You may be wondering if Mince Pies & Murder is worth downloading now that it is available as a Free / Not-Free PDF. Back in March we released it as a PDF pricing experiment and we picked several reviews. These should help you decide.
The adventure has been very well put together. The NPCs are very believable, a great deal of thought has been given to the connections with the player characters and the “Agatha Christie” feel to it has been achieved very, very nicely. …
Overall I think this is a great effort from a very interesting website with terrific ideas. If anything, this product is a bit wasted in the sense that it should be a lot bigger. The attention to detail and the idea is absolutely terrific and the writing is very, very clever.
As well as being a murder-mystery scenario, Mince Pies & Murder includes a copy of the 6d6 Ultra-Light rules – the core rules of the game, together with the adventure itself. The adventure itself is well written, with a nice light-hearted dig at the detective sleuth genre and appears to be flexible enough to be able to be played more than once with the same group of players. There is also plenty of solid, but not restrictive, guidance given to the prospective GM of the game that I believe should give confidence to any new 6d6 GM.
Post Mortem Studios
Mince Pies and Murder has some good suggestions on how to run the game and is quite tightly structured, giving it a strong narrative and atmospheric tone but limiting the space in which the players have to interpret their characters or step outside of the suggested run of the story. In some ways it’s more like a farce or a satirical play than a game per se, albeit one with a lot of improvisation. It works well as a convention game or as an introduction to 6d6 though and the gentile murder mystery hook is one that everyone should be able to pick up and run with. The manor house and the villains are nicely detailed and if you’ve had time to read up on the adventure and the various antagonists beforehand there’s more depth than there first appears to be.
Game Knight Reviews
The fifty or so pages describing the adventure includes some great biographical detail about each member of the manor staff. Not just physical details, but a bit of a job history, attitudes, philosophical thoughts… just about anything. Each has a favorite type of violence to be used against an opponent as well – from simply bludgeoning them to death to the use of poison. What is fantastic is that these are logically consistent and well thought out, so their hatred of the sleuths is well documented and easy to roleplay as a NPC.
Even the manor itself plays a role, offering atmosphere, props, and places to hide. Each location offers details such as any available clues, descriptions of particular items, hints as to events going on, and so on.
Free / Not-Free
The full PDF of Mince Pies & Murder along with 6d6 Ultra-Lite rule set are available as free PDFs. But you can choose to pay £5 and get the Living Document promise, the next adventure in the series (Memory & Murder, due late Autumn) and that warm, fuzzy feeling you can only get from supporting small RPG publishers.