Way out West Free

(7 customer reviews)


Way out West is a FREE murder mystery game for 10 guests and a host set in the Wild West. Characters include dastardly railwaymen, upright sheriffs and scheming saloon staff. Written by Tracy Bose. Recommended for ages 12+.


Way out West Free murder mystery game will allow you to host a fabulous Wild West party, just like our regular games. The only differences are that this free version is for 10 guests only  (rather than 10–24 like the full version) and it’s completely free of charge!

Way out West Free is a murder mystery party game for 10 guests and a host. It is set in California in 1884, in the classic Western mold. Download the free introductory pdf file.

Way out West Free is a thrilling evening of scheming, intrigue, and skulduggery! 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 Way out West Free?

“We played Way out West on New Year’s Eve and really enjoyed it a lot. I have flagged your website in my favorites so we can easily access you next year if not before. Thanks for all of your hard work on this game.”
Jackie Vick, Minnesota, United States

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Cactus Gulch Gazette

It is the spring of 1884. America’s west coast is slowly being populated with small towns full of settlers, coming to prospect for precious metals, set up ranches and run dubious saloons. Now the railway is coming! Cactus Gulch is one such small town. Founded 20 years ago, tonight it has a festive air as the townsfolk get set to start their 20th anniversary celebrations. Plus, the railway is coming! However, all is not running smoothly. Land disputes, disreputable card games, strange folk from out of town, and quarrels with the local Indians are all adding to a tense atmosphere…

Way out West Free 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.

“Thanks for a great party – definitely recommend Way out West to friends!”
Mel Woods, London, United Kingdom

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 Cactus Gulch Gazette.

Cast of characters

  • Blaise Sadler – Aging saloon owner
  • Clem Parham – City slicker, Mid West Rail rep
  • Dan Fairweather – Slow and honest deputy sheriff
  • Doc Faraday – Notorious gambler
  • Elijah Entwhistle – Travelling preacher
  • John Paulson – Town’s much-revered judge
  • Lucy Calhoun – Zeke’s daughter, young woman, complete tomboy
  • Mel Easton – City slicker, South West Rail rep
  • Runs Like a Deer – Indian woman
  • Slick O’Hare – Scruffy ranch hand for hire

These are the additional characters you get in the full version of the game.

    • Able Blane – The town’s reliable sheriff
    • Christy Martin – Storekeeper from out of town
    • Etta Johnson – Local schoolmarm and newspaper gossip
    • Frederick Lloyd – Wealthy English mining investor
    • Kalamata Kate – Young bar waitress
    • Marco the Mesmerizing – Travelling stage magician with a secret agenda
    • Maxwell Jebediah Adams – Town drunkard and ne’er-do-well
    • Minnie Mae Adams – Former Sunday School teacher with hidden depths
    • Ol’ Barr – Reclusive fur trapper and friend to the Indians
    • Robert Barnaby – Shy young legal clerk
    • Ruby Sapphire – Flame-haired singer, notorious beauty
    • Soon Li – Chinese migrant worker, in a heap of trouble
    • Three Feathers – Revered Indian shaman
    • Widder James – Grande Dame of the ladies in Cactus Gulch

Way out West is for 10  players:

  • 10 players (5 male, 3 female, 2 any)

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

How Freeform Games murder mystery games work

Way out West Free 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, Way out West Free contains plenty of other plots and secrets to keep everyone busy. Way out West Free isn’t scripted, and lets the players decide how to achieve their goals and thwart their enemies.

“We received your game, Way out West, and had our party last weekend. It was a huge success. Everyone went all out on their costumes and the game flowed smoothly. Thanks for your great customer service!”
Lisa and Anthony Perez, Oregon, United States

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Bartender of the Silver Dollar Saloon.

They then receive their detailed backgrounds which include dark secrets, objectives, and money. When everyone has arrived the celebrating starts, but it is immediately disrupted by a shocking announcement. The real fun then begins as everyone questions, bribes, and blackmails each other. As the evening progresses they may even try to murder one another! Along the way they may solve some of Way out West’s mysteries. Where is the map to the recently discovered silver lode? Who owns the land that the railways are desperate to get hold of? Why are the Indians threatening to rebel? Why is a pack of cards so important? Why is the preacher so sinister?

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

Recommended for ages 12+

We recommend Way out West Free for those aged 12+,  as it is family-friendly and contains no adult themes.

“Thank you for a great site, fantastic games, good service and very quick reply. Keep up the good work.” Ole Martin Brodwall, Norway

Extra characters

Way out West Free doesn’t have any extra characters.

If you have more than ten players, please purchase the full Way out West game.

Cast Iron Guarantee

We offer a Cast Iron Guarantee on all our murder mystery games. If you’re not completely satisfied with your game, you can let us know within 30 days and we will refund you. Of course, Way out West Free is already free – but if after trying it you purchase one of our regular games, then this guarantee will apply. See our full terms and conditions, and our refund policy.

Trouble downloading? If you have trouble downloading the game files, please first check your spam folder. If you still can’t find the download email, drop us a line at info@freeformgames.com with the name of the game and the email address you used to purchase it, and we’ll resend it.

7 reviews for Way out West Free

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Went great. The group had a really good time and everything was easy to follow and have ready.

  2. Abe M. (verified owner)

    With some preparation, the game was easy to run! There was lots of laughter, deceit, shock, and intrigue. We had a few new players and they were surprised by how much fun they had. Read everything, dress up, and be ready for a great time!

  3. Rolf Behr (verified owner)

  4. Lisa (verified owner)

    This game was so much fun! While I was worried about not getting into, everybody was super engaged and not bored at all throughout the evening. We had a great time!

  5. lorraine mewett (verified owner)

    We have done a number of murder mysteries over the years and this was voted the best so far.

  6. Thijs (verified owner)

    Played the game with a group of adult scouts. Weeks after we played the game, there were still sometimes discussions on how the game played out! We loved it.

  7. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great name and we had a great party. Lots of answers, all to the same question, Will surely do another one for our annual party.

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Q & A

How soon will I get my game? asked on 19 April 2020

You can download your game immediately after making your purchase. We will also send you an email message containing a download link and password so you can download your game later.

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Where's my password? asked on 17 April 2020

Please check your email (including your junk folder). If you're sure you haven't received it, then please get in touch. It helps us if you tell us when you purchased the game and what email address you used.

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How do freeform murder mystery games work? asked on 15 April 2020

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.

answered on 14 April 2020 store manager
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Have you got any games for beginners? asked on 13 April 2020

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 11 April 2020

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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