This is probably something that we should talk about a little more often.
I’m going to give you a little background information. Then I’m going to show you a few easy ways that you can adapt your escape rooms to make them fully playable for players with colorblindness.
You can make your escape rooms playable for people with colorblindness with minimal effort and without spending any additional money.
Finally, the improvements that you make for players with colorblindness will improve the game for normal-sighted players as well.
“Accessible design is a design process in which the needs of people with disabilities are specifically considered.” (Washington.edu)
There are times where it isn’t possible to create something that can be universally experienced in the same way. However, there are ways to ensure that the thing can be experienced at all.
Professionally in my life as a digital UX designer, I’ve been practicing and advocating for accessible design for over a decade. I’ve written a white paper on this and given talks on the subject. (I no longer work for Phase2, but I’m still proud of this talk.):
Designing Escape Rooms For Colorblindness
How do we design escape rooms for colorblindness?
Most people with colorblindness can see color. They just don’t see it in the same way that normal-sighted folks see it. While monochromacy is a thing, it is incredibly rare.
With that in mind, here are 3 techniques that I recommend.
13th Gate Escape, Baton Rouge (5 escape rooms… including their new horror game Asylum!)
An immersive puzzle event set in the French Quarter, designed and produced by Escape My Room
A weekend with Lisa and David as escape room tour guides
A talk by Lisa and David
A catered group meal
Bus transportation to 13th Gate Escape
Exclusive discount coupons to book additional escape rooms at these venues
Networking with other tour attendees
The option to play an escape room with Lisa or David
We have an incredible group of folks coming to this event from all over the country… and even from the other side of the world. Yes, 1 person is coming from Australia! On this trip you will have teammates who are as excited about these escape rooms as you are!
This is all included in your ticket for $799 per person.
While in town, you can take advantage of the amazing food, drink, and partying that New Orleans has to offer.
Escape My Room will have Escape Extinction: Sharks running at the aquarium. Clue Carré will have new games open at their new location in Surge Trampoline Park. While these games aren’t officially part of the tour, you will have time to book them while you are in town. You will be some of the first players in the community to see these new attractions.
These tickets are only available until Tuesday, May 28th. There are only a few left and we anticipate they will sell out before the week is up. Buy your ticket today!
We had our suspects, but we couldn’t solve it… until Lisa caught a break.
For the past 7 years (with one exception), Lisa and her longtime friend Roslyn have chosen a single day to walk the ~35 mile perimeter of Manhattan. The event is called The Great Saunter (although they never do it with the group or even on the same day). This year, they did their Great Saunter in November.
With that little bit of information, Lisa unravelled the puzzle that had been vexing us for 5 months.
We had suspected so many people from the escape room and immersive theater worlds that we completely neglected to scrutinize suspects from other facets of our lives.
Meow Wolf Documentary
In other, related news, while we still haven’t had a chance to visit Meow Wolf (and we truly want to), we did go see their documentary in the theater last night. It was equal parts entertaining and interesting.