Escape rooms are meant to be solved, what fun would they be if they were impossible? After you’ve tried some of the smaller, novice escape rooms, moving up into the more challenging tier will require the formation of a team. While all of us have some elements of the following personality traits, to successfully navigate the more difficult escape rooms, make sure you have a dedicated team member with strengths in the following attributes.
The Power Player
This is likely the person who came up with the idea of doing the escape room in the first place. She’s the first to stick her arm in a dark hole, lie on the floor to look under the table, or any other adventurous aspect of the experience.
Important for team morale and keen to try anything, especially when no one else will, this team member is critical for finding those clues that remain hidden by relying on our natural reluctance to stray beyond our own safe boundaries. Your power player is that one friend in your group that is always being told they have no boundaries.
If you’ve every watched Scooby Doo, you are familiar with Velma in her orange sweater and magnifying glass shouting “Jinkies, a clue!” This character is important because it’s raw data collection. The more clues you can find the closer you are to solving the equation. Your team’s Velma is the one who uses ALL the prepositions when looking at an object.
What is IN the painting, ON the painting, around, behind, under, over, etc… The inquisitor is the one who isn’t satisfied with looking at clues, they will go “hands-on” and manipulate everything in the room until they find all the scattered clues and present them to the team.
If you have one of those friends that loves to take things apart and put them back together, or a hacker that loves deconstructing things to make them do tasks that are “off label”, then this is your team’s engineer. Give this team member the raw clues and they’ll figure out how they fit together.
They see patterns in everything and love cracking codes just for fun. Two seemingly unrelated objects may interlock in a way that didn’t occur to anyone else in the room. While everyone else is tossing the room for clues, this team member is tenaciously fitting them together in inconspicuous ways.
No one at work likes their nosy manager but they are there for a reason, the same reason you need one for your escape room team. The Orchestrator is the team member who is capable of seeing the larger scale of things while delegating tasks so the rest of the team can excel at their duties. As we’re running around looking for clues, it’s the orchestrator’s job to make certain we’re not getting bogged down in superfluous details.
Over-thinking and falsely applied significance is a common reason for failure and you need a team member who can say, “Sometime a cigar is just a cigar.” In your race against the clock, the orchestrator is your guard against duplicated efforts, distractions, and wasted obsession.