The Dangerous Despair of B-List Superheroes

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Not all superheroes are born with special powers to allow them to save the world.

No, some superheroes don’t make the news because they are blessed with special powers which are almost useless.

Tonight is one of those few occasions when such individuals can truly be themselves. They have gathered together to share their secrets over a meal, conjoined by the special bond of just being different.

But now even that has been brought to an unfortunate end by the untimely death of Bill Cody, a building contractor who has been found dead in the hotel where their gathering is taking place. Perhaps our heroes can show their mettle by solving the riddle of his death ….

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Characters in the 6 player game:

Egbert “Eggman” Hensbottom – The extrovert hero.
Egbert dresses in a cape and mask, and is never afraid to boil an egg at 50 paces…

Melanie “Flowerpower” Donovan – The 70’s throwback.
Melanie’s successful flower shop has an unusual commercial advantage, quite apart from her tie-dye t-shirt.

David “Bread” Yates – The Guitar Man.
David carries his instrument with him at all times and makes a living by singing in clubs and bars. His power to move bread rolls by mind alone is rarely welcomed in these venues.

Rome Hillton – The hotel manager.
Ever keen to present a professional image, Rome is always immaculately presented in her business suit.

Nathan “Hoverman” Jones – The Physics Teacher.
Permanently dressed in an old jacket and corduroys, Nathan’s power to levitate 10mm from the floor is of far more academic interest than practical use.

Steph “Turpswoman” Little – The diner entrepreneur.
Steph still dresses in her cook’s attire despite her successful chain of diner outlets. Her ability to stop paint from drying is merely incidental to that work.

Additional characters in the 8 player game:

May Belline – The cosmetics counter girl.
May’;s ability to turn people temporarily orange leads her to believe that the department store is her vocational habitat.

Dennis “Bluebeard” Holmes – The children’s entertainer.
Dennis dresses as a pirate, and makes good use of his ability to control his facial hair at will.

Additional characters in the 10 player game:

Paul Flanders – The waiter and artist.
Always looking to sell his work, Paul is an art student working through college with a part time job.

Daisy Cellar – The other florist.
Daisy is never seen without her green apron, a block of oasis, ribbons and a bunch of flowers.

Additional characters in the 12 player game:

Reg “Pearlyman” White – The paint salesman.
Dressed in a smart business suit, who would believe that Reg can secrete toothpaste from his knee?

Tracey “Translucent” Travis – The dry cleaner.
With her coat hangers and advertising flyers Tracey is always looking for business opportunity.

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 The Dangerous Despair of B-List Superheroes

  1. I normally don’t write reviews, but I COULD NOT resist for this game. I needed a special idea for my daughter’s 18th birthday party. Since she and I both love mysteries, this was ideal for us. I went into this a bit nervous since I’d never even attended a murder mystery, none the less run one. THIS PROGRAM WAS ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. The directions were great, and the scripts were perfect for first-time players. My party consisted of ten 17-18 year old, and I’ve spent tonight reading their comments on Facebook about how much they loved it. THANK YOU RED HERRING!!

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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 - References to dating and breaking up.
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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