Midnight Malice

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It is a dark and murky night in 1939. Count and Countess Nobbinovich are hosting their annual midnight supper at their grand estate on Nobbin Hill.

To everyone’s shock, their cook, Borstchta Tvarski, is found dead in the kitchen. All is not what it seems to be.

Can you help Inspector Claude Cluesnot solve this quandary and point the finger at one of the illustrious suspects before the food or the blood is cold?

By buying this product you can collect up to 41 loyalty points, which will be worth £2.05 to spend on your next purchase.

Characters in the 6 player game:

Ihav A. Nobbinovich – Russian Count and host of tonight’s Midnight Supper. Always dressed to the Hilt, he is a true 1930’s male fashion icon.

Iphelia Nobbinovich – Russian Countess and wife of Ihav. She wears the best of 1930’s fashion and always dons her tiara.

Dickie Charles – Self-made millionaire and amateur tennis player, he likes to dress in casual tennis wear of the day.

Dora Charles – Wife of Dickie, she is dripping in diamonds and sophistication. She holds her brow and nose very high.

Peter Rotteroff – An International Chess Champion who prefers tweed jackets to tuxedos. He knows how to move his pieces around, too.

Idmira M. Nees – Star showgirl with the New York Rockettes during the 1930’s. Since her legs are her claim to fame, she loves to show them off. Tap dancing is her speciality.

Additional characters in the 8 player game:

Terrance “Terry” Foreman – Golf Pro of his day, he is always seen in knickerbockers carrying his club and balls.

Scarlett Mitchell – Author of the best seller, “Passed like the Wind”, she prefers the more conservative dress of the day and always wears her glasses.

Additional characters in the 10 player game:

Clop-Along Cassidee – Cowboy Matinee Idol on the Saturday afternoon serials, Clop wears his trademark Cowboy hat wherever he goes and carries his lasso.

Pollyanna Purity – Co-star to Clop in all of the matinee serials, Polly is the epitome of a “good girl”, right down to her pigtails and freckles.

Additional characters in the 12 player game:

Albert Kindstein – Quite the mad looking scientist, he usually dashes from the lab to events in his lab coat, while carrying a beaker of one thing or another.

Amelia Dearhart – Female pilot and America’s Sweetheart, she is true red, white and blue under her leather jacket and long scarf.

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.

7 reviews for Midnight Malice

  1. Each year we celebrate my birthday with 12 friends playing a murder mystery. This year we did Midnight Malice and we all agreed it was the best so far and my husband who always is the co-ordinator says it was the easiest to organise and to follow. We will definitely be using Red Herring again next year and would recommend them to anyone looking for something a bit different with it all easy to print and put together. 5 out of 5!!

  2. Thanks to your quick service, we had an excellent evening’s murder mystery. Eve-ryone had dressed up, we had marked the body on the kitchen floor in masking tape, I borrowed some Russian dolls and a fur hat as decoration, had a succession of imperial russian themed images rotating on the television before we sat down to eat, and we had a Russian themed meal. None of us correctly identified the murderer, perhaps we had toasted each other in vodka before every course too much! We’re looking for another opportunity to run a mystery, and next time we’ll order direct from you online.

  3. Midnight Malice was a great game! We played it last night…my guests LOVED the character names, the dialogue and how it all fit together to point the finger at the real culprit…. I highly recommend this game for any occasion, not just for New Year’s. It was a wonderful time. Thanks so much, Red Herring!

  4. Wow. We played this game last weekend. Everyone had a blast with the characters! This is probably one of my favorite mmp’s and I consider myself a mmp buff!

  5. I just wanted to say a BIG Thanks to you for your wonderful Murder Mystery game Midnight Malice. We had so much fun & really got into it on the evening. The plot was great with lots of twists & turns & red herrings too!! We will definetly use your company again & recommend it on to others!

  6. We threw a murder mystery night based on Midnight Malice for 6 players on New Years Eve …it was the best New Years Eve we’ve ever had! The more you put in to the set up and the dressing up, the better it is but the sound files and literature we were provided with made it extremely easy to use, even as novices. The plot is good and the characters are so funny. Thank-s to Kathy Roberson and Red Herring Games for making our New Years Eve one to remember. Ju-lie

  7. Just a quick note to let you know that the games was a total success! I must admit, I thought that the apparent complexity – particularly with the re-writes we requested – would be a problem, but almost from the word go people threw themselves into it. It took about two and a half hours to run (as we stopped for copious drinks breaks!), and everyone dressed up. Everything went so well that we’re looking at another large venue for around June, and by popular demand I’ll be knocking on the door for another mystery!

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Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.
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Sexual Themes - Depictions of complex relationships and mention of having a child out of wedlock.
A murder - violence suggested.

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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:
  • "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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