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 Online Escape Room
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 to Accompany Your Virtual Escape Room
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:
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…
- Golden Diamond Journal and a Ruby Red Diamond Top Crystal Pen Because every escape room enthusiast knows you need a system for tracking clues and solving puzzles. Make the note-taking special with bejeweled stationery.
- Sugarfina’s Pink Diamonds, Ring Pops, or Dylan’s Candy Bar Rock Candy In case people need a sugar rush to power through the mental challenges.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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"