The Reality Escape Convention (RECON) believes that collaboration will grow our industry and the community around it. To that end, RECON recently announced that the Escape Summit, the Canadian escape room conference, would present two featured talks:
Mike Preddy of Escape Maze in Peterborough, ON, will speak about creating sets on a budget.
Emma Rochon of Improbable Escapes in Kingston, ON, and Fred Preddy of Escape Maze will speak about creating outdoor games.
Collaborating with Escape Summit
Escape Summit is the Canadian escape room conference. Last year, David flew to Canada to speak on the Escape Summit stage.
This conference has built an intimate, low key community that we really enjoy. Their approach to small-group discussions was one of the inspirations for RECON’s planning.
The folks behind Escape Summit love and support this industry as much as we do.
Money may be tight right now, but the folks from Escape Maze have had budget scenic down to a science for years. Their unusual and skillful approaches to using recycled and inexpensive materials to create beautiful settings is something that everyone should learn more about in 2020.
Mike Preddy is a carpenter/ contractor with 35 years of experience, as well as an accomplished chainsaw artist and ice sculptor. Since 2014, he has been the lead of the creative design team in charge of all the builds at Escape Maze, PTBO Escape, and other escape room facilities. His sharp eye for detail and keen sense of design bring an authenticity to all his builds. Convincing decor is what keeps players immersed inside the story throughout the game experience. Mike prides himself on creating beautiful, immersive decor on a shoestring budget.
Doing things outdoors is simply safer these days. Escape Maze and Improbable Escape were running outdoor escape room-style games before it was cool.
Come learn valuable lessons from folks who know what they’re doing when hiding puzzles in the great outdoors.
About Emma & Fred
Emma Rochon is the Director of Game Experience and Design at Improbable Escapes. She has been working in the escape room industry since 2014, and has designed more than 30 escape rooms. An avid board game player, Emma has recently opened a board game cafe to further share her love of games.
Fred Preddy and the Escape Maze team have created over 100 games for themselves and other facilities since opening their doors in 2014. After the first year in the escape room business, attention turned to outdoor games, especially games to be played on the farmland where Escape Maze is located. These games were an instant hit with school groups and corporate clients. In addition to farm escape games, Fred and the team also created games to take place in workplaces, historic buildings, and at special events.
Join us at RECON
RECON ’20 is a free digital event with curated talks covering aspects of experience design in physical and digital media.
The RECON team is excited to collaborate with Escape Summit, and have them present these two talks on the RECON stage. This collaboration furthers our goals of community and building a sustainable industry together.
RECON is less than one month away. Pre-register today so that you receive all information about registering to get your virtual badge, the full schedule of talks, and how to meet other folks at RECON. All this information will be available to pre-registrants really soon!