Lord and Lady Westing’s Will


Lord and Lady Westing’s Will is a 1935 murder mystery game for 11 to 16 guests and a host. Set at an aristocratic country house in England, Lord and Lady Westing have died in a tragic accident. But why did they arrange this unusual party to read their will? And was it really an accident? Written by Rachel Wendel. Recommended for ages 15+.


Lord and Lady Westing’s Will is a murder mystery game for 11 to 16 guests and a host. It is set at an aristocratic country house in England, in 1935. Download the free introductory pdf file.

Lord and Lady Westing’s Will is an impeccably suave evening of suspicion, double-dealing and murder! 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 Lord and Lady Westing’s Will?

“I wanted to say how much I loved Lord and Lady Westing’s Will. It was quite complicated but still lots of fun. My guests and I will be way more prepared and excited for next time! Thanks again!”
Sam Wright, United Kingdom

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Lord and Lady Westing’s Will is set in 1935, at Chateauhouse in Derbyshire, England: the country estate of the wealthy and influential Lord and Lady Westing.

Lord and Lady Westing have died in a tragic hot-air balloon accident. You have been invited to a celebration of their life and legacy. It will be a day of celebration and gaiety (and possibly great reward!) The year is 1935 and there are rumblings of war across Europe. The Great War is still fresh in people’s memory. Times are lean and Germany is looking more militant by the day. The tragic death of this charming and exciting couple only further darkens the mood of the country.

But there are hints that not all is as it seems. Why did the Westings arrange this unusual party to read their will? Why did they invite crime-solvers as well as some of Europe’s and America’s more notorious personalities? Was their death truly an accident? – or is something more sinister in the wind?

Lord and Lady Westing’s Will 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.

Includes rules for the use of poison.
Includes rules for the use of poison.
Includes rules for combat.
Includes rules for combat.

The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game, a cast list of all the characters, and a copy of the News Clippings.

Cast of characters

  • Ethel Collins: Lord and Lady Westing’s cook
  • Alex Harper: flighty socialite
  • Georgie King: wealthy American big game hunter
  • Max Kuchler: powerful Swiss arms manufacturer
  • Francesca Marcuzzi: elegant Italian viscountess and widow
  • Jack McGritt: grizzled, no-nonsense American private investigator
  • Marion Miles: world-renowned mystery writer, creator of the Dash Hamlet and Agnetha Mistie novels
  • Frank Norris: Lord and Lady Westings’ gamekeeper
  • Camille Perroquet: famous French private investigator
  • William Smyth: Lord and Lady Westings’ loyal lawyer
  • Grace Stevens: charming and youthful American heiress
  • Superintendent Charles Stone: respected and solid officer of the Metropolitan Police
  • Natalya Sudakova: talented ballerina from the Soviet Union
  • Helen Trout: middle-class London shopkeeper
  • Lord Jimmy Vaughn: charming and frivolous second son of a Duke
  • Morgan Vay: well-known German hypnotist and psychologist

Lord and Lady Westing’s Will is for 11 to 16 guests:

  • 11 guests (4 male, 3 female, 4 any)
  • 12 guests (4 male, 4 female, 4 any)
  • 13 guests (4 male, 4 female, 5 any)
  • 14 guests (4 male, 4 female, 6 any)
  • 15 guests (5 male, 4 female, 6 any)
  • 16 guests (6 male, 5 female, 5 any)

You also need a host – someone to organize the party and ensure everything runs smoothly.

How Freeform Games murder mystery games work

Lord and Lady Westing’s Will 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, Lord and Lady Westing’s Will contains plenty of other plots and secrets to keep everyone busy. Lord and Lady Westing’s Will 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 Westings’ butler/housekeeper, and welcomed to Chateauhouse.

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 attack one another!

Finally, the game concludes and everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.

Recommended for ages 15+

We recommend Lord and Lady Westing’s Will for those aged 15+, as it includes references to flirtation and a playboy lifestyle.

