A Mysterious Mayan Murder – Large group script

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Doug Olés, eminent archaeologist and team leader of one of many archaeological expeditions to the New World, has discovered a previously unknown city nestling in the hills of the heavily forested region of the Yucatan peninsula.

Confident of his ability to prove that the site, which he has named as “Nova Corona”, is Site Q, Doug has called a preview dinner and invited celebrities and co-workers to an after dinner lecture in which he hopes to present not only his compelling evidence, but also a sensational new find. However, at the pre-dinner drinks, tragedy strikes. Doug Olés is reported dead. The question is, who killed him and why?

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The inspector/facilitator role is essential for the game to work. He/she facilitates the entire evening.

The other characters can be taken from the audience and briefed before game play starts, OR you can select a group to play your suspects in advance of the night and give them time to get fluent in their roles and answers.

The rest of the guests are fully included in the game as they’ll be asking questions throughout the night.

Essential Cast
Inspector Gonzales Speedy – The policeman sent to solve the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, Inspector Gonzales Speedy has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!

Dick Branston – Millionaire philanthropist
Flashy and energetic, Dick is a successful entrepreneur with a lot of passion for life, people and new ideas.

Lotta Cacao – Luxury chocolatier
Lavishly dressed with a distinct and opulent style, Lotta has rich hidden depths but loves shiny outer wrappings.

Charles Champagne – Flamboyant French ambassador
A passionate Frenchman with a distinctive tricolour tie, Charles is a smooth talker and enjoys the company of women.

Erma Dazzle – Movie star
Sophisticated and elegant, Erma has a sparkling presence and some very chic clothing.

Frank Apprezel – Artist, illustrator and caricaturist
Never without his artists sketch book and prone to scribbling frantically, Frank is suitably dressed for the celebrity occasion, even if he does have pencils and paintbrushes sticking out of his pockets.

Anne De’Chissel – Sculptress
With an eye for detail and a strong sense of proportion, Anne dresses artistically and loves texture in her clothing.

Additional characters in the 9 cast game:

Jimmy Capstones – Student archaeologist
Young and exuberant, Jimmy has abandoned his tatty archaeologist’s clothing and instead is wearing his father’s tuxedo in honour of this auspicious occasion.

Gigi Venchi – Supermodel turned fashion designer
Wearing exclusive haute couture, Gigi is stylish and looks like she’s just stepped off the catwalk in Milan.

Additional characters in the 11 cast game:

Ben Borinholls – Oil baron
Successful throughout Latin America, Ben is a man of presence who knows how to win friends and influence people.

Oprah Diva – Opera Singer
Emotional and full of passion, Oprah has a powerful voice and a colourful dress, loosely fitted to enable deep breathing.

Additional characters in the 13 cast game:

Monty Carlos – Classic car collector
Suave and dashing in his silk cravat and driving jacket, Monty has a passion for travel, classic design and architecture.

Julia Niezz – Horse whisperer
A country girl with a natural look and simple but flattering clothing, Julia clearly comes from thoroughbred stock herself.

These games require 7-13 cast and involve the rest of the audience by getting them to ask pre-set questions – which are provided to them on paper by the inspector at the start of each round.

They run in a similar way to a dinner party, so are an ideal first choice for novice hosts and acing teams with little or no experience running large scale events.

These games work best as a sit down event with 6-12 tables of guests, with a suspect on each table.

As a rough guide these mysteries take approximately 2-3 hours to complete with a three course meal.

During the game the audience will listen to five short sets of dialogue from the cast and pose pre-scripted questions (which the cast answer with pre-scripted answers). There are three rounds which can be evenly spread throughout the night or, if preferred, the question and answer rounds can be bunched together into one large round.

At the end of the final round the guests are given time to decide who is the murderer, and once the guests have decided who did it, how and why (i.e. the murderer and motive) they will complete the answer sheet and hand it in.

How these games usually run.

Introductory Round: Introductions by the cast and the facilitator “inspector character”.
Rounds 1, 2 and 3: Scripted dialogue from the cast, followed by pre-set questions and answers.
Concluding Statements and solution: conclusions by the cast and denouement from the inspector.

There is one “inspector character” who acts as facilitator during the event and is essential to the cast.

Reducing the cast size will reduce the length of time required to solve the mystery.

1 review for A Mysterious Mayan Murder – Large group script

  1. I ordered the mysterious Mayan murder pack from you recently for a fundraiser. I would just like to say that we ran it on Saturday night and it was a resounding success! I had been volunteering for 4 weeks last summer in Guatemala and had wanted to raise some funds to send to a small NGO called Naru. I visited Tikkal in the north near the border with Mexico. I was delighted to find a game which related to my tourist experience in Guatemala ie the Mayan remains. I gave a short introduction with photos and then the guests (60 in all) enjoyed a Guatemalan dinner peppered with the acts of the murder mystery. Each of the 9 tables guessed (or failed to guess!!) who the murderer was. I have had phone calls and texts all today as to how much people enjoyed the evening! And that is down to an interesting and stimulating text. So a big thank you to all at red herring. I do think that getting a story that the particular audience can identify with is crucial to the success of the event. This was my first time organising a murder mystery. And I am sure I will be tempted to contacting you again! Many thanks for sending the parcel so promptly I hope you get lots of requests coming up to Christmas Best wishes Diane Orr, Dublin

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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.

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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.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humor.
Suggestive Themes - Mild provocative references or materials. Acting as if attracted to particular characters is suggested in the character backgrounds. There is also a divorce case which hasn't come through yet, and the deceased was dating.
Reference to drug smuggling


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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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