happy birthday rj

Happy Birthday RJ is a 1980s birthday themed murder mystery party for 12-16 guests (plus one host) published by Freeform Games.

(Note that if you click on the link below and then buy Happy Birthday RJ I will earn a small amount of commission.)

the story

Set in the world of the oil soap operas (along the lines of the Dallas and Dynasty television shows), Happy Birthday RJ concerns RJ Harrington's 30th birthday and coming-of-age party.

It's a world of glamour - of big money, big hair and big shoulder pads.

And with the dysfunctional Harrington family and their scheming friends and neighbors, it's a birthday party that anyone is unlikely to forget.

Luckily for everyone, the local deputy sheriff is also attending the party (he's a close friend of Bobby Harrington, RJ's brother).

That's just as well, as Happy Birthday RJ includes a horse theft, a murder before the game and a murder during the game!

And that doesn't include anything that the players might want to get up to!

how happy birthday rj works

Happy Birthday RJ is an interactive murder mystery game, which means that all the players have full character details including a comprehensive backstory, goals that they should try to achieve, and information about other characters.

Happy Birthday RJ also provides players with items (representing money, shares in the family business and other clues) and abilities (that let them detect secrets and find out information about other people).

Interactive games are my favourite types of murder mystery game - I think they're much more entertaining than the other styles.

the cast

The full cast of Happy Birthday RJ includes:

  • RJ Harrington: the birthday boy himself
  • Dixie Green: RJ's long-time girlfriend
  • Jack Harrington: RJ's father and oil tycoon
  • Crystal Harrington: Jack's wife
  • Bobby Harrington: RJ's half-brother
  • Lucille Harrington: RJ's half-sister
  • Ali Fields: a lawyer
  • Billy Joe Butler: the neighbour
  • Sue Helen Butler: Billy Joe's wife
  • Sam Bond: a family friend
  • Rick Harper: an old school friend
  • Deedee Taylor: Dixie's best friend
  • Dolly Douglas: close friend of Lucille
  • Drew Morrison: the town doctor
  • Randy Coltrane: the deputy sheriff

Plus the person organising the evening.

Like other interactive murder mystery games, the final outcome of Happy Birthday RJ is up to the players themselves.

They each have their own character with their own desires and objectives - and it's up to them to interact with the other guests and try to achieve their goals (not everyone will succeed, of course!).

the details

Instead of a formal dinner party, Happy Birthday RJ 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.

Happy Birthday RJ needs a dedicated host, someone to organize 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.

how to get Happy birthday rj

Happy Birthday RJ is available from Freeform Games and costs $29.99 USD.

Click here to buy Happy Birthday RJ from Freeform Games.

Buy Happy Birthday RJ

or download the free intro file

Download the Happy Birthday RJ intro file

For more information about Happy Birthday RJ, click here to download the free introductory pdf file which includes more details - including background, a full cast list, costume guide 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 Happy Birthday RJ.)


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