Crimes in History: H. H. Holmes' Murder Castle

Created by Seth & Brandt @ Blueprint Gaming Concepts

NOTE: Please scroll to the bottom of this page or click view item to select your product item. Missed your chance to back this Kickstarter game?! Now's your chance to pre-order and take advantage of the unlocked stretch goals that will be included in your late pledge. A game of backstabbing and thrilling absurdities! Collect evidence and battle each other across a sprawling castle for 2-6 players. The 2nd Story expansion broadens the number of players to 1-7! Read more about the game and campaign here: Every game copy will receive a printed rulebook written in the English language. A web based rulebook translation is planned for German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Czech.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

We are looking for your input and feedback on a few items!
6 days ago – Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 11:28:59 PM

We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe! We have a few updates for you and are looking for folks input on a few items. 

1.) We have developed the first copy of our rulebook credits page thanking backers and providing a special thanks by recognizing those that unlocked certain features or rooms for all backers. Additionally, we wanted to thank all of our playtesters that helped provide us feedback to improve the game. You were a playtester of the game if you helped play the game and also provided a completed a playtest form. For example, at C2E2 we were running playthroughs and weren't playtesting. We did run playtests at Good Games Chicago, Dice Dojo, and at Save Against Fear. If you were a playtester or an Accomplice reward level, please review the Proposed Rulebook Credits Page link below by April 30, 2020 and provide us with any corrections in case there are any names that may be spelled incorrectly. Link: Proposed Rulebook Credits Page Please send any corrections to 

2.) Thanks to those that participated in our first Castle Chat. It was great to interact with backers and hope to do more of that this summer through more Castle Chats and Blog Posts. If you want to catch the 35min segment, you can watch the video here: We recommend skipping the first 5 minutes. :) If you have suggestions for future Castle Chats or Blog posts for late spring and over the summer, let us know in the comments below. We also announced that we will be unlocking and including the 19th Century Murder Castle Tweets with all backer game copies. Social media has a been a huge part of why we were funded and we want the interaction to continue even after the game has been delivered. The game has funny "absurdities" that come in from time to time because of the nature of the rooms or event cards and a photo combined with these hashtags help capture the moment if they occur during your games!

3.) Thanks to everyone that completed the pledge manager survey already! It's been less than 2 weeks and we already have 75% of all orders completed. This is amazing! There's ~260 backers that still will need to complete your surveys before we can lock the orders. The current deadline is May 31, 2020 but we will keep you posted if that changes based on everyone's progress. For those looking for the email, it should be from sender and the senders name is "Seth & Brandt @ Blueprint Gaming Concepts."

4.) We are working to finalize the remaining artwork and rules for Automa (Solo Mode) and Play as Holmes (as a reminder both gameplays are a part of the 2nd Story Expansion and are expected to now be complete by the end of April). We wanted to provide a very high level overview that relates to this first preview of the Holmes Control Panel (we talk about this a bit in the Castle Chat also) so we can ask for your feedback on the design. Please let us know in the comments below if you have any questions or comments regarding the Holmes' Control Panel preview below! This is the equivalent of the player evidence boards but instead Holmes unlocks actions and abilities to help issue 10 Holmes' strikes across other players throughout the game. 

  • 1.) Holmes will start out with a few action cards that can be placed face down on top of any of the standard action tiles. 
  • 2.) Once a player selects that action tile, Holmes will complete the action that was on top of the standard action tile before players complete their action. 
  • 3.) Once the round is complete, a Holmes Movement Card is revealed and Holmes chooses where to move if more than 1 option exists. 
  • 4.) After each round, Holmes gains a cube to place on the Holmes Control Panel unlocking the corresponding action card to place on top of the standard action tiles for the next round. 
  • 5.) Holmes Placement of Cubes:
  • - While cubes can be placed in any of the categories at any time (Castle & Movement Modifications, Destroy Evidence, and Plant Fake Evidence), they must be placed in alphabetical order as it relates to the #. For example, a cube cannot be placed in 1b until a cube has been placed in 1a first.
  • - 1c and 2c both need a cube to be placed in each square before unlocking that ability (which also means 1a, 1b, 2a, and 2b also need to have cubes placed). 
  • - If 1a and 3a each had a cube. Holmes next cube placement could either be 1b, 2a, 3b, or 4a.
  • 6.) The Holmes Tracker will enable the player playing as Holmes to move a cube to the total # of strikes they've issued to players. 
  • 7.) Holmes will choose 1 special ability card which can be used once per game and will place it face down next to the Special Ability illustration at the bottom right of the board below. 
Holmes' Control Panel

Join us for our first Facebook Live Event - This Friday @ 7:30pm CT
13 days ago – Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 12:29:49 PM

We are having our first Facebook live event this Friday at 7:30pm called "Castle Chat." Ask us questions about the game, get to know us, find out what games we're playing, activities that we're currently excited about, and we'll plan to share some additional information from behind the scenes! We are hoping it will be a fun segment and a chance to connect with you all live during these crazy times! 

