Setup Guide for the GAME MASTERS
As a host you have the leading role in this whole experience. People like you make this piece of art transform into an amazing escape room game, and we are here to give you some tips on how to do it in the best way possible.
The set-up has few steps, which take no more than 15 minutes of preparation. Of course, if you’re willing to put in more effort, you can make it even more amazing.
P.S. Maybe you want to team up with your kids, instead of just being their moderator. Well, this basic setup doesn’t contain any spoilers so you’ll be able to dive into the this amazing story and play along with the kids. Trust me, the adults enjoy solving the game tricks and mysteries as much as their kids. But remember, sometimes kids can be smarter… so be prepared to avoid getting embarrass.
Follow the next easy steps to start Saving The Beauty of Winter right in your home:
Step 1: Download and Print
There are 3 ways to download your game kit:
- After the purchase you receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with the download link.
- You can download it on the purchase confirmation page or
- In My Account page
Open the PDF file “THE GAME” and print it on a regular home/office color printer. Go to printer properties and select:
- Letter or A4 paper size,
- Fit to paper,
- One-sided printing,
- Color mode: Color.
For better feeling use thicker paper, but any paper will get the job done!
Saving the beauty of winter is played as one team (2-5 players), or by multiple teams – like a competition.
If there are more than 6 players, don’t worry, just divide them into teams and print out one copy for each team. This way they can compete against each other, and the first team that manages to shut down the machine wins it all.
2-5 players – print 1 copy
6-11 players – print 2 copies
12-17 players – print 3 copies and so on
Remember that you can print the game as many times as you want. If you are a teacher for example, it means that you can use this game for every generation in your classroom and become the coolest teacher in your school.
Step 2: Make sure you grab:
2 pairs of Scissors
Almost everyone already has these items in their homes, and that’s why it’s very easy to start working on your escape as soon as you buy the game. One of our goals was to make this game accessible at any time form the comfort of your home and to be playable using these everyday items on a budget.
Step 3: Set up the game
1. Separate the 3 challenges
2. Choose an empty table
On the table, put:
- The 1st challenge
- The paper glue
- The 2 pairs of scissors
- The pencil.
In “Saving the beauty of winter” players have to solve 3 challenges. The easiest way of orchestrating this game is to give the players the first challenge, and when they solve it just pass them the second one and finally the third one. (See step 5 for more creative ways of setting up the challenges).
…. AND THAT’S IT, A PIECE OF CAKE.
STEP 4: When the players arrive:
You should know that an Escape Room game doesn’t start when players begin solving the challenges. Actually, the experience starts a bit earlier, with a short intro – a tool that a Game Master should use to increase player’s immersion into the story.
Read out load the storyline to the players. Spice it up with a dramatic voice or, even better, use some of your acting skills. Well, it’s all about the fun, isn’t it?
Set the 60 minutes timer and let the fun begin.
From now on your role is to observe the players. Use How To Play instruction manual (also included in the kit) to check team progress. This manual contains a detailed walkthrough the game and a list of hints for every challenge. It takes about 45-60 minutes for the players to finish the game.
Creative people don’t like rules, they enjoy the freedom of choice.
That’s why we created this game with just a few rules, and everything else is a product of your and the player’s imagination.
- Players have 1 hour to shut down the machine!
- They can use a maximum of 5 hints!
- Every time they get a combination wrong, they lose 1 minute.
Even these rules can be changed and your guests will still have a lot of fun. Don’t be afraid to experiment, just set up the game and enjoy it.
What about after the game?
You should get the players involved even after they finish the game by making a short debrief. At this point the kids are having a blast, the fell smart, accomplished and they want to talk about the game. Go through the puzzles, ask them what they found the most interesting, which was the hardest challenge etc. Sharing these impressions brings the game full circle, making the experience more complete and fun. Better yet, make a themed photo with all the posters included in the game kit and post it on your social media profiles.
Bonus: Make it more special
With a little more effort you can make this game even more amazing.
For example you can put the 2nd and 3th challenge and the congratulation sheet into three different boxes and seal them with padlocks.
For the 2nd challenge you need a padlock with 3 digit combination (code 382)
For the 3th challenge you need a padlock with 3 digit combination (code 206)
For the congratulation sheet you need a padlock with 4 digit combination (code 7561)
Hide the 3 boxes in the room and place the first challenge on the table. You can even put the challenges in four different rooms and lock the doors with the padlocks.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your creative ideas, because there isn’t much space for error, but there are far more opportunities to make it amazing.
Send invitations to the players
We have created editable invitations. Change the name, place and date of your party and send it to your guests via Facebook, Instagram, email etc. If you want to go old school style, print the invitations and send them via local post office.
Create a better atmosphere
- Play background mysterious music from our playlist. Check out “Saving the beauty of winter” playlist. The mysterious music adds so much to the experience.
- Turn the lights low and put some candles around.
- Get toys/items/decoration that suit the storyline.
- Set posters around the room. You can find them in the game kit.
- Serve some drinks and snacks. The game tastes better this way!