Phew, you escaped! Or maybe you didn’t… sorry about that. Better luck next time! Either way, it’s time to recap the fastest, most exciting, and most frustrating hour of your life. This is called debriefing and it is one of the most important aspects of your experience here at Room To Escape.
To give you just a little bit of background, the term “debriefing” originally comes from the military. Mission participants take part in debriefing when missions are over in order to share information about what happened and how effective the mission was. Doing this helps participants deal with any problems or emotional issues they have from the mission, and helps to provide commanding officers with information to improve future missions.
Debriefing after your game at Room To Escape is actually quite similar to the idea of debriefing after a mission. It helps us here at Room To Escape improve our establishment and our games for you guys! It also allows you and your team to focus on what you did well (both individually and as a team), what you could have done better (again, both individually and as a team), your favorite parts of the game, the most stressful parts of the game, lessons you learned, connections and bonds that your team seemed to have… the list goes on and on. Here are just a few of the best questions to discuss with your team during your debriefing session. Feel free to alter them, add to them, and make them your own!
1. Was there a time you felt like the team was working exceptionally well together? Was there a time you felt like things were a little too unorganized? What do you think caused these different situations?
2. What was your favorite part of the game? What was your least favorite? What did you find to be the most satisfying? What did you find to be most stressful?
3. How did you, as an individual, contribute to the team? What role did you play (see The 4 Different Escape Room Roles), and how did this make a difference in the game?
4. What were the most effective and ineffective strategies used throughout the game? Will you do anything differently the next time around?
5. What skills or knowledge were needed to escape? Was there anything you’d be able to practice before playing again?
6. Were there specific people you needed to depend upon to solve certain challenges? How do you feel about this type of interdependence?
7. How did the one-hour time limit play into your experience? Did you use any effective time-management skills? Did you find yourself looking at the clock often? Do you think this was beneficial or hindering?
8. Were there any lessons learned? How do these lessons apply to your everyday life? If you did this as a team-building event for work, how are you able to apply these lessons to your workplace
Remember, debriefing after the game is one of the most important parts of your adventure as a whole. It is a way to truly maximize your experience at Room To Escape. We recommend staying 15 minutes after your game to debrief, but in actuality, most teams could - and do - spend a lot longer than just 15 minutes discussing their game!