DIY Scavenger Hunt Tutorial

We love creating and going on scavenger hunts! Some of my most vivid childhood memories are of going on present hunts that my mom would make to lead us to the really big special gift! Below are our tips and tricks for creating your own DIY Scavenger hunt – be it for family, friends or… Read more →

Escape Game Review: Mysterious Map Heist

We created The Mysterious Map Heist so players could jump into a game right away without waiting for a package in the mail. Happily, like our mystery in a box games, it got rave reviews! Scroll down to read some of our favorite parts and click the links for the full reviews. The Mysterious Map… Read more →

Hints in Escape Rooms and Alternate Reality Games

We design both escape games and mail-order alternate reality games. In both, providing hints is essential to smooth gameplay. Our Guidelines for Creating Hints in Escape Games Hints must be straightforward. People are using hints because they feel stuck. We’ve been in situations where we ask for a hint and get a riddle back or… Read more →

Hawthorne Effect In Play Testing: Game Design Diaries

Let’s jump right in: The Hawthorne Effect causes people to behave differently when they know they’re being observed. A Little History The Hawthorne Effect was named after a study at an electric plant, Hawthorne Works, in the early 1920s. Researchers wanted to determine how lighting impacted productivity and found that all lighting changes increased productivity…. Read more →

How the Society of Curiosities uses technology to refine and polish their mystery in a box puzzles

The Society of Curiosities offers immersive play-at-home games. That can be difficult to achieve. After all, we’re not there, in person, to aid players and guide gameplay. So how do we ensure our mystery in a box experience is consistent and exceptional? Well, it’s a lot of work! We do a lot of design work… Read more →