The River of No Return – A Murder Mystery

The River of No Return

– A Murder Mystery –

A “who done it” style game, where players embody characters that are loosely based upon historical Salmon River figures. 

The River of No Return a murder mystery is a game written to be played one evening while rafting down the Middle Fork, Wild Main Salmon, or Lower Salmon River.

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Introduction: 

Frank Church was lobbying US congress to make the Salmon River (River of No return) protected wilderness for all to use. These efforts were met with resistance by early/free settlers of the land. Frank had set out on a journey to meet these locals and convince them of his cause. While not a documented initiative, it is well known that this endeavor was also to remove free standing, unoccupied homesteads to mitigate future population growth. Unfortunately, Frank Church hasn’t returned and FOUL PLAY IS SUSPECTED!

Local residents of the Salmon River have been gathered together to resolve Frank Church’s disappearance. 

– 7 Characters –

(8 Players Required)

  • Sheriff (Game Lead)
  • Jenny Mackay
  • Captain Guleke 
  • Dugout Dave 
  • Polly Bemis 
  • Hacksaw Tom 
  • Buckskin Bill 
  • Frank Lantz 
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Purchase 8 Player

– 8 Characters –

(9 Players Required)

  • Sheriff (Game Lead)
  • Jenny Mackay
  • Captain Guleke 
  • Dugout Dave 
  • Polly Bemis 
  • Hacksaw Tom 
  • Buckskin Bill 
  • Frank Lantz 
  • Jamie Moore
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Purchase 9 Player

– 9 Characters –

(10 Players Required)

  • Sheriff (Game Lead)
  • Jenny Mackay
  • Captain Guleke 
  • Dugout Dave 
  • Polly Bemis 
  • Hacksaw Tom 
  • Buckskin Bill 
  • Frank Lantz 
  • Jamie Moore 
  • Beaver Dick 

Purchase 10 Player

What is this?

An interactive activity where participants play characters in a fictional murder investigation. Players work together to piece together clues, interrogate each other, and solve the mystery. It’s a collaborative game, with red herrings and activities to get everyone engaged. 

What to expect:

A great ice breaker that will be laughably relatable throughout your journey through Frank Church Wilderness. 

 

Space?

Everything you need will fit in a standard Manila envelope (or 3 large ziplock bags).

Time?

Between 1 and 2 hours

Ages?

Adult Themes. Written with a group of adults in mind, but may be suitable for teens based on parent approval.

What is needed?

i) One dedicate individual (the sheriff) who: prepares the game before departing understands the game flow, and leads the game.

ii) The game printed and organized prior to departing. (instructions provided).

iii) No special props or costumes required.

Suggestions:

  • Play early in the trip
  • Embrace your character
  • Follow the instructions to prepare before leaving your house.

100% real Reviews

 

“Fun and easy. Minimal packing space. Would recommend to a friend.”

-Bill

 

“We played on the first night and it was a great ice breaker. Easily worth the cost.”

-Polly

 

“5 stars for the game itself, 3 stars because it’s just a PDF that I had to print out then cut up”

-John

 

“I only purchased this because the site was so handy, but this game was one of the highlights of the trip.”

-Dave