Stiffed at the Speakeasy

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Al Scapone – the Godfather of the infamous Scapone family and master criminal lies dead – gunned down in his own club!

Word of this hit gets out and the whole balance of power in the city could be thrown into chaos. Al’s murder needs to be resolved – and fast – to restore the credibility of the family.

The question is: can the killer be found, or some scapegoat framed, before the end of the night?

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Characters in the 6 player game:

Ma Scapone – The Matriarch of the Scapone family
Larger than life and in floral clothing, Ma has never really moved with the times and is still often found in her kitchen stirring bolognaise sauce whenever the family come to visit.

Rick Otta – Al Scapone’s right hand man
With sleek hair and pencil moustache Rick may look respectable in his tux, but he is never without his side arm, leg arm, rear waistband arm, up the sleeve arm…

Francesca Pancetta – Opera singer
Beautifully dressed in a stunning evening gown, Francesca’s dark eyes and fulsome lips have proved a strong temptation for many a man -fortunately her family have always been there to see off any unsuitable suitors!

Toni Calzone – Scapone’s muscles
With a body builder’s physique clearly visible under his loosely fitting tux, it is easy to see why Toni became Scapone’s “Mr Fix-it” Even among family Toni’s trusty violin case is never very far away.

Margarita Pizza – Scapone’s ditzy niece
Young, enthusiastic and flirtatious, Margarita always dresses dangerously in low cut ruffling blouses and short skirts, luring in many unsuspecting men – which are then deemed unsuitable and consequently disposed of by her protective Uncle.

Nicky De’Lott – Scapone’s accountant
A thin, slicked, weasel of a man, Nicky is always seen clutching his calculator, and like the rest of the gang, he too wears a tux -although his are always custom made.

Additional characters in the 8 player game:

Connie Chiglie – Scapone’s girlfriend
Connie has always been desirable, and has been a temptation to many, wearing clothing that accentuates her curves and reveals just enough to tantalise!

Mickey Spirelli – Scapone’s cousin
Shifty and prone to violence, or at least sudden flashes of rage, Mickey wears his tux with a difference- he looks good! (And he knows it!)

Additional characters in the 10 player game:

Ann Maretto – Club singer
A distant relative of Scapone’s, Ann has a sensuous voice and a great body to match it! She’s usually seen in a very slinky number.

Franc Fusilli – Barman
With black shirt and trousers Franc is used to working behind the bar, enjoys the banter and knows all the cocktail-shaker moves.

Additional characters in the 12 player game:

Penny Pasta – Scapone’s quiet niece
Bookish and reserved Penny is very unlike any of her cousins, wearing dull drab clothing and thick glasses.

Roberto Rigatoni – Scapone’s left hand man
A mirror image of Rick Otta, Roberto sometimes looks alike too, and definitely has the same penchant for firearms!

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.

10 reviews for Stiffed at the Speakeasy

  1. We used the 10 player 1920s themed game for a birthday party in November. Fab customer service and fab game. Everyone was a potential suspect and there was no easy give away. We all had a great time! If anyone is doing the game with Connie Chiglie in it, comment as I went overboard on resources/ invites etc so i’ll email them to you if you want them!

  2. We all had a fantastic time but I wanted to drop you a note to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU! We all had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the story, everyone got into character and played their parts really well and half of us managed to get who the killer was (including me) So once again, thank you for all your hard work adapting it for our numbers and generally being oh so very helpful and we all can’t wait for the next round!

  3. Just wanted to give your game “Stiffed at the Speakeasy” five stars and comment that it give my dinner party a wonderful evening. This was my first time using Red Herring Games but it wont be my last. Well done

  4. This was our first murder mystery game we have ever played and it was an excellent way to spend Hogmanay. Everyone had such a good laugh and we are looking forward to organising another murer mystery soon. We will definitely use Red Herring Games again as they were so helpful and efficient, we had a couple of people who dropped out at the last minute but thanks to the great service provided by Red Herring Games our Murder Mystery Party could still go ahead.

  5. We have played several Murder Mysteries, on holiday in France in a farmhouse, and at dinner parties with friends. This is the first time we have used an on line site – it was easy to follow as an ‘Internet Novice’ and we will definitely use again. We needed to adapt to 11 players and this was all done for us – this was so much easier as they adapted the roles to accommodate the number of players. Previously we have had to have one person taking on two roles! Well done! We had a great New Year. We did have one problem – people were still carrying on in their assigned rolls the next day!!!!!!

  6. We had great fun playing this for a 30th birthday. Was great that the person organising it had no idea who the murderer was and the sound files for the detective were great. Only 2 people got it right!

  7. This is a fabulous game – really good scope for dressing up asmuch or as little as you want. We had a great New Year with this one, the receipe ideas were also great and not too expensive. Definitely would recommend this.

  8. We played this on New Year’s Eve with 4 adults and 4 teenagers and we all had a great time. The game was adapted for 5 females and 3 males and it worked very well – it really was a lot of fun.

  9. A great game, lots of fun! Thank you Jo for adding the additional roles for the two young children. The kids were happy to play all through the game and never got tired (we could have even given them bigger roles than the adults had 🙂 thanks for your flexibility and customer service! You have a new repeat customer. Be-st regards from Switzerland

  10. I hosted this party a few weeks ago for ten friends. It was a huge hit and all the characters were very interesting and the plot was fun and easy to follow. Two people guessed the murderer. I think it’s great that not even the host knows the murderer until the very end. I originally bought for 8 characters and emailed a week before the party and they sent me the 10 character game. Red Herring was friendly and helpful. I have already ordered a different set and am looking forward to hosting another murder mystery party!

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This game is rated Teen
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older.
Sexual Themes - Two men are after the same girl, no references to any sexual relationships, or possible two timing.
A murder - violence suggested.
Alcohol Reference - Reference to alcoholic beverages.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humor.
Suggestive Themes - Mild provocative references or materials and sexual innuendo.


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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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