The Roswell Incident

The Roswell Incident is an interactive murder mystery game with an alien theme for 10-13 guests (plus one host) published by Freeform Games.

(I wrote The Roswell Incident. If you click the link below and buy The Roswell Incident, I will earn a small commission.)

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The story

In June 1947, an Idaho pilot reported seeing a string of nine shiny unidentified flying objects flying past Mount Rainier at speeds of 1,200 miles an hour.

One week later, something crashed near Roswell, New Mexico (population 25,000). An experimental aircraft? A weather balloon? A secret military project?

Or something else?

Two days later and Roswell has visitors. It is noon, July 3, 1947.

how The Roswell Incident works

The Roswell Incident is an interactive murder mystery game, so all the players receive complete details of their character, including a detailed backstory, objectives that they must try to achieve, and information about other characters.

Characters also have item cards (that represent guns, crash debris, and so on), and abilities (that let them detect secrets find out information about other people).

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

While The Roswell Incident has a murder (poor Macready...), the game mainly concerns the mystery surrounding the object that crashed nearby.

the casT

The cast of The Roswell Incident includes:

Citizens of Roswell

  • Mayor Weinrib: Roswell’s mayor
  • Sheriff Jackson: Roswell’s police chief
  • Dr. Blake: Vet, with a practice opposite the sheriff’s office
  • Turner: Cattle rancher living north of Roswell, originally from England
  • Karns: Chain-smoking mechanic and junkyard owner
  • Finley: Roswell Courier reporter

Roswell Army Air Field

  • Major Collins: US Army major
  • Sgt. Baker: Major Collins’ driver
  • Dr. Fowler: Shark Systems Inc scientist


  • Prof. Kraushaar: Physicist at the University of New Mexico
  • Živojinović: Junior reporter for Albuquerque Chronicle
  • Agent Franz: FBI agent
  • Agent Deacon: Junior FBI agent

(Some of these may be more than they seem!)

the details

Instead of a formal dinner party, The Roswell Incident 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 Roswell Incident also 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 The Roswell incident

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Click here to purchase The Roswell Incident from Freeform Games.

You will be taken to the Freeform Games LLP website - follow the instructions to purchase The Roswell Incident.

Just download the game, print it out and have a great murder mystery!

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 Roswell Incident.)

Does The Roswell Incident come with a money-back guarantee?


Freeform Games offer a cast-iron guarantee on all their murder mystery games. If you're not completely satisfied with The Roswell Incident then let them know within 30 days and they will refund you.

What age is The Roswell Incident suitable for?

Freeform Games suggest The Roswell Incident is suitable for anyone aged 12+. You can play it with kids or adults - or a mixture of both!

How long does The Roswell Incident take to play?

I would allow 3-4 hours to play The Roswell Incident. While the game itself takes 2.5-3 hours to play, I recommend allowing time to introduce the game and wind down after.

Where's my download?

Shortly after buying The Roswell Incident you should receive an email from Freeform Games explaining how to download the game files.

If you haven't received this, please first check your spam filter - sometimes the emails end up there.

If that fails, please get in touch directly with Freeform Games - with the details of which game you bought, when you bought it, and which email address you used. Or contact me (with that same information) and I'll get in touch for you.

How many guests will I need?

You need at least 10 guests and no more than 13.

If you have fewer than 10 guests you will have to drop a character (which may affect the plot), or play a character yourself (not ideal, but I talk about it here), or even ask a guest to play two characters at once.

If you have more than 13 guests you will need to create your own, or use one of the free extra characters provided by Freeform Games when you download The Roswell Incident.

Can I host The Roswell Incident and also play a character?

The host has an important role in The Roswell Incident. The organize and coordinate the party. They also act as an impartial "referee" - so it's important that they have read the game and understand what is going on.

So I recommend not playing a character and hosting the game. 

But if you still want to host a game and play a character (or you have to because a player cannot attend), I have advice on doing that here.

Click here to purchase The Roswell Incident.


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Here's my suggested quick route through the site:

Step 1 - Go to Choosing a Game to choose the game that suits your party best.

Step 2 - Review the Tips for Hosts for helpful advice.

Step 3 - If you want to keep up to date with the latest murder mystery game news, click on my What's New page.

Step 4 - Once you've had your party - tell me how it went! Click here to tell me your murder mystery party story.

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