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There can be strategy involved in assembling your team. Consider the different challenges that are part of playing escape room games. What skill sets and abilities are needed to overcome those challenges? Which of those do you and your teammates possess? What roles can the people on your team fill? Our escape player infographic examines the various roles, responsibilities, and team dynamics through the lens of The Goonies characters. Which one do you relate to the most?

The Model Escape Team with roles inspired by the Goonies
 

Whether you consider the military, crisis situations, jobs, organizations, or families, hierarchies of responsibility set groups of people up for success. They serve to focus the efforts of many on achieving one common goal. They help to minimize distractions and disagreements that subvert victory. Many competitive teams discuss roles and objectives prior to game play. Some assemble teams with the intention of having one person to specialize in the different challenges they think they may encounter. Some designate a team leader or captain to coordinate those various jobs and roles. You can be as strategic about your team and play as you’d like. We hope our Goonies-inspired look at team roles and responsibilities has motivated you to use the strengths of your teammates to your best advantage.

 

 

Each week, we will update this page to include a new tip or strategy to help you excel at escape game play.

 
Tip #10-  All puzzles have an answer and all games have a way to win them.  Learn how to identify and look for the elements the game designers included in the game.

Tip #10- All puzzles have an answer and all games have a way to win them. Learn how to identify and look for the elements the game designers included in the game.

 
Tip #9- These are additional things to consider.

Tip #9- These are additional things to consider.

 
Tip #8- Effective communication is necessary for a team to succeed. When team members do not announce what they find, the things in the room that are no longer a secret to them remain a secret to the rest of the team. When team members are not aware of potential puzzles, they cannot brainstorm how to solve them or interpret which order things need to occur in. Successful teams employ a strategy of talking things out with each other, keeping each other focused, motivated, and on the right path.

Tip #8- Effective communication is necessary for a team to succeed. When team members do not announce what they find, the things in the room that are no longer a secret to them remain a secret to the rest of the team. When team members are not aware of potential puzzles, they cannot brainstorm how to solve them or interpret which order things need to occur in. Successful teams employ a strategy of talking things out with each other, keeping each other focused, motivated, and on the right path.

 
Tip #7- When you play with a team, you have help, another perspective from which to consider things, access to someone with different skill sets and knowledge than you, and someone who can motivate you. Solving problems as a team can be a great way to build your relationships with others. For a team to thrive under pressure, the members must do what they can to contribute, involve everyone, and keep things positive.

Tip #7- When you play with a team, you have help, another perspective from which to consider things, access to someone with different skill sets and knowledge than you, and someone who can motivate you. Solving problems as a team can be a great way to build your relationships with others. For a team to thrive under pressure, the members must do what they can to contribute, involve everyone, and keep things positive.

 
Tip #6- Effective communication is necessary for successful escape room play. Why not begin before you enter the room?! Make sure that your entire team is on the same page. Are you playing for fun or to be competitive? Talk strategy. Does your team want to execute certain techniques to try and increase your performance? Which ones? What has your success been with things in the past? Express your thoughts. Are there certain things you are uncomfortable with? Roles you would like to assume? Skills you would like to try to master?

Tip #6- Effective communication is necessary for successful escape room play. Why not begin before you enter the room?! Make sure that your entire team is on the same page. Are you playing for fun or to be competitive? Talk strategy. Does your team want to execute certain techniques to try and increase your performance? Which ones? What has your success been with things in the past? Express your thoughts. Are there certain things you are uncomfortable with? Roles you would like to assume? Skills you would like to try to master?

 
Tip #5- When you step into an escape room, remember that you are playing a game. Every game has a means by which it can be won. As you begin to discover and solve things, ask yourself what kind of game you think it is. Did the game designer create it so that one thing leads to another (linear path)? Was it designed that the group must stay together? Can your team split up to work on various tasks (non-linear or open path)? Are there things that appear to go together (multi-linear path)?

Tip #5- When you step into an escape room, remember that you are playing a game. Every game has a means by which it can be won. As you begin to discover and solve things, ask yourself what kind of game you think it is. Did the game designer create it so that one thing leads to another (linear path)? Was it designed that the group must stay together? Can your team split up to work on various tasks (non-linear or open path)? Are there things that appear to go together (multi-linear path)?

 
Tip #4- If the challenges that escape rooms present were easy, the games wouldn’t be very much fun. While players appreciate the satisfaction of solving hard puzzles, the failure to be able to do so often is simply a matter of needing to change one’s perspective, a failure to properly identify or find something, a misunderstanding of how to carry out a task, or a communication failure between teammates. Game Masters offer you the benefit of being able to recognize these things for you and provide the assistance and correction that will help your team.

Tip #4- If the challenges that escape rooms present were easy, the games wouldn’t be very much fun. While players appreciate the satisfaction of solving hard puzzles, the failure to be able to do so often is simply a matter of needing to change one’s perspective, a failure to properly identify or find something, a misunderstanding of how to carry out a task, or a communication failure between teammates. Game Masters offer you the benefit of being able to recognize these things for you and provide the assistance and correction that will help your team.

 
Tip #3- Although you are trying to escape from a room, you must remember that you have entered into a story. Before entering the room, you were given a backstory; what does it reveal about the room itself? The story should develop as you move through the space until you escape; what does each room reveal about the story? Use the answers to those questions to help you interpret how to best play the game.

Tip #3- Although you are trying to escape from a room, you must remember that you have entered into a story. Before entering the room, you were given a backstory; what does it reveal about the room itself? The story should develop as you move through the space until you escape; what does each room reveal about the story? Use the answers to those questions to help you interpret how to best play the game.

 
Tip #2- In an escape room, you are in a race against the clock. How long is too long to spend on one puzzle? Your Game Master understands how long it will take you to progress through the room. Utilize them as a resource to help you master the game. Ask for feedback about how much time something is taking. Ask if they think you need a hint. Make sure that you do not become so focused on one thing that you lose sight of the time and bigger picture.

Tip #2- In an escape room, you are in a race against the clock. How long is too long to spend on one puzzle? Your Game Master understands how long it will take you to progress through the room. Utilize them as a resource to help you master the game. Ask for feedback about how much time something is taking. Ask if they think you need a hint. Make sure that you do not become so focused on one thing that you lose sight of the time and bigger picture.

 

Tip #1- Before you enter the room to play an escape game, there are things you can do to prepare yourself. See our list of suggestions in the image above and visit our Game Day Info page under the Obtain Docs heading.

 

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