Can I just bolt in characters?

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.

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We contacted Red-Herring-Games for a party for a special occasion. Why going to restaurants to eat is the preferred activity to mark milestones is beyond me and my friends.   The choice of mystery was obvious, looking at the options from New Zealand on the web Red Herring stuck out from the international options.  A quick look at the site and games showed subtlety as well a range of choices.  The numbers you could have for each evening was important,  Red Herring had scaling options a good range of scenarios but most importantly were Jo and team being flexible, responsive and helpful.

Rachel McWilliam, Arts Development Officer, Lincs Inspire

Thank you Red Herring Games for the marvellous 'Murder!  Cargo Connections?' event that you organised for us as part of Museums at Night at the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. The whole evening went so well and was brilliant fun.  I know from all the feedback that our visitors had a fantastic time. It was really good working with you and I have no doubt that we will do again in the not too distant future.  

A. Nonymous (council employee)

I would like to thank you and your colleague for helping contribute towards our successful conference last month.  Everyone really seemed to enjoy the evening and it was rewarding that so many delegates were able to participate in addition to the main "Actors".  Our conference evaluation froms included the following comments:
  • "Enjoyed the evening entertainment!"
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With thanks and best wishes.

Sarah Spencer (Cleethorpes Chronicle)

I had no idea what to expect before purchasing a ticket for Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, which was being staged at a nearby hotel, and feared it might involve taking part in some way. However thankfully for me no acting was necessary, just some amateur sleuthing. "Wedding guests" of which I was one, were called upon to move from room to room in the hotel in groups, questioning a number of possible murderers with the aim of solving the mystery of the dead bridegroom. The interviewees were really fun characters and gave us all some good laughs. Of course they all had motives and it was a case of identifying the shiftiest. The wedding theme was particularly good, as it fitted well with the venue, the buffet that was part of the evening (with a wedding cake in the middle) and the fact that everyone had been able to dress up to fit in without going to the trouble of fancy dress. I didn't think I had enough "evidence" to actually accuse anyone but later regretted not even writing down my first guess as it wouldn't have been too far off the mark. The evening was great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it and take part. I would definitely recommend Old, New, Borrowed, Blue as good for getting even reluctant or first-time mystery party-goers involved.  

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What a cracking nights entertainment! We don't get out much nowadays with 2 kids and this was exactly what we were looking for in a good night out. Lots of fun with tongue firmly in cheek and everyone kept guessing whodunnit right to the very end. Would definitely attend another!!!!!  

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