The Jolly Rogered!

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Avast me hearties!

Diamond White, a 17th century galleon belonging to Captain Crooke, has just returned from its adventures, laden with precious treasures.

Celebrations, however, have been sadly cut short. When the Captain’s wife returned to their room at the Ship’s Inn she found her husband had been stabbed through the heart with his very own hook! The hook replaced the Captain’s right hand, lost following an accident involving the ship’s cannon and a drunken bet – but that’s another story!

It would seem that the late Captain was not as respected as he thought, but then his name was rather apt. The big question is, who hooked the crook??

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Characters in the 6 player game:

Will Barrow – The Ship’s quartermaster.
Combining rugged pirate sex appeal with high morals and big boots ain’t easy – but Will pulls it off a treat! Add a dash of shy honesty and that sums him up perfectly!

Kelly Crooke – Captain Crooke’s wife (well, widow now!) and actress.
A true beauty and with talent too! But with talent comes the diva demands – and there’s more than a little bit of the spoilt child syndrome in Kelly!

Beau Tox – Carpenter and surgeon.
With talented hands and a morbid curiosity for human anatomy, Beau’s sideline as a surgeon is perfect – unlike his bedside manner!

Babs Windsor – Owner of The Ship’s Inn.
A sassy, intelligent lady, Babs is matured like a fine wine and groomed to perfection.

Del-boy Windsor – Landlord of the “Ship’s Inn”.
A real wheeler-dealer, Del-boy’s fingers are in many pies. He’s a likeable cockney character, a veritable cheeky chappie! On the downside, He’s a little hen-pecked and a hopeless businessman.

Scarlett O’Harem – A lady of the night (or day!).
A walking bill-board for her trade, Scarlett is dressed to make men gasp and women tut. She is the veritable “sex-on-legs”!

Additional characters in the 8 player game:

Guy Faults – Master gunner.
Despite his obsession with weaponry Guy is not an evil man. Well spoken, intelligent and with an elusive air about him, Guy is not a stereo-typical pirate!

Penny Farthing – Debt collector.
Your reputation says you are as hard as ole boots; a lady not to be messed with!

Additional characters in the 10 player game:

Tom-Tom Norris – The sailing master, aka the ship’s navigator.
Being a little rotund, Tom-Tom favours the pirate stripes (vertical of course)! His best friend is a barrel of rum and his cheeks are rosy red from his long love affair with his “other woman” as he fondly refers to his tipple!

Elizabeth Duck – Female pirate and Captain of the Red Ruby.
A stunning combination of rugged beauty and daring bravery makes Elizabeth very successful!

Additional characters in the 12 player game:

Ben Dover – Cabin boy.
A pirate is all Ben has ever wanted to be. He’s eager, too eager in fact – his enthusiasm is a little over-powering!

Britney Spikes – Barmaid at The Ship’s Inn.
Britney is everything a barmaid should be – busty, beautiful and an outrageous flirt! Oh, and her pulling power is fab – that’s pints, not punters!

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 Jolly Rogered!

  1. (verified owner)

    My first murder game from Red Herring but not my last! The cast matched the guest list perfectly and everyone got into the spirit of things right away – and no, I don’t mean the rum. The actual ‘show’ lasted over 3 hours, not counting the obligatory photographs and merriment beforehand. Having a free-for-all Q & A session at each round is a great idea as everyone has to understand their character rather than just read out some lines. The only reason for not giving 5 stars, is some of the guests found it a bit difficult to digest the information quickly enough to deliver their reply fully – no doubt the flickering candle light and several glasses of wine didn’t help! I had let everyone see the first round of the mystery a few days before – maybe I should have highlighted the ad-libbing a bit more, or even given the guests the whole booklet.

    I’m pleased to say one clever chap manged to correctly identify the murderer which is the whole point after all. I just wish I’d have thought to have had a prize for the winner(s). It would have helped to focus everyone’s minds even more, knowing there was something at stake.

    If the same crew assemble for the next event, we will all know what to expect and I’m sure it will be a 5 star review. As it was we all enjoyed ourselves immensely and everyone was still talking about it the day after – always a good sign. I even contemplated keeping my beard and earring but my wife insists that my pirate days are over.

    …so what character can I play next.

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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.
Alcohol Reference - Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humor.
Suggestive Themes - Provocative references or materials and sexual innuendo. Acting as if attracted to particular characters is suggested in the character backgrounds.
Mature themes - Drug abuse, gambling, prostitution, illegitimate children all mentioned with the plot.
Language - Strong sexual innuendo and mild swearing (in French).


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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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