It’s become a holiday tradition that we visit the Room Escape Divas podcast in December. In today’s episode we talk about our latest news, tease some upcoming awesomeness, and discuss many other things (all relating to escape rooms!). This is a conversation among friends, with some deep musings on game design in the mix.
Thank you, Errol and Manda, for the lovely discussion. It’s always a pleasure!
New Microphone Setup
In related news, we have greatly improved our microphone setup… So listening to us should be a more pleasurable experience.
00:01:45 – Patreon, expansion, and publication schedules
00:04:30 – Kickstarter & crowdfunding
00:06:00 – 4 years of REA and the process of making our first video
00:06:45 – Children in escape rooms. David misremembers how he first met Errol… and Errol corrects him.
00:10:00 – Project management with Trello & our stash of content ideas
00:14:30 – Our new monthly News Bulletin
00:16:30 – Patreon perks, why ours are set up as they are, and planning for success in crowdfunding
00:22:21 – Errol tells a story about how he’s dumb.
00:24:00 – 2018 Holiday Buyers Guide and some of our favorite gifts for it
00:36:50 – Suspension of disbelief
00:41:15 – Our wild experience at Escape Woods
00:46:55 – Puzzle complexity, immersion, and pacing
00:52:10 – Establishing expectations, “the curve of judgment,” and horror vs “horror”
00:56:38 – Designing for what you can build well
00:59:00 – Being picky or forgiving about the limitations of what a company can legally do within their physical space
01:00:10 – Taking phones and charging phones… and why forced surrender of mobile devices still angers David
01:04:40 – Do any escape rooms still lock players in?
01:06:48 – Do not touch stickers
01:13:22 – What it’s like playing with Errol
01:18:45 – Teasing the next Escape Immerse Explore Tour
01:19:26 – 2019 conferences that we’re attending, meetups, real life community interaction, and escape room travel
01:23:40 – Where is the escape room industry going in 2019?
01:31:00 – The importance of community in the industry
01:32:00 – The notion of first- and second-wave escape room enthusiasts
01:36:20 – We all torment Manda while she tries to deliver the conclusion of the podcast.