People love unboxing and even watching others unbox. So let’s create the ultimate box to unbox. It has a million layers in it. There’s loads of parts and things that need undone, detached, and taken apart. It’s massive. Maybe as big as 10’x10′. There’s so many things to undo and take out, it’s ridiculous. Some of the ways to unbox it are very complicated puzzles or game-type mechanisms.
But there’s a time limit and we want you to get it unboxed in time. You might get 20 minutes to unbox it all. If you gets stuck on a step and you don’t get it done by a certain time designated for that step, then the docent tells you what to do to get back on schedule. Do you lose points? Do you get points for doing it on your own? Maybe. Maybe the points don’t matter. Maybe there are no points.
So what are you unboxing, exactly? Then what is at the core of this giant puzzle? A note? A message? A gift? Something left by the last people that unboxed it. Whatever it is, it’s your prize and you won’t know what it is until you’ve unboxed it. You can take it home with you. And you leave something. Something your group made at home or maybe in a preparation room. You put it back in the central box and then you have to figure out how to put the whole thing back together again. That might take another 20 minutes.
But people like unboxing videos, right?
The group that came before you will be able to watch you (live perhaps, but definitely recorded) attempt to unbox this mystery box.
But do people like boxing videos?
I don’t know. But I think this one would be entertaining. Trying to watch people put a very complex box back together would be entertaining to me. It would be much harder to do maybe. Perhaps parts of it are like one of those gizmos you take apart when you have the false sense that you can fix something mechanical, but the springs eject a bunch of parts before you can see how it was all put together.
As before, if you don’t get each stage quickly enough, the docent will show you how.
When it’s all put back together, maybe you get a video of the whole thing. You at least get an invitation to view the next group unbox the prize you left them.
But maybe it’s not just a singular item in the middle.
Maybe there are multiple compartments along the way that notes are left. Items are left. Photos and videos appear. Maybe when you get deep enough into it there is a video showing you and your team getting to that point in the middle. Would that seem magical? Like “how did that get in there, it was sealed!” sort of moment – even though everyone knows it is via wifi.
Perhaps it is not just a box to unbox. Maybe the environment around the box plays a role. The room itself may present challenges. The lights dim. Or go out. Music in the room gets so loud that you can’t hear each other talk strategy. A bottomless pit opens up in part of the floor and it starts raining. Maybe a bunch of parts are dumped in the room from the ceiling and you thought it would be easy but now you have to sort through all these unusable parts. Maybe there is a whole lot of wind or entertaining videos distracting you from your work.