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It is 1970. The Bootles are the most successful band ever; they have shattered all records with their sell-out world tours, and sales of both albums and singles.

There have been rumblings of unhappiness within the band for some time, but it still rocked the world when they announced that they were to split and go their separate ways.

That means the end for the Bootles’ Pear Corps venture which has been a financial disaster. Now a bad situation is made worse by the suspicious death of Paulo Fone, a senior figure in the Pear Corps with a sound financial mind but an unerring knack of making himself unpopular.

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Characters in the 6 player game:

Paul McCartthrob – The pretty boy.
Bass player with the band, Paul’s cheeky smile and quick wit makes him a big favourite with the fans.

Linda McCartthrob – Paul’s long haired lady.
Linda dresses to reflect her country life and animal welfare activities. Let the fans think what they want.

John Lemon – The cutting edge musician.
Round glasses, long hair, cutting wit.

Yoko Oyes – The Japanese artist.
Yoko dresses to lead the fashion of the early 1970s, and doesn’t care what it costs.

Bill Bungalow – The big game farmer.
Larger than life in his safari jacket and baggy shorts, Bill is nobody’s fool. But he might be a bit short on morals.

Apple Scruffs – The Groupie.
Bootlemania personified, Apple’;s cheap and cheerful tie-dye clothes reflect the fact that stalking pop stars doesn’t pay well.

Additional characters in the the 8 player game

Martin George – The producer.
Iconic producer of the most successful band in the world, Martin’;s sharp suits match his sharp business brain.

Layla Harrisong – The ex wife.
Layla decided that George wasn’t for her, although his money comes in useful for buying designer mini skirts.

Additional characters in the the 10 player game

George Harrisong – Rhythm guitarist.
The quiet talent in the band, George’s music talks for him – but he does like the psychedelic clothes!

Rita Metermaid – The traffic warden.
Embittered Rita is driven by an obsessive pursuit of compensation for the use of her name.

Additional characters in the the 12 player game

Pete Vest – The discarded drummer.
Pete’s down-at-heel dress contrasts with the wealth of the Bootles. And it should have been him!

Jane Ashley – The ex-girlfriend.
She’s a model and she’s looking good.

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 Help!

  1. What a fantastic game this is! I am a big Beatles fan, but played this game with several people who have only a passing interest, if that. The references and lyrics extracts had me chuckling all night – but the non “Beatle maniacs” had no idea what I was laughing at. This works on many different levels – I’d recommend it to anyone.

  2. I really enjoyed playing this game. I only know a few Beatles songs, but it didn’t really matter; the whole evening was a good laugh. I’m told there were lots of Beatles references for people who do know such things! The whole plot was really good fun and I’m looking forward to the next one. Thanks to Red Herring Games!

  3. What a wonderful evening. I haven’t laughed so much in a long time. Very cleverly written.

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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 - References to several marital break ups. Hint at a possible "romantic encounter" with the deceased - nothing explicit.
A murder - violence suggested.


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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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