Factsheet

Getting Away With Murder by Joseph Fowler and Thaddaeus Frogley

Development began:
December 2016

Launching:
November 2020

Website:
https://gawm.link

Press / Business contact:
contact@gawm.link

Social:
twitter.com/JiFish
twitter.com/codemonkey_uk

Description

The year is 1955. You have accepted a mysterious invitation to a mansion in the English countryside...

Getting Away With Murder is a co-operative role-play game where your group will bring to life a darkly comedic murder mystery. A game can be set up and ready to play in minutes. There's no game-master, no dice and no abilities to keep track of. The entire story is told in one sitting.

Starting with a basic character description, players will improvise a number of scenes across a three acts to weave a tale of secrets and murder. A new clue about the characters, their relationships and potential motives for murder is revealed in each scene. Players use this to invent new twists in the mystery.

History

Early history

Getting Away With Murder started out as an idea for a Fiasco play-set. Joe had previously created his Heroes and Villains module for the popular indie RPG, which Thad had taken to playtest at the British RPG convention "Conception Con". The positive reception there created the backdrop for collaborating on tackling another genre - the classic murder mystery. Inspired by the movie "Clue", the core idea was an improvisational mystery with many possible solutions. Realising this required a different approach from Fiasco, they decided to develop GAWM as stand alone game. Cards were added so that plot details could be concealed and revealed as the story progresses. A system to determine guilt and innocence was developed. Over the next few years Joe and Thad iterated and innovated around this solid core. They created a rich base of content and modified the mechanics until what they had was a game ready to be taken to the next level, worth sharing with the world.

2020

At the start of the year plans were forming around approaching a publisher about printing a book and pack of cards, but then a world-wide pandemic made the prospect of a publisher taking on a brand new social tabletop game seem like wishful thinking. Not wanting to abandon the project, they decided to instead to find way to make it playable to people in lock down. First a Table Top Simulator version was created, then recognising this could be a barrier to entry, the website was created. So now with the book, print-and-play edition cards, and two ways to play online, it is finally time to share Getting Away With Murder!


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Joseph Fowler
Joe's website. You can check it out at https://jifish.co.uk/.

Thaddaeus Frogley
Thad's website. You can check it out at https://thad.frogley.info/.

GAWM on github
The website for playing GAWM is open source: https://github.com/codemonkey-uk/gawm/.


Team

Joseph Fowler
Designer, Writer, Illustrator, Programmer

Thaddaeus Frogley
Designer, Writer, Programmer, Photographer


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