Murder on the Disorientated Express

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The Disorientated Express, probably one of the most luxurious trains in the world, is always fully booked. Even now, in 1938, with war looming menacingly on the horizon, her luxury Pullman coaches are packed with traveling rich and famous making their way from Istanbul to Constantinople.

The train has excelled in reliability and punctuality over the years, but today all that is about to change. A famous rocket designer known as Werner Von Black, has been discovered in his sleeping compartment – dead.

The only question is: who killed him?

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Characters in the 6 player game:

Sigmund Froid – The Cold Austrian Psychoanalyst
With clipped beard, glasses, cigar and smart suit, Sigmund has a wonderfully calm bedside manner, even if he is obsessed about your dreams and sex life.

Heidi Evidence – Swiss Bank Clerk
A wonderfully beguiling lady with pigtails, freckles and innocent expression. She is often seen in either her smart banking suit, or her Swiss national dress.

Ivan Ego – Russian Inventor
Pessimistic and pragmatic to the last, Ivan is reliable and built to last, even if he does run on vodka.

Dee Sypher – Code Breaker
Secretive and quiet, Dee is a real cloak and dagger sort of a girl in dark glasses and trench coat.

Herr Cutt – German Barber
Never without his trusty pair of scissors, Herr Cutt is round but well turned out with a pencil moustache and slicked hair.

Kiki De’Leggs – French Cancan Dancer
Always dressed to show off her fabulous legs Kiki is always Ra-Ra-ready for anything.

Additional characters in the 8 player game:

Ed Lines – New York Times Reporter
In scruffy jacket and trousers Ed is always at the front of any action with his notebook and pen to the ready.

Lida Hosen – Lingerie Shop Owner
Despite being an underwear retailer Lida is always very conservatively dressed. She never wears her products, but always has a case of examples to hand.

Additional characters in the 10 player game:

Jean Paul Gauteebeard – French Fashion Designer
With weird taste in clothing and gauche apparel, Jean Paul Gauteebeard is at the height of fashion – at least he thinks he is.

Maria Vontrapped – Singer
Laden down with warm woollen mittens and brown paper packages tied up with string, Maria is a bit of a shopaholic and her favourite things take up a great deal of space.

Additional characters in the 12 player game:

Phil Ming
– Chinese Photographer
Snap happy and with an interest in anything European, Phil is smartly dressed and is quite often seen in a business suit and bowler hat.

Jemma Stone – Amsterdam Diamond Trader
Working with diamonds every day has turned Jemma into a bit of a magpie and she rarely travels anywhere without her jewels and her sparkly dresses.

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.

16 reviews for Murder on the Disorientated Express

  1. The Disorientated Express was one of the best Murder Mystery Games I’ve played. The characters are so diverse and the clever dialogue made it so much fun….haven’t laughed that hard in MONTHS! :_) Highly Recommended!!!!-!!!!!

  2. October, 24, 2012. Once again we had a good experience with our Murder Mystery. We had to make a few character substitutions (no big deal). Herr Cutt became Frauline Cutt and Guard E. (Ed) Lou become Edweena. We also thought it would add a bit of comedy to change Sigmund Froid to Sigmund Fraud. A few of the characters were even able to work in a foreign accent. That just added to the atmosphere. Our group has become pretty good at “ad libbing”. A lot of side bar jokes and one-liners. Out of a group of about 60 guests, only three picked the correct murderer (we must be getting better at our acting abilities). -I’m already starting to plan next year’s event. Now, if only we could get some new murder suspects to join the cast.

  3. Recently purchased and hosted murder on the disorientated express and would just like to say the evening was a great success . Everybody really enjoyed themselves especially dressing up into the characters. The instructions and scripts were clear and easy to use. thouroghly reccomend anybody should give it a try .

