The Reality is Murder

The Reality is Murder is an interactive murder mystery party for 23-30 guests (plus one host) published by Freeform Games.

(Note that if you click on the link below and then buy The Reality is Murder I will earn a small amount of commission.)

Cover to The Reality is Murder murder mystery game

the story

It is 2003 and Tribal is Network 123's reality show where 12 people live on Moko Shanti, a beautiful tropical island. Every few days, contestants vote each other off the island. Now, only three contestants are left.

Tonight, everyone has returned to the beach where the final Tribal Meeting will be broadcast live and the winner of the $1,000,000 prize will be decided.

Unfortunately, all is not well. Jeff Thompson, Tribal's creator and director, has been found dead on the beach…

how the reality is murder works

The Reality is Murder is an interactive murder mystery game. Players receive complete details of their character, including detailed backstory, objectives they must try to achieve, and information about other characters.

They also have item cards (representing weapons, passports, documents and so on) and abilities (that let them detect secrets and discover information about other people).

In my opinion, once you've played an interactive murder mystery game, you won't want to go back to any other style.

the cast and plots

The Reality is Murder has a number of different plots to keep everyone busy. For example, there is the final of Tribal, the mysterious ANTHRO, and the TV shows finances.

The cast of The Reality is Murder includes:

  • Alex Johnson – personal assistant
  • Bernie Fraser – A stay-at-home parent and contestant
  • Bo Bo Hardensfield – TV chef and presenter
  • Britney ThompsonTribal's host
  • Chris Keller – head of security
  • Cindy Perkins – A waitress from Florida and finalist
  • Clara Stuart-Fosterson – Finance Director
  • Derek Lunesdale – A body builder and contestant
  • Devon Warring – Unemployed and a contestant
  • Domino Mountford – An eccentric French contestant
  • Dr Charlie Milahoff – Psychologist
  • Dr Georgie PalmerTribal's on-site doctor
  • Harry Samson – US Army veteran and contestant
  • Honey Rider – Bikini model
  • Jules McGee – A snake and insect expert
  • Kelly Patterson – A model and contestant
  • Lou Breakmier – A mystic and contestant
  • Mary Newby – Production assistant
  • Matthew Stuart-Fosterson IV – CEO
  • Mike Hollandale – A real estate agent and finalist
  • Murray Neilson – Assistant producer
  • Phoenix – Leader of the Moko Shanti Islanders
  • PJ Deever – Camera operator
  • Rev. Hal Cleever – A minister and contestant
  • Rex Newby – Set designer
  • Ronnie Brooks – Ski instructor contestant
  • Sam Wraysford – Producer
  • Sandy Aikley – Lawyer and finalist
  • Skua – Phoenix's headstrong son
  • Summer – Phoenix's daughter

the details

Instead of a formal dinner party, The Reality is Murder is better suited to a buffet meal or finger food.

Everyone needs to be able to talk quietly with each other - to plot and scheme and achieve their goals.

The Reality is Murder needs a dedicated host, someone to organise the game.

They will read the entire game and will be available to answer questions.

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.

how to get Casino Fatale

The Reality is Murder is available from Freeform Games:

Click here to buy the The Reality is Murder for $49.99 USD.

Casino Fatale 15-20

or download the free intro file

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For more information about Casino Fatale, click here to download the free introductory pdf file which includes more details - including background, a full cast list and invitations.

Disclosure: I am a partner at Freeform Games - feel free to ask me lots of questions!  (I will also earn commission if you buy The Reality is Murder.)


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