I am new to this and have no idea where to start – can you help me?

Novice host?

New?  Not to worry!  We deal with novice hosts every day.

Murder mystery evenings come in many different shapes and forms.

We retail kits for domestic/private parties, fundraising and for commercial users- and on top of all that we also event manage – so you’ve reached the “one stop murder shop!”

If you’re just looking to buy a dinner party then we have a range of DIY dinner party games.

If you are thinking of organising an event yourself for a large number of people we suggest you visit the page Choosing an event script. Which explains more about each format of large group game we stock.

 

What are “Do it Yourself” dinner party games?

We provide all of our mystery games as DIY kits enabling you to organise and run your own murder mystery using your own guests as suspects or cast.

Doing it yourself reduces the cost of running a murder mystery evening significantly, as you aren’t paying for anyone to come in and host it for you.

All of our murder mystery dinner party games come in two formats – Downloadable and Printed.  So you have the choice of downloading and printing it yourself, or simply having the kit arrive ready to go.

When it comes to scripts, you need to decide if you’re running it commercially or not.  Further details on what our criteria are, is within the FAQ section.

 

There’s such a huge range of games – how do I pick?

We’ve done our best to order the games by theme. This will help you decide quickly which sort of theme you’d like to run. We’ve also given you the option to search by most popular, number of attendees or by rating. You can also review what people have said about the games by looking at our reviews section and pick one that way.

If you are still unsure where to start, then have a think about the guests you plan to invite first. Get together a list of your likely attendees and look through a few game titles which “float your boat”. Can you imagine your friends in those character roles? If the answer is “yes” then you’ve found the game for you!

When all else fails – feel free to call us for some advice on +44 (0)1472 348909 or email us. We’ve played over half of the games in the catalogue ourselves, and the boss has proofed every single one, so someone in the office will be able to short-cut to the right game for you.

 

I’ve never been to one before, how do they run?

We see a lot of “first timers”.  So don’t worry!  They aren’t difficult.

We have a range of “how to” videos available so you can watch them and see if you think you can cope.  You can. It really isn’t that hard.

So don’t panic!  Just check out our video pages to find how all of our different formats run.

 

 I don’t want to run my own!

Then don’t worry – you don’t have to!  At Red Herring Games we offer event management for murder mystery evenings within the UK. If you live outside the UK and would also prefer to hire a company to run your event then please email us. We have contacts internationally and may still be able to run the event of your choice.

Costs for event managing your murder mystery evening depend on the style of mystery you choose and the level of involvement you desire from us.

We provide a free quotation so if in doubt, please  email us so we can discuss your requirements and provide you with a competitive quote for your evening.

 

I need a game for a tween… what game should I buy?

11 and 12 years of age is an awkward time in a child’s life. Children of this age will either enjoy the children’s party games or the 6-12 player dinner party games dependent on their maturity.

Please remember, the dinner party games are rated TEEN not for their suitability for age reading levels but for content.Most games in the TEEN category will contain no more strong language/themes than you would find in an average 12 rated film, however the language or plot lines may be complicated for young minds to understand. In most cases the scripted dialogues between rounds acts as a good guide for the rated content within the games. If you see a game you like the sound of, then download the free sample booklet to act as a gauge of content. If you are still unsure of the suitability of a game, then please call us or email us to clarify the content of a particular game.Often what causes the most difficulty for pre-teens (and some younger teens) is the requirement to translate 2nd person to 1st person in your head rapidly to enable game play. To ease this we can email you booklets in MSword so you can convert your youngest player’s booklets into 1st person yourself. Or we can amend the game for you at a small cost.

 

I’ve got more than 20 guests – which game should I pick?

Large group mystery games come in a variety of formats and you need to pick a format that will work best for you and your event.

We sell a variety of games which may suit, from single stage performances to multi-room performances that will get your guests visiting many different rooms.

Some games work best conducted at a table – the perfect choice for mystery meals. Other games are run with guests visiting different rooms and listening to cast talking.

 

How do you select the right large group game for you?

We have a helpful guide in our events section.  You can find that HERE.

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Flexible and fun!

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!"
  • The evening entertainment was great and the confusion made it great fun!"
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.  

Alan Young (Personal Touch Mortgages)

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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