The Chinese Take-out

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It’s a Chinatown. It’s late. The fluorescent lights are on, the smell of oriental cooking wafts down the street as restaurants and fast food outlets get ready for the evening meal rush.

Ting Aling, husband of Ding, is dead! Found lying amidst a mound of washing powder in his own prospering laundry, ‘Washem Kwik’.

Local business owners and associates of Ting Aling have all been called together to a local Chinese restaurant in a bid to uncover the truth of this Chinese puzzle.

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Characters in the 6 player game:

Ding Aling – Co-owner of the Washem Kwik laundry
Married to Ting Aling for over 15 years, Ding Aling is still only in her early 30’s and rather good looking.

Man Do Lin
– Head of the local Chinatown mafia
In made-to-measure suits and a flamboyant tie, Man Do Lin has the stereotypical image of a Chinese Mafiosi.

Mai Ling List – Owner of Yum Yum Scrum restaurant
Always smartly dressed, Mai Ling List has quite a hard exterior, necessary in such a cut-throat business as hers, although rumour has it she is a bit of a softie underneath.

Fan See Man – Travelling salesman
In a drab salesman-style, hard-wearing suit and with a briefcase of free samples ever to hand, Fan See Man has been there, seen it, done it and bought several T-shirts.

Ching Ching Boom – Girlfriend of Man Do Lin
Young, sexy and fit, Ching Ching Boom uses her generous clothing allowance to maximise her many positive attributes.

Won Kee Nee – Herbalist
Untidy in appearance and with no interest in clothing, Won Kee Nee tends to just grab whatever is nearest in his wardrobe and nothing ever matches.

Additional characters in the 8 suspect game:

Tai Ming Soff – Watchmaker
Studious in nature, with a white laboratory coat, horn-rimmed glasses and hair tied back, Tai Ming Soff is actually a real scientific beauty.

Fan Kin Yu – Head of Talkie-talkie Telecom Company
Favouring classic suits rather than fashionable ones, Fan Kin Yu is never seen without a copy of the British newspaper, The Financial Times.

Additional characters in the 10 suspect game:

Shu San Sox – Owner of Sum Feet, a shoe shop
Dressed in dowdy plain blouses and trousers, no one would guess that Shu San Sox is an eminently successful businesswoman.

Wey Kei Waiki – Owner of Squee-Ki-Kleen, a rival laundry service
A sly, sneaky, weaselly sort of person, Wey Kee Waiki wears cheap polyester ‘shiny suits’, nylon shirts and plastic shoes and uses far too much gel to slick back his greasy hair.

Additional characters in the 12 suspect game:

Sum Ting Wong – Quality control checker at the Washem Kwik laundry
In a simple, cheap blouse and skirt, Sum Ting Wong is always spotlessly clean, reflecting her job role.

No Kan Doo – Owner of ParcelFast, a delivery company
Not afraid to get his hands dirty and help out at the depot, No Kan Doo can look a little crumpled at times, and sometimes forgets to remove his work overalls.

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.


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Earn up to 41 Loyalty Points.

This game is rated Mature
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.
Gambling Reference - Reference to Gambling dens and getting into debt.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour
Sexual Themes - References to complex marital relationships, affairs, and one person has been called a prostitute by the deceased.
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.

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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.  

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:
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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.  

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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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