way out west

Way out West is an interactive murder mystery game for 10-24 guests (plus one host) published by Freeform Games.

(Note that if you click on the link below and then buy Way out West I will earn a small amount of commission.)

Wanted poster from Way out WestWanted poster from Way out West

The story

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.

how way out west works

Way out West 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.

Charactes also have item cards (that represent guns, knives, wanted posters 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.

the casT

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!

kids can play too!

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 away free with the standard game!

the details

Instead of a formal dinner party, Way out West 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.

Way out West 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 Way out West

Way out West is available from Freeform Games and comes in two versions:

Click here to buy the main game for $29.99 USD (caters for 10 to 14 guests).

Click here to buy the main game for $39.99 USD (caters for 10 to 24 guests).

or download the free intro file

Way out West cover

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.

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


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Don't know where to start?

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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