Craft a quest adventure game for your reception

Photos by: Essence Photo & Video
Craft an quest adventure game for your reception as seen on @offbeatbride
Photos by Essence Photo & Video

If you're a gamer and want your reception to both celebrate games and give your guests rad ways to interact, this quest adventure game is right up your alley. Rebecca and Greg had a game-themed reception at Level 257, a Pac-Man-themed restaurant, arcade, and bowling alley in Illinois. Because they both rock the gamer life, they created their own specialized game rules, chainmaille and dice favors, and quest scrolls. Let's see how they pulled it off…

The venue was Level 257, one of our favorite restaurants. Level 257 is by NAMCO, the company behind Pac-Man. The restaurant is a “resto-lounge with boutique bowling and vintage/modern games.” Greg and I went there often while we dated. To turn the reception into an adventure quest, we sent out invitations that read like game encounter prompts for a new quest.

Guest favors were what really pulled the game together. We created many favors ourselves: chainmaille dice bags, a quest scroll, a program designed as a rule book, table name cards, guest seating cards, and zone labels. Greg made every chainmaille dice bag by hand — each one taking around 90 minutes to complete. I put together the graphics and layout for the invitations, thank you cards, rule book, quest scrolls, and table cards. We numbered tables with cards from the game Love Letter: Wedding Edition and gave copies of the game to each family.

The quest scrolls included quests such as: getting a photo with the bride and groom, building a house of cards, playing an arcade game, etc. Because we kept the reception small, we were able to include quests that would get us interacting with every single person there. The rule book as complete with rules and an FAQ about us. We used blank dice and playing cards as our Guild Charter (guest book) and had guests create custom dice for us and leave notes on cards.

Craft an quest adventure game for your reception as seen on @offbeatbride

Craft an quest adventure game for your reception as seen on @offbeatbride

Craft an quest adventure game for your reception as seen on @offbeatbride

Craft an quest adventure game for your reception as seen on @offbeatbride

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  1. it's a really cute theme idea, but definitely don't make your guests feel like they have to play. I personally dislike playing most games and would be super bummed if I felt like I HAD to do this at somebody's wedding.

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