have planned hunts for crowds and individuals over the years.
I have experimented with many ways of grouping people together.
This is what I have found to be CONSISTENTLY true for all
A single participant - If he were the only one participating
in the hunt, I would still advise having someone going along
with him, even if that means you. Funny things happen. Exciting
things happen. It can be disappointing for someone to laugh
and/or get scared all alone.
Teams of two - This can potentially work very well for smaller
groups. I have found, though, when a disagreement occurs about
what to do or where to go and there is no one to 'break the
tie' the pair may return a bit on edge.
Teams of three - Not ideal at all. It definitely breaks the
ties, but it also creates the 'third wheel' effect in a most
powerful way. Two people end up getting more excited than
the third, leaving the third out of several, if not all decisions.
When all is said and done, your participation ratio will drop
from 100% to 66%.
Teams of four - The best for groups of 15 or more. The dynamic
of four seems to solve all problems. Although there is an
even number of votes when deciding on certain actions, the
individuals tend to be more open minded to possibilities when
there are more people involved. No one is left out, for if
two members are speaking to each other, two others are able
to engage in a conversation of their own.
Teams of five and larger - Forget it. Enter the 'committee'
effect. Teams hardly achieve anything as a group because they
cannot agree on any action. Factions within the group form
and things can get ugly.
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that some of the above guidelines might not apply
in general, these guidelines have proven true over the years.
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