Balancing Multiple Stakeholders: Designing the Red Bull Mind Gamers Escape Room World Championships
Earlier in 2017, Red Bull hosted the Escape Room World Championships. Professor Scott Nicholson led a team of students to create the first design document for this event over the summer of 2016, and had to balance the needs of many stakeholders – those behind the Mind Gamers movie, the developers overseas who would build it, the TV people who needed to film it, the viewers at home, and the competitors. Join Dr. Nicholson as he talks through challenges and lessons learned from this multi-stakeholder design process.
Scott Nicholson is the Director of the Game Design and Development Program at Wilfrid Laurier University. He started the famous Escape Room Enthusiasts Group on Facebook and conducted the first extensive Research about Escape Rooms and a great paper about Environmental Storytelling and Consistency in Escape Room Design. Scott has become the leading expert in Escape Rooms & Life-Action Experiences. Recently he published another paper about Environmental Storytelling and Consistency in Escape Room Design, which functions as a guideline for beginning designers and introduces a new model to categorize generations of escape rooms.