Recently, I ran the first “DIY Carnival”, a hilarious team-building event where you get to invent and test your own crazy carnival game.
The mini design workshop was part of the amazing weekend-long “United by 8” Dance Camp, and was a chance to get people moving, communicating, and creating together as a group. All while having fun and enjoying the beautiful weather we were lucky enough to have!
After a brief introduction, I said “go” and teams erupted in activity! Many ran straight for the table of materials to grab whatever inspired them.
A typical sunny August day in Los Angeles, and a 3-bedroom home in Hollywood was about to be transformed in an explosion of creativity and puzzle goodness, as four teams set out to design, build, and playtest their own amazing escape rooms in a single day.
Today, I'm running the first Escape Jam, a DIY-make-and-test-your-own-mini-escape-room design workshop. Spoiler alert: it goes insanely well, and it turns out people are brilliant.
Before the participants arrived, I set up the projector, laid out the boxes of materials, and prepared the four rooms that would soon become a Museum Heist escape room, an Alien Spy escape room, a Jury Murder escape room, and a Trick Hook-Up escape room. I cleared out anything extraneous or breakable, and put red Xs on anything off-limits.
As people trickled in, they were excited to pull out and show off the “3 random items” they were each instructed to bring, and added them to the table of materials. By the time everyone was there, we had an amazing (and crazy) collection of stuff, ready to be turned into brilliant puzzles.