Gnome & Raven – Shipwrecked [Review]

Pirates of the round table

Location:  Richmond, VA

Date Played: October 2, 2021

Team size: up to 12; we recommend 3-6

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $25 per player, 4 player minimum

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Playing Shipwrecked felt like taking a journey. We traversed a number of interesting environments, each with its own opportunities for exploration. All of this was accentuated by the scale of the gamespace. Gnome & Raven likes building big and beautiful things.

A cave wall with little compartments, each containing a candle. Wax drippings run down the wall.

Shipwrecked played like a traditional escape room, but because of its scale and style, it felt fresh and unique.

Gnome & Raven could improve Shipwrecked by removing the remains of a ghost puzzle, and potentially balancing the use of the impressive space a little more… but overall, this was a stellar experience.

The final room of Shipwrecked was a party room, with an impressive table. One day I hope to throw a party in this room. It seems like it would be fun.

If you’re anywhere near Richmond, I strongly urge you to pay Gnome & Raven a visit and get Shipwrecked.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Pirate fans
  • Any experience level
  • Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle

Why play?

  • That party room
  • The right big interactions captured the theme

Story

While exploring the libations in an old pub, we happened upon a note that suggested that Davy Jones shipwrecked in a nearby cove. We set off in search of his ship, seeking adventure and riches.

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Gnome & Raven – Magic Lamp [Review]

Carpet diem!

Location:  Richmond, VA

Date Played: July 10, 2021

Team Size: 1-8; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $25 per player, $100 minimum

Ticketing: Private

Accessibility Consideration:  Crawling, sliding, and tall steps (for at least some team members)

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

The moment we opened the front door to Gnome & Raven, we were transported to a magical land. The lobby’s gold-tinted blue walls, curated with gold-framed artwork and carefully filled curio cabinets, felt like something out of a Wes Anderson film and immediately established a distinctive aesthetic for the entire experience. 

A beautiful and colorful room with a table and chairs in the middle.
Image via Gnome & Raven

Gnome & Raven’s titularly mentioned mascots had a strong but not overbearing presence around their facility and lent a humorous warmth to their branding. (I highly recommend checking out the various trailer videos Gnome & Raven posts on their social media. You won’t be disappointed.)

At the time of writing, Magic Lamp was Gnome & Raven’s newest room, and they truly pulled out all the stops. As our costumed, in-character game host guided us into the room with a story and a flourish, our jaws immediately dropped. Filling the space was a life-size tree with hundreds of handwritten wishes hanging from it. Each new area of the set matched this level of wonder, and we were all brimming with childlike delight throughout the entire experience.

Who is this for?

  • Story seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Aladdin fans
  • Any experience level
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