Death of a Dallas Dynasty

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It’s 1980 and things are perty perfect at the Southwether Ranch.

Sheep and oil baron Brock Ewein is hosting an elaborate dinner party for his weekend guests, the Darrington’s.

Just as the cocktails are served, a gunshot is heard from the billiard room upstairs. To everyone’s shock, Brock’s son, Jay R. Ewein is found dead!

Someone in the house must have done it. So, who shot Jay R. and why?

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Characters in the 6 player game:

Brock Ewein – Patriarch of the Ewein family
A millionaire ten times over, Brock has amassed his fortune as a sheep rancher and oil baron with Southwether Oil. He always dresses casually, preferring blue jeans and a flannel shirt to tuxedos and tie.

Elenora Ewein (a.k.a. Ms. Nellie) – Matriarch of the Ewein family
Known as Ms. Nellie and wife of Brock, you are down to earth and looking forward to a casual dinner party. You love wearing denim pants with your diamond earrings. Elegant but informal!

Lou Ellen Ewein – Wife of Jay R. Ewein
Usually seen around the Ewein mansion wearing her designer jeans and high-heeled shoes, tonight is no exception. Of course, she wears shoulder pads in her sweaters, a long scarf and a diamond tiara in her teased up bangs.

Mike Mulhaney – Chauffeur at Southwether
Almost always on call for driving, Mike is never without with his cap, long scarf and black jacket. He takes his job very seriously.

Drake Darrington -Millionaire/owner of Dallas Oil.
With feathered silver hair, Drake still sports a dashing figure for a man his age while wearing his well cut jeans and diamond studded belt buckle.

Chrystal Darrington -Second wife of Drake Darrington
A blonde beauty, Chrystal is always at ease in her skintight jeans and overdone eye makeup while flaunting her huge diamond wedding ring. She is never seen without her signature long scarf twisted about her neck.

Additional characters in the the 8 player game

Robby Ewein – Brother to Jay R.
Second son of Brock and Ms. Nellie, he’s always striving to be the perfectionist.Robby wears a suit and tie, even during casual dinner parties. He walks with a slight limp, but that hasn’t slowed him down in his climb up the Ewein corporate ladder.

Phallice Darrington -Daughter of Drake Darrington
Rich and spoiled with big hair, she has a big wallet, too. Phallice is used to the best and is always wearing her diamond earrings and her finest designer jeans for informal festivities.

Additional characters in the the 10 player game

Juicey Ewein -Ward of Brock and Ms. Nellie Ewein
Seemingly innocent, Juicey dresses in the typical college attire of the day. Her long feathered hair is her crowning glory along with a belt to accentuate her small waist.

Cray Fisher -Caterer
Known for his sumptuous seafood, Cray is a master of his craft. He’s always seen in his chef’s apron and carrying a tray of this or that during his dinner party bookings.

Additional characters in the the 12 player game

Bobbie Gnobb – Secretary to Jay R.
With her honours degree from business college, Bobbie has made her herself indispensable to Jay R.. Always ready by his desk, she is never seen without her classy dress and well coiffured hair, ready for dictation.

Fronte Paige – Reporter
Sent on assignment by “Dallas Entertainment” magazine to cover the dinner party. Dressed in his suit, he’s always carrying a notepad and pen, trying to look official in a disheveled sort of way.

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.

3 reviews for Death of a Dallas Dynasty

  1. Great game! Character outfits could be as extravagant or low key as you wanted. Plot and scripts were well developed and humorous. Better than a box set game we have played previously. I chose the emailed version and printed the character scripts. I had a few difficulties downloading the files, however red herring resolved them promptly with a quick phone call. Great company, would definitely recommend and use them again.

  2. I have held a few Murder Mysteries and a few of my guests were regular Murder Mystery party players last night but I can safely say it was the best so far, easy enough to follow, helpful hints, hilarious, witty interaction and great to have a script available for someone to play the inspector and get him more involved with the proceedings. Fabulously over the top and would recommend it! Thankyou ps here is a poem I wrote about it Death of A Dallas Dynasty Bobb-y Gnobb was ready for more than dictation Ther-e was more than a little flirtation… – Boys and their toys enjoyed handling the fake guns Poser Phallice Darrington pouted and protested oh watch out lock up your sons! Juicey Eweing was as bitter as a lemon cool as a cucumber I think she had a night to remember! Bo-ss man Brock held court but his willful wife Ms Nellie’s mind was elsewhere Mean-while Mike the Chauffeur didn’t care He was just the driver… Croo-ked Chef Crayfisher was none too fussed either Front-e Paige provided his own headline I think his liver leapfrogged over the ‘Do Not Cross’ sign Lush Lou Ellen …how old were you again?! Strang-ulation, accusations, just a little titilation… – Shots fired, fingers pointed The finale didn’t leave us disappointed – A bloodbath in the Billiard Room Drake was too busy savouring his cigar to halt his wife’s impending doom Egos left bruised and battered As Chrystal Darrington’s bubbly beautiful exterior was shattered. R-usty Nail, Harvey Wallbanger some classic Dallasesque drinks Most of us enjoyed Dad’s lethal punch but somebody might want to erase the tape methinks… -Good food from tasty burgers to gingercake all wolfed down It surely was the best social gathering in town! Teddy joined Ms Nellie and made a new friend Some stubbornly stuck it out right to the very end Late night cigar rendevous in the garden maybe Drake Darrington, Robbie Eweing, the Chauffeur and the D.I were cutting a dastardly deal What an epic murder mystery meal!

  3. We used this for a fundraiser at our church. The event was very successful. All the guests had an enjoyable evening (as did the cast). We made one small change. Instead of the cast asking each other the questions, we printed up cards and handed them out as the guests arrived. This provided the opportunity for many of the guests to be involved. Th-is is the third time we have used your games. They have all been fun.

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This game is rated Mature
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.
Sexual Themes - Womanising and non-sexual encounters and harrassement mentioned.
Gambling mentioned
A murder - violence suggested.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour.
Suggestive Themes - Mild references or materials and innuendo.
Drug references - Whisky, drunk excessively is mentioned.


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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:
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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.  

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