Ever heard the one about the fox trapped in a box? No?
Well, that’s probably because they knew their escape room etiquette!
As we dive into the thrilling world of escape rooms, let’s ensure you’re not “that” person by sticking to some golden rules.
Ready, set, escape!
Escape rooms – immersive adventure games where players solve a series of puzzles to “escape” within a set time frame.
Think of it as a mashup between Sherlock Holmes’ intellect, Indiana Jones’ daring endeavors, and… well, the fun of playing hide and seek!
Importance Of Etiquette For A Smooth And Enjoyable Experience
Good etiquette isn’t just for fancy dinners and wedding invites.
In escape rooms, it’s the difference between an exhilarating team experience and… well, an episode of the Real Housewives.
Things to do Before You Arrive in an Escape Room
- Booking and Scheduling
Always book in advance.
Last-minute walk-ins? That’s so 1999.
Booking ahead ensures you secure a spot in the thrilling world of Fox in a Box, an escape room in Chicago.
- Be Punctual
Late arrivals can disrupt the experience. Time’s ticking!
And in escape rooms, time is of the essence – literally.
- Team Selection
Importance of having a diverse skill set. Get a mix!
Puzzle-solvers, brave explorers, and the detail-obsessed friend who remembers your third-grade teacher’s name.
- Respecting Group Size Limits
Think of it like Goldilocks – not too many, not too few, just the right number to keep things fun and functional.
- Dress Appropriately
Comfortable clothing and shoes.
This isn’t a fashion show, darling. Comfort is key.
Avoid accessories that may hinder movement.
Leave your feathered boas and dangling jewelry at home – unless you’re going for a snagged-on-a-prop look.
The Dos of Escape Room Etiquette
- Collaborate Actively
Share clues and ideas openly. Remember the schoolyard mantra: Sharing is caring.
- Value Every Team Member’s Input
Even if it sounds as wacky as a cat playing the banjo. Sometimes, the out-of-the-box ideas are the winning ones.
- Listen to the Game Master
Importance of the initial briefing. It’s like reading a recipe before cooking. Important.
- Asking Questions If Unsure
“Better to ask twice than lose your way once.” – A wise person (and now, you).
- Handle Props with Care
Treating equipment respectfully. They’re props, not chew toys.
Avoiding force or rough handling.
If you wanted to flex those muscles, maybe hit the gym afterward?
- Stay in Character
Enhancing the immersive experience. Get into the groove!
You’re not just John or Jane Doe; you’re Detective Doe on a mission.
The Don’ts of Escape Room Etiquette
- Avoiding Spoilers
Respect the experience for others. No one likes that person who spoils the end of a movie. Same goes for escape rooms.
Avoid discussing puzzle solutions openly after the game. “Loose lips sink ships.” And in this case, experiences.
- Never Force a Lock or Prop
If it doesn’t open easily, it’s not meant to.
Newsflash: Hulk-smashing won’t help.
Potential damage and extra costs. Breaking isn’t making.
- Limit Mobile Phone Use
Immersion breaking and potentially against the rules. Go on a digital detox; your notifications can wait.
Photo and video limitations. What happens in the escape room, stays in the escape room.
- Avoid Overconsumption Before Playing
Alcohol and escape rooms: A bad mix. Save the cheers for after your escape victory!
Ensuring clear thinking and judgment. A fuzzy brain finds fewer clues.
After the Game
- Debrief and Discuss
Reflecting on the experience. The good, the bad, and the absolutely hilarious.
Discussing highlights and challenges. Share that eureka moment when you found the hidden key!
- Thank the Staff
Recognizing the efforts of game masters and staff.
Behind every great escape room is an even greater team making the magic happen.
- Provide Feedback
Constructive criticism helps improve the experience. A spoonful of sugar helps the feedback go down!
Positive reviews support the business. Sharing is caring, remember?
Etiquette in escape rooms isn’t just a fancy term.
It’s the lifeline of a fantastic, memorable, and absolutely thrilling experience for everyone.
Dive in, have a blast, and remember – in the world of escape rooms, it’s all fun and games until someone breaks the golden rules.
Stick to the etiquette, and you’ll be the MVP in no time!
Now, ready to put these etiquettes to the test at Fox in a Box Chicago?
Happy escaping! Cheers!