

The Roswell Incident 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, The Roswell Incident lets you decide how to achieve your goals and thwart your enemies.

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer and welcomed to The small New Mexico town of Roswell. 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! Along the way they may uncover some of the mysteries of The Roswell Incident. Why did the US Army and FBI arrive in Roswell? What happened on the Turner ranch? What did crash outside Roswell? 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.

Recommended for ages 12+

Extra characters

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. They are included in your download when you purchase the game.

  • Deputy Werner – Roswell's deputy sheriff (Any)
    (by Freeform Games)

Please note that we haven't always tested these – and they may not tie in exactly with our games.

Purchasing The Roswell Incident

The Roswell Incident costs US $29.99. You can buy it from anywhere in the world. The price will be converted back into your own currency for you, at today's exchange rate.

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