Click the image to navigate directly to our Facebook Page.

Late Pledge / Pre-Order:

The Backerkit Pledge Manager is now available!
15 days ago – Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 01:16:54 AM

Hello backers!

We are finally ready to go live with our pledge manager and survey. You should now have received an email or will be receiving an email very soon from BackerKit, our pledge manager.

Pledge Manager - What You Need to Know!

For those new to Kickstarter, a pledge manager is an external online resource that helps us manage post-campaign transactions like pre-orders and shipping, allowing backers to add additional games to their pledge or upgrade their reward levels you selected during the Kickstarter campaign. This also allowed us to work on updated estimates for shipping, and in some cases beating the estimates provided on Kickstarter.

You will be asked to provide shipping and billing information the same as any online purchase. This is to cover the shipping costs, quantity changes, upgraded reward selections, and add-on's. 

Note: If you backed for $1 or more, you may now "switch your pledge level" and will be charged for the difference. If you do not wish to receive any game copies, though, you do not need to participate in the pledge manager and may simply ignore the welcome email. The "switch your pledge level" option will be right below the big green Get Started button on the first page of the BackerKit website.

This is a great time to increase your pledge and your last chance to receive the game with Kickstarter discounted pricing.  When you stay at your reward level or upgrade your reward level, you lock in the Kickstarter discounted pricing. When you select add-ons,  you lock in the late pledge / pre-order pricing. All pledges and pre-orders will include all stretch goals unlocked from the Kickstarter campaign.

We know that when we send out the welcomes and reminders, it may not catch you at the right time. In the coming weeks, we will be sure to send a few reminders. 

Once we are ready to ship the games, we will need to close the pledge manager, locking in our shipping destinations and quantities. You will need to make your purchase and lock in your shipping address by then. We will provide you notice and plenty of reminders, but your best bet is to complete the shipping and billing info and survey as soon as you can!

All 3 Kickstarter Campaign Unlocked Rooms - Final Designs!
21 days ago – Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 02:21:58 AM

We are in final review of our pledge manager through BackerKit and should be on track for mid-March survey distribution. We've prioritized our artwork for the character minis and room tiles since this was the majority of the artwork that was new that needed longer lead times. 

We'd like to thank all of our Holmes' Accomplice reward level backers again! Because of these 3 backers, we were able to create 3 new room tiles that will be added for all backer and pre-order game copies. It was a blast working with some of our backers and Holly on these concepts and designs and are excited to share the final output of those efforts below. 

Introducing the Ale Pub, re-imagined from Kiss My Ale Pub in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Meet Bryan-corpse in the office and Carissa-corpse in the bar. They sure look like they could have used some Liquid Courage!  

Introducing The Atrium with Joey-corpse! There's just not enough narrative to describe the beauty and justice that Holly Carden illustrated with this room. So just take a stroll and enjoy the gardens....and the bones...and bloody stone path and there's blood in the water fountain!  Hey?! Who's cleaning up this mess?!

And last but not least, The Whitechapel Suite. These backers shied away from having their likeness drawn as a corpse, so naturally we made this a special effects room with a mini game so players can also choose to hide themselves - either in the bathroom or underneath the bed each time Holmes enters this room. "Finally, a safe room, or is it..."

Character Minis Preview & Late Pledge / Pre-Order Site
28 days ago – Tue, Mar 03, 2020 at 11:10:29 PM

We are still working to finalize the last few items before our pledge manager survey can be sent out, but thanks for being patient! We should be ready to distribute the survey to backers by mid-March. In the interim, the link to our late pledge / pre-order site is here:  Please share this link for anyone you think is interested in purchasing the game! 

The design preview of our character minis is finally here! We've included views of the front, back, side, and a close-up of each of the 6 characters and Holmes! 

Jonah Nisbet:

Jeremiah Pinkerton:

Adeline Winn-Doyle:

Hoyt Flemming:

Abraham Fitzsimmons:

Lola Radcliffe:

and the man behind the Castle... H. H. Holmes