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A Day in the Life as an Escape Room Gamemaster

13 Jun 2024

Escape room gamemaster day in the life

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the mastermind behind those heart-pounding escape room adventures you love? The ones who craft the puzzles, set the scene, and guide you through a thrilling hour of mystery and intrigue? We’re pulling back the curtain to give you an exclusive peek into the daily life of an escape room gamemaster.

What Exactly is an Escape Room Gamemaster?

Gamemasters are the escape room experience’s unsung heroes. In essence, a gamemaster is the person who designs, facilitates, and oversees the entire escape room experience. They ensure everything runs smoothly, from crafting the mood to mastering hidden clues. They keep your heart racing from start to finish.

Here’s how an escape room gamemaster spends their day.

1. Morning Prep

Gamemasters arrive early to unlock the doors, flick on the lights, and fire up the TVs. But it’s not just about creating the right atmosphere; they also need to make sure everything is working as it should. This means troubleshooting any technical glitches, testing puzzles, and ensuring the escape rooms are clean and ready to transport players into another world.

“If you forget even one thing in a room, it throws off the whole gameplay for the group, so you have to really be on top of it”. — Lia, 60out gamemaster

While they’re at it, they’ll review the day’s bookings, mentally preparing for the unique personalities and group dynamics that will soon fill the rooms. It’s a balancing act of technical know-how, problem-solving skills, and a dash of anticipation for the adventures ahead.

2. In-Game Role of a Gamemaster

The heart of a gamemaster’s day is, of course, the games themselves. After briefing the players and setting the scene, it’s time to unleash them into the escape room. But the gamemaster’s work is far from done. They become a watchful eye, monitoring the group’s progress through cameras and listening in on their conversations. The goal is not to interfere, but to guide subtly when needed. This often involves offering hints — carefully worded nudges designed to keep the players on track without giving too much away.

“When it comes to hints, when a group comes in, you can definitely gauge what they want. Some groups will say ‘No more than three hints…’ which is fine…With kids, it’s basically babysitting but still within the realms of the narrative and the room… You never want to bring them out of the story”. — Lia, 60out gamemaster

It’s a delicate art, balancing assistance with maintaining the challenge and sense of accomplishment. Each group is different, requiring the gamemaster to adapt their approach based on group dynamics, skill level, and even mood. Whether it’s encouraging a shy player or gently redirecting an overzealous one, the gamemaster is the unseen hand ensuring everyone has a fun, engaging, and ultimately successful experience.

Gamemasters and The Unexpected

Being a gamemaster isn’t just about following the script. They’re also the masters of improvisation, ready to handle unexpected twists and turns. Players might misinterpret clues, accidentally break props, or even discover unintended solutions. It’s up to the gamemaster to think on their feet, adapt to the situation, and ensure the game remains fun and engaging, even when things go off-script.

3. Post-Game Reflection and Reset

After the excitement of the escape room, gamemasters often lead a debrief, discussing puzzles and missed clues. Once players leave, the meticulous reset process begins, returning the room to its original state for the next group. During this time, gamemasters reflect on the day’s events, analyzing player strategies and brainstorming improvements to continually enhance future experiences.

Beyond the Game: Fostering Connections

Gamemasters are more than just puzzle facilitators; they’re the heart of a vibrant escape room community. Their enthusiasm is infectious, creating an environment where laughter and shared experiences are the norm. They get to interact with a diverse range of people from all walks of life, making each day unique and exciting.

“…it’s a really fun job. I get to talk to new people every day, I get to make people laugh every day and I get to laugh every day”. — Lia, 60out gamemaster


The life of an escape room gamemaster is a unique blend of creativity, technical skill, and interpersonal finesse. They’re the guides through perplexing puzzles and the unseen force ensuring every player has an unforgettable experience. It’s a demanding yet rewarding role that requires passion, dedication, and a genuine love for creating moments of joy and excitement.

Book an escape room at 60out and meet our wonderful team of gamemasters, all pros who are passionate about creating unforgettable experiences.

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