A Bad Vintage

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The Grand Cru estate, situated on the fertile slopes of the Loire Valley in France, is a small family run vineyard with considerable rustic charm and appeal.

The owners of the estate, Max and Demi Liter, regularly host wine tasting evenings which allow their guests to sample the latest bottlings and place orders ahead of the big conglomerates.

Unfortunately for the guests this evening, the vintage had more body than they were expecting. Max Liter has been discovered dead in a vat of wine.

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Characters in the 6 player game

Demi Liter – Wife of Max Liter.
In silk, satin or velvet, Demi is fond of luxury and is dressed, made-up and manicured to perfection in order to entertain her guests in style.

Bryon Case – Wine merchant.
Respectable and presentable, Byron likes to dress smartly but is never in a suit, preferring a casual jacket and trousers to give an air of relaxed sophistication.

Ava Draft – Swiss bank manager.
Punctual and with a very strict dress sense, Ava wears a smartly pressed suit and minimal make-up. Her blond plaits wouldn’t dare have a hair out of place!

Nick Blagger – Retired rock star.
In faded jeans and ripped shirt, Nick regularly forgets to shave and just sort of hangs out, man”

Phillipa Delphia – Local cheesemaker.
Delicate and dizzy, Phillipa has a hiccupping laugh and likes her frills.

Tarquin Tokay– Retired Foreign Office minister.
Pompous and aloof, Tarquin is always formally dressed in his dinner suit.

Additional characters in 8 player game

Lady Bla Bla – Celebrity.
Whackily dressed Lady Bla Bla loves anything that shows off her fabulous figure.

Monty Carlo – Racing car driver.
In leather patched tweed jacket, racing goggles and silk scarf, Monty loves his vintage cars and knows all sorts of interesting facts about motoring.

Additional characters in 10 player game

Dr Karafe – Wine blender.
White coated and with a strangely Slavic accent, Dr. Karafe is a suave mixer.

Jilly Goodblend – Oenophile.
A wine critic with an eccentric style, Jilly is tremendously popular with the public, even if her caustic commentary has a tendency to offend the vineyard owners!

Additional charcters in the 12 player game

Vinnie Dresser – Vineyard manager.
In dungarees and checked shirt, Vinnie has come straight from the vineyards.

Honor Platter – Local delicatessen owner.
Never without samples, Honor is artistically dressed to compliment her haute cuisine.

Additional Characters in the 14 player game:

Ivor Sixpack – Rugby player.
Athletic and muscular, Ivor loves a party and is an imposing man in any gathering.

Daisy Chain – Student and part-time cleaner.
Young, French and immaculately manicured, Daisy rarely holds down a job for long and is waiting to be swept off her feet by Mr. Right.

Additional Characters in the 16 player game:

Matt Finish – Painter / decorator.
In work overalls or paint-spotted jeans, Matt has a strong physique and an animal magnetism which makes him popular with female customers.

Gillian Tease – Burlesque dancer.
Curvaceous and attractive, Gillian loves her layers and is always prepared to strip off an item or two if things get too hot.

Additional Characters in the 18 player game:

Bill Deway – Self-made billionaire.
Fond of yachting, Bill has a relaxed “made-it” attitude to life and a serious sun tan.

Brigitte Bordeaux – Actress.
Ever glamorous with her off the shoulder dresses, Brigitte is an object of desire with her perfect figure and stylish dress.

Additional Characters in the 20 player game:

Mike Rosoft – Computer engineer.
A relaxed and trendy gadget lover with a slightly nerdy attitude, Mike loves to speak jargon to anyone willing to listen.

Poppy Field – Horticulturalist
With a country-girl style, Poppy is incredibly attractive, but lethal with her secateurs should any man let her down.

Never run a downloadable murder mystery before? Then don’t panic!There is no special acting required. Guests do not need to memorise any information, and everything they need to play their parts is provided to them in a handy printable booklet. The games are constructed so that everyone has to interact, and scripted dialogues are included to help break the ice and get everyone into character. Even total novices get into the swing of things quite quickly!