  4. This was our first murder mystery game (for all 13 players (including Guard E. Lou)) and we thoroughly enjoyed it! The cast was so much fun, and the instructions easy to understand/foll-ow. In addition, my question in regards to one of the characters was promptly answered. We are looking forward to our next game with Red Herring!

  5. Just returned from holiday in France and the highlight was Murder on the Disoriented Express. For some it was their first time, all enjoyed due to the information and audio tracks provided. The attached photo shows the enthusiasm generated by the information provided, this was left in visitors book. If this is an example of your products must try more.

  6. We had the best time ever playing Murder on the Disorientated Express. It was well set out and usually in these games you know who the murdered is when one of you open your booklet, but this one only tells you after the game is finished and this gives everyone a chance to guess at who the murderer is. It had you guessing all through the game. The menu was good although I did tweak the starter a wee bit to accomodate some of our more diserning guests on the train. We decorated a marquee to look like a train dining area and then afterwards we all sat around an open fire and took our guesses. Well done to Red Herring Games.

  7. Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did modifying “Murder on the Disorientated Express” to construct the perfect game for our “Dinner on the Nile”. One of our guests said it was so perfect and so much fun, and the characters so well suited the guests that he would never be able to play such a game again! I look forward to trying another game with you again.

  8. We had a great night with this game so much so the next day I ordered another murder. What a great time was had and we all enjoyed it. It was puit together so well and the script was sofunny in places very well written. if you havent tried a murder dinner DO IT NOW you want regret it ………… stew

  9. This was our first Murder Mystery and it was awesome! On my way to buy another one now.

  10. I’ve hosted a few murder mystery parties but this was the best. Good characters and lines, plots to keep you guessing and great instructions. With all participants up for a laugh and entering into the spirit of things you are guaranteed a brilliant night!

  11. What a great little murder mystery game. Very easy to use and play, even for 6 tired adults on boxing day. First time I have ever downloaded a murder mystery party. It worked very well. Being able to download and email invites was great.

  12. We had such fun on NYE 2012 playing this game, it was a hoot. We weren’t expecting much because it was free so were pleasantly surprised. Our guests certainly enjoyed the evening and all got into the spirit of dressing up and playing their parts. Being able to download the game is excellent. We will try red herring again for our next murder mystery.

  13. I downloaded this game as a trial. I’d never done a murder mystery game before and thought it would be fun. It wasn’t just fun, it was GREAT fun! I ran this for our Square Dance Club as a part of a theme dance. I recruited club members in secret and gave them the scripts. We heavily advertised it to the local dance community and had about 40 people show up. Everyone liked it so much, we are going to do another one on October 31st…the night we dance. Thank-s Red Herring for the fun time we had…and are looking forwarding to having again.

  14. I am organising my sister’s hen do and thought she would enjoy a murder mystery dinner party. She held one for some friends a few years back and she enjoyed getting into it. It had been a box from a shop. So, I was looking for something I could get, more appropriate for a girls only party and came across Red Herring. I downloaded this as a trial before we decided to buy and I have been very impressed with the package. It is so clear and easy to follow and do and it seems they have thought of everything even with menus and decoration ideas. I phoned and talked through the requirements and Red Herring were so brilliant at steering me towards appropriate games and explained how they could tailor the games more for us. As a result, I am about to order Mama Mia for 12 girls and I am absolutely certain it will be a huge success.

  15. Really wanted to give a murder mystery party ago and so glad I did, we had a brilliant night. Can’t wait to organise another. This is a great way to start if your unsure on how to go about organising it, (nothing lost if it all goes wrong) however the instructions are so simple and the night gets you in so high spirits a little mistake goes unnoticed anyway. Definitely recommend by a very happy customer 🙂

  16. This was our first MM game and 6 of us played it over New Years Eve. It was great fun and we all enjoyed it. It was easy to play and follow and we liked that we could read it all out at the table without putting on a dvd or cd. No one guessed the killer either!

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Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.
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Sexual Themes - References to two timing relationships, and making advances.
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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