Death at the Distillery

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In the quiet Scottish Island of Islayabout nothing ever happens. Life goes on, much as it has for countless years, springtime, tourist season, harvest, Hogmanay, Burns Night. Island life is tranquil and the islanders peaceable. At least they all thought they were.

This afternoon the whisky baron of Glen Frick Whisky distillery, Toby Mory, was found in a vat full of his finest Malt! And he wasn’t treading water while he sampled the latest batch – oh no! He was dead – murdered no less!

Not only has the news of his death rocked the island, but it now appears one of the more colourful local residents could be the person responsible for Toby Mory’s untimely demise. The question is: Which one is it?

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Characters in the 6 player game

Blast McGrouse – Game Keeper.
In well worn deer stalker hat and scruffy tweed jacket, Blast McGrouse is lucky never to have been shot himself, he blends so well into the heather.

Misty Harr – Ferry Director.
As director of the ferry company that runs to and from the Far Outer Hebrides, Miss Misty Harr always wears a smart business suit.

Ben Nevis – A key member of the mountain rescue team.
In thermals and waterproof gear, Ben Nevis is never without his crampons, walking stick and faithful rope.

Iona Fiddle – Tour boat operator.
With binoculars, baseball cap and “Loch Mess Monster Tours” emblazoned across her clothing, Iona Fiddle would be easy to pick out in a crowd.

Mac Theknife – Jazz artist.
With or without his saxophone, Mac Theknife is the cool cat of Jazz, dressing totally in black.

Paula Nother – Barmaid.
With a short skirt, high heels, fishnet tights and a low cut top to show off all her assets, Paula works hard to please all her regular punters.

Additional characters for the 8 player game

Duncan McDonut – Policeman.
In or bursting out of his uniform, Duncan likes doing stake outs the best, especially if he’s managed to stop off at the bakers on the way.

Kate Nessglass – Local gift shop owner.
In ethnic clothing and smelling of incense, Kate is a little like the gifts she sells in her shop: interesting, but quite useless.

Additional characters for the 10 player game

Ian McSlurry – Sewerage worker.
As number one in the number two business Ian McSlurry is never far from his oilskins and trusty wrenches.

Eileen Donner – Owner of the local Kebab shop.
With apron and fish slice ever to hand, Eileen is always ready to make really fast food.

Additional characters for the 12 player game

Phil McCavity – Dentist.
In trousers and tunic Phil McCavity takes an interest in everyone’s smiles.

Ena Bannock – Coffee shop owner.
Underneath the apron, Ena always dresses to coordinate with her floral tablecloths.

Additional characters for the 14 player game

Logan Aire – Pilot
Although he looks very smart in his captain’s uniform, Logan is, unfortunately, as unreliable as his island-hopping planes!

May West – Lifeboat coxswain
Ever a welcome sight for ships in distress, May loves her bright Day-Glo colours and is always ready to rescue a situation.

Additional characters for the 16 player game

Donald Farsurtroosers – Ceilidh band leader
Sporting a kilt and full of enthusiasm, Donald is an exceptional crooner and a real ladies man.

Dr. Gaye Gordon – Local doctor.
With a compassionate bedside manner and stunning good looks, it’s hardly surprising Gaye’s asked to make a lot of house calls.

Additional characters for the 18 player game

Pete Bog – Pig farmer.
In wellies and boilersuit, Pete is very strong and always as happy as a pig in the proverbial.

Heather Cladills – Schoolteacher.
Enthusiastic and energetic, Heather loves her striped jumpers and alice bands and always has a turned out bob.

Additional characters for the 20 player game

Glen Morangie – Scientist.
Fond of equations and woollen jumpers, Glen is a stickler for accurate measures when ordering his drams.

Dee Canter – Tour guide on the Glen Frick estate.
Efficient, attractive and carefully groomed, Dee sports plenty of tartan to impress the tourists.

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.

8 reviews for Death at the Distillery

  1. We had a full house of 13, a number had not met before, some had played murder mysteries before, others had not. Ages ranged from 30 to 70 yrs old. By the end of the evening we had a marvellous atmosphere, any inhibitions quickly dispelled & all thoroughly engrossed in the murder. Everyone attempted to take their character to heart, some dressing accordingly & everyone attempting a Scottish accent. We finished with two murderers – the actual murderer we had all been searching for & a special murderer awarded to one of the guests of whom it was generally agreed had managed to murder the Scottish accent, her attempts drifting from Newcastle to New Delhi with most of her time settling in Cardiff Bay. The way the mystery was presented enabled the evening to flow far more smoothly than I have experienced before by the purchase of “boxed games” from high street retailers. Well done & thanks Red Herring.

