You can’t play an escape room without interacting with a Game Master. We’re the keepers of keys and the rulers of rooms; the games don’t function without us. Sure, you’ve played before and you know the rules, so the Game Master going on about safety may not be very interesting to you, but there are many reasons why you should pay attention during every visit. Here are three instances when you should keep your ears open and trust your Game Master:
Game Specific Information
At Escape Games Canada, our games are not all created equal. For example, some games challenge you to escape as quickly as you can while others are played for a score. It’s important to pay attention to your Game Master because they’re going to help guide you. They’ll let you know what to look out for, how to operate hinting systems, and what your main focus should be while you play. You might be an escaping expert, but that doesn’t mean that you know how this particular room works. Listen to your Game Master, they’ll give you all the information you need to succeed.
A Surprise Visit
Game Masters aren’t in the habit of stopping by during your game unless they are A) called in by the group, or B) there’s something wrong. So, if a Game Master appears while you’re playing and you didn’t call for help, you should give them your attention. Remember that we’re watching your game; we know how long you’ve been working on that puzzle and how close you are to solving it. If we’ve come to offer you some support, chances are your group is overthinking things and we just want to point you in the right direction so you can keep playing and not waste time. Now, it’s absolutely your prerogative to tell the Game Master that you don’t want any help, but we suggest not letting that tiny boost wound your pride. Let us help you have fun!
Generally, your Game Master will stick to the script. We have specific information we have to give you, and that’s our focus when we take you into your game. But every now and again, a Game Master might offer a little extra tidbit that’s super helpful. Game Masters might say something like, “I never say this, but –” or they might encourage a decision you’ve made. Pay attention to your Game Master, they know these escape rooms inside and out–if they’re telling you something is a good idea then you’re probably on the right track.
When You Shouldn’t Trust Your Game Master
The team at Escape Games Canada loves a good prank. Anyone who’s been playing here for a long time might remember our build-up to The Unknown where we tried to convince customers that the game was about visiting a wildlife reserve. Unfortunately for many nervous escape room players, the staff also love to build atmosphere, so anyone who’s booked a horror-themed game, beware! Our team will toy with you just to increase the suspense. We know you want to have fun, and if you’re playing a scary game we’re going to make sure that the entire experience is tense from beginning to end. Who knows what kind of stories they’ll weave to make the game feel more intense? Whatever it is, when a Game Master is trying to spook you is one occasion when you don’t have to take them seriously.