Murder at Curst Mansion

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It is the roaring-twenties and the famous millionaire William Curst is hosting another decadent evening at his infamous mansion. However, the festivities are soon cut short when a local journalist, Oscar Tame, is found dead on the Curst property!

All the guests present are being considered as suspects and for good reason too – it appears that they all have something to hide! Everyone is desperately trying to implicate someone else in this gruesome event!

It is up to you to work out who is the guilty party. Who has forgotten to cover their tracks?

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:

William Curst – The Rich Man
In a smoking jacket with matching hat and slippers, William can’t fail to look impressive, especially with Carrie Onvamping on his arm.

Carrie Onvamping – The Elegant Socialite
Carrie is never seen with a hair out of place. She’s always sporting the latest fashion, tonight wearing a sparkly flapper dress, matching headband and a fur shrug around her shoulders. She has an eye for older men and so she dresses to impress!

Lessie Smore – The Jazz Singer
Lessie loves to make an impression and is used to having men falling at her feet. And no wonder when she dresses in short flapper dresses and fishnet tights!

Al Capop – The Gangster
With his black suit and fancy hat, Al Capop looks like a man not to be messed with.

Alice Sedd – The Bigshot Publicist
A smart woman with a smart mouth, Alice upholds her fierce reputation by dressing in a conservative skirt and shirt – with a notebook in her top pocket of course.

Lois Bong – The High-flying Journalist
Lois Bong dresses to kill! A brightly coloured flapper dress combined with high heels shows she means business, although you can see her teetering on her shoes if you look closely…


Additional characters in the 8 player game:

Rudolph Maraschino – Sexy Italian Actor
A tanned chest exposed by an open shirt tucked into black trousers is the look of this suave actor, although who he is trying to impress is often under question.

Fatty Beltbuckle – The Failed Actor
Looking rather worse for wear with shabby clothing, leaves in his hair and a rapidly emptying hip flask, Fatty bulges at the seams, quite literally!


Additional characters in the 10 player game:

Mary Pickmas – America’s Sweetheart
Mary has just recently fallen from grace and is struggling to get back on her feet. She tries to keep up-to-date with the latest fashion’s but her faded flapper dress and ripped tights suggest that she no longer has the luxury she was once used to.

Hardy Happenen – The Inventor
A clumsy and foolish inventor with a head for trouble, Hardy is never seen without a grimy lab coat and a slightly startled hairstyle.

Additional characters in the 12 player game:

Grace Vanderpant
– The Rich Aristocrat
Grace is from a family of money and it shows, not only in her long, elegant dresses and extravagant jewellery but also in her disapproving attitude.

Major Vanderpant – The Major
The Major wears his well-earned medals proudly on his chest and never misses an opportunity to discuss his many achievements.

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 Murder at Curst Mansion

  1. Just played this game. It was brilliant fun. Recommended.

  2. This was a thoroughly enjoyable game – however, I assembled the scripts wrong and so when we started we were all a little confused – once the scripts were put together properly we had great fun. We posted photo’s on a social networking site after the night was over and they have received a lot of compliments! Definitely worth giving a go if you want to host a fun yet elegant and sophisticated murder mystery!

  3. We played Murder at Curst Mansion in June, we had 28 players in all what a night it went so well we are doing Murder on the Ghost Train in October for 36 players.

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This game is rated Mature
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.
Including:
A murder - violence suggested.
Alcohol Reference - Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humor.
Mature Themes - Affairs and homosexuality mentioned. Also provocative references or materials and sexual innuendo. Acting as if attracted to particular characters is suggested in the character backgrounds.

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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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  • The evening entertainment was great and the confusion made it great fun!"
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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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