Way out West
Way out West is an interactive murder mystery party for 10-24 guests (plus one host) published by Freeform Games.
It is 1884 and America’s West is populated with small towns full of settlers, coming to prospect for precious metals, set up ranches and run dubious saloons. And now the railroad is coming!
Founded 20 years ago, Cactus Gulch has a festive air as the townsfolk celebrate their 20th anniversary. However, all is not running smoothly. Land disputes, disreputable card games, strange folk from out of town and hostile Indians are all adding to a tense atmosphere...
Central to everything is Zeke Calhoun, local landowner and prospector. He owns Fat Bull Range (which the railroads would like to buy) and he’s also found silver in the nearby hills (but nobody knows where). Sadly, Zeke never makes it to Catcus Gulch’s celebrations – and Sheriff Able Blane has a murder to investigate.
Way out West is an interactive murder mystery game - much like Freeform Games' other games such as All at Sea and A Dead Man's Chest. Way out West also shares many of the same features - it has the item cards and the ability cards that those games have. (Item cards are used to represent all sorts of things - from pistols to wanted posters. Ability cards, on the other hand, allow the characters to detect secrets find out information about other people.)The cast of Way out West includes:
- Lucy Calhoun: Zeke’s daughter
- Sheriff Able Blane: Cactus Gulch’s reliable sheriff
- Deputy Dan Fairweather: Sheriff Blane’s deputy
- Elijah Entwhistle: a travelling fire-and-brimstone preacher
- Blaise Sadler: aging saloon madam
- Kalamata Kate: a young good-time girl
- Mel Easton: city slicker and railroad representative
- Slick O’Hare: Scruffy ranch-hand for hire
- Clem Parham: city slicker and a rival railroad representative
- Doc Faraday: a notorious gambler
- Three Feathers: an Indian shaman
- John Paulson: the town judge
- And more!
Way out West is ideal for those who like to dress up as the game is full of saloon girls, city slickers, cowboys, Indians, and of course the town Sheriff and his Deputy. It’s one colourful party!
Freeform Games wrote Way out West as a family-friendly game to start with, but they've had a good deal of feedback from people who've run it for groups of kids and younger teens, for birthday parties and the like. So they've written a version of the game specifically for kids, and they're giving it awayfree with the standard game!
Way out West needs a dedicated host, someone to organise the game. I really enjoy being the host - you know what's going on and can watch your friends scheme and plot and be devious to one another.
Way out West is available from Freeform Games and comes in two versions. The main game costs £20 and caters for up to 14 guests. The expanded version of Way out West costs £25 and caters for up to 24 guests. To see how much Way out West costs in other currencies, use the converter. (It's pre-set to show how much £20 costs in US dollars - however please note that the exact amount will depend on the exact exchange rate at the time you buy and also the commission charged by your credit card.)
For more information about Way out West, click here to download the free introductory pdf file which includes more details - including background, a full cast list, costume guide and invitations. (The file may take a few moments to download.)
| To purchase Way out West
for 10-14 guests from Freeform
Games LLP right
To purchase Way out West for 10-24 guests from Freeform Games LLP right now click on either logo below:
You will be taken to the Freeform Games LLP website - just follow the instructions to purchase Way out West. You will then be emailed the location of the main Way out West pdf files and password (to unlock it) almost immediately. Just download the game, print it out and have a great murder mystery!
By the way, if you don't want to buy the game over the Internet, the introductory pdf file provides details of paying by post.
Other Way out West pages on my site:
- Learn how one couple used Way out West to raise $1000 for charity. (Scroll down, the story is in the comments.)
- Changing Way out West to remove the preacher and adding other characters
- Comparing Way out West to games by other publishers
Disclosure: I am a partner at Freeform Games LLP - feel free to ask me lots of questions!