"I recently hosted A Heroic Death for the 3rd time, having previously hosted several of the company's other games over the years. The reasons I love this game in particular are that its high-stakes superhero storylines and superpowers make it different to the other games I've hosted and the murder mystery difficulty is pitched well. This last time I used a smart speaker to make most of the announcements, which worked really well."
Philip Wilson, United Kingdom
"We had an awesome evening playing A Heroic Death! It was my daughter's 17th birthday party. This is the 3rd freeform game we've played and we love them (we are in Zimbabwe). Such fun for everyone!
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Lorraine Shaw, Zimbabwe
"Debbie Townsend sent us her A Heroic Death photos, which she hosted for a Christmas family gathering in a Welsh manor. She writes, 'It was a fantastic evening's entertainment!' Click here to see her photos."
Debbie Townsend, United Kingdom
"For my husbands 40th birthday, I really wanted to celebrate big. A friend suggested looking at Freeform Games, as she has used you in the past. We are all huge geeks so I knew A Heroic Death was the one for us. I played the HOST and my husband was Captain Amazing! This game was so easy for first-time murder mystery players (and HOST) it all went so smooth and everyone really got into their characters. We played it as Captain Amazing!'s 40th capture of ReptoMan and it worked out so well! We decorated the house with streamers and banners, but had some of them 'falling down' as it is the day after a party. I set up a table with name tags and envelopes for each character and they could come to the HOST with any questions before the game started. I had finger foods and food in the crock-pot so people could still eat and move around. We played with all the characters plus 2 extras you can download. I would suggest if you are playing with more than 10 people, and you are not experienced with murder mysteries, to have a HOST's assistant. I was able to handle it with 14 people, but sometimes the player had to wait until I could help them. No One figured out who the murder was, and only a few 'side' missions were figured out. At the end when I revealed everything, everyone was rolling on the floor and playfully calling each other names, I take that as a great sign! This game was so much fun for everyone, and really smooth to play, I will purchase a Freeform game again, in fact, I can't wait to put another one together!"
Janae Martinez, United States
"We love your games, and I actually just used A Heroic Death this past weekend as the final exam for my Spanish 4 students!! It was great! I didn't have time, of course, to translate all of their packets into Spanish, but they played out the whole evening with no English!! I was so proud of them! Tomorrow they will do the other half of the exam – writing an essay in Spanish about their character and accomplishments (or failures!).
I did this last year as well with A Dead Man's Chest. One of my students summed it up after the party as he said, "That was the coolest exam EVER!"
Kids are already asking me what the theme will be next year, haha! Thanks to your writers for a great evening!"
Melissa Midcap, United States
"I hosted A Heroic Death on Friday (my 40th birthday). I think this is the sixth of your games I've either hosted or been a guest at over the past seven years. It was interesting to compare to the others I've played - Death on the Gambia, Death in the Fast Lane, Casino Fatale, etc – and I applaud your writing/plotting as even now the stories feel different – not just a re-skinning. The superhero characters/archetypes in Heroic Death are very good for fancy dress although practically it is trickier to get a superhero costume than a costume for Casino Fatale (or maybe it's just that my wardrobe has more formal wear than capes and masks).
Overall everyone had a great evening, although buffet food was barely eaten – people were far too busy. Most people agreed afterwards that they could have done with a bit (or a lot) longer than the 3 hours we had. If your games were to have a 'complexity' rating this is one I would not rate as 'beginner' in my opinion. This isn't a bad thing at all as it means it is suitable for groups who have done games before and are familiar with the basic mechanics. Overall, I was very pleased with A Heroic Death – thanks again for a clever, witty and – most importantly – fun game!"
Andy Jenkinson, United Kingdom
"I really did enjoy the A Heroic Death evening. It was great fun dressing up and getting into the spirit of things – thanks for letting us play test it!"
Peter (a playtester), United Kingdom
"A Heroic Death was fantastic – I really enjoyed it! There were snacks etc around but I was far too engrossed in the game! We then spent quite a while chatting about it afterwards. I'd certainly do another one in the future. The dressing up was a fun aspect as well."
Helen (a playtester), United Kingdom
"Have to say A Heroic Death was a great game and I really enjoyed the character. All in all much fun was had, thanks again!"
Colin (a playtester), United Kingdom
"Thanks for a very enjoyable game!"
Jane (a playtester), United Kingdom
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