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Who Shot the Sheriff

Who Shot the Sheriff

In the summer of 1869, two stagecoaches set out from the small town of Dustville on a three-day trip across the American West to San Francisco. A new source of gold has been discovered 20 miles from San Francisco, attracting miners, prospectors and businesspeople.

After two days, the stagecoaches stop for a break at a ghost town called Buzzard Creek. It's a chance to water the horses and let everyone stretch their legs. Buzzard Creek is deserted save for a few old-timers, Sheriff Cassidy, Deputy Baxter, Good-For-Nothin' Ned, and the employees of the Gold Nugget Saloon.

Unfortunately, before the horses are ready, a dust storm approaches. Then, gunshots ring out. In the stables, the Bartender finds Sheriff Cassidy sprawled face-down with gunshot wounds in his back, his gun lying beside him. With the passengers and townsfolk gathered in the Gold Nugget Saloon, the full force of the ferocious dust storm arrives, confining everyone inside. Everyone, including Sheriff Cassidy's killer...

Who Shot the Sheriff is a dinner party murder mystery game for 12 to 15 guests and a host, and is a family-friendly game suitable for adults or for kids down to the age of 15.

Characters include:
  • Blaise Sadler - the saloon's only waitress, and the "most beautiful girl in town" winner for three years in a row
  • Christy Martin - an enterprising business owner
  • Deputy Beau Baxter - the new Sheriff Deputy, who only arrived in Buzzard Creek last month
  • Doctor Riley Bones - a doctor famous for traveling the world and discovering exotic remedies
  • Doctor Shiloh Merriwhether - an eccentric doctor notorious for working with the Indians
  • Elijah Entwhistle - a fiery traveling preacher
  • Fitzhugh Smith - a wealthy, gentlemanly city slicker who owns a chain of banks and savings-and-loan companies
  • Good-for-Nothin' Ned - a scruffy local ne'er-do-well
  • Jessie Calhoun - a sharp-eyed female adventurer traveling alone
  • Laughing Owl - an Indian
  • Piper Lee - a poor prospector following the Gold Rush
  • Ruby-Mae Marshall - a fun-loving traveler hoping to start a new life in San Francisco with her feller, Willard
  • Runs Like a Deer - a quiet, determined Indian woman
  • Sam Banks - owner of the Gold Nugget Saloon, and the editor of the local newspaper
  • Willard Preston - a rough and tough-looking traveler hoping to start a new life in San Francisco with his girl, Ruby-Mae

Published By: Freeform Games
For 12 to 15 players

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Additional Information

Who Shot the Sheriff is unlike many murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a murder, most of the characters have more important things to do than to investigate it. And the killing may not be over -- it is unlikely that everyone will survive the remainder of the evening!

Who Shot the Sheriff is played just like a murder mystery game. You may be trying to solve the murder, but primarily you are (initially at least) concentrating on your own goals and objectives. Unlike most boxed murder mystery games, Bludgeoned on Broadway lets you decide how to achieve your goals and thwart your enemies.

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Bartender, and welcomed to the Gold Nugget Saloon. They then receive their detailed backgrounds -- including dark secrets, objectives and money. The fun then begins as they form alliances, blackmail each other, steal items and maybe even try to murder one another! Along the way they may uncover some of the mysteries of Who Shot the Sheriff? What happened to the money stolen from the Bank of Dustville? Is the "Gold Rush Ghost" an evil spirit, or a human being? Who is the mysterious masked Stranger, and who is the notorious gold-smuggler Handlebar Harry? Depending on what the players choose to do, there are several different possible endings, but finally everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.

This murder mystery game comes with a Cast Iron Guarantee: if you're not completely satisfied with the game, simply request a refund from Freeform Games within 30 days.

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