The game includes both sound files and a script for the inspector character who provides the setting, clues, and summaries for each round, as well as the final solution. This means as host you too can play and remain completely in the dark as to the culprit, or play the inspector yourself and invite an extra guest to the party!

Each downloadable dinner party game requires use of a printer, around 120 sheets of A4 paper (each character booklet is around 9 pages long), envelopes so you can send out your invitations, and either a laptop or MP3 player (e.g. an ipod) to play the inspector MP3s; OR a CD burner so you can burn the MP3s onto a CD to run in an ordinary CD player.

When you purchase this kit you will download the following files:

  • How to use this game
  • Instructions for running the murder mystery
  • Making the most of your theme- ideas for decoration / activities.
  • Invitations
  • Character Booklets (available in single sided printer and double sided printer format)
  • Scripted for the inspector character (available in single sided printer and double sided printer format)
  • Solution script for the inspector character (needed when printing from the single sided copy)
  • MP3 files for the inspector character (dialogue and solution)
  • Hints and tips
  • Recipe suggestions
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase

When you purchase this kit as a printed kit you will receive through the post:

  • Instruction booklet (includes hints and tips)
  • Invitations and envelopes for all the guests
  • Character booklets
  • CD of the inspector
  • Inspector booklet in a sealed envelope so you don’t find out the solution by accident!
  • Making the most of your theme and recipe suggestions booklets.
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase (printed inside the booklets)

We can customise this game.  However, sadly we do have to charge for this service as even minor customisations take between 1-2 hours to process in the office and we need to buy toilet roll and biscuits as much as the next person…

It’s hard to give “ball park” figures for what different customisations would cost however we’ve attempted to HERE.

Remember… if you just need 1 extra person, or 1 less person, why not add in the inspector as your extra guest.  The inspector can usually be male or female as the “for real” inspector can simply invent a new name for themselves.

Some hosts prefer to play the inspector role as it means they can work on the catering while the round plays out amongst their guests.

4 reviews for A Bad Vintage

  1. Full marks to Red Herring. The game itself was a lot of fun, and the personal attention that the company gave me to help resolve difficulties I had in organising my party was exemplary. This ensured that my evening was a big success. Good to find a British company that understands the value of customer service. Would highly recommend.

  2. We held this party in the garden a perfect setting for the vineyard , as there was 14 people to organise, the tables took a bit of arranging but that was the only problem we encountered.the plot was good. the jokes and puns entertaining and the ad-libbing was hilarious. . a very good party with lots of funny accents and easy costumes to suit everyone, no one guessed the murderer, maybe a little too much of the wine tasting!

  3. We had a great time with A Bad Vintage during a family holiday to celebrate my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary. I played the police inspector with a terrible French accent (and we happened to be staying near Bergerac) and we had 14 other participants, including my parents playing Demi Liter and Byron Case. The character booklets were great and the format worked very well, once we got the hand of the Q&A sessions. The dialogue was very funny and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their evening. The only slight problem was that the extra characters, particularly Ivor Sixpack & Daisy Chain were pretty obviously not the murderers and the pathology report was a bit weak, but I don’t think this seriously detracted from the whole event.

  4. Everyone had a fantastic time with a Bad Vintage. Classic murder mystery, good characters, engaging story. It was smooth, self explanatory and had a solid understandably mystery thread running through. Main thing is everyone just needs to jump in and play. The more you put in the more you get out.

    We set out for a 12, then changed to 14, then 16 participants. On the day people called in sick, but it still worked and we’re getting another Red Herring soon.

    In our case no one guessed the murderer, could have been the wine tasting going on, or the al a carte dinner or possibly the outrageous accents and play acting. It was solvable. Having someone playing the detective helped, it would have helped more if he’d reminded people to check they had asked all their questions and given their clues.

    I’m still getting emails 4 days later. Fun!

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This game is rated Mature
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.

A murder - violence suggested.
Alcohol Reference - Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages.
Mature themes - marital affairs, unwanted pregnancy, growing cannibis Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour.
Suggestive Themes - Mild provocative references or materials and sexual innuendo. Acting as if attracted to particular characters is suggested in the character backgrounds.


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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!"
  • 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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