GM Diaries

The Xmas Reset Can Be So Special!

By Bill Parslow
The Xmas reset!

Things usually heat up at Xmas in the entertainment business and escape rooms are no exception. Sometimes you’ll have resets that are full of glitter and sparkles - oh what joy! In the more adult end of the spectrum the groups are drunker, noisier and just have that ...

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"You can't come in? - whadda we gonna do??" GM Diaries #11

By Bill Parslow
Big Breakfast!

I’ve not posted anything for a while for two reasons. One was a holiday in Croatia, the highlight of which, in this strange twisted mind set that the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik instills in a certain kind of person like me, was a day kayaking around ...

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Time, Turning Up On? GM Diaries #10

By Bill Parslow
Multi storey carpark

I’m sure that every GM gets tired and fed-up of people who come late. People who cannot follow the simplest of instructions, who cannot tell the time. One of the saddest texts I ever had, on a busy Saturday afternoon, four weeks before Christmas, arrived only ten ...

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Mixing strangers in your escape room GM Diaries #9

By Bill Parslow
Conflict!

There’s been a bit of discussion in one of the escape room Facebook groups recently about troubles that people have had with putting strangers together despite the fact that “the small print clearly states that others may join you.” !

“Despite the fact” ? - there lies the reason for ...

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Bad Day Good Management GM Diaries #7

By Bill Parslow
You can't stop bad days, but you CAN make sure they don't impact on your business

The Bad Day


This is a genuine GM diary post in the sense that I had one of those days the other day. A day when I didn’t much fancy going out and introducing and guiding and generally encouraging five groups an hour apart.We all get ...

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GM Diaries #5 Drunks! Handle them!

By Bill Parslow

First of all you should be quite clear that you will not accept people arriving in a dysfunctional level of inebriation - it should be clearly laid out in your terms and conditions. It is a sad fact, especially since Escape Rooms are becoming more and more popular with ...

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GM Diaries #4 Caught Short

By Bill Parslow

I am a GM in a very Gothic, atmospheric room - it’s eerie decor, weird soundscape and little scares (Nervous Player “ Is there anything scary in there?” Me: “Madam, I will have to refer you to my lawyers to answer that”) are part and parcel of the experience ...

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GM Diaries #3: D*ckhead Questions

By Bill Parslow

There comes a time, for every game master when it isn’t that the group you have in are desperately rude or drunk or unpleasant, but there is something about them, something about them that you just don’t like. Now it could be said, and probably quite ...

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GM Diaries #2: The "Dynamic" Photo

By Bill Parslow

While obsessionally looking at other Escape Room feedback and pictures I did find some real beauts. I particularly laughed in a knowingly, unkindly way, at the bearded winners of one Escape Room as they stared glumly out from their winner’s sofa, their mouths set firm against the ...

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GM Diaries #1: We all want feedback don't we?

By Bill Parslow

We all want feedback from the games we’ve run, of course we do. Except. Except for those groups that turn up every once in awhile that are really just mouths and lungs with legs to move them around, mostly at random.

These are the groups that make ...

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