single aspect of a treasure hunt separates the 'men from the
boys' so to speak. It's characteristics define an AMAZING
hunt from a run of the mill treasure hunt. By 'making it real'
I am referring to the addition of components that create the
illusion that they back story you've had in mind for your
hunt is true. There are lots of ways of creating the illusion
of this reality
and the more you can incorporate, the
more impressive your hunt will become.
are sample suggestions for incorporating these types of components:
Using volunteers to play characters within your story (they
can either launch your hunt or be at the 'finish line' to
thank the adventurers for completing their journey.) For those
more clever, they can also be incorporated into the puzzles
themselves. For examples of these, check out some of our full
adventures by clicking HERE.
Creating bogus newspaper articles that 'back up' your story.
It could be about someone who's gone missing (if you adventurers
are trying to rescue someone) or it could be about a burglary
where a famous painting was stolen (the item that the teams
are searching for.)
If you've chosen a historical period theme, provide costumes
for your volunteers and hunt facilitators and play music from
Give the adventurers a higher calling to the adventure, de-emphasizing
the 'treasure hunt' aspect. In fact, it's best that you don't
ever refer to it as a treasure hunt. Simply ask for their
help to accomplish something "The Sheriff of Nottingham
needs helps to find taxes stolen from the royal treasury"
etc. In this way, some 'grumps' who normally wouldn't be too
excited about going on a treasure hunt might actually enjoy
these types of elements to your hunt makes it GREAT fun for
however it does require more fun and
thought on behalf of the individual setting up the adventure.
For handy resources, we have two different types of formats
of treasure hunts to make your job easier. The first utilizes
the above techniques (and a lot more) to create a REAL adventure
for your adventurers (see our selection of real adventures,
For those who would feel more comfortable planning a hunt
that's less over the top, but still themed, check out our
theme adventure hunt puzzles collection by clicking HERE.