This is not a normal TiB
topic, but it’s summer vacation season and, at least for some readers, lockdown restrictions are starting to ease, so I hope you will excuse me. I’ve written two murder mystery party (i.e. not video) games that I’m making freely available for anyone to play. You can get them here
I’ve always loved murder mysteries games, so over the last couple of years I’ve had a go at writing some of my own for friends and family. These are unscripted games. You play in a group and each person is given a character with goals and relationships. Ideally you’d play in person, though I guess it might work over Zoom with breakout rooms. There are some basic rules to govern your interactions, but otherwise you’re free to improvise. It requires all the players to throw themselves into it, but if you have such a group, it’s a lot of fun.
There are two I’ve playtested enough to think other people might enjoy them. One, for ten players (nine characters plus a moderator/game master), is set in ancien regime France and is about religious confluct and intrigue at court. The other, for six players (five characters plus a moderator), is set in interwar Paris and is about struggle for control of a political party. Both, I should say, are deeply historically inaccurate… They’re completely free to play - all I ask is that if you end up trying them, you email me and let me know how it goes. Enjoy! (Don’t worry, normal content will resume next week).