Philip Dasler

Philip Dasler

Only Game Control Thinks This is Funny: Puzzle Writing Lessons from the Puzzle Hunt Community

Escape rooms offer a level of interaction distinct from most other forms of entertainment. Rather than passively watching a character overcome obstacles, the players themselves must rise to the challenge. Well-crafted puzzles are central to player engagement and good puzzle design integral to an escape room’s continued success.

The team at Locurio has a unique perspective that comes from their experience within the long-standing puzzle hunt community in the United States, known both for its puzzle complexity and for its highly-thematic yet grueling puzzle events. In this talk, Philip Dasler, Locurio co-founder and technology lead, will take you on a tour of this unique puzzling culture and what lessons can be learned from it. He’ll discuss how Locurio’s particular puzzle pedigree has helped (and hindered) their puzzle design process as they balance their games for both the experienced puzzle aficionados and the casual players looking for a fun way to spend an hour.

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