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Types of Players You Should Play with

Types of Players You Should Play with

Over the last few years, the genre of escape room games has seen massive growth across the globe. The heady mix of solving puzzles and finding clues within a one-hour time frame has proved an unstoppable idea. generally, these games will involve a group of players. This means throwing a diverse and sometimes a contrary number of different personality types together into a relatively small space. Thanks to the clever design of these games, you can't solve it working alone. 

In some ways, thanks to the decreasing amount of time which creates pressure on all those involved, it will quickly become apparent that there's no other option than for the group to divide the various tasks between them, and work as a group. But for any team activity to function well, the team needs to have all its members be clear about both their team roles as well as their objectives. To this end, it's best if the team is divided up according to individual skills. Of course, it doesn't matter whether you actually possess said skill, just as long as everyone knows that you are tasked with those duties. There's no point and certainly no time to have two members doing exactly the same job, thus leaving an essential part of the scenario left undone. 

The game has a flow and a clear order in the way things should be approached and solved. In other words, you can't hope to simply skip to the end, and find your way out. There's a whole process to go through, starting at the very beginning. Miss out one essential ingredient and the whole game will come to a grinding halt until that one missing link is solved. Because of the nature of the types of puzzles the team will encounter, then there are certain roles that all teams should incorporate into their gameplay. Let's have a look at the types of jobs, along with their respective skills, that any team would be better suited to bring along to an escape room game.

The Math Lover

Anyone with a head for numbers can take this role. You don't need a degree in Applied Mathematics (though it might help!), but you'll be needing a logical head on those shoulders. The puzzles come in all shapes and sizes, with many being numbers-based, as opposed to visually based. There may well be some pretty complex math involved, along with some math formulas, and the countless number puzzles that make the game so deliciously frustrating.

The Enthusiast

As the clock ticks down the remaining time, things can begin to get a little hectic, as players scramble around searching for that one elusive clue that will solve the final piece of the puzzle. It's in situations like this that some players can become disheartened. Realizing that time is slipping away without recourse to any means of changing the fact that losing appears to be marching over the horizon, can reak the morale of a team. That's why it's essential to have a team member who's also a great motivator. Someone enthusiastic who will keep the team spirits up and therefore ensure that all the energy needed to advance is not wasted. 

The Commander

This will be the team leader. Now, there's always a general feeling that the person who thinks himself to be the leader, is, therefore, by default, unfit for the leadership role. That's because many see leadership as a binary role. Either you're leading or you're not. But in truth, leadership is much more nuanced than a simple choice of two options. because an escape room can only be completed by the whole united team, the role of the leader is not so much to lead from the front. It's more about overseeing all the factors involved in the gameplay and bringing them all together in a cohesive manner. To that end, they should ensure good and clear communications between all team players. In fact, the job could really be summed up as ensuring the steady flow of information so that all team members know what's going on at any time. 

The Scavenger

Think of how Magpies can spot a shiny object from 100 meters. Well, you will need a person with the same beady eyes. Someone who sees the world in hyper-detail. This is the person who will be the first to find hidden clues. For many of us, it's hard to see the wood for the trees. And escape rooms rely on this to hide many of the puzzles and clues in "plain sight". Yep, they're directly in front of your nose, but because you are looking without seeing, they will remain hidden. When the game starts any players will run around looking everywhere but failing to actually see the clues. In some ways, if they just stood still, and looked around carefully, they would have a greater chance of the puzzles and clues revealing themselves. But they don't. And that's why having a scavenger is so important.

The Time Keeper

Watching how many escape room games play out and one thing more than any other stops the team from advancing. Essentially, they get bogged down with one puzzle or clue. They all crowd around discussing aspects of it in the hope that some idea will magically pop up. Here's the thing...if you're stumped by a single puzzle, simply move on. Come back to it later. Or maybe you'll discover a clue further along with the game that will help solve this one. Don't dilly-dally. It'saways good to have one person who's charged with keeping one eye on the time. They will stop any hold-ups caused by difficult clues, and encourage everyone to move ahead.  

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