Escape Room – A Team Building Activity For Employees

In many ways, a team goes through the same experience in an escape room as they do in business.

If you didn’t have any team building exercises at work lately, escape rooms are a fun-filled room escape game alternative to create some bonding within a work team. It will allow you to explore different aspects and identify roles, but it is also a great way to improve communication between teams by having them involved in the team activities of the escape room.

Here are some of my observations during my latest escape room trip. I hope my angle will serve to give you new reasons to explore the escape room.

Building Team Work: Understand your positioning

The first learning you get from escape rooms is the significance to teamwork. The only difference between a correct collaboration and a poor one is the ability of each team member to understand their position.

Imagine a scenario where you and your 5 team members are in a room and are required to navigate through many clues to find a virus and its antidote in 16 minutes.

Now, you could find yourself in two situations:

Every member of the team is insistent on being the leader and dictating to others what to do, or everyone is focusing on the same clues without moving on to other clues.

No one is willing to take the authority. There is no communication between the members, and everyone is trying something different without sharing the knowledge with others. Ideally, you would prefer someone with more understanding to take the lead so you can go in the correct direction with some clarity of roles.

Whole good correspondence will be the key element, but it should be complemented with all team members performing their task to the best of their capabilities:

  • An executive could delegate tasks to team members, and collect the findings.
  • A marketer can be innovative and search for new ways to explain the clues.
  • An IT expert might understand the use of different types of tools available in the room better than others and can also help with locks and decoding of clues.
  • A sales rep can keep an eye for everything such as the walls and floor and reach out to the support to work on the locks with any identified numbers or letter clues the salesperson observed.

Always sticking with the rules.

People often get stuck in escape rooms the similar way they find themselves trapped in business: they always stick to the rules.

Thinking outside the box and beyond rules is a good way to get out of the escape room where most distractions are in place to confuse you and your team members to make the correct decisions.

  • Is a direction a clue or just to create more confusion?
  • Do really need to focus on a key for a lock or is this a trap for you?

In everyday business, you deal with many distractions. The quality of your work and your achievements are linked with your ability to remain focused to get things done. An escape room gives you the chance to sharpen your focusing skills and make the correct choices, quick.

The last time, I was trapped in an escape room, all members faced many options and making the right choice took a lot of correspondence, team building, and rational thinking.

So here’s where the similarities between escape rooms and business become evident. You do not need to focus on all locks, and not all keys will get you out of the room. Much like the real business where you are presented with many options, only the correct one matters. By using rational thinking, critical analysis and intuition you can succeed.

It takes a lot of guts not to remain focus on the task at hand. You might not get the desired results, but even then you will be able to save time and not held back by the many options distracting you.

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How To Deal With Common Escape Room Issues

Lately, I’ve been pondering about how firms manage a room failure, so I decided I’d bring forward a short narrative about the features of room design. I am not definite with the meaning of failure as it can mean many things. A lock combination may go wrong; a key break is also a possibility, a padlock malfunction, or perhaps the GM wrongly reset the room code. My purpose is not to indulge in describing these reasons, rather how to deal with these conditions and come out of such situations as they occur.

I’m speaking here with no real expertise as I have never been in an escape room. In reality, I have never actually GM-ed an escape room game. I have no experience in installing and managing an escape room. However, the same is the situations for most owners when they plan to start their games and set up the system. While I may lack the experience of playing the game, I have extensive experience of being someone on the outside on the other side of these breakages.

My favorite @WillYouLaugh_50820/my-escape-room-experience-and-review-6776796e2f56">escape room experience is the one I had at Number One Escape Room. I visited this Las Vegas based firm in 2016. It was during the game resetting session; they left an unlocked feature that would not have been visible to me as I entered the game. Most GM would not notice this, and those who did would shrug at this situation and continue with the experience. However, Number One Escape Room was quick to spot this error as soon as I was there, the GM came in the game, remained in his character, and explained that he needed to check few maintenance operations. They kept the game intact by their quick thinking and did not alter the situation of the room in any way while dealing with the problem. Using their creative approach, they turned the otherwise serious error into a dramatic part of the game.

I am hoping this article will help owners to react to situations like Number One Escape Room and to tactfully deal with faults without creating disturbing the escape room game.

Acceptance

As an owner or designer of the escape room, you must be open-minded to accept any mistakes if they are observed before or during the game. You can have the best GM, a robust technical system, and a precise script to run in the escape room, however, any failure can occur at any time. Even if you manage to create a perfect checklist(which in reality is not possible), any event can happen during the game that you did not anticipate. For example, a player can lose his key or a prop during the game, and your GM is unable to recover it during the reset. With several people rushing in and out of the game, there is a probability a player may find that key that is not part of your script.

Allocating the Rights

Step two is to give your GMs the rights and authorities needed to make real-time decisions By allowing them to take control of the situation you will give them the confidence to make the right amendments in case of any mishaps. You must not discourage your GMs over any mishap during the game but applaud their efforts to make a quick recovery without obstructing the game.