  2. I just wanted to say a belated thank you for the help with our NYE for Death at the Distillery. In the end we had 21 people, my daughter and her friend shared a role – one was Dee and the other Canter, we had a real Inspector and overall it was such a great evening. Everyone really enjoyed it, dressed up superbly and really got into the spirit – accents and all! Thought you might like to see some of our props – you might suggest to other clients, supermarkets and wine merchants were very kind in suplying boxes and packing boxes – we used the individual boxes as invitations ( you might see that if you can enlarge the photo) my daughter did wonders with PhotoShop and produced a menu and also did the labels for the boxes. All of that was free! We had a Scottish themed menu and even the odd whisky! Thanks again – I have passed your name on to friends and really appreciated your help. Happy New Year!

  3. What larks. I have never heard such an assortment of Pantomime Scots before, and we’re all natives! Great icebreaker at the beginning of a birthday weekend in the middle of nowhere, thoroughly enjoyed by all, even the crusty sceptics. Thanks Jo, for the advice and ‘tweaking’, and I’ll certainly pass the word. Jane Hanley

  4. We needed a MM for our family get together (30 people) We used the download kit and that’s where the fun started from putting together the invitations to dreaming up goodie bags for all the guests. We needed a couple of extra parts for two grand children and made up assistants to two characters Paul Ice for UB McKnicked and Nessie Loch for Kate Nessglass. They shared the roles and it gave the children a lot of confidence in performing in front of the assembled company. The event itself was a roaring success and so much ad libbing from the cast made for an enjoyable evening. Great kit, well written and a blast!!

  5. This is the second Murder Mystery from Red Herring Games we have hosted and it won’t be the last. This time for 16 people. We all had such fun – the characters must have been written with us all in mind – we were so typecast it was untrue. Everyone entered in to the spirit (literally) of things and we have had such great feedback from our friends since. Excelle-nt game, well written especially in it’s detail. Humour flowed right the way through and the game lasted just the right length of time. Plenty of scope for all character to milk it for all it was worth. Thank you. We look forward to the next one.

  6. Fantastic! We did this for my hubby’s birthday and as it falls near Burn’s Night and as we are all whisky drinkers, it had to be Death at the Distillery! We had three guests who had never done a murder mystery before, they totally enjoyed it. Easy to follow (unlike some boxed ones we have done before) A great night was had by all! Thank you!

  7. Our party went well & all had a fun time.

    I’ve not checked to see if this hint is on your web site, but thought I’d send it on nonetheless: In the past, getting the audio part to the dinner table was a problem for me. This year, though, I came up with an easy solution. I saved the MP3 files to my Dropbox folder on my computer. When it was time for dinner, I opened Dropbox on my iPad, and could play the speeches that way. (I have a small portable speaker I can plug into the iPad, which helped up the volume.) The same strategy should work for people with smart phones.)

    I’m not sure re the UK, but Dropbox is very popular here, where one can get a free account. And this tactic should work with other similar services. Much easier than burning CDs and digging out a boom box to play them.

    Thanks again for your help. Happy New Year.

  8. Thanks Red Herring Games! The game was fantastic and made a great night for New Year’s Eve, loved all the dressing up that everyone had made the effort with too, and the very dodgy Scottish accents! Going to definitely buy another one soon
    Thanks jackie x

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This game is rated Teen
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older.
Sexual Themes - Mild references to dating.
Use of Alcohol - The consumption of alcoholic beverages is discussed.
A murder - violence suggested.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour
Crude Humour - Depictions or dialogue involving vulgar antics, including “bathroom” humour
References to spiritualism and other "new age" practises (nothing serious - more for comedy value).


RT @EIN_News: Murder on the High Seas! https://t.co/uKWsIcVQC0
@delicatejaesung hmmm... NCT erm... not sure what it's short for then... South Korean Boy Band?
@delicatejaesung Nct? National Childbirth Trust?
@yoursilentcynic Really as in... a real murder, or really as in a fake murder? (We only help with the latter)
@aardvarsk It is a fab way to make new friends!
@DanielleT9595 Great idea! It's a good way to make new friends. We did the same when we moved
@ashleiiggh Aw. That's not good.... But have you met @CosyKiller yet? They do a solo solving murder mystery subscr… https://t.co/mk3oO25gDt
@rxbvrt I hope they weren't trying to tell you something...
@WyckedAngel80 Start them young!! :-)
@melissa_the_cat Why don't you? We have some summer themed games. Bump off at the bbq, anyone for murder?, the great British bump off....

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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