- How much time does a game session require?
Allow 3.5 to 4 hours. The game play and scoring require 1.5 to 2 hours, and the debrief requires 1.5 to 2 hours. It is possible to trim this time allocation, but it is not advised for most situations.
- What training do I need to lead programs?
We offer excellent in-person facilitator training for Friday Night at the ER, which is recommended but not required.
You can self-train using the step-by-step guide for program leaders that comes with the game package. Before leading your first program, expect to invest some hours becoming familiar, planning your debrief and practicing the facilitator role with a small test group.
- What is the best group size?
Friday Night at the ER easily scales and works well with groups of different sizes. We have seen great experiences with groups as small as 4 and as large as 200. Your purpose and circumstances will drive the group size decision.
As a general principle, a group size of 24 people (at 6 tables) hits a sweet spot - providing enough diversity to demonstrate different mental models and management practices, yet small enough for an interactive debriefing.
- Does the game require exactly 4 players at each table?
No. The best game play is with four players per table, but if your group is not divisible by four, some tables can have a fifth player. Advice for using a fifth player at a table and other tips are included in the guide that comes with your game package. The game is not suitable for just three people.
- Does knowledge of hospitals matter?
Just as you can enjoy Monopoly without real estate know-how, people can use Friday Night at the ER without hospital experience. The game instructions are clear; the processes represented are common to all organizations; the teachings are universally relevant. People from all walks of life play the game and relate the experience to their own industry or setting.
- How can I see the game before I order it?
- Are there recurring fees for users?
There are zero ongoing fees with Friday Night at the ER. You are not required to purchase training (it’s recommended, but optional); there are no books to purchase for participants; there are no per-player use fees to worry about.
- What is the difference between the original and current version?
The game materials were modernized and upgraded in early 2014 for better game play, debrief and program leader support. The dynamics of the game play - the layout and flow of the simulation and the lessons it teaches - are the same. For a detailed list of improvements, view or download the What’s New document here.