Rung Out in the New Year

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Mark Roundim’s new year parties are famous. There is something there for everyone. Great food, plenty of drink, entertainment and a host of interesting people from all walks of life.

Tonight however there is also something for the police when Mark Roundim is discovered in his dressing room – dead.

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Characters in the 6 player game:

Bernie Down – Fireman
Likes to live dangerously, and it just so happens he has the uniform to match!

Eileen Over – Air Stewardess
A true jet-setter in every sense of the word, Eileen wears the uniform well, and is always available to show you to your seat.

Justin Port – Naval Officer
All the nice girls love a sailor – and doesn’t he just know it! In uniform he dresses to kill – metaphorically of course!

Penny Cillin – Nurse
Hardly ever off duty, Penny sees to it that everything is done according to the guidelines.

Rusty Crankshaft – Mechanic
With greasy boiler suit and wrenches ever to hand, Rusty is ever equipped to deal with any mechanical breakdown.

Leah Tard – Cheerleader
With large pompoms and short skirt, Leah really wow’s the men, on or off the pitch.

Additional characters in the 8 player game:

Paul Emoutt – Lifeguard
With skin tight shorts and a vest to show off his six pack to best advantage, Paul wouldn’t look out of place on any beach.

Dusty Ragg – Maid
With feather duster and frilly apron, Dusty really tries to clean the place up.

Additional characters in the 10 player game:

Guy Nicologist – Doctor
In white coat or theatre smocks, Guy looks every bit the trustworthy and handsome doctor.

Kat Walker
– Model
With as much flesh showing as outfit, Kat is right at the forefront of fashion design.

Additional characters in the 12 player game:

Pat Role – Policeman
Never off duty, Pat is a regular officer, a solid, donut eating solid kind of a guy.

Phyllis Cup – Personal Assistant
Organised and precise, right down to her smart business suit and ever present filofax.

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 Rung Out in the New Year

  1. we had a great evening last night playing this mystery, everyone made the effort to dress up accordingly, the room was dressed also which added to the atmosphere 🙂 Red Herring games made it so easy for me to host as all information was on the site, helpful hints and tips were included with the game ! If you are looking for a murder mystery evening.. go no further than Red Herring games… they make it easy and Jo is soooooooooo helpful 🙂 It was a great evening especially as I correctly named the murderer !! 🙂 Gerry McGuire London

  2. Really excellant! Red Herring adapted the game so that it would be suitable for just 7 people, and it worked perfectly. Everyone dressed up in character and acted up brilliantly. Fantastic script that helped everyone…even the shy people get involved, and also enabled the more confident ones to do a bit of add libbing. Tha-nks

  3. This is the second party we’ve ordered from Red Herring and we had another amazing night! Our friends are still talking about both of them. The game is really simple to follow, even with 12 raucous adults on New Year’s Eve! And a big thanks to Jo who modified the game twice for us with absolutely no hassle at all. I will definitely be coming back for our next murder mystery party!

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This game is rated Mature
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.
Sexual Themes - Depictions of affairs and two-timing relationships.
Mature Humor - Depictions or dialogue involving "adult" humor, including sexual references
Discussions of pregnancy, and IVF treatment.
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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