Who Killed Christmas?

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Due to global warming and the receding polar ice caps, Father Christmas and his wife Mary have been forced to consider relocating their facilities.

This last week has seen Santa’s grotto play host to 12 ambassadors from potential countries.

After a week of wheeling and dealing and exchanging supports, the votes are in and it is now down to Mr and Mrs Christmas to cast their own deciding votes.Unfortunately with just a few hours to go before the worldwide live TV link of the Christmas’ final decision, Mrs Christmas has been discovered dead. And not just dead, but brutally murdered!

By buying this product you can collect up to 41 loyalty points, which will be worth £2.05 to spend on your next purchase.

Characters in the 6 player game:

Sean Sallizay – French ambassador.
A real smoothy, Sean Sallizay is a ladies man, very vain and a fine dresser – at least he thinks so!

Lacey Smalls – Canadian ambassador
A fine, handsome woman and a real country girl with a major interest in saving the planet.

Baron don Bergemeister
– German ambassador
A traditional fun-loving, thigh-slapping German, he loves wearing lederhosen, drinking steins of beer and eating sauerkraut and sausages. Indeed, if he were to wear a red suit he could possibly even pass for Father Christmas himself.

May Kin Cheepi
– Chinese ambassador
Petite, smart, and a very highly strung lady, May Kin Cheepi has an interesting way with the English language and a love of intoxicating perfume.

Bud Weiser – American ambassador
Loud, brash, suited and booted motormouth with a foul temper, Bud Weiser is actually very shy (particularly with women) and hides behind this loud façade.

Pasha Mina – Russian ambassador
Stunningly attractive and knows it. Pasha Mina wins more business contracts through her looks than her negotiating skills.

Additional characters in the 8 player game:

Joey Fosters – Australian ambassador
A typical Aussie, always with a beer in his hand, shorts and T-shirt whatever the weather and a crass pick-up line for a girl, although his winning smile nearly always wins them over.

Maggie Hatchet – British ambassador
A hard line, hard-nosed ex-politician with a low tolerance level for the stupid, Maggie prefers to remain professional and always wears a smart business suit to any gathering.

Additional characters in the 10 player game:

Kari Mebagsson
– Norwegian ambassador
A quiet and unassuming man and something of a gentle giant. Dressed all in black he has a presence that ensures everyone listens when he speaks.

Suni Wokman
– Japanese ambassador
Studious and serious, Suni Wokman dresses plainly and sensibly.

Additional characters in the 12 player game:

Winston Loosum – African ambassador
A thoroughly modern African gentleman with a smart suit, some smart words and a massive laugh which he only uses for his own unbelievably bad jokes.

Madhur Zahatta – Indian ambassador
A typical, highly excitable Indian woman that dresses in updated traditional styles that reflect the growing influence of Bollywood.

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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This game is rated Mature
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.
Including:
Sexual Themes - References to romantic liaisons which occurred during the week. Innuendo.
A murder - violence suggested.
Mature Humor - Depictions or dialogue involving "adult" humor, including sexual innuendo

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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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