You Only Die Once – Large group script

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After many years of exemplary service M (the head of MI 6) is retiring. And what a bash it is! Friends, colleagues, and even criminal masterminds have put in an appearance. In fact, it would be safe to say that everyone who is anyone is there to see he gets a good send off.

Well, everyone that is except Roger Damsels, 006 ¾, MI 6’s top secret agent. When a search is undertaken for the celebrated spy, he is discovered dead in his room, leaving M with one last crime to solve before he can retire.

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The inspector/facilitator role is essential for the game to work. He/she facilitates the entire evening.

The other characters can be taken from the audience and briefed before game play starts, OR you can select a group to play your suspects in advance of the night and give them time to get fluent in their roles and answers.

The rest of the guests are fully included in the game as they’ll be asking questions throughout the night.

Essential Cast:
M – Retiring head of MI 6 and the one responsible for solving the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, M has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!

Gold Thumb – The man with the Midas touch
Dripping in gold accessories and expensive clothing, Gold Thumb probably carries more carat than cash.

Kitty With-Claws – A pussy cat you wouldn’t want to mess with
This well dressed beauty is more than equipped to kill any would be suitor.

Scaryminger – The man with the golden bum
Living on a desert island, Scaryminger is always able to perfect his all over tan, right to his third nipple.

Cuttlefishy – More than a sweet distraction
With floaty dresses and serene expression you could be mistaken into thinking Cuttlefishy was an easy catch.

Ernst FuzzyFelt – The man with the white cat
Despite his keen love of white felines, Ernst’s dark suit never even carries a hair.

Miss Penny Farthing – Secretary
In business suit, or undercover, Miss Penny Farthing has never yet succumbed to any spy’s advances.

Additional characters in the 9 cast game:

Dr Yes – Or is it No? Perhaps Undecided would be a better title
On one of his rare appearances away from his island, Dr Yes is simply a man in a suit – but with a dastardly plan.

Xenia Onabottom – A woman who knows how to take care of herself
With fast cars, glitzy dresses and the ability to kill with her thighs, Xenia is a nice girl when you get to know her – honest!

Additional characters in the 11 cast game:

Felix Heavier – An ally within the CIA
When you want to send for the heavy mob, Felix is your man. He has a full six pack, as well as enough ammunition to sink a battleship.

Quadruple X – The Russian spy
In snow gear, or flimsy Egyptian dresses, Quadruple X is still a force to be reckoned with.

Additional characters in the 13 cast game:

Gnaws – A solid tower of a henchman
Gnaws did have a nice smile, but unfortunately, frequent visits to the dentist have left him with more fillings than teeth.

Dr. Easter Jones – A scientific beauty
In vest top and shorts, or greasy overalls, there’s no denying Jones has a perfect figure, even if it is only 3.1415926.

These games require 7-13 cast and involve the rest of the audience by getting them to ask pre-set questions – which are provided to them on paper by the inspector at the start of each round.

They run in a similar way to a dinner party, so are an ideal first choice for novice hosts and acing teams with little or no experience running large scale events.

These games work best as a sit down event with 6-12 tables of guests, with a suspect on each table.

As a rough guide these mysteries take approximately 2-3 hours to complete with a three course meal.

During the game the audience will listen to five short sets of dialogue from the cast and pose pre-scripted questions (which the cast answer with pre-scripted answers). There are three rounds which can be evenly spread throughout the night or, if preferred, the question and answer rounds can be bunched together into one large round.

At the end of the final round the guests are given time to decide who is the murderer, and once the guests have decided who did it, how and why (i.e. the murderer and motive) they will complete the answer sheet and hand it in.

How these games usually run.

Introductory Round: Introductions by the cast and the facilitator “inspector character”.
Rounds 1, 2 and 3: Scripted dialogue from the cast, followed by pre-set questions and answers.
Concluding Statements and solution: conclusions by the cast and denouement from the inspector.

There is one “inspector character” who acts as facilitator during the event and is essential to the cast.

Reducing the cast size will reduce the length of time required to solve the mystery.

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.

2 reviews for You Only Die Once – Large group script

  1. Great fundraiser night , we sold out in 3 days of tickets on sale, restaurant was full to their capacity of 100 people and the staff coped marvellously, It was lots of fun, from the rehearsing, the preparing the venue to the night itself, pictures are on Red herring Facebook page. We are already being asked what next years fundraiser will be. We will maybe in association with Thomsons holidays, do our next murder mystery fundraising night for holidaymakers in May, that is how confident we are that the nights work !!Thomsons support our charity here in Fethiye Turkey and raise money for us here More information about our charity can be found on Facebook, FIG page here if anyone would like to support us

  2. Hi… recently used the ‘You Only Die Once’ for our charity evening, it was an amazing success, a sell out once again, with everyone having a great time and all ready booking for our next event. Arranging the evening is relative easy to set up and use, as long as you have a team of committed people who will play the parts and you have an audience who are there to have some fun while raising money for charity… it will be a success The script and outline for this story was excellent and easy to follow, great characters everyone in the cast had a great time playing their roles If you are a ‘James Bond’ fan then this story is for you and is worth running as a charity ‘fund raising’ event… highly recommended.

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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 - Depictions of two-timing relationships (though no references to sexual relationships.)
A murder - violence suggested.
Alcohol Reference - Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages.
Drug Reference - Reference to caffeine tablets.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humor.
Suggestive Themes - Mild provocative references or materials and 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:
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With thanks and best wishes.

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