Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Plan a Graduation Party that all will be remember!

A graduation marks one of the most significant accomplishment, but it also symbolizes a new beginning. Celebrating this event should match your accomplishment.  A backyard BBQ or house party will not do. Here are a few ideas to make this accomplishment a lifelong memorable event.

Rafting Down the Rio Grande

Take a rafting trip with your group down the Rio Grande.  Feel the sense of accomplishment and exhilaration as you manage various rapids.  View the sheer beauty of the river, the landscape of the wilderness, the sound of the water, camping under the stars, hiking up that beautiful canyon, not to mention the fantastic food you will eat wherever you stop - steaks, corn, breakfast burritos, succulent seared salmon. The trip will be unforgettable.

Take a Tour on the various Ghost and Haunting Sites in Santa Fe

Explore Santa Fe’s mysterious side.  Santa Fe is of one of the most haunted cities in the United States.  Sign up for a tour with your group and get ready for the unexpected.  You see eerie streets, haunted buildings, here the story of Julia at Las Posadas and other great stories.  This unique experience will give you a lifetime of memories.

Book Escape Santa Fe

Few experiences are more memorable than the first time you ever try an escape room adventure. In this live adventure game, participants are placed in a themed room in which they will have to solve a series of mind-bending riddles and puzzles to find the Pharaoh’s Tomb, disarm a bomb or find the money stole by Fredo. Escape Santa Fe offers three unique escape rooms that will be sure to test your graduate’s mystery-solving skills. This immersive experience will create an unforgettable experience for the whole group.

Monday, April 16, 2018

How to Succeed in an Escape Room

Here are several sound escape room tips to achieve a very high success rate in most escape rooms.  The major categories are: 1) team composition 2) teamwork 3) managing the room and puzzles 4) thorough review of all clues and puzzles and 5) effectively and efficiently solving puzzles.

1.       Team Composition

Play with co-workers, friends or family.  Book the entire room to assure that you have a private room but play with less than the maximum occupancy of the room.  By playing in a private room, you can assure that you have a common understanding on how you all communicate with one another.  Having less than the maximum occupancy will: a) avoid overcrowding, b) assure everyone has something to do, c) fewer “aha” moments and d) easier to control the team.

2.       Teamwork

Communicate loudly what you find so that other teammates are incorporating the information.  Teammate should listen to one another.  Be willing to walk away and give another person a try at a puzzle if you have not been able to solve it.  Work on puzzles that others are not working and do not become a spectator by simply crowding around a puzzle.

3.       Managing the room and puzzles

The most important skill here is to be organized with the various puzzle items.  For example: keep used keys with the locks, unused keys in a central area, establish a discard pile and neatly organize books and other items that you have search or used.

4.       Thorough review of all clues and puzzles

Search the room thoroughly and be sure to recall where you find items.  Be sure to break up into teams and divide up the room.  Ask for clues when needed.

5.       Effectively and efficiently solving puzzles.

Usually the puzzle is straight forward; so do not overthink the solution.  Avoid things like random numbers or letters in books or other items.  Avoid electrical outlets and drop ceilings.  Attempt combinations frequently but be cautious of electronic safes that have a safeguard for too many failed attempts.  You can skip the last digit on a numeric or letter combination lock by simply cycling through the last digit.  Finally, on an Enigma machine, once you decipher one letter, look for the same letter and position and apply it to all possible code letter.

Some general tips

  • Don’t play drunk
  • Don’t use excessive force
  • Don’t over think puzzles
  • Don’t be afraid to lose