Hey, Los Angeles, it was so great to see you!

It was such a joy to bring this community together at Hatch Escapes last week. Los Angeles has always been the home of our most well-attended meetups. With at least 65 attending, this was our biggest meetup yet!

A big group selfie in the second room of The Ladder, a beautiful LED ceiling lights a very happy group of players.
Photo by Cara Mandel

Meetup Highlights

  • We played the first 10 minutes of The Ladder. This game is something exceptional. We cannot wait for Hatch Escapes to finish building it out.
  • We toured Escape My Room’s new build out upstairs, which will be something special.
  • A few folks got to experience The Nest. They returned to the meetup a pile of feels.
A cassette tape labeled "My 12th Birthday" sits on top of a tape recorder.
Photo credit: Jeremey Connors
  • We played Funbi’s Puzzle Buffet, an adorable game with scrumptious puzzles, originally designed for a cruise ship.
Cara, Tammy, Brendan, and Ryan holding up fortune cookies in front of an illuminated "Puzzle Buffet" sign.
Photo by Cara Mandel
  • David and I shared 11 lessons from 1100 escape rooms.
Lisa and David speaking to a packed house at the April 2023 escape room meetup in Hatch Escape's lobby.
Photo by Cara Mandel
  • We looked at the beautiful Mother of Frankenstein coffee table (yes, really) in the Hatch Escapes lobby. And folks bought copies of the game!
  • We reconnected with old friends, many of whom we hadn’t seen since 2019.
  • We met so many new friends!

And Also… Escape Rooms!

It was a pretty epic trip for escape rooms. Here are few of the highlights:

We played some incredible escape rooms that REA writers have already reviewed including Headcase, The Weeping Witch, 40 Thieves, and Dr. Hader’s Cartoon World.

We played the very last game of Time Machine.

We played Treehouse, the newest game from Confusion Escapes. We also visited a few companies for the first time including Atlantis: The Forgotten City at Hypnotic Escape Rooms and Treasure Island at Brain Games (reviews coming soon!).

We replayed The Hex Room (as new characters), revisiting it for the first time since 2016. It holds up!

We met some Patreon backers who are new Los Angeles escape room owners, and we look forward to playing your games on our next trip!

Future Meetups

One of the joys of traveling is seeing old friends and meeting new ones. The conversations and the connections are why we love this community. We look forward to hosting similar events on future trips to Los Angeles and other cities.

Thank you!

Thank you to our Patreon backers. It was wonderful to see and meet so many of you in Los Angeles.

Special shout to those who joined this month: Andras Gal, Darryl Anka, and David Noh

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Adam M
Alex Rosenthal
Alexander Gierholz
Alyssa Diaz
Andras Gal
Andrew Reynolds
Andrew Sturridge
Andy Tabar
Anna Simon
Anne Lukeman
Austin Reed
Barry Joseph
Ben Enos
Ben Rosner
Bill Chang
Blake Hodges-Koch – Wild Heart Ranch
Breakout Games
Brent Mair
Brett Kuehner
Brian Resler
Bronna Butler
Byron Delmonico
C.J. Smith
Carol King
Catie Catterwaul
Chris Cannon
Chris M. Dickson
Chris Post
Chris Waters
Chris White
Cody Evans
Curt Clark
Daniel Egnor
Daniel Kolb
Darren Miller
David Longley
Derek Tam
Doug McKenzie
Drew Nelson
Eliviascape (Pat Toupin)
Eliza Cantlay
Emile Wang
Encrypted Escape
Erich Schultz

Eva Anderson
Evan Broder
Expedition Escape
Farand Pawlak
fRobert Myers
Grant Luecke
Greg Marinelli
Guy Ellis
Haley & Cameron Cooper
James Shearer
Jan-Luc Van Damme
Jess and Troy Seidl
Jim Williams
John Wardrope
Jon Kaufthal
Jonathan Berk
Joseph Friesen
Josh Kendrick
Joshua Rosenfeld
Julie Burge
Justin Nevins
Ken Zinn
Kevin Hammonds
Keystone Escape Games ( Mark )
Kristine Horn
Kurt Leinbach
Laura E. Hall
Lee-Fay Low
M. Sean Molley
M&C Saiewitz
Mark Denine
Matt Beverly
Matt Keyser
Matthew Stein
Melanie Rice
Michael Andersen
Michael Augustine
Michelle Rundbaken
Mihir Kedia
Mike Ringrose
Mrs Threepwood
Natalie Currie
Nathan Walton
Nathaniel Segal
Neda Delavarpour
Negina Kolesar

Neil Patrick Harris
Nick Moran
No Proscenium
Omer Aru
PanIQ Room
Patricia Gilbert
Paul Tashima-Boyd
Paula Swann
Philip Ho
Puzzling Company
Rachel Dunphy
Rebecca Horste
Rene Sorette
Rex Miller
Rich Bragg
Richard Burns
Rob Tsuk
Ryan Brady
Ryan Hart
Ryan Lee
Samantha Koehler
Sarah Zhang
Scott Levy
Scott Olson
Sendil Krishnan
Simon Edwards
Stephen Kowalski
Steve Ewing
Steve Gaddy
Steven Rawlings
Steven Valdez
Stuart Bogaty
Stuart Nafey
Tahlia Kirk
Tammy McLeod
Team Bluefish
Terry Pettigrew-Rolapp
The Catterwauls
The Ministry of Peculiarities
The Wild Optimists
Theresa Piazza
Tiffany Schaefer
Todd Geldon
Todd McClary
Victor van Doorn
Victoria Cassetta
Vivien Ripoll
Wil Blount
Will Rutherford

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