A Heroic Death is a murder mystery game for 8 to 12 guests and a host. It is set on a secret superhero base, in the near future. Download the free introductory pdf file.
A Heroic Death is a heroic evening of crime-fighting, superpowers and Noble Justice! Your guests will be in the middle of the action, and it will be up to them to wheel and deal to get what they want. Will they achieve their goals, keep their secrets hidden, and survive A Heroic Death?
A Heroic Death is designed for ages 15+, as it includes references to alcohol – but it comes bundled with a special family-friendly version, at no extra charge. So you can play it with any age from 12 upwards!
“As always, we loved A Heroic Death!”
Andreah Mathews, United States
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from A Heroic Death
The world is in jeopardy. As usual. And as usual, it’s up to the SuperHeroicJusticeDoomSquad to save the day. The problem is that they all had a big party last night celebrating something exciting that they can’t quite remember; and this morning, their manager Bernard was found dead on the lovely faux-sheepskin rug in their Lounge.
Their secret base, the location of this party, has impenetrable defences (being inside a giant dormant volcano, naturally) and it was locked shut all night – so they have come to the realization that the killer must have been one of the Squad… or possibly their cleaner, Miguel.
The big red ‘World in Danger!’ light is flashing in the control room, so they really need to get out there and defeat the bad guys, but there’s another problem. Bernard was the only one who had the access code to the main computer which controls everything, and it somehow got logged out last night. Now the Heroes can neither speak to the outside world to find out what crisis is going on this time, nor can they turn off the SuperHeroicSuperiorAlarmSystems alarm and leave the base. The outside door (which is controlled by the main computer) is locked shut until the alarm system can be reset, and it has been specially made to withstand anything.
Our heroes need to find a way to get out of the base in time to save the world – and find out which of them is a murderer, and why – before it’s too late!
A Heroic Death 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.
Note that A Heroic Death is a bit more complex than some of our other games. If you’ve not hosted one of our games before, you might want to allocate a bit longer to prepare for it and to read through how it’s going to work.
“So glad we picked this story, we definitely got our money’s worth! Everyone had a blast with A Heroic Death and was impressed with all the plot twists, character backstory and abilities. Can’t wait to host another event!”
Debbie Ma, Canada
Suitable for expert hosts.
Includes rules for the use of poison.
Uses superpowers instead of our usual combat and poison rules.
The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game, a cast list of all the characters, and a copy of the CityVille Post.
Cast of characters
The SuperHeroicJusticeDoomSquad Register
- Captain Amazing! – Charismatic and photogenic, Captain Amazing! founded the SuperHeroicJusticeDoomSquad (along with The Masked Crusader).
- Doctor Robot-Neck – The squad’s second in command and its brains.
- Bloody Mary – Bloody Mary likes fighting villains and drinking cocktails, and sometimes mixes them together.
- WhizzoGirl – WhizzoGirl often acts as the Squad’s spokesperson and media liaison.
- InvisoGirl – Unusually shy, InvisoGirl is known for her mischievous sense of humour.
- Shaman – Once a librarian, Shaman is possessed by the spirit of a powerful Native American shaman.
- Puss-in-Boots – A talking cat that wears clothes and walks on hind legs.
- S. – The squad’s newest member, S. only joined yesterday and really likes snakes.
- The Masked Crusader – The squad’s co-founder, The Masked Crusader rejoined the squad a month ago.
- – Icy blast.
- The Russian – A mysterious character with a surprisingly French accent.
The Staff Register
- Miguel – A bespectacled cleaner with a poor grasp of English but a strong work ethic.
A Heroic Death is for 8 to 12 guests:
- 8 guests (3 male, 3 female, 2 any)
- 9 guests (3 male, 3 female, 3 any)
- 10 guests (4 male, 4 female, 2 any)
- 11 guests (4 male, 4 female, 3 any)
- 12 guests (4 male, 4 female, 4 any)
You also need a host – someone to organize the party and ensure everything runs smoothly.
How Freeform Games murder mystery games work
A Heroic Death is unlike other murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a murder, each character has several goals they must try to accomplish. While they may want to solve the murder, A Heroic Death contains plenty of other plots and secrets to keep everyone busy. A Heroic Death isn’t scripted, and lets the players decide how to achieve their goals and thwart their enemies.
On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the HOST, and welcomed to the secret base.
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!
Finally, the game concludes and everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.
We recommend the regular version of A Heroic Death for those aged 15+, as it contains references to alcohol. (This content is not present in the kids’ version.)
Sometimes you have too many guests and need more characters. So most games have free extra characters (written by us or previous hosts) included in the download when you purchase the game.
- ‘Ginger’ Roberts – freelance reporter in search of the Big Story. (Any)
(by Freeform Games)
- Acro-Bat – exchange student from Europe (Any)
(by Andreah Mathews)
- Officer Jones – dedicated public servant (Any)
(by Andreah Mathews)
Please note that we haven’t always tested these – and they may not tie in exactly with our games.
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Cast Iron Guarantee
We offer a Cast Iron Guarantee on all our murder mystery games. If you’re not completely satisfied with A Heroic Death then please let us know within 30 days and we will refund you. See our full terms and conditions, and our refund policy.
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