A Mysterious Mayan Murder

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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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Characters in the 6 player game

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 for 8 players game

Jimmy Capstones – Student archeologist.
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 for 10 player 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 for 12 player 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.

Additional characters for 14 player game

Patrick Hubble – Celebrity astronomer.
With an amazing intellect and a capacity to make complex ideas accessible to the common man, Patrick has risen to celebrity status fast, with the result that he has been able to update his wardrobe extensively to include the latest fashions.

Rita Glossimagg – International reporter.
Elegant and refined, Rita knows how to get ahead in life and dresses stylishly to accentuate her natural good looks.

Additional characters for 16 player game

Darwin Charles – Australian naturalist.
Reserved but charming, Darwin has a particular passion for all things feathered and comes equipped with binoculars and notebook to record any interesting finds.

Jean Le’Carré – Cultural attaché.

With a splendid figure and assertive clothing, Jean is strikingly beautiful with hidden depths.

Additional characters for 18 player game

Floyd Grossman – Celebrity gourmet.
An expert on anything and everything culinary, Floyd dresses appropriately for dinner and is never without his trademark thick rimmed glasses and tie.

Leah Tard – Celebrity choreographer.
THE name in dance, Leah is supple and attractive and her elegant poise is complemented by her classic style of dress.

Additional characters for 20 player game

Phil Ming – Movie director.
Newly arrived by private yacht, Phil still carries with him an air of the sea, as well as his bellowing directorial voice!

Iona Hilton – Successful hotelier.
Gregarious and sociable, Iona oozes luxury and enjoys entertaining guests at her five star venues.

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.


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This game is rated Teen
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.
Drug smuggling mentioned


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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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