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GREAT IDEAS FOR ENHANCING YOUR VIRTUAL ESCAPE PARTY

We miss hearing the wonderful sounds of teams bonding in our physical escape rooms. The laughter, the yelling, the gasps of amazement, we miss it all! But just because we are currently scattered across the map, that doesn’t mean we can’t still get together and solve fun puzzles! Whether you are looking for virtual team building or just want a fun activity to do with friends or family, the virtual Jewel Palace Series is right for you.

 To help create a truly memorable and outstanding virtual event, the fun people at Palace Games have pulled together a brain trust to give you a list of ways to enhance your virtual party, in ways that fit the current, socially distant reality. So follow these easy steps and enjoy reconnecting with your team!

 

Play the RUBY PALACE

Palace Games’ world class gaming experience is now available in digital form. Of course you want to share the fun with your team! The first in the Jewel Palace Series, The Ruby Palace is a mysterious manor, filled with puzzles to be solved as you race the clock to  beat your competitors.

Designed to be entirely self-led and self-scheduled, the Ruby Palace can accommodate any size group--but for the best puzzle experience, break your group into smaller teams of 3-4 players. Then enter the world of lavish decor and mysterious relatives, and race for the prize--and top spot on your personal leaderboard.

 

Arrange Food and Drink

The story of the Ruby Palace begins with a letter from a relative you never knew existed. You and your team travel to an imposing mansion and are greeted with an exhilarating series of puzzles. As you solve each challenge, a door opens to a new room and a new brain teaser.

Clearly, your team will need to be sufficiently prepared for this mental ordeal! You can support their efforts by providing fun snacks and drinks to reproduce the post game pub visit!

Some personal favorite suggestions are:

  • La Fromagerie gift boxes Cheese is brain food!
  • Wine Tasting Kit   


  • Send Themed “Swag Bags” to Your Participants

    Immerse your team in the opulent atmosphere of the Ruby Palace by sending them thematically appropriate items to extend the fun. We had a great deal of fun coming up with these suggestions for items you can share with your team. Mix and match any (or all!) of these suggestions.

    For an extra shot of mystery, send them ahead of time without explaining why…

    • Crowns and tiaras--the shinier, the better! Or check out these regal head boppers  for an unconventional royal look.
    • Rubik’s cubes make for good pre-game mental warm-up. They come in the traditional cube shape, but there are also unusual shapes, or even miniature ones.

    Have Prizes 

    Everybody loves to win, so the more prizes you can come up with, the more you can spread the joy. “Fastest to the finish” is obvious, but creativity is always appreciated. The last place team (by whatever margin) is obviously the “Team that had the MOST fun!” And you can deliver these medals that declare that everybody is a winner.

     

    Make Time to Chat--Before, During, and/or After the game

    Having a chance to connect with other players before/during/after the game is especially fun. You can survey for people’s favorite puzzles, most embarrassing moments, and other stand out experiences. Email us at play@palacesphere.com for a debrief guide and questionnaire. 

    Compare your teams’ puzzle prowess 

    When you play as a group, you have your own private leaderboard, where you can compare your mental agility with each other. But did you know that the PalaceSPHERE lets you create Shared Leaderboards so you can compare yourself with other teams from your company or other social groups? There is even a Public Leaderboard you can opt into, and see how you rate against other teams.

    For more information, including different ways to play, see our article "Throw A Great Virtual Party"

    We would love to hear what you do with your teams! Give us your best ideas at play@palacesphere.com. And stay tuned for the next exciting game: THE SAPPHIRE PALACE!

    Throw a Great Virtual Party

    Throw a Great Virtual Party

    Sparking joy and connection are the top priority at Palace Games, so we want to share how you can put together a virtual party that is both fun and stress-free! 

    Whether you're planning a virtual team building event or a party with friends or family, the Jewel Palace Series, including the Ruby Palace and the soon-to-be released Sapphire Palace, is perfect for you!

    Ways to Play: Different Ways to Setup Up Your Virtual Event

    With friends, family, and colleagues dispersed like never before, it can be hard to schedule a play time that works for everyone. As our online games are self led (no live host required), teams can schedule the game at their convenience, no matter the time zone! There is no need to coordinate with our schedule for your virtual event unless you are interested in a live hosted game.

    We understand that every group has unique needs. Some groups want to have a standalone event at a set date and time. Other groups may want to offer a fun virtual activity for their participants to enjoy at their leisure. Our system allows organizers to set up their virtual event however it works best for their group’s needs.

    Organizers could set up their virtual party in a couple of different ways:

    1. Teams play at the same time

    Organizers can schedule all teams to play at once. This is a great option if you have set aside a specific date and time for a team building activity or are throwing a virtual holiday party.

    2. Teams play at different times

    We have seen a lot of success with this model. If it is hard to find a time for everyone to play at once, allow each team to schedule their game at a time that is convenient within a set time frame (ex. over the weekend, within 2 weeks, etc...). To relieve the burden of scheduling, the Team Organizer can delegate this task by assigning Team Captains to each team and inviting them to the Game Administrator Portal (GAP).

    What we love about this option is how it really encourages social engagement. As teams compete their escape times are memorialized on your private Leaderboard. We've seen friendly banter ignite as teams boast about their experience and challenge teams yet to play. 

    Other Ways to Enhance Your Virtual Event

    We have helped many types of groups host excellent virtual events and throughout our experience we have learned some things. For example, some are looking for a turnkey experience with minimal effort; others wants ways to snazz up their events with swag! 

    Extra Support

    If you want the joy of throwing a great event, but without some of the hassle, then look no further! Our Palace concierges, aka The GEMs, are here to help. With new add-on packages, including a Live Host introduction, Live Host full-game support, or full set up packages, your event just got a whole lot easier. Check out what the GEMs have to offer here.

    Swag

    One of the really fun parts of assisting organizers with their events, is coming up with ways to make it unique. Enter the swag bag. Our Palace concierges, the GEMs, have come up with a great list of items that can be used to boost the experience and provide some hands-on enjoyment! See our list of swag idea here

    Leaderboards

    We would be remiss if we didn't mention our Leaderboards.

    Need to energize your department? Want to rouse your competitive family? Looking to motivate your teammates? Our Leaderboard options will ignite friendly competition across departments, homes, and social groups.

    Each reservation has a Private Leaderboard that includes the escape times for each team in your group. Great, right? Well, we also have Shared leaderboards and a Public Leaderboard to extend the competition. Shared Leaderboards are a really fun way to link separate reservations and see how your teams fair against others that you choose to invite. Click here to learn more about our Leaderboards.

     

    At Palace Games, we truly and deeply, care about your experience and are here to help. Connect with us today to get your event underway!