A couple of weeks ago TheLogicEscapesMe challenged me to come up with a visual representation of the ‘fun spectrum’. The fun spectrum being the term I coined to cover lots of different activities that are related to, or could possibly be liked by people who enjoy, escaping. At the time I was focussing on catching up on my reviews, but having put a dent in that already this week I fancied something different.
The issue with anything like this is that it’s massively subjective. And in order to make it anyway practical I’ve made massive generalisations about each of the activities being described. So I know full well that geocaching can involve puzzle-solving, and that interactive theatre doesn’t always contain puzzles. Conversely, I’ve not yet tried some of the activities included so my understanding is based purely on a description from someone else or a website. With those caveats in place I certainly don’t intend for this to be seen as a definitive answer; more something to think about and possibly discuss, and possibly improve in the future (hence the “v1.0”).
So without further ado, here’s the Really Fun Spectrum v1.0:
Definitions of the more obscure/vague terms:
- Party game – Something like Two Rooms and a Boom or Werewolf involve a lot of people and have small scale mechanics, but they’re nothing like a megagame.
- RPG – That’s Role-Playing Game rather than Rocket-Propelled Grenade. Dungeons & Dragons is of course the most famous but there are many more.
- Megagame – If only there was a post explaining this.
- LARP – Live Action Role-Playing can cover a wide range of activities in itself. I’m thinking of people in costumes with fake weapons getting frowned at if they break character.
- Puzzle hunt – A series of puzzles where the answer leads you to the next location you need to visit. DASH is a great example.
- Online puzzle hunt – Similar to the above but done without leaving your home. Pablo’s Armchair Treasure Hunt is a great example.
- Clue hunt – Rather than a competition or a race to a particular destination, a clue hunt gives you something to think about while taking a walking tour around a city or site. It’s what ClueKeeper was designed for.
- City Dash – Is the current project by Fire Hazard Games. It’s kinda like an outdoor escape game but with a bit more to it. Agent November would be another example but it didn’t fit in the space as well.
- Interactive theatre – I was initially thinking of events like CoLab Theatre and A Door in the Wall that appear to be more like a puzzle hunt than an escape game, but I could be wrong. I believe they are also outdoors, which would obviously change the diagram (and ruin it!) but then I thought of other things like Knightmare Live you could put in this category which I believe are on a stage, very much indoors.
- ? – I couldn’t think of anything that specifically involved role-playing, puzzles and lots of people. But you could well tell me that one of the above does, or of something else that fits. Please do!
Okay, that’s enough for now. What do you think?