Playful designer. escape rooms/ARGs/board games/other. CEO of Oubliette. Designer at EscapeHunt.

Escape the Room games

  • A Room
  • Puzzles
  • Stuff
  • Time limit/Timer
  • Theme/story


Online Flash games, Japan

Daymare Town

Mateusz Skutnik

The Room (1,2,3)

Haptic, touchscreen, tactile digital escape the room

Passer Games

Text based adventure games

-Hitchhikers Guide


-Day of the Tentacle

-Monkey Island

Unfinished Swan

What remains of Edith Finch

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

How might players interact in ways you hadn’t planned, flexible, improvise

MDA Framework

  • Mechanics are the base components
  • Dynamics
  • Aesthetics sensation, fantasy, narrative, challenge, fellowship, discovery, expression

(Story shouldn’t just be in the Aesthetics level)

Diegetic Narrative, the story comes from the world, not layered on top

Environmental storytelling (myst)

The Design of Everyday Things – Donald A Norman

Understanding User Interface Design is crucial

Laura Hall Diagetic Narrative



Pokemon Go is going to kill everyone

City Dash – Fire Hazard

Agent November

2.8 Hours Later

Punch Drunk

Immersive Theatre  – Stories inhabiting spaces

Mapping a Narrative

-Kurt Vonnegut Story Graph

-Alice’s Adventures Underground “On rails” narrative irl

Team interaction

-Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Shut up and sit down

-board game reviews

Reins game

Give players details of the world but leave it ambiguous for them to interpret.

How does this apply to my game?

What do I want to the players to be asking?

What kind of answers/details do i want to give them?

The world where the player is given enough information to make up a story for themselves, but makes them think the game told them.

(improve story made by the participant/player

have them ask you ‘yes/no’ questions after the prompt “I’m thinking of a very interesting story”)

Game where the player interacts with humanoid machines and must interpret the origins for themselves

  • What are the robots?
    • Where are they from?
    • How old are they?
    • Who made them?
    • Are they human/artificial intelligence/cyborgs?