How to Write Murder Mystery Games

A project in Grimsby, UK by Red Herring Games LTD

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This guide explains the nuts and bolts of successful game creation - written by international murder mystery game writer Jo Smedley
Backers: 301
Average Pledge Per Backer: £34

Funded: £10,378 of £1,000
Dates: Feb 24th -> Mar 31st (37 days)
Project By: Red Herring Games LTD
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Latest News

AMAZE-BALLS we've hit the stretch!

March 31st - via:
WAAA HOOO!  Massive thank you to all backers!  I've just logged in this morning and we've HIT THE STRETCH!! This means I need to get my skates on plotting out all those games... just as well I made a start a few weeks ago isn't it?? If you have any... (Read More)

£700 left to go on the stretch and you're all invited to our quiz night!

March 30th - via:
Wowzers!  24 hours left to go, and just under £700 left to raise on that stretch goal!  I'm starting work on the examples this weekend, as I really think we're going to make it in teh last 24 hours!!! In the meantime - we run a regular quiz night... (Read More)

How to get the add ons.

March 28th - via:
Morning Backers - I had a few emails in last night asking "how?" - because the add on thing is fairly new to kickstarter, and I think quite a few don't know how to change a pledge once it's in play - I thought I'd put a quick "how to" together.... (Read More)

Just 15% to go - that's just under 1500 in real money

March 27th - via:
Well, well well!  Welcome to everyone who's joined us in the last few days!!!  We have a total of THREE days left, and we need £1500 to go to hit our stretch goal. £1500 sounds a lot... but we've got over 200 backers now on the project, and while... (Read More)

We hope everyone who joined us at our Murder Mystery Enjoyed themselves!

March 25th - via:
It was lovely to see everyone who made it onto our virtual weekend!   Much laughing, dancing, cooking, intriguing talks and sinister murder encounters had by all!! It'll be a a long time until our next one - but if you're interested - do make sure... (Read More)

8 days left on the project - and 26% left to raise.

March 23rd - via:
We're entering the final week of our Kickstarter tomorrow and we have 26% left to raise on our stretch goal. It's a little nailbiting in the office let me tell you! Today we're running our "Death on the Homefront" weekend (it starts in an hour and a... (Read More)

An inside look at the Curse of Humanrah

March 15th - via:
I'm not sure why it's the case, but sometimes our favourite stories aren't the ones that are the most popular "buys" on our website. The Curse of Humanrah was our second release and is a really lovely story about spies in Egypt in the time before the... (Read More)

A video thank you from the founder.

March 13th - via:
We're now at the half way point in our crowdfunder - and we're over 56% of the way towards out stretch.  So it's all about getting that last 44% before close of play! Thank you so much for everyone who has added their pledge to the project so far!... (Read More)

56% and continuing to climb - What else do you need?

March 12th - via:
Thanks everyone for your continued support!  We tried to post another update yesterday but Kickstarter was playing up at the back, and the posting option wasn't working! So... question for you - if we may our stretch what else do you want to see?... (Read More)

Means, Motive, Opporunity

March 10th - via:
I talk about Means, Motive and Opportunity within the book.  It's the three lynchpins of any police investigation, which also make them the lynchpin of any successful murder mystery plot. So much so - that before you start doing anything related to... (Read More)

A request for less updates - so you'll need to "check in" regularly instead

March 9th - via:
Hi Wonderful Backers! We had a request in the other day for less updates - so I'm going to reduce the number of updates that send out to our backers from Kickstarter to fix that from TODAY.  However I'll still be posting regular updates - just not... (Read More)

Introducing the "Procrastination to Pen-Ready Challenge."

March 7th - via:
For once - this update isn't about "the book" but about YOUR potential book... as clearly you're interested in plotting out a murder - so I thought you may also be interested in writing in general.  So...   If you've always wanted to write a book... (Read More)

Digital copy with Physical copy

March 6th - via:
Hi Wonderful backers!   I've put this under FAQ somewhere too - but as i keep being asked, I thought I'd put it out as an update. If you pledge for the hard copy of the book, we'll also provide the PDF copy free of charge along with it.   We had no... (Read More)

A cheeky request of a share.

March 5th - via:
Morning Backers (USA) Afternoon Backers (UK), Sleepy Tight Backers (AU)... this will be waiting for you when you wake up! Can I just say... it's wonderful to have such a global community rooting for us with the publication of the book - and we're... (Read More)

50% and climbing towards that stretch

March 4th - via:
Well done everyone!  Give yourselves a big pat on the back as we've hit 50% towards our stretch goal and there's still 4 weeks left to go!  I've spent the morning packing box 3 of Site Q so we can dispatch it on time, and updating our USA 3PL team... (Read More)

Don't miss out on our Death on the Home Front - Weekend Experience

March 3rd - via:
Our Weekend Experience is 23rd-24th March - happens before this Kickstarter concludes - and we don't want you to miss out on it! So if you don't already know about it - we thought we'd give you the quick low down this weekend - as if you like murder... (Read More)

Free stuff you can have now - even before the project has finished

March 2nd - via:
Believe it or not - we have a variety of "freebies" you can already access across our websites, which will a) give you some insight into what the escape games look like and b) give you a game you can play with friends. First up - Mafia - ever since... (Read More)

Nearly at 50% towards our stretch goal

March 1st - via:
WOW - a cracking effort yesterday from everyone - we've nearly hit 50% of the way towards our stretch - which is FLABBERGHASTING - as we're still not yet a full week into the project! Jo is currently gearing up for her weekend "writers bootcamp" in... (Read More)

So what the heck is Cosykiller and why is it available as add ons for the book?

February 29th - via:
For those backers who haven't experienced Cosykiller before you're probably all wondering what the heck it is.  Why is it so expensive, and what is it all about?  And why is it on all the "add ons" for this book launch. So I thought I'd pull... (Read More)

Be in the minority!

February 28th - via:
A few Stats for "hump day". 81% percent of the population like the idea of writing a book, or think they can.  And a small percentage of those will actually have a go at writing a book.   The problem is.... Only 3% of people who start writing a... (Read More)

25% on the way to the stretch goal after 3 days

February 27th - via:
Thank you to all our wonderful backers - we're now at 25% towards our stretch goal and we aren't even 10% through the backing cycle yet! If you have any questions on the project or want to know more, just hop back and leave a comment and we'll answer... (Read More)

New Tiers and new Add ons - to aid the stretch

February 26th - via:
Wow!  I'm blown away by the support these last few days - HUGE THANKS! It's always going to be about that stretch goal and hitting it as soon as we can.  So with that in mind, and having had a sleepless night (which meant a lot of in the dark... (Read More)

Your chance to influence the content...

February 25th - via:
WOW!  Massive thank you to everyone who is getting behind this book project!  We acheived full funding within 9 hours of the project launching!  Unbelievable!  What a start to a Kickstarter! And that's not all - we're still only one day in... and... (Read More)

Project we love status inside an hour! Thank you Kickstarter!

February 24th - via:
Wowzers!  Newly launched and within an hour we have a "project we love" badge from Kickstarter! Thank you everyone for backing us early!! Our badge is now proudly displayed on our Kickstarter page for all to see!  (Read More)

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