MY NAME IS JAMIE
A PLAY-FROM-HOME ESCAPE ROOM EXPERIENCE

MNiJ is an interactive, immersive theatre experience with all of the puzzle-solving thrills of an escape room, but with one catch: you’re not the one living it! This online experience takes you into someone else’s nightmare, and it’s up to your team to help Jamie unravel it.

Will you be able to help Jamie escape before it’s too late?

An interactive, online, immersive theatre experience. Communicate with Jamie and help them come out alive on the other side! Solve puzzles, work as a team, and don’t lose your heads.

Please do the following BEFORE your game:

1.) At least 30-45 minutes before your game's start time, check that your computer is functioning correctly. If you have headphones, please find them, plug them in, and make sure they work. The same goes for if you plan on using an external microphone.

2.) Download and install Zoom and create an account if you don't already have one.

3.) Download and install the Zoom Scheduler Chrome Extension from the Chrome Web Store and login to your Zoom account within the extension once it's installed.

4.) 15-30 minutes before your game, you will receive an email and/or a text message containing your game's Access Code and Meeting Password.

5.) After you receive this email, go here. Type in your Email Address, Access Code, and a Display Name (it's best just to use your real first name as your display name to avoid confusion).

6.) You should now see your host and the game's interface. Sit tight until your host begins giving you further instructions.

NOTE: When you first enter the lobby, you may be asked to enter another display name along with a meeting password before the Zoom extension populates. Please use the same display name entered prior, and the Meeting Password from the email you received.
BONUS TIPS for the best possible experience

LIMIT THE # OF DEVICES CONSUMING BANDWIDTH
Having a strong internet connection is important for the game to function correctly. Make sure to limit the number of devices using your internet connection - this means other members of the household watching Netflix, playing online PC or console games, etc.

TURN OFF YOUR VIDEO
Once connected, make sure your video is turned off by clicking the STOP VIDEO button if it is on. Neither the host, nor Jamie will need to see you in order for the game to function and having your video on will consume precious bandwidth.

CLOSE ALL OTHER BROWSER TABS
You should only have one browser tab (the tab with the game) open on your PC while playing. Keeping other tabs open will use PC resources and could cause the video/audio to stutter.

USE WIRED HEADPHONES (if available)
Using headphones will ensure that your audio is not echoing and that you can hear everything happening clearly. Wireless headphones are prone to connectivity issues, so wired headphones are recommended.


IF YOU ARE HAVING AUDIO ISSUES WHEN YOU FIRST JOIN

1. Next to the MUTE button, there is a small arrow ^. Click this arrow, and then select LEAVE COMPUTER AUDIO.

2. The MUTE button will now have turned into a JOIN AUDIO button, click this to rejoin. You should now be able to hear and speak to the host as well as the other players in the game.

3. If this does not fix your audio issue, you may need to click the arrow again, and select the correct audio device for both your speakers and your microphone.

4. If you are still having issues after taking the steps above, as a last resort, you may call in to the audio channel using your phone. Click on the same arrow as before, select AUDIO OPTIONS, and click PHONE CALL at the top of the window's pop-up. You will then see a phone number to call for your region as well as credentials needed to join. You will now be able to use your phone to communicate with your host and the other players.

If after trying these things, you are still not able to hear or speak to your host and/or the other players, please contact the help phone number from the email containing your game info.

PLEASE NOTE, that if we are unable to get your audio working, we will have to start the game without you approximately 5-10 minutes after your game start time, so please do your best to work out any issues beforehand and join your lobby early.
Wait, so this an escape room?
Yes, it is an escape room, but a little different than what you're used to. You'll be playing this one from home on your PC or Mac computer, and you'll be watching a live performer through video meeting software (Zoom).
Do I need a laptop to play or will a phone or tablet be okay?
You will need a computer (personal or desktop) that has access to zoom to be able to play.
Will I be able to talk to the performer?
Yes, they will be able to hear you and you them. Communication is actually vital if you're going to help Jamie escape.
Do I Need a webcam to Play?
No, you do not need a camera to play, but you do need the Zoom extension! In the game, there is the option to be seen by the other players by using your computer camera but it is by no means necessary to complete the tasks in the game.
Will the performers be able to see my face during the game?
They do not need to see your face during the gameplay. You will briefly talk with a host at the beginning of the experience, and from that point on, you will be able to use audio to talk with your friends, as well as a built in group chat. Your video will be used to see the actor performing in the room.
Do I need a fast internet connection?
Yes. For the best experience, try to close anything else that may be using bandwidth on your network. Try to find a time to play when other people won’t also be using the internet in your home if you’re concerned about having your connection.
Are Headphones required?
They are not required but they are highly recommended! Since you will be in a group chat with other players, headphones remove the risk of having any echoes or sound variation to keep the game smooth. If you do not have headphones, simply mute yourself when not speaking to keep the airways clear for your teammates to speak.
Could I Be Playing with Strangers?
It is possible! Each game allows up to six people for each game, so if your group is less than 6, it is possible for others to join the same game's time slot.
Why Do I Need to Download Zoom?
The Zoom Extension is what is able to link all of your team members together so you can talk with each other, Jamie, and your host while playing the game.
Is this related to the online puzzles beginning with the phone number
It is related to it in that they are happening in the same universe, but it is not necessary to have played the ARG puzzle thread to succeed in this game.
I’ve Played all of the rooms at the Basement, Can I Still Play?
Absolutely! Although Edward Tandy is still likes to keep folks captive, he loves to create new ways to make you think.
How Much Time Will We Have?
You will have 45 minutes to help Jamie escape.
How Much Is A Ticket?
A single ticket is $20.00
Is the actor in this experience live?
Yes! You are communicating with Jamie in real-time to help them escape.
Should I be online and ready before or at the time of my reservation?
The time slots are 1 hour each, which includes the rules and regulations with your host. Please be ready to enter your code and start to play at least 10-15 minutes before the time of your game slot.
Is it Scary?
What is scary to some may not be for someone else, so let’s break it down:
The overall intention of the experience is to feel thrilling and high stakes, however, the theme involves being captured by a serial killer and other slightly unsettling motifs. The experience itself is much more involved in communicating with the actor and solving puzzles. So please take this into consideration when deciding if MNIJ is for you!
Do all of my players have to be in the same room?
No. Teams do not have to be in the same room or even the same state. As long as everyone is on at the same time, you’re all set!