Rules, rules, rules. They are so necessary and yet so quickly
and easily broken with this type of activity. I have found
when the teams understand the rules before they begin, though,
95% of your problems are solved. I learned early on to commit
the rules to paper and to make sure that every team begins
with a copy. Keep the number of rules to a minimum. When the
teams are heavily involved in your story, they are not going
to remember a lot. In addition to committing them to paper,
I also thoroughly explain them to everyone just before the
actual hunt begins. Everyone can ask whatever questions they
might have. Below I have listed rules that I've initiated
before in different hunts I've designed and facilitated. Some
may apply, some may not. At least you will be able to get
some ideas of what kinds of rules you might need for YOUR
Teams must stay together. If teams do not stay together, your
traffic increases. Think of the 'carpool' principle.
There is no tampering with clues. (Punishable by death)
No running. Obviously this one can be difficult to govern.
However, in small spaces, running can actually cause an accident.
Only one team may speak to a volunteer at a time. It breeds
a lot of bad feelings if Team A did all the work to get a
certain answer to tell the volunteer for a new clue and Team
B overhears it and gets a head start to their cars.
Stay within the boundaries. Here is where you would lay out
the actual playing area so that you do not have any teams
that venture far away from the action.
Treat the volunteers with respect or they will NOT help you
along the way.
A special note for car rallies
Bring a stack of envelopes
to the hunt. Give each team an envelope for everyone to put
their driver's licenses in, and then have each team seal their
envelope. The teams are to hold onto this envelope during
the entire hunt and will be disqualified if they finish the
hunt with an 'opened envelope.' You see, if, by chance, the
team tries anything tricky on the road such as speeding or
cutting other team members off, they are candidates for being
pulled over by a police officer. At that time, they would
have to break the seal on the envelope to show the officer
the driver's license of the driver.
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