You Only Die Once

The Cold War is over and the age of terrorism is dwindling.  Finally, after years of espionage and counter-espionage, the opposing groups have arranged talks to see if an agreement can be reached.

Tonight, in a top secret location in an expensive and exclusive hotel, selected evil masterminds and members of the various intelligence agencies have gathered for the first of these momentous talks.

However, before M can make any opening remarks, a body is discovered.  Roger Damsels, MI6’s top secret agent, has had his license to kill terminated.  Permanently.

With such a mix of spies and villains within the walls, who had the most to gain?

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This Game is Rated:

Mature But in general nothing worse than a 12a film

This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.

Sexual Themes – Depictions of two-timing relationships.  Mentions of a baby as the result of a relationship.
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.
Sexism  – There will be some sexism present.

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set


Character booklets/scripts


Inspector booklet with QR code to access audio


Instruction book


Decoration and recipe suggestions




Character name Labels


Invitation envelopes


7 reviews for You Only Die Once

  1. Happy Customer

    Our guests had a fantastic evening and all joined in the fun of playing their characters. Red Herring did a wonderful job of customising this Murder Mystery to include places of interest to our friends as well as personal characteristics in the descriptions. The CD was even updated and worked really well. Only one guest did their detective work correctly working out who “dunnit” and as there were so many permutations it caused much hilarity. We would recommend Red Herring highly and thank you for customising our Murder Mystery so successfully at short notice.

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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:


Austin Martin – M’s Chief of Staff. (Gender Neutral)
A brilliant mission analyst with a head for facts and figures, Austin is always seen in a smartly pressed and tailored business suit.

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

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

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

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

Cary Files – An ally at the CIA. (Gender Neutral)
When you need to call in the cavalry, Cary has weaponry and enough ammunition to sink a battleship.

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.