Death at the Double D Ranch

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It’s the old Wild West and local ranch owner, Dray Duncan, is holding his annual Barn Party Barbeque.

Just as the guests are arriving, poor Dray is found dead in the bunkhouse. Things look mighty confusin’; sumthin’ don’t add up. Did he die from natural causes or could this be a case of homicide at the hoedown?

Help Sheriff Remington and the rest of his posse figure out what really happened!

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Characters in the 6 player game:

Phoebe Duncan – Daughter of Dray Duncan
Educated out East in one of the finest finishing schools, Phoebe tries to out dress, out class and one up everyone in town with her highfalutin ways.

Dusty Trales – Cowboy
New to the Double D, Dusty always wears his cowboy hat and bandanna. He is rarely without his lariat which he uses to rope the cattle before branding them at the ranch.

Chief Redfeather – Native American of the Apache Tribe.
Once a mighty warrior, Redfeather wears his war paint as a reminder of his former status. He’s usually seen in typical Apache attire and carries his peace pipe.

Poccamahinee – Daughter of Chief Redfeather
An Apache beauty, she wears her hair in side braids, adorned with a headband and feather. She is also known to wear short fringed skirts and moccasins.

Sum Ting – Oriental Cook
A highly trained chef in his native country, Sum has the unique style of wearing his hair in one long braid down his back together with a tight fitting black cap. He is never seen without his apron.

Lucy Lipps – Saloon Owner
Known around town as “Miss Lucy”, her trademark dress style is very flamboyant – all feathers, fishnets and the fashionable finery of the day. With her buxom physique, she stands out from the crowd in more ways than one!

Additional characters in the 8 player game:

Ace Holdem – Gambler
Always sporting his black handlebar moustache, black clothing and a black Stetson, he’s never seen without a deck of cards.

Jenny Jenkins – School Marm
A single woman and strict with her pupils, Jenny is in the habit of carrying her leather strap wherever she goes. She dresses very conservatively due to her position, but does like to show off her well-turned ankles now and then.

Additional characters in the 10 player game:

Poncho Sanchez – Hired Hand
With an upbringing south of the border in Mexico, Poncho prefers to wear his sombrero, serape and sandals while attending to his duties around the ranch.

Purdy Filly – Dance Hall Girl
With her red hair worn up, a beauty spot by her lips and a typical saloon girl dress, she’s a dancer right down to her tap shoes!

Additional characters in the 12 player game:

Jack Dannels – Drifter
With a tousled appearance caused from years of hard drinkin’ and hard livin’, Jack does the best he can to look presentable in his cowboy hat, holey breeches and flannel shirt.

Annie Hoaxly – Travelling Medicine Woman
Always on the road, she dresses for comfort in dungarees, plaid shirts and cowboy boots while selling her assorted bottles of elixirs.

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.

2 reviews for Death at the Double D Ranch

  1. This was our third annual mystery for my Square Dance Club and was the best yet. Combining square dancing with a murder mystery theme is great. Over 70 people enjoyed trying to solve the crime. We had a stage, props, costumes, and of course, BBQ. THANKS to Red Herring for a great time. Gene Aldridge

  2. Excellent fun, well put together and we all had a brilliant time!!

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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 - Thwarted romantic non-sexual liaisons mentioned.
A murder - violence suggested.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humor.
Suggestive Themes - Mild references or materials and innuendo.
Drug references - Whisky, drunk exessively and smoking the peace pipe is also mentioned.


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