Plan it Out

With a right mindset, you will go in with the acceptance of the possibility of any mishap or failure. Don’t put all the responsibility on you GM and actively design strategies to implement in case of errors. You can make it easier for your GM, by giving him plans to deal with any failures before or during the escape game.

You can start by creating illustrations defining the working of the escape room game; this will help you to map out all area and important paths in your room. For every prop, puzzle, or script, you must think about the possibilities of errors and its impact on the game.

In a worst case scenario, there is a possibility that the final key to getting out of the room is placed in a puzzle that breaks during the room escape and the player simply grab the key at the start of the game and exit the room, thus ruining his gaming experience. To avoid this instead of having a single key to get out of the room, you could place multiple puzzles to pass in order to get out. In this case, even if a part of puzzle crashes, the player will not be able to end the game without solving other puzzles.

You can sit with your GM and work on such strategies to eliminate the chances of any mistakes that ruin the whole game. You can create many gaming strategies where you let the player be in different characters to make a decision so in case even if a player meets a failure in character; he will not be able to move on unless the other characters clear the puzzles.

The Show Must Live to its Expectations

Whatever happens during the game must not spoil the whole game for the participants. A puzzle or component may malfunction during the game, but such failure must not fail the game itself. I have played hundreds of such games, and only twice the game was ruined for me as I was unable to enter due to a technical failure. On one instance a maglock got jammed, and the other time a combination lock malfunction happened during the gameplay. Since the door lock is the major gating point in the game, you must work to keep things in perspective in situations of such faults.

Now, tomorrow and the Weeks After

You can have perfect gameplay, however, keeping it working for every script without any failures is something you should work for on a daily basis. If your GM designed a perfect game, you should appreciate his efforts but work with him to have strategies to keep the game-play working for all times. In case of a room failure, you must have quick strategies to bypassing the faulty puzzles during the game and other exits from the game, so the player keeps playing in case of room door malfunctions. You can also inform the player in advance to skip a certain failure and look for other options.

By the time you fix one fault, there is also a probability a player causes another error that needs your immediate attention. You just cannot relax and be ready for any errors with ready strategies to deal with the malfunctions.

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Frequently Asked Room Escape Game Questions At Number One Escape Room LV

1. What in the world is an escape room game?

Imagine being Indiana Jones and trying to solve mysteries while exploring a complex environment that’s filled with clues and mind-boggling puzzles. This sums up the experience of being in an escape room.

2. Escape rooms are designed to be challenging!

An easy escape room wouldn’t be any fun. Puzzles usually require both teamwork and logic. Number One Escape Room in Las Vegas is proud to have a vast range of challenging puzzles while still providing plenty of excitement.

3. You get to build your team!

Be sure to arrive with a group of people that you can easily cooperate with. The basis of every successful escape room game (like our Zombie Lab or our Bank Robbery room) is good communication. Spending time in our challenging rooms is a great way to foster teamwork.

4. Will you be paired up with total strangers?

Unfortunately, there are many escape rooms throughout the United States that regularly pair people up with total strangers, unless they’re willing to buy all of the tickets for an entire room. This isn’t something that we do. Who wants to spend time in a mysterious and dark room with a bunch of random strangers? Some escape room games will allow you to reserve the whole game for your party, but you have to verify that this is the case before going. It’s usually pretty awkward when you have to meet a bunch of new people right at the start of the game. Hopefully, the odds are in your favor … or you can make your reservations at Number One Escape Room Las Vegas.

5. Make Comparisons

A lot of escape game companies have been given five-star ratings, much like they deserve. Carefully read through the reviews of these businesses because people who have been to these locations have written them. You’ll soon discover that not every escape game room has been created equally, and reviews are going to help you choose the one that’s best for you, your group, and your goals. Some locations will have Game Masters move through the room with you; others might have poor customer support, excessively strict rules, or other issues – so make sure to research your options carefully.

6. Read The FAQS

Escape room games are relatively new in the United States, and thus, we’re used to getting lots of questions. All escape room companies should have FAQ sections on their websites – and if they don’t or if you have additional questions, be sure to contact these entities directly. We want to help you have a fun, exciting and truly immersive experience and so, we’re committed to helping you find the best games for your goals and preferences.

7. Pro tip: Don’t drink before you show up!

An escape room is a real-life, hands-on, logical puzzle. Things that inhibit logic or that cause you to be otherwise impaired will put a damper on your experience. You can party after you’ve completed the game. Number One Escape Room is close to many exciting restaurants, bars, and other attractions.

Bottom Line: Be ready to go with the flow and to have plenty of excitement, stimulation, & fun! Check out our range of exciting escape room games at the Las Vegas Number One Escape Room.

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Number One Escape Room Las Vegas
1775 E Tropicana Ave #100, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA
+1 702-528-1459