Virtual Escape Room Team Building

How to host a DIY Virtual Escape Room

Today we’re sharing our tips for how to mix it up by setting up a virtual Escape Game for team building or friends by using ClueQuest's print-at-home escape games Print+Cut+Escape! 

Playing the game is as easy as these 4 steps:

Step 1. Download the PDF file which contain your printable paper puzzles.

Step 2. Send the files to each member of your team

Step 3. Print your puzzles at home and schedule a zoom meeting/get together.

Step 4. Play and try to escape the game together!

What you’ll need:

  • Print+Cut+Escape! printouts for each friend/colleague
  • - Online game system codes for each team (If you split into groups, one game must be purchased per team)
  • - Your usual video conferencing solution
  • - Ideally 2 x devices per colleague (for example a laptop and a phone/tablet)
  • - Your favourite drinks and snacks


Organizing the virtual team building:

1. Set a date for your team building - Share the idea with your teams and pencil in a date. 

2. Find out who has a printer and who doesn’t - First thing’s first, you’ll need to find out who has a printer. If certain colleagues don’t have access to one, you can print a set of puzzles and drop off or mail to their address.

3. Place your order - Head on to our store and build your own package. You will need to order and game to receive an access code to the online game system for each team. 

4. Send out confirmation invitations - Once everyone has received their game, it’s time to send out a confirmation email. Nominate a leader for each group, who can send an invite to their team using Zoom, or whichever video conferencing tool you use. This invite should also include the team’s individual link to the online game system, which will be included in your order confirmation email. You could also set up another link for the whole team to connect before and after the game (most teams take approx. 90 minutes to complete the mission).

5. Play and enjoy a fun night in - On the day, get your team to have a drink and a snack handy, and start playing! You could even set up a friendly competition between teams. As each team completes the mission, they can meet up in the team video conference to share their experience.


 

Playing the virtual team building:

1. Divide into teams - We recommend a maximum of 6 players per team. We also recommend assigning a leader for each team. 

2. Prepare the pieces in advance - It takes about 30 minutes to print and cut all the game pieces, so share the .pdf files in advance and get everyone to do this ahead of time. 

3. Setting up - The virtual escape game party works best when every player uses two devices, one for the video conference connection, and one for the online game platform. 

4. Connect to the platform - Once everyone’s on the video conference, each player should access the online game system using the same link. These are provided in your confirmation email. The team can then progress through the online game system at the same time. If this doesn’t happen automatically, simply refresh your browser. Ideally everyone would do this on a second device, but it could also work on an additional tab using the same device.

5. Advancing through the game - The team should discuss each puzzle together, then work on potential solutions using the printed puzzles each player has on hand, while sharing their ideas with the rest of the team. Whenever there is a video or audio file to play, we suggest each colleague mute their mic and play it individually. 

So there you have it. It takes a little more preparation than real-life team building, but a really effective way of creating shared experiences for colleagues in the current circumstances.


People also ask:

How long does it take to play?
Teams take an average of 90 mins to complete the mission. Unlike other escape experiences, in this case the clock ticks up, so the game can continue indefinitely until it is solved.

Does every team member need a printer to play?
If certain team members don’t have access to a printer, you can always print out spare copies of the puzzles.

How many people can play?
The number of participants is only limited by the bandwidth of your videoconferencing solution. However, we recommend that participants are divided into teams compromising a maximum of 6 players. In this case, each team would connect to the online game system using a different link, and progress through the game as a team. We would not recommend a larger number of players per link as collaboration would become difficult at this point.

Of course if you want all the arrangements done by us, we can host a game for you! Find out more about our virtual team building packages here

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