Once Upon a Murder

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Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall…but no! Humpty didn’t fall. He was pushed!

Which of these familiar fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters is the perpetrator? Can you solve this scrambled case?

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Characters in the 6 player game

Old King Cole – the King.
With a crown on his head and a chain of office draped over his Tudor-era clothes, Old King Cole is a merry old soul, but that jolly demeanour could just be an act.

Dread Pirate – the Pirate.
This masked pirate is quite new to the kingdom and has earned his moniker by pillaging throughout the fairy tale lands.

Jack – the Beanstalk Climber.
Strong, brave and true, Jack is dressed for his next climb and carries a pouch holding his magic beans.

Alice – the Investigative Journalist.
With a crumpled trenchcoat over her blue dress, Alice is a reporter determined to satisfy her curiosity.

Queen Grimhilde (QG) – the Business Executive.
The CEO and owner of Fairest of Them All Cosmetics, this former wicked queen is dressed in a sharp business suit and court shoes.

Contrary Mary – the Gardener.
Contrary Mary knows you need to get your hands dirty in order to get the job done. She’s dressed for a day of gardening.

Additional characters for the 8 player game

Queen of Hearts – the Croquet Player and Baker of Tarts
If you want to keep your head, you’ll agree with this heart-bedecked Queen!

King of Hearts – the Judge.
This King wears his heart on his crown, not on his sleeve. He always knows which card to play.

Additional characters for the 10 player game

Miss Muffet – the Tuffet Sitter.
Miss Muffet is dressed in her dairymaid’s outfit and is on the constant lookout for spiders.

Mr R. – the Dealmaker.
Secretive and private, Mr. R is a puzzle to many. He wears brown knee britches with boots and a soft felt green hat is perched above his pointed ears.

Additional characters for the 12 player game

Blind Mouse – the Runner.
Even though he wears dark glasses, this mouse can run circles around most people.

Bo Peep – the Shepherdess.
Bo Peep is a gentle, quiet soul. She has blond curls, a ruffled dress, pantaloons and carries a shepherd’s hook.

Additional characters for the 14 player game

Minnie Totts – Mother of many, the Shoe-dweller
Never without her baby monitor, Minnie wears loose, comfortable clothes which suit her life of running after her many children.

Angus McDonald – the Farmer.
Farmwork trousers, a plaid work shirt and wellies are the clothing choices of this proud Scottish farmer. E-I-E-I-O.


Additional characters for the 16 player game

Cinderella– the Princess.
She’s married her prince and lives in a castle. Life is looking good for Cinderella and so is she in a sequined dress, tiara and non-glass shoes.

Mr Wolf – the Wolf.
Dressed in a grey, loosely-fitting tracksuit and trainers, Mr. Wolf is fond of snacks, especially those wearing red hoods!


Additional characters for the 18 player game

Vacca – the Moon Jumper.
Looking striking in her black and white outfit, Vacca is a cow with leaping ambitions.

Simon – the Pieman.
In his chef’s hat and business suit, this pieman knows the secret to success is to keep it simple.

Additional characters for the 20 player game

Blue Fairy – Pinocchio’s Wish Granter.
This blue-haired fairy is tired of granting other people’s wishes and is ready to grant a few of her own. She wears ripped blue jeans and blue lipstick.

C.P.- the Pig who Built his House of Bricks.
C.P. isn’t bothered by anyone huffing and puffing. He wears overalls, a dusty shirt and a pig nose would not be out of place, since he is one!

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.

1 review for Once Upon a Murder

  1. Hello
    I used your fairy tale mystery with 16 of my family this Christmas. It was fantastic as it was funny without needing insinuations. It was suitable for the teenagers and older ones. Some of the family had not met before and the use of fairy tale characters meant that we could all quickly grasp the nature and back story of the characters.
    Thank you very much,
    Ann

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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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