Quite often we are asked if it’s possible to simply “bolt on” a few characters.
This is often because guests have confirmed late. While we try to help where we can, it often involves a reprint of at least 1 other booklet, stickers, or sometimes a whole set of booklets, it depends on what level of involvement you need. And obviously the host needs to be “in the know”!
It’s sometimes a hard concept to explain, both in writing and over the phone.
What you need to understand is that our dinner party games are constructed so that everyone has something to do. Each character has dialogue, knows where they come within the reading order for some parts, and has questions ask of them by other’s in the group.
Bolting on a male or female once the game is printed, would make your extra “Billy no-mates”. We could arranging things so that he or she would speak last, but their lines wouldn’t feature in anyone elses booklets, so it’d be obvious they were “extra”. And no one would have any questions for them each round, as the booklets had all been printed up.
There are ways around this. And we have done it before, several times. But it’s not a quick or simple proceedure and takes 1-2 hours to arrange within the office, time which would have to be paid for. So it’s often cheaper and easier to try one of these options:
1) Make your extra the inspector – this is a speaking role only, but at least they have an important role.
2) Ask us to see if we have that new ratio on file – if we do – the upgrade is free, and just needs a reprint (and we can come to some arrangement if you ordered a printed kit where you don’t have to pay full cost). If we don’t have it on file already we’re back to asking for a small charge for our time. OR emailing you the next size up and allowing you to pull the character you don’t need out yourself.
If you don’t like the idea of either option above, we CAN add in a character, but you’d need to use stickers or be in the know yourself, and it’s best you phone us to chat things through – that way you can understand what it is we are doing, and the party will work for you.