Since the early days of Room Escape Artist we’ve given ourselves a little leeway to take a step or two in a non-escape room direction. Usually we use this freedom to get a little silly with content like mystery flavor reviews, animals solving puzzles, or deep dive podcasts about larp design.
Our audience doesn’t just tolerate our journeys into different related realms or silliness… a lot of you seem to enjoy it. This content performs really well. And some of our readers literally ship us mystery flavor products and email us videos of animals solving puzzles.
We love dreaming up new and related places we can take you, and deeply appreciate the freedom that you afford us.
Our work is usually focused on creations that bring joy, wonder, and entertainment, but when necessary, we’ve proven that we’re able and willing to tackle serious subjects, as we did for the 2019 Polish Escape Room Fire.
Tonight we’re going to release a podcast episode that is one of the most important pieces of work we’ve put out… and it brings us no joy to do so.
The next podcast episode will feature Tasha Tarkhanova, one of the brilliant minds behind Project Avatar. She and her team are Ukrainian. They have been through hell.
In this upcoming episode, we explore game design with Tasha, just as we would any other guest… but we also have some heavy conversations about what the Russian invasion has done to her family and her business.
And yes… they have been running virtual games in spite of the invasion.
The story is painful… and funny… because Tasha is hilarious and has managed to keep her sense of humor in the face of true horror.
Sitting in my warm home, wearing pajamas, and stuffed with Thanksgiving leftovers… I honestly cannot comprehend what Tasha, her family, and her colleagues have endured.
Enjoying Games & Loving People
I’ve long said that I really enjoy escape rooms… but it’s the people that are the reason that I am so committed to this community.
Reality Escape Pod has given us a chance to share some of the incredible people that make all of this worthwhile.
I don’t have an elegant summation here… Lisa and I are just thankful. Thankful for each other, our team, our audience. And we’re thankful for what we aren’t experiencing.
We just placed a significant donation to Ukrainian humanitarian efforts through Direct Relief, my longtime charity of choice because of their incredible efficiency. If you’re able to do so, please consider donating. There are so many crises around the world, and never enough funding to alleviate the suffering.
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