Welcome to another issue of our occasional newsletter. In this issue we talk about:
Our new game for the holiday season, Christmas Lies
Some great ideas for prizes
Freeform Games on Twitter
Converting Curse of the Pharaoh
The Reality is Murder review
A new partner in Hungary!
Mo and Steve
We already had one holiday game – the very popular The Night before Christmas – but it is designed for up to 15 players. What about larger parties?
The answer was right in front of us! We've put together a special Christmas version of our classic Hollywood Lies – so take a bow, Christmas Lies!
It's award night and Tom Speed's latest film, Christmas Confidential, has just swept the board and garnered four Santas – for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Sadly, Tom Speed's award for Best Actor was accepted posthumously by his friend, Hayden Vicars, as Tom was killed in a driving accident late last night.
Despite this note of sadness, celebrations are in full swing at the Christmas Confidential post-award party. Deals are being cut for future productions and everyone is having a good time enjoying the atmosphere and mingling with Hollywood's movers and shakers.
Is there anything suspicious about Tom Speed's death? Who will win next year's Santas? Find out at Christmas Lies.
(This is a picture from The Night before Christmas – we don't have any yet for Christmas Lies!)
Just click here to find out all about it!
One of our customers, Kelly from Michigan, has told us of the numerous prizes she uses when she hosts our games. Except where noted, the awards are voted on by the players themselves and tallied at the end of the game.
"We usually try to get all the ballots in by mid-game, but since few obey, we accept them until we have votes tallied. You guys are right, it is a great way to wrap up the evening. People enjoy getting them, and the cost is minimal."
Kelly does vary the awards depending on the games, but these are the awards that she told us about.
We're on Twitter @freeformgames but we're not very good at using it...
Luckily, some of our customers are a bit better at using Twitter than we are:
Last night was absolutely fantastic! We discovered many secrets and put a stop to plenty of evil plots... We just didn't manage to catch the murderer! ??????? @FreeformGames #AHeroicDeath pic.twitter.com/BHdXTthnGr— Katherine Watson (@katherine1993_) November 17, 2019
This is something we don't often see – someone heavily converting one of our games to something more suitable for their own group. In this case 'Tiggerunner' converted Curse of the Pharaoh into something suitable for their "Zeitgeist" campaign (no, I'm not sure what that is).
They reinterpreted Curse of the Pharaoh as The Curse of the Ancients and set it in a railway station rather than an archaeological dig. But apart from that, the game was pretty much the same.
The conversion materials are later posts, and happily it sounds like the game was a success:
And in case you're wondering – we're delighted when our customers do this kind of thing.
We received a great report of The Reality is Murder from Petter Olsen.
"We just finished The Reality is Murder with 30 players and 2 GMs, and it was excellent! Not sure if the big money prize went to the most deserving winner (or even to the actual winner), but there were certainly enough intrigues, secret identities, extortion, betrayals, love triangles, live TV drama, proposals, and marriages. The "live" TV broadcast that we all contributed to would certainly have been worth seeing; pity that we did not actually film it…"
The Reality is Murder is one of our other new games – this time set on a reality TV show set on a tropical island. Read more about The Reality is Murder here. https://www.freeformgames.com/games/the-reality-is-murder.php
You can also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/freeformgames/
We have a new business partner, selling translations of our games in the Hungarian language!
Check out Freeform Games Hungary – Rejtélyes Gyilkos szerepjátékok
It's the work of István Dobreán, who is affiliated with us to translate and to manage the sales of these games. At the moment there are three available:
A Vad Nyugat (Way out West)
Egy Éj Karácsony Elott (The Night before Christmas)
Halálra kápráztatva (Dazzled to Death)
If you're a Hungarian speaker, or you know someone who is and who'd be interested in our games – check them out! István has included the free version of Way out West, so you can sample our games without payment; just like in English or German.