You and your friends are gathered in the parlor, as the Detective paces back and forth before making his final accusation. Your host lies slumped in a chair, as dead as an actor portraying a doornail. The Detective finally whirls around and jabs a finger in the air. "J'accuse!"
Murder Most Foul is an infinitely replayable murder mystery dinner party game. You and your friends will get together, where one of you will be the Host - the one to get murdered - one will be the Detective, who tries to solve the murder, and the rest will be Guests, who compete to kill the Host and get away with it. One of the ways you can murder someone is by "poisoning" them by spiking their food or drink with hot sauce - so we partnered with FYM Hot Sauce to make a custom hot sauce for the game, called Poison - their hottest hot sauce ever. (it's also really delicious)
Murder Most Foul is a game for 4 or more players, and plays best with 6-10. It takes 2-3 hours to play. Murder Most Foul doesn't run off a script, but instead a set of goals, which means that no two games are ever the same, even if you play with the same scenario. The murder happens during the game, and the Detective will need to use their real life deductive abilities to solve the crime, using whatever evidence is actually at hand.
Nothing is predetermined: you have to do it yourself. MMF is infinitely replayable - with this one book, you'll have a lifetime supply of murder mysteries. And given the murders, more than one lifetime!
More reviews coming soon!
Each player is given a role - one Host, one Detective, and the rest are Guests. The Host is the one destined to be murdered, the Detective will try to solve the mystery, and the Guests each compete to be the one to murder the Host and get away with it.
The role determines your goal - what you try to accomplish during the game. You can also choose to play with the optional Motive rules, which give Guests a random, secret, second goal that involve murdering, framing, stealing from, or assisting another Guest.
Murder Most Foul is played over the course of an evening, during which you will:
Commit the Murder - the murder happens during the game, not before it. Players compete to be the one to commit the murder. There are two ways you can commit the murder - either finding a hidden murder weapon, like a knife or rope, or by "poisoning" another player. We've partnered with FYM Hot Sauce to make the official MMF "Poison" hot sauce - their hottest sauce ever!
Solve a Real Mystery - the Detective has to actually solve the mystery of who committed the murder. Since one of the Guests commits the murder during the game, there are no pre-written clues to go off - the Detective will have to actually use their wits, powers of observation, and deductive skills to solve the crime. The Detective will have to see who was where when, what weapon the crime was committed with, and any other clues they can notice. Whoever gets accused loses, so the action doesn't end when the murder is committed - everyone, even the innocent bystanders, will need to throw the Detective off their scent (or onto someone else's) to avoid being accused.
Cooperate, Sabotage, and Frame Each Other - Guests can work together or compete to be the one to commit the murder. Innocent guests might work with the Detective to solve the crime, and others might try to frame one another, or just to try to get away with their crime at any cost. Optional Motive rules give Guests additional goals they must complete together - framing, assisting, stealing from, or even murdering each other.
Murder Most Foul is a slim paperback tome filled with rules, scenarios, and food & drink recipes. The game is accompanied by Poison, an exclusive hot sauce made by Dane Wilcox of FYM Hot Sauce.
Every backer who pledges at at least the Junior Gumshoe level gets a PDF of the complete book. Back at the Detective level or higher and you'll get a softcover copy of the book as well, shipped anywhere in the world!* The book has:
- Complete rules for how to play
- Five scenarios, each with a meal and cocktail recipe:
- A Dark and Stormy Night, by Thomas Eliot
- Murder at Dowry Manor, by Tania Fordwalker
- The Black Gold Conspiracy, by Joshua Scott Thomas
- The Don's Last Supper, by George Kemper
- Die-In Fishing Resort, by Mitchell Gallinger
- And one we'll design with you, if you back at the Murder Victim level!
Back at the Prime Suspect level or higher and you'll also get a bottle of Poison hot sauce, or you can add it on to any other pledge for $15. Poison is made with tons of fresh ingredients, including, appropriately enough, bushels of ghost peppers, one of the hottest peppers in the world.
You also have the opportunity to add Sixpence Games' previous two titles, Professor Pugnacious and Cultists of Cthulhu, to any pledge level.
(NOTE: Poison hot sauce is not actually poisonous, though it does have quite a kick)
*you will get a code that you will then use on DriveThruRPG to get your copy made and sent to you at cost - a few dollars more. Think of it as being $20 plus shipping and handling. If you live outside the USA and want a bottle of hot sauce, it'll also cost a little bit extra, otherwise the $15 covers both the sauce and the shipping for the sauce
Murder Most Foul is a game by Sixpence Games. MMF was designed by Thomas Eliot and illustrated by Nicholas Small, and is the third game from Sixpence Games. Our previous two games, both made here on Kickstarter, are Professor Pugnacious and Cultists of Cthulhu. The scenarios were written by the winners of the Sixpence Games Writing Contest: Tania Fordwalker, Joshua Scott Thomas, George Kemper, and Mitchell Gallinger.
Risks and challenges
This is my third project here at Sixpence Games, so I have a pretty good handle on things now. The book is completely written, has been edited, and the art is complete - all we need to do is print it and mail it out. We'll be printing it with DriveThruRPG, so we can send it out right away. The only thing that could possibly cause a delay is if folks back at the Murder Victim level, so we have to write more scenarios - and then that just means you're getting more bang for your buck!
Dane over at FYM Hot Sauce has a lot of experience making really great hot sauces and fulfilling his own kickstarters for them, and he's already made one batch of the Poison Hot Sauce, so we don't expect any difficulties there either. For some reason I can't post links in this section, so just search on google or kickstarter to see his many amazing sauces.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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