The Dangerous Despair of B-List Superheroes

Not all superheroes are born with special powers to allow them to save the world.  Superman and Wonderwoman don’t know how lucky they are.

Some superheroes don’t make the news because they are blessed with special powers that are almost useless.  Worse still, others acquire powers which are a downright nuisance.

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.

Unfortunately, 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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This Game is Rated:


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.

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set


Character booklets/scripts


Inspector booklet with QR code for audio


Instruction book


Making the most booklet




Character name Labels


Invitation envelopes


1 review for The Dangerous Despair of B-List Superheroes

  1. Happy Customer

    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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How it works:

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 in a handy 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 (MP3 with a download or CD with a boxed set) 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 “download and print at home” kit is provided as a zip file containing a set of PDF files for you to print at home, and a selection of MP3 files to use on the night.

Each dinner party game requires use of a printer and A4 paper (approx. 80 sheets for a 6 player kit – 240 sheets for a 20 player kit), 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 order the game you’ll be sent a link to download the files you need.  The file will be a zip file.  This can be opened with a zip compatible program on your computer.  If you struggle to open zip files – we can email you the game directly over several emails instead – just contact us after purchase to arrange this.

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

This is the easiest way to play.  Everything you need will arrive in a box, pre-printed, directly to your door.

You will receive through the post:

  • Instruction booklet (includes hints and tips)
  • Invitations and envelopes for all the guests
  • Character booklets
  • Link to the video files of the inspector – email us if you want MP3 after purchase – at the moment the site breaks the links if we link them on check out.  Update pending!
  • Inspector script in a sealed envelope so you don’t find out the solution by accident!
  • Making the most of your theme and recipe suggestion booklet.
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase (printed inside the booklets)

We always ship within 24 hours meaning orders arrive as quickly as possible.

As each game is printed on demand, we can also provide a customisation service on any order.  See details further down the page on what we can do to tailor this game to your party.

Characters in the game:

The Suspects:

Egbert ‘Eggman’ Hensbottom – The extrovert hero. (Male)
Egbert dresses in a cape and mask, and is never afraid to boil an egg at 50 paces…

Melanie ‘Flowerpower’ Donovan – The 70s throwback.  (Female)
Wearing a tie-dye t-shirt, Melanie’s successful flower shop has an unusual commercial advantage.

David ‘Bread’ Yates – The guitar man. (Male)
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. (Gender Neutral)
Ever keen to present a professional image, Rome is always immaculately presented in a business suit.

Charlie ‘Hovering’ Newton – The physics teacher. (Gender Neutral)
Permanently dressed in clothes not commonly seen since the 1970s, Charlie’s power to levitate 10mm from the floor is of far more academic interest than practical use.

Steph ‘Turpswoman’ Little – The diner entrepreneur. (Female)
Steph still dresses in cook’s attire despite owning a successful chain of diner outlets.  An ability to stop paint from drying is merely incidental to that work.

Customise this game

This game can be customised to fit your event for an additional fee.

It’s hard to give “ball park” figures for what different customisations would cost however we’ve attempted to HERE.  Please do contact us for a free quote if you would like any customisations on your game before purchase.

Remember… if you just need 1 extra person, or 1 less person, why not have someone play the inspector role?

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.