Your Money or Your Life! – Large group script

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yourmoneyoryourlife

Due to the wrong sort of cobbles on the turnpike, the mail coach makes an extended stay at The Highwayman’s Halt. Unfortunately, whilst the passengers are thus stranded, a long stay guest is murdered and a large sum of money goes missing.

Is it a fellow guest, a staff member or a passenger who is the murderer? Some days it just isn’t safe to see what’s come in the mail!

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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:
The Magistrate – The man responsible for solving the crime
Efficient in his own peculiar way, the Magistrate has an unusual method of solving crimes – he involves everyone!

Ned Nickerley – Gentleman rogue
An intelligent man of the world, Ned dresses solely but smartly in black and always seems to have money to spend or, if not money, then assorted valuables such as men’s pocket watches or ladies earrings.

Hubert Saggingsails
– Jolly innkeeper
Cap’n Hubert dresses and talks like the eye-patched, wooden-eared pirate he used to be before he decided to settle down on dry land.

Alfie Broadbum – Talkative coach driver
The chatty Alfie wears tatty clothes and is constantly searching for more newspapers to push inside them as weatherproofing.

Miss Amelia Ravenblood – Bride to be
Dressed to attract men, Amelia only has one requirement; that her men be perpendicular, male and still breathing.

Doris Thumplightly
– Frumpy chaperone
Bundled up in layers of clothing and covered in a cape, the ferocious Doris is a young ladies bodyguard and organiser.

Lady Panthea Katt – A refined woman
With puffed sleeves, flowing dresses and plaited tresses, Lady Panthea Katt is somewhat out of place at the Highwayman’s Halt.

Additional characters in the 9 cast game:

Mr Zackary Falsegoldsmith – New money businessman
Zackary is a commoner posing as new middle class, a bread and dripping eater with very deep pockets.

Mrs Abbatissa Falsegoldsmith – Ideas above her station wife
Fiercely protective of her new place in society, Abbatissa has developed a very fine accent, wears lots of fake jewellery including a tiara, and carries an enormous handbag.

Additional characters in the 11 cast game:

Capt Quentin Ramrod – Stiff upper lip, upper class military type
A smart, be-medalled soldier, Ramrod is ever ready to take command in a crisis.

Dolores Saggingsails – Fierce tavern wench
Dolores, the pirate-talking tavern wench, possibly illegally wed to Hubert, wears a fashion eye-patch even though it isn’t needed and shares his obsession with extracting money from paying guests.

Additional characters in the 13 cast game:

Daft Sam – General helper at the Highwayman’s Halt
With straw in his hair and holes in his clothes, Sam comes across as a bit dense but actually has hidden depths, evidenced by his copious note-taking.

Becky Pinchpenny – General maid
A typical short-change expert serving wench with an eye for loose gold coins, Becky is quiet but observant, especially where unattended coins are concerned.

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.

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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 Teen
This game contains:

content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older.
Including:

Sexual Themes - Complex male/female relationships.
A murder - violence suggested.
Alcohol Reference - Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages.
Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour.
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.  

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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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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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