Adam Clare is Lead Game Designer at Wero Creative and a professor of game design at George Brown College. He has worked on escape rooms in multiple countries, and wrote the book Escape the Game about designing escape rooms and puzzles! Adam has worked on award winning games and on games for nearly every platform from digital to the real world. He continues to co-organize the annual Board Game Jam. You can follow his research and find his games at RealityIsaGame.com.
Adam is a professor at George Brown College where he teaches Game Psychology and Advanced Game Design in the postgraduate game design program. He also teaches game design classes at Ryerson University and OCADU.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A new game awaits me everyday!
Actually, besides coffee the thing that gets me out of bed each day is the idea that I get to work on something game realted. Sometime it's escape rooms and other times video games.
Before leaving for work I make a post on ThingsAreGood.com about something good that happened in the world. Each day begins with a positive thought.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm making games! If I'm not making or writing about games I find myself going on long bike rides.
Good escape rooms are made by thinking of the player experience first. Escape the Game covers all aspects of creating your escape room from scratch. The book is meant to inspire designers to think holistically and to think about their escape rooms as more than the sum of their parts. Includes a sample puzzle that you can use in your room!