Game of Frowns

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The Kingdoms are thriving under the rule of King Clobbert Barabottom.

To mark tomorrow’s occasion of the coming of age and wedding of Prince Boffrey Barabottom, King Clobbert’s eldest child and heir to the throne, a tourney was held. Knights from all the leading families of the realm travelled great distances to compete, but it came as no surprise that the Prince himself won the day.

However, all is not well at the castle. Tonight, the night before the wedding, the peace in the realm has been shattered. The Prince has just been found murdered in his bedchambers!

With a castle full of tourney competitors alongside those loyal to the kingdom, who could possibly be responsible?

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Characters in the 6 player game:

Rennies Barabottom – The King’s brother
Stern and dressed quite simply for a nobleman. Rennies is shaved, clean-cut and subtly brandishes yellow, his house colour.

Majorin Quarrell – Highborn, heiress of a Great House.
A true seductress in green, Majorin knows how to reveal enough of herself to attract attention while maintaining her reputation is a ladylike noblewoman.

Erma Dulljoy
– Naval Commander
A noblewoman, strong-willed and feminist, Erma puts little effort into her appearance. She is quite boyish and prefers comfortable clothes so long as they use a touch of blue, her house colour.

Denthereis Margarine
– Daughter of the previous King
A medieval noblewoman, she is bipolar – both shy and aggressive. She dresses simply, not flamboyantly, but is very careful with her appearance and always wears something including red and black, her house colours.

Snobb Snark – Knight, firstborn of a Great House.
More honourable than honour itself, Snobb Snark will always fight injustice to the end. He is clean and dresses well, using white, his house colour.

Sir Veillance – Knight of the King’s Guard.
A medieval warrior, he is humble and servile. Sir Veillance always wears the trusted silver armour and white cloak that make up the uniform for members of the King’s Guard.

Additional characters in the 8 person game:

Lotta Spells – Priestess of the Lord of Fire and Light
A confident and prophetic woman, Lotta Spells is known as a lady in red because of her long red gown and red accessories.

Lord Whispers – Castle spymaster.
A sly and intelligent man Lord Whispers prefers long robes with hidden pockets. He has a weakness for jewellery and dirty little secrets.

Additional characters in the 10 person game:

Sir Prized – Member of the Black Watch.
A very shy and easily scared man, Sir Prized is draped completely in black to show his membership of the Black Watch.

Eyegrit – Barbarian woman
A rough-speaking barbarian Eyegrit never shies from saying what’s on her mind. She wears a mess of torn clothes.

Additional characters in the 12 person game:

Master Piessell – The old ‘Master’ of the castle
A true scholar in all medieval sciences with just a touch, a heavy touch that is, of madness and memory loss, Piessell garbs himself in robes and is bound to wear a long chain around his neck all the time.

Brine of Perth – Female knight
A warrior at heart and a socially awkward person, Brine of Perth is never without her armour and weapons and despises dresses and other womanly fashions as they never fit her very well.

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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Earn up to 41 Loyalty Points.

This game is rated Mature
This game contains:

content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.

Sexual Themes - Dating, arranged marriages.
Mature Humor - Depictions or dialogue involving "adult" humor, including sexual references
A murder - violence suggested.
Occult - mentions of occult practises.
Alcohol - mentions of being inebriated.


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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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