I personally played the role of the Butler, and I think the game could be pretty easily modified to turn the Butler into the murderer. In making the game, I focused heavily on flavor and story, and less on mechanics. I think the game suffered for this, unfortunately, despite the story being fun and fairly flushed-out.
Next time, I will change the mechanics of the game so the murderer could be determined at random when all of the players were together, rather than giving the role of murderer to the player ahead of time.
I kept a lot of the notes for the Butler in my head, but below are the rest, if you are interested in sifting through them.
Artifact – Faberge egg, plans to 3D
Tech innovation- 3D printer
antique dealer- knows the fabrige egg is in the safe
personal pilot- (only person who knows is rich guy) for dead rich guy. knows that before he died, rich guy went to russia. thought he killed magician
professional magician- (fraud, secret) well known best friend with rich guy. worried that secret will come out, got shot by pilot as he was stealing egg.
doctor- treated wound of magician,
hotel chains owner- (greed) co partners with rich guy- owns 20% (maybe banged wife)
Priest- (no motive? cannot speak by covenant) heard rich guy’s confession – knows something (acquire egg? not ethical?)
Senator- (secret) given large amounts of money to fund campaign from rich guy
(me) Butler- (frustration) served rich guy. treated poorly. gets part of the fortune if the murder is solved. doesn’t want people to know because he fears for his life. (gets money for helping murderer?)
Secretary- (greed) knows passcode to safe, but not what’s in it
Wife/Spouse- (jealousy) (pregnant?)
Brother/Sister- (revenge) (his idea, but no funds to back it)
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Morley Walker Pearce. DECEASED.
Eccentric billionaire known for his invention of the Zipzap 3D Printer, a device now found in almost every home in the world. He is also known for his collection of rare artifacts, many of which he kept on display in his Mansion.
He was found dead in the home-office of his Mansion by his Wife and his Butler at 5 p.m. on April 1st, 2015. The police report indicates that Pearce was stabbed in the heart with a large knife. The Police found a forced entry and many expensive artifacts missing from Morley Walker Pearce’s office- they concluded that a burglar broke in and committed the murder.
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Public Knowledge- Doctor to the wealthy and famous.
Hates Pearce (thinks he’s an evil person).
Knows Pearce is impotent.
Knows Magician was recently shot.
Knows Pearce’s Wife is pregnant.
Scheduled to meet with Morley Pearce on April 1st at 4:00 pm
Public Knowledge- Senator that has a chance at Presidency
Pearce funds campaigns
Passed legislation for Pearce
Passed legislation that allows for the production of toxic chemicals (released into the ocean)
Sleeping with Executive Office Assistant- knows she has a key to the Office Vault
Scheduled to meet with Morley Pearce on April 1st at 1:00 pm
Public Knowledge- Number 1 Assistant to Morley Walker Pearce.
Knows where key to the Office Vault is, and that valuable things are inside
Friends with Science Advisor
Sleeping with the Senator
Want to create her own Fortune 500 Company
Not scheduled to meet with Morley Pearce on April 1st, but was working in the same building that day. Has The Schedule (ask to see).
Meetings for Morley Pearce on April 1st, 2015:
10:00 – Chairman
11:00 – Science Advisor
1:00 – Senator
2:00 – Antique Dealer
3:00 – Magician
4:00 – Doctor
5:00 – Pilot
Public Knowledge- Famous Professional Magician, close friends with Pearce
Told Morley Pearce that he is a fraud
Stopped public appearances with Morley Pearce a few weeks ago
Was in Russia recently, tried to obtain a Faberge Egg (and failed)
Was shot recently
Scheduled to meet with Morley Pearce on April 1st at 3:00 pm
Public Knowledge- Butler of Pearce. Seen very often working with or near Pearce. Has worked (at least briefly) with everyone invited to the Party.
– Mistreated by Pearce. Hates Pearce.
– Knows the Senator passed legislation that allows for the production of toxic chemicals.
– Knows the Senator was the last person to see Morley Pearce alive.
– Knows the Wife has Prenuptial agreement with Morley Pearce that only says: If divorced, the Wife gets no funds from Pearce.
– Knows the Executive Office Assistant has a key to the Office Vault.
– Knows the Magician is a fraud.
– Knows the Chairman is being shut out of the ZipZap 3D Printing company.
– Knows the Doctor hates Pearce.
– Knows the Pilot is being forced work long and dangerous hours at the whim of Morley Pearce.
– Knows the Antique Dealer is obsessed with Faberge Eggs.
– Knows the Science Advisor was chemically burned as a result of Pearce’s actions.
Public Knowledge- Wife of Pearce. Comes from wealthy family. Not seen with Pearce in public recently. Police Report says that she and the Butler found Pearce dead, together.
In love with Chairman
Has Prenuptial agreement with Morley Pearce that only says: If divorced, the Wife gets no funds from Pearce.
Close with Butler and Doctor
Not scheduled to meet with Morley Pearce on April 1st, but was in the same building that day.
Public Knowledge- Chairman of the Board to ZipZap 3D Printing. Close with Pearce
Public Knowledge- Personal Pilot and guard for Pearce
Flew Morley Pearce to Russia Recently
Flew Antique Dealer to Russia Recently
Shot a man trying to steal from Morley Pearce recently.
Forced to work long and dangerous hours at the whim of Morley Pearce
Scheduled to meet with Morley Pearce on April 1st at 5:00 pm
Public Knowledge- Renowned Antiques Dealer, seen occasionally with Pearce
Has an obsession with old and rare Artifacts- especially Faberge Eggs
Recently flew to Russia with Pearce to confirm authenticity of an artifact
Knows a Faberge Egg is in the Office Vault
Saw the Pilot shoot a man trying to steal from Morley Pearce
Scheduled to meet with Morley Pearce on April 1st at 2:00 pm