The Jolly Rogered!

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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This Game is Rated:


This game contains:Content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older.

Sexual Themes – Mild references to dating.
Use of Alcohol – The consumption of alcoholic beverages is discussed.
A murder – violence suggested.
Comic Mischief – Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour
Crude Humour – Depictions or dialogue involving vulgar antics, including “bathroom” humour
References to spiritualism and other “new age” practises (nothing serious – more for comedy value).

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set


Character booklets/scripts


Inspector CD / script


Instruction book


Decoration and recipe suggestions




Character name Labels


Invitation envelopes


2 reviews for The Jolly Rogered!

  1. filipthompson (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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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
  • CD of the inspector
  • 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:

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”!

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.