As more and more people are becoming interested in going out and exploring new things, a lot of fun, exciting, and unique activities are sprouting throughout Metro Manila. And just last Thursday, I got to experience Mystery Manila! As mentioned in its website, Mystery Manila is “the first live role playing game in the Philippines.” It has 3 branches so far and has different “mysteries” for anyone willing to try out their wits and challenge themselves. What you have to do is form a group of 2 to 6 members and choose a challenge. You’ll be given 60 minutes to solve the mystery. If you feel stuck, you could always ask for clues from the gamekeeper. However, every clue means an additional 5 minutes to the time you finished the challenge. There is a leaderboard outside that displays the fastest times each challenge was solved. Special prizes also await you depending on the amount of time you finish. But even without the prize, just being able to solve the mystery automatically gives you bragging rights.
We chose the Reversed Reality challenge in Libis, Quezon City and here’s a few things I learned while doing the challenge:
1. It’s okay to feel lost.
You won’t know where to start. You try to figure things out as much as you can with time pressuring you to do it faster. It’s okay to feel lost and confused. Things won’t always make sense especially if you’re in a new environment.
2. You can always ask for help.
There will be times when no matter what you do, you just remain stuck. Intead of being disappointed at the fact that you can’t figure things out, accept that you need help and ask for it. You’ll be able to move much more purposefully after that.
3. You will look and seem foolish. And it’s perfectly okay.
You are not expected to know everything. Ask questions. Yes, even those that sound stupid in your head. With so many things to consider, there is always something you are bound to miss.
4. Do your part.
When you’re in a group with so many brilliant people,it is easy to lay low and let them do all the work. However, you are forgetting that you have your own unique set of skills. You may even be considered the best in the group in some aspects of the challenge. Never be afraid to step up.
5. Have fun!
People’s expectations of you could sometimes have a crippling effect. “You’re supposed to be intelligent, right? This should be a piece of cake!” This kind of thinking puts too much pressure on you and gets in the way of having fun. Those expectations don’t matter. There are so many dimensions of your abilities that people will never understand. You’re in a game! And games are supposed to be fun.
Given that I have thought about all of these while solving the mystery with my friends, you may been able to conclude as well that my Mystery Manila experience has been a mix of extreme exhilaration and deep introspection.
And if you’re wondering if we solved the mystery: