Stiffen Very Carefully

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Listen very carefully; this is ‘Night Owl’ calling.

It is wartime in occupied France and in the sleepy village of Vieuxvion, café owners Ronné and Ethel Tartine are trying to keep the Germans happy while secretly helping the Résistance.

However, all hell breaks loose when the body of an RAF pilot is found at the café. It looks suspiciously like murder, but who did it and why was the pilot holding a (German?!) sausage?

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Characters in the 6 player game:

Ronne Tartine – Cafe owner.
Amiable but a little bit bumbling, Ronne likes to please everyone but this can get him into some sticky situations.

Ethel Tartine – Ronne’s wife.
Bonne viveuse, vivacious and flirty. A former cabaret singer, Ethel likes to entertain the guests in the cafe, but her efforts are not appreciated.

Herr Frick – Gestapo officer.
Frick is in charge of operations at the castle. He is cold and calculating. Nothing escapes his eye (or so he likes to think!).

Helga Suspender – A secretary in the German army.
A sexy fraulein with a somewhat exhibitionist streak and a penchant for silky undies!

Lieutenant Hubert Grosser – German Lieutenant.
Somewhat effeminate in manner, but with hidden depths.

Yvonne Le Bon-Bon – Cafe waitress.
A sweetie who likes to please, but don’t criticise her galettes.

Additional characters for 8 player game

Lieutenant Fairfield – RAF Officer.
Frightfully upper class and well spoken. Brave but a bit clueless.

Mini La Clonq – A waitress at the cafe and also a secret agent for the Resistance.
Mini’s a little intense and scary. You daren’t refuse her coffee!

Additional characters for 10 player game

Robert L’Eclair – Cafe pianist.
Robert is in fact a member of the Resistance and a master of disguises.

Micheline – French Resistance worker.
Resourceful and intelligent,she always gets the job done.

Additional characters for 12 player game

Madame La Panne – Mother-in-law of Ronne.
A sourpuss who’s hard to please,Madame La Panne has a room in the attic and frequently takes to her bed.

Captain Al Bertolli – Captain in the Italian army.
Bertolli has a chest full of medals but is nothing more than a cheesy lothario.

Additional characters for 14 player game

Herr Einrich VonTichyhausen – German Gestapo Officer.
Apart from the smaller stature, Herr Von tichyhausen is a mirror image of Herr Frick, right down to the limp!

Marie Celeste – Waitress
Busty and vivacious, Marie is flirty and fun to be around.

Additional characters for 16 player game

Officer Crabapple – British spy
Crabapple is a British spy posing as a French police officer, but his French accent is so appalling that only the Germans are fooled by him.

Delphine la Roquefort – Leader of the Communist Resistance
A feisty young woman, Delphine is ready for the revolution and will try and talk everyone round to her viewpoint.

Additional characters for 18 player game

Monsieur Alfred – Undertaker
Alfred helps the Resistance, but it’s a strain for his “dicky ticker”. He’d much prefer the quiet life, but with Germans in the village and a war on, there’s not much chance of that.

Elisabetta Bertolli– Wife of Al Bertolli
Elisabetta is a bit clueless. She follows orders as best she can, but often her best isn’t good enough and it can get her into scrapes.

Additional Characters in the 20 player game:

Harriett (of the Résistance)
Resistance worker With pigtails in her hair and white ankle socks she looks like she should still be in the school playground.

Captain Hans Clutching – German officer
With his shirt collar undone, his cap at a jaunty angle and his shirt hanging out, he’s not your typical German officer

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 Stiffen Very Carefully

  1. We held this party last night and had such a brilliant,fun time. We are Murder Mystery dinner party old hands,having hosted and attended around 20 and have found this brand to be the most straight forward and simple to follow. I will certainly buy Red Herring games again in the future. They beat any other brand that we have used by a country mile!

  2. I just thought you might like to know that ‘Stiffen Very carefully’ was a total riot and made a hugely successful evening. As people had travelled by plane no-one could do much for costumes, but it didn’t matter. The whole scenario was so well worked-out. The extraverts had great fun with accents and improvisation (the Madame Edith character sang ‘Je ne regrette rien’ for example and Lieutenant Grossner cuddled his model tank.) The quieter people could simply follow the script so they didn’t feel embarrassed or awkward.

  3. This was an Absolut hoot the quests had a great time the only problem encountered was getting it here didn’t realize the hassles coming through customs , however JoAnn is the absolute best she pulled strings got one out of the US and everything went off without a hitch. Thanks Red Herring you have my full business.

    Cap’n Ken

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This game is rated Mature
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.

A murder - violence suggested.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour.
Suggestive Themes - Provocative references or materials and sexual innuendo. Acting as if attracted to particular characters is suggested in the character backgrounds.
Mature themes - Sexual affairs and pregnancy mentioned with the plot.
Language - Strong sexual innuendo and mild swearing (in French).


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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.  

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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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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)

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