Extra characters

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)
  • Sam Doubloon – collector of antiquities (Any)
    (by Freeform Games)

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

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We offer a Cast Iron Guarantee on all our murder mystery games. If you’re not completely satisfied with Lord and Lady Westing’s Will 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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4 reviews for Lord and Lady Westing’s Will

  1. Maggie Van Seters (store manager)

    We played Lord and Lady Westing’s Will for my husband’s 40th birthday just after New Year’s, and had an absolute blast! We decided to make it a steampunk theme to encourage some creativity with costumes because why no? Also a hot air balloon accident and submarine plans mystery sounded like a perfect steampunk story so we put candles and old books and few other themed decorations around the house. The thing was that it was a very dark and stormy night and the power went out half an hour before everyone arrived! So it was very atmospheric to have the party by candle and lantern light. Thankfully the food was all finger food and already prepared!
    Some guests went all out in their costumes and in the dark it made everyone seem very mysterious! When the power did come back on, we ended up turning out most of the lights again because it was so much more fun.
    Everyone left the evening laughing and having had a great time, with several couple saying they were now going to plan a mystery party for their birthdays!
    Your game was well laid out and easy to prepare – my only regret is not reading through all the materials sooner as host. There is a lot to digest and I would have stumbled over my guests questions a little less. But we were all winging it and had a great time. We will definitely be choosing your party games again!

  2. Tonia Jackson (store manager)

    What a fun afternoon 🙂 We made the decision a little late to host a Murder Mystery for my birthday this year.
    My partner very generously agreed to host the game so that I could play. He had never participated in a Murder Mystery before and was not entirely prepared for the volume of work hosting entailed, but he took to it like a pro and set the tone from the start with his invitation.
    We had a mix of experienced and inexperienced participants which meant that some were tentative to speak to each other and try out their abilities and others figured out how to get ahead really quickly. This didn’t matter, eventually everyone got into character and after some great twists to the tale things got particularly interesting towards the end!
    I highly recommend Lord and Lady Westing’s Will. We used all of the characters including the bonus character.
    We played in the afternoon not the evening. We hosted the event at home and served a finger feast with lots of beer and wine and whisky which worked really well.
    Everyone had an awesome time – thanks for a great game.

  3. Melani O’Brien (store manager)

    I hosted Lord and Lady Westing’s Will for my son’s 17th birthday and it was a fabulous evening! I bought the game just 3 days before the party, and that is definitely not recommended, especially if you are the host and having a sit down dinner also. (Pizza next time, but my son thought it would be fun to gather everyone together to try to spy on each other.) It is very important to have a comfort level with the material, as there is a lot going on, so you do need time to study everything.
    The kids were very enthusiastic: they thrift-stored for their vintage looks, stayed in character to the end, lied and connived like champs, built alliances, and were very patient when I had to fumble through the pages of my notes. When all the item cards were out and about, it made for very spirited play. There were bodies all over the place! They are all ready for another game as soon as possible, and another parent is looking forward to trying his hand as host in a couple of months. I am so glad to have found Freeform Games. The story and characters were all very interesting and diverse and it was great fun for the guests to be the characters with their hilarious “accents,” instead of following a script. Bravo Freeform and thank you! Our only problem now is which mystery to try next.

  4. Chris Rudram (store manager)

    My third time as a host of a game, but with a group of players who’d never tried a freeform game before (though a couple of role players). Organization was easy and we got a great location to play in… a old convent’s sitting room and parlour. Everyone by the end had thrown themselves into their roles, several characters got away with what they needed rather splendidly, while others who were thwarted were keen to try again at some point soon… now they see how it worked they felt they’d have a better understanding of how to approach their goals.
    Everyone got into the swing of things after a few minutes of not really knowing who to talk too at first. My job was pretty easy, though active with many people doing searches of the ‘mansion’ and several questions on what they could or couldn’t do…
    Everything provided was easy to use, and make it go smoothly. Couple of minor layout changes on the clue/secrets/abilities would probably help for the mechanics of the game itself, but these are minor quibbles.

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How soon will I get my game? asked on 25 February 2021

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How do freeform murder mystery games work? asked on 21 February 2021

Most of our games have an impartial host who organizes the party. Hosts don't solve the murder with everyone else – they have already read the game and instead watch the game unfolding.

Guests use their wits and negotiate, scheme, and plot with other guests to get what they want. Nobody needs to learn complicated backgrounds or memorize lines – character backgrounds are little more than a side or two of paper – which can be kept to hand for reference during the game.

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Have you got any games for beginners? asked on 19 February 2021

Yes! If this is your first time hosting a Freeform Games murder mystery, we suggest choosing one of our more straightforward games. Click here for our 'games for beginners' page.

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Do you have any games suitable for all-male or all-female groups? asked on 17 February 2021

Yes! We have several games where all the characters are ungendered and can be played by anyone. Click here to see our ungendered games.

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