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A missing suitcase. Punch-Card Policemen. Impractically large Hats.

  • A Psychedelic Murder Mystery
  • 28 Pages of Troika! Weirdness
  • 6 Unique Backgrounds
  • 2 Trippy Locations for Troika! City
  • Random Hotel Room Generator
  • 18 New Items
  • 7 New Creatures
  • Full-Color Illustrations on every spread

The Paper-Boys and the Capheads sent representatives to the Motel Zotel's Penthouse to make a simple deal: Three Chests of Silver Pence in exchange for a Suitcase full of Uncut Dreams. Now both gang's pointmen are dead in the Penthouse, and the suitcase and the money are both missing. Each gang accuses the other of treachery. They'll tear the Motel Zotel room from room if this mystery isn't solved!

Murder at the Motel Zotel is written by Austin Holm, author of Drawn from the Margins and Puppets of Beeglemaus. This homage to the original Troika book delivers a strange, satisfying, and probably violent execution of the classic "who done it" format. This is designed for Troika! which you can get on their itch page.

We built this for the Troika! City Jam, you can get the six unique backgrounds as the demo product Backgrounds from the Motel Zotel below. Murder at the Motel Zotel is an independent production of WatcherDM and is not affiliated with the Melsonian Arts Council.



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CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(5 total ratings)
AuthorsWatcherDM, AustinHolm
Tagsmurder-mystery, Troika, Tabletop role-playing game, zine


Buy Now$5.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

murder-at-the-motel-zotel.pdf 18 MB

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Murder at the Motel Zotel Zine

Soft touch laminate finish cover, 28 uncoated pages of weirdness. This adventure for the other world's favorite role-playing game crosses the lines of drug culture, hospitality, and murder mystery. WHEN ORDERING THIS, PLEASE BE READY TO RECEIVE AN EMAIL REQUESTING YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS!

Community Copy

Suppose you don't have the Silver Pence to chuck at this Troika! Murder Mystery. Grab a community copy and rejoice! We will add more copies with each purchase, and tips of the appropriate amount will add more.

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backgrounds-from-the-motel-zotel.pdf 4 MB

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Deleted 135 days ago

Added 20 Community Copies for the Troika! City Jam.