Five tips for facilitating your first game

1. Set the tone for the game: How you introduce the game to your players is important. Make sure the players know that the objective the game is to solve the puzzles in order to open the box. Point out that the objective is NOT to get into the box by any means necessary--this will cut down on players looking for shortcuts.  

2. Use a lock parking lot: A lock parking lot is a spot in the room where players place the locks once they solve that puzzle. This will eliminate accidental resetting of the locks.

3. Keep a poker face: Players will look to the facilitator for free hints and suggestions. When the players need your help they can use on of their two hint cards.

4. Leave time for a debrief: The debrief activities are sometimes even more valuable the the game itself. One option is to use the Breakout EDU Reflection Cards to facilitate the discussion.

5. Avoid prizes: The best games have a story that leaves the players satisfied by playing. Relying on physical prizes in the box can reduce engagement in future games.