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The Hunt Begins: Hunt A Killer experience takes over 200 acres in Darlington, Maryland – USA

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A 200 acre living crime scene to explore.

Hunt a Killer is a three hour immersive experience where teams of six people will help solve the mystery of the serial killer.

The Hunt A Killer experience is described as part adventure race – to the next location, part escape room – discover and solve crime scene clues and part interactive theatre with actors.

As the event is designed in an open world format – teams are able to choose how their adventure plays out. Go in any direction located within the event’s land boundaries and see what you can discover.

Search for crime scenes, find evidence and discuss wild theories with your teammates. Then complete physical/mental challenges to collect information about the killer before time runs out. Will your team choose the path to success or failure?

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Teams attend a briefing before the Hunt a Killer experience starts at 3pm this Saturday. The FAQ says players may also need to crawl or swim(!) through other challenge sections and that not all teams will finish the experience by the 6pm deadline.

When night falls – the event turns into a party where players can talk about the day’s events over a camp bonfire. Afterwards, players can then pitch their camping tents for the night.

Tickets are $210 USD per single ticket (where a person is matched to a team) and $960 USD per team (each person $160 USD).

There’s a code on the website: KEMPER300 which gives teams a $300 discount at the moment. Since the event contains mature content, the Hunt a Killer website states only players 21 years or older are able to join.

Would you sign up for the Hunt A Killer experience?

Hunt A Killer – Website

The Hunt A Killer team are also planning something for 2017 – mysterious packages in the mail.

 

// Other Escape Room News
Today is the last voting day for the 10 Best Escape Rooms as nominated by USA Today. Experts nominated 20 of their favourite escape rooms in the USA and the Room Escape Artist team covered the story with a great post here.

The final results should be listed on the USA Today website – who will be crowned USA Today’s number one escape room?

Perhaps someone will take up the challenge to do an escape room tour to visit the top 10 US escape rooms after all the votes are tallied.

Essa 🙂

 

STEM Matters: How escape rooms are helping to shape the next generation of thinkers

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What are the top ten essential items that help develop an escape room experience?

James Sanders took a class of high school students to a local escape room in Edmonton, Canada and saw how immersed they became with the experience. Students worked together, conducted problem solving and most importantly had fun – but how to take this and bring it into a classroom? About five months ago, Sanders started to develop a modularized prototype by heading to the hardware store and Breakout Edu was created. He got toolboxes, different locks, blacklights, invisible markers and put them into wooden boxes. These boxes were then given to students who were asked to design any game they wanted to while utilising the tools given to them.

The first version of Sander’s prototype was created with the tools the students had nominated as the most essential. What were the top ten tools chosen?
1-4) Locks – key, number combination, letter combination
5) Blacklight (Author Note: a Flashlight should be considered too!)
6) Invisible marker
7) Timer
8) Hasp – a tool that allows a lock to be expanded into multiple locks
9) Big box – to hold items in
10) Small pencil box

At the moment Breakout Edu have prototype kits with these items and are selling them on their website to USA and Canadian customers. Or you can build your own escape room toolkit with the above list of ten items and register an application to become a beta tester to keep up to date with all the news. Plus if you register, you’ll be able to design/upload escape room games you’ve created with your own toolkit and have access to the growing list of escape room games that have been submitted by other users.

By developing a toolkit it turns any room into a game and helps students develop team work skills and also critical thinking skills – is the information relevant now? If so, is the information to be used now or later? When students become stuck at a particular point in a game they can ask for a hint from their teacher who sits back and watches the group work away at their current problem. Another idea raised in the Youtube video was to take away one minute of game time for every hint asked.

It’s really, really important to encourage current students to view the STEM field as an interesting field to pursue a career in and if we can turn an ordinary classroom into an experience where kids are more interested and more involved to learn more – it’s all for the better.

Breakout Edu: http://breakoutedu.com
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/breakoutedu/
– They also have Google Hangouts – check their Facebook page for details

Playing an escape room as part of a job interview in the future, job gamification and Wasabi Waiter

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(Wasabi Waiter)

“Employers have used room escapes for corporate development and job interviews”
– Alex Merkulov of Adventure Rooms, NJ.com

HR people are seeking out new ways to find talented staff from the pool of skills the general public have. In recent years, companies have used computer games to measure the ability of applicants to manage time and the activities given to them effectively.

Win the game, win the job or at least progress into the next job stage.

Wasabi Waiter is a game where the candidate plays as a character who works at a sushi place. The game is to take orders, prepare happy/sad/angry or any mood dishes for the customer and then clean the plate in the sink. The game only takes 10-15 minutes to be played.

Current staff members play the Wasabi Waiter game and this turns into the standard the company uses against job candidates who play the game then. There’s also other games that companies use where employees can gain points and badges for the work activities they perform.

Computer games measure a person’s ability to perform certain skills and helps gather lots of information quickly. The only downside is software bugs that enable unqualified candidates to progress in the job application process ahead of those who are better qualified. It’s also one thing to play a game and another to talk to a person face to face.

Why not use escape rooms alongside computer games and roleplay situations in job interviews to make them more interesting?

Escape Room Live DC mentions on Facebook they screen potential candidates for hiring by asking them to enter one of their escape rooms and work through it. While Merkulov from AdventureRooms says engineers and police personnel do the best at escape rooms – both these jobs involve taking information and breaking it down efficiently to do the work required.

Some escape rooms companies already put in random strangers together to play through the room if they book the same time slot. The same concept can be applied to an escape room full of job candidates who don’t know each other. It’s a great way for companies to see how people deal with uncertainty, new co-workers, how they communicate with each other and make decisions while dealing with limited time.

At the end of the escape room job interview – candidates could present their results to the company. What if job interviews could be more fun for the candidates while still helping the company find the best people to join it. Win, win.

Thanks to Escape Room Live DC and BreakOut Team Adventures for posting about the topic on Facebook and AdventureRooms.

Essa 🙂

Other reading links:
Escape Room Games Toronto.Ca / BreakOut Team Adventures
NY.com
TechTarget