Death Actually

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Christmas. Love it or hate it, it comes around annually, and there’s nothing that says “Christmas” more than the annual office Christmas Party.

This evening’s event is hosted at the local art gallery, and includes both friends and family of the graphic design studio. With drinks flowing and guests surrounded by walls covered in semi-nudes and statues adorned with Santa hats, it’s no wonder that strange things are afoot.  When a body is found under one of the statues – the question becomes … who is the murderer?

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Characters in the 6 player game:

Willy Makit – Aging rockstar
Attempting to revive his career and full of bluster, Willy is still very 70s in fashion sense and sex appeal.

Ben Downingtreet – Prime Minister
A young bachelor, Ben is continually conscious of his presentation and is never seen without a suit and tie in public.

Ed Settera – Writer
Fond of Arran sweaters and continually scribbling, Ed has his head too far into his work to notice much else that goes on.

Dilly Duster – Maid
A Londoner through and through, Dilly is conscious of her “foul mouth” but sparkles despite her uniform.

Mia Culpa – Portuguese housemaid
Unassuming and plain when working, Mia has really come to life at the party with a fabulous designer dress. When she smiles she is a rare beauty.

Crystal Bahl – Newly-wed
Dazzlingly beautiful and with delicate features, Crystal turned heads at her wedding and continues to shine.

Additional characters in the 8 player game:

Art Decco – Art gallery event organiser
Looking very gay for a straight man, Art is well turned out and easy on the eye.

Dot Matrix – Lovestruck graphic designer
Always sniffling and never more than a hands-reach from her mobile phone, Dot is attractive, if a little frumpy.


Additional characters in the 1o player game:

Ivor Graffix – MD of graphic design company
Insensitive and fond of tweed jackets, Ivor owns the firm and always dresses down.

Lotta Graffix – Stay-at-home wife of Ivor
Windswept and always lurching from one family crisis to another, Lotta is pretty, but motherly.

Additional characters in the 12 player game:

Erma Huzzey – PA of Ivor Graffix
Oozing sex appeal, Erma excels in high boots, short skirts and low cut tops.

Hugh Canduitt – Rock star’s agent
A real deep personality lurks somewhere behind the jeans, t-shirt and beer guzzling front. Hugh is a teddy bear at heart.

Additional characters in the 14 player game:

Dakota Steer – American girl
With cowboy boots, hat, and a short skirt, Dakota is loving the whole British angle on her latest boyfriend.

Jason Raynbows
– Waiter
Enthusiastic, if a little poorly presented, Jason makes up for his unassuming presence with huge self-confidence.

Additional characters in the 16 player game:

Betty Guzziniere – Body double
Blond and petite, Betty dresses demurely when she’s not totally naked!

Rudyard Well – Body double
Polite and conversational, Rudyard dresses for comfort, when he wears any clothes at all that is!

Additional characters in the 18 player game:

Barry De’Wiff – Recent widower
Maintaining an even keel despite recent tragic circumstances, Barry’s hair is always smart and he has a lovely Irish accent.

Candy Apple – Claudia Schiffer lookalike
A stunning blonde, this supermodel beauty will take your breath away whatever she is wearing.

Additional characters in the 20 player game:

Phil Anderer – US President
Diplomatic and smartly suited, Phil has an eye for the ladies and can be an incredibly charming smooth talker.

Juan Mooretuch – Shop assistant
Always happy to help, Juan is smartly dressed for the department store and always carries extra trimmings for any gifts.

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 Mature
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.
Including:
A murder - violence suggested.
Alcohol Reference - Reference to 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 bigamy, divorce, love tangles and mentions of naked body doubles once you get to 16 players.
Drug dealing also 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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