What Kind Of Escape Room Player Are You?
Escape games require many different skills, and there are many ways to approach solving an escape game. Each team that plays an escape game is as unique as the individuals who comprise it, and everyone has their own unique way to tackle the puzzles they discover. Still, there are certain common styles we’ve observed through Game Mastering many thousands of games. We’ve curated a few commons ones below. So, the question is, what kind of escape room player are you?
Do you give direction to your teammates? Do you keep an eye on your team as they play? Are you the first to charge in? Did you make the booking? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are likely the Leader of your escape group.
The role of Leader is of obvious import to the team. The Leader gives direction to the team. The Leader main role is to guide everyone to success, by dividing up tasks, keeping track of various objects and clues your team has discovered, and keeping everyone focused.
As the Team Leader, you know what you’re doing—or at least what everyone else should be doing. You step up to the occasion and organize your group, assigning tasks and moving around your team, making sure no one is left standing idle. Everyone has their part in an escape game and you’re there to make sure they’re all doing it.
Anyone who’s ever tried to coordinate their group knows just how thankless the role of Leader is, but it’s also incredibly important.
On the other end of the spectrum, is the Wallflower. The Wallflower can be the Team’s silent secret weapon. The Wallflower may not say much while the rest of the team works away at solving puzzles. As the Wallflower, you’re more content to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. You look with your eyes, not your hands, and you connect the dots inside your head, coming up with possible solutions through the information you have and the process of elimination.
The Communicator doesn’t care about solving puzzles themselves, or searching for clues. The Communicator is the voice of the group. Silence in an escape room means a lack of communication that could impede your problem-solving success. As the Communicator your mission is to keep the silence to a minimum. You’re putting the proverbial ‘two & two’ together out loud in hopes that you or one of your teammates has an epiphany that pulls the puzzle pieces together and helps you get the job done.
If you’ve got your sleeves rolled up and you’re feeling door frames and checking under chairs, chances are you’re the Scavenger in your group. The Scavenger is the compliment to the Communicator. As the Scanvenger, you’re likely to be the first person to uncover clues that the Communicator is going to call out. Your eagerness to investigate means when someone mentions they need something, you’re the go-to guy.
Being the Scavenger comes with one sweet side-effect: As the one most likely to discover each puzzle, you get to take the first crack at solving it!
Escape games can easily devolve to an hour of chaos. Every team needs an Organizer among them. The Organizer plays a critical role in sorting and prioritizing information.
Are apt to lay out information for your group to get a better look at? Do you find yourself assign people things to remember? If this describes you, then you are likely the Organizer in your group. Organizers are essential for their understanding of how to prioritize and tackle complex tasks.
Amid all that chaos and the collective acute awareness of the clock, tension can occasionally occur. That’s when your Peacekeeper needs to pipe up. Not every group has a peacekeeper. And not every group needs one. But if the circumstances should arise, the Peacekeeper can literally mean the difference between success and failure.
How do you know if you’re the Peacekeeper? If you tend to keep to yourself and play along at your own pace until your friends start to fight, chances are you’re the Peacekeeper. The key role of the Peacekeeper is to diffuse disagreements. When tempers flair and voices rise, it’s time for the Peacekeeper to steps in to keep the team calm and cohesive.
Whatever kind of escape room player you are, odds are your contribution is important. Every player plays a crucial role in the success of their team. Interested in learning what kind of escaper you are? Book your next Quest and find out!