Take down at the Tate

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It is 1931, and Ronnie MacIntosh, the famous artist, has arranged for a private art exhibition for his friends before the Tate Gallery opens his work to the public.

However, when all the guests arrive MacIntosh is nowhere to be found – alive that is.

Taking artwork to a new height Ronnie appears to have committed suicide and is found hung from the ceiling surrounded by empty bottles of expensive champagne. Beside him is a small plaque which reads: “Pickled Artist”. As a career move it certainly increases the value of his sales – but did he really commit suicide, or was he murdered by one of his guests?

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Characters in the 6 player game:

Hercule Pernod – Private detective
Unlike his Agatha Christie counterpart, Belgian private detective Hercule Pernod’s grey cells take more abuse from cracking cases of wine, than from cracking criminal cases. Even so, he does quite well for himself. He has a large apartment, and a large waistline.

Captain Pastings – Retired Captain and sports car fanatic
Captain Pastings is a decent sort of a chap, bursting with the energy and the inexperience of youth. After returning from serving in the forces in India he made his money in wallpaper manufacture.

Amelia Fairfart – Solo hot air balloonist
Solo female hot air ballooning expert Amelia Fairfart is lively and flamboyant, more than a match for any man at the party, though she has a soft spot for Captain Pastings.

Ernest Shingleton – Famous Explorer
Ernest Shingleton is a famous explorer. He is strong, dashing and brilliant and what’s more, he is head over heels in love with Laura Ghastly.

Laura Ghastly – Fashion and Interior designer
Laura Ghastly is a fashion and interior designer, though sometimes one wonders if she gets the curtain fabric muddled up with the clothing.

Vera Sin – High Society Club Hostess
Vera Sin runs the high society club “Bottoms Up”. She is an excellent hostess, attractive, smoothly spoken, good with names, and able to put people at their ease.

Additional characters in the 8 player game:

Marc D’Triumph – French Ambassador
Marc D’Triumph is the flamboyant French Ambassador.

Mother Inferior – Nun
Mother Inferior is a model nun and is somewhat out of place at the party. She enjoys art work, but prefers frescos to modern art and isn’t too impressed by Ronnie MacIntosh’s artistic ability.

Additional characters in the 10 player game:

Otto Von Blockwurst – German Ambassador
Otto Von Blockwurst is a sausage guzzling German Ambassador who has an intimidating presence and a loud voice.

Miss Lemming – Pernod’s secretary
Miss Lemming is Hercule Pernod’s scatty secretary. She is efficient at her job, but doesn’t really keep up with current affairs.

Additional characters in the 12 player game:

Ian Vestment – Banker
In smart business suit, Ian is always seen carrying his investment portfolio, Financial Times and trusty black umbrella.

Ginger Bodgers – Actress
With plunging neck lines, and sparkly dresses, Ginger really shows off her exquisite actress figure.

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 Take down at the Tate

  1. Just to let you know that “Takedown at the Tate” went extremely well last Saturday – everyone had a great time, not least me as Lord Peter Whimsical (and I particularly enjoyed setting up the crime scene in the underground car park of our flats where everyone came at the end of the evening to deliver their closing statements and accusations amongst the empty champagne – well, sparkling wine – bottles under the hangman’s noose and pulleys). The murderer very nearly got away with it! Thanks for your excellent service and for customising the game – we will be back for more.

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This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.
Including:
Sexual Themes - References to a pregnancy as the result of an affair. References to posing nude for paintings.
Alcohol Reference - Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages.
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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