This November: Compete in the ER Champ

The ER Champ will be back this November as an international online escape room competition.

2021 ER Champ logo with a trophy and a padlock.

Details

  • Sign up in teams of 2-4 players
  • Participation is free
  • Games are point-and-click style
  • The qualification stage takes place on November 13
  • The top 100 teams in qualification advance to the finale on November 27
  • Hosted by Lock.me, based in Poland, where this event originated in 2017

About Escape Room Competition

Escape rooms did not originate as competitive games. Their transition into competitive formats isn’t always easy. We discuss that a bit in this piece about the EGOlympics. And we dive into this more deeply with Ken Hoang on Season 2, Episode 4 of the Reality Escape Pod.

This event, however, is designed to be a competition… So bring your A-team. There will be some fierce competitors from around the world in the mix.

Should I Play?

This event is designed for escape room enthusiasts.

If you like to race through games and set records, this is probably your type of event.

If you prefer to savor the details of your experiences, you probably won’t enjoy this as much.

Of note, this year’s competition is best suited to players who enjoy point-and-click games.

To learn more and sign up, visit ER Champ.

Introducing New Writers for REA

If you weren’t looking for it, you might have missed a detail about these recent reviews:

David and I didn’t write them.

Stylized image of hands holding a journal and pen writing.

Some of the REA Hivemind writers have started reviewing in-person escape rooms, and in one case, a tabletop product.

With more reviewers, Room Escape Artist can share more voices, and cover more experiences, across more of the US, than we’ve ever been able to do before.

For me, this is also a fun new editorial challenge. Luckily, these folks are a talented bunch of writers and we’ve had the benefit of a year plus to collaborate and train with them. (Sometimes that meant training David and me to work with new folks).

New Reviewers

All of these writers have their own bylined reviews publishing in July and/or August.

Listed in order of appearance:

Additionally, Sarah Willson continues to review from Los Angeles, and Steve Ewing is currently editor for the Reality Escape Pod.

Non-Review Pieces

This month we also published Next Steps for Online Avatar Games by Darren Miller (new contributor) and Defining “Premium Escape Rooms” & Why It Matters by Richard Burns (who started writing for REA a little over a year ago.)

Additionally, all the Reality Escape Pod Show Notes are written by co-host Peih-Gee Law.

Early Access

Matthew and Theresa W had a wonderful time at Magic Lamp… so much so that we shared Matthew’s review with our Patreon backers before it published.

Patreon backers, you can expect more early access reviews in the future from places David and I haven’t even been!

Thank You!

Thank you for supporting us, and the entire Room Escape Artist team. You make this growth possible.

Ace
Amanda Harris
Andrew Reynolds
Andrew Sturridge
Angie Meyers
Anne Lukeman
Anonymous
Ben Rosner
Bethany
Bill Chang
Breakout Games
Brett Kuehner
Brian Resler
Brian Vinciguerra
Bronna Butler
Byron Delmonico
C.J. Smith
Cara Mandel
Chris Cannon
Chris M. Dickson
Chris White
Daniel Egnor
Daniel Kolb
Darren Miller
David Longley
deadpan 1113
Derek Tam
Drew Nelson
Elaine
Emile Wang
Eric Mittler
Farand Pawlak
Greg Marinelli
Herbert Chan
James Shearer
Jan-Luc Van Damme
Jason’s Fitness Consigliere
Jenna
Jim of PARADOXsquared
John Wardrope
Jon Kaufthal
Jonathan Dautrich

Jonathan Driscoll
Joseph Allen
Joseph Friesen
Josh Kendrick
Julie Burge
Justin Nevins
Kathryn
Kelly
Kevin
Kurt Leinbach
Laura E. Hall
Lee-Fay Low
Leo Dennett
Lindsay Froelich
Lonnie
Lori Miller
Marisa Capobianco
Mark Blume
Mark Denine
Matt Beverly
Matt Keyser
Matthew Stein
Michael Andersen
Michael Wolman
Mihir Kedia
Nathan Walton
Neda Delavarpour
Negina Kolesar
Nick Moran
Nick Rose
No Proscenium
Olivia Anderson
Omer Aru
Patrick McLean
Patrick McNamara
Paul Tashima
Paula Swann
Philip Ho
Phillip Justman
Poem (Danny McKnight)
Psych Out
Puzzling Company

Rebecca Horste
Rene Sorette
Rex Miller
Rich Bragg
Richard Burns
Rob Tsuk
Ruud Kool
Ryan Brady
Ryan Hart
S T Cameron
Samantha Koehler
Sara Reed
Sarah Zhang
Scott Olson
Sean McBride
Sendil Krishnan
Seth Wolfson
Spencer Arnold
Stephanie McNeill
Steve Ewing
Steve Gaddy
Steven Valdez
Stuart Bogaty
Stuart Nafey
Tahlia Kirk
Tammy McLeod
Teo Litto
Terry Pettigrew-Rolapp
The Escape Room USA
The Wild Optimists
Theresa Piazza
Theresa Wagner
Tiffany Schaefer
Todd Geldon
Todd McClary
Tom Henley
Tommy
Victor van Doorn
Vivien Ripoll
Wesley James
Will Rutherford
YouEscape

To those of you reading who have the means, we hope you’ll consider joining this wonderful group of supporters. 

Support Room Escape Artist’s Mission

There are lots of ways to support Room Escape Artist, like buying from Amazon or Etsy after clicking into the links included in this post or backing us on Patreon.

The money that we make from these helps us to grow the site and continue to add more value to the community that we love so much.

Escape Room Map Updates & Community Support

For more than 7 years, our community has helped us maintain our escape room map and directory. With all of the flux of recent months, this has been all the more critical.

REA logo with a photo of a pinned map of the USA in the background.

There has been no shortage of closures, but there are also new escape room companies opening. We truly appreciate everyone who regularly writes to us with updates.

This is especially true of our Patreon community. Together, you submit so many directory updates, in addition to supporting us financially. It’s because of you that so many regions of the country are updated regularly. Thank you!

Submit Updates

If you want to help keep your region up to date, please take a look at our directory, and check your local area for:

  • Newly opened facilities
  • Permanently closed facilities
  • Outdated information (changed URL, changed name, moved location)

Please contact us with any updates!

Thank you!

Ace
Amanda Harris
Andrew Reynolds
Andrew Sturridge
Angie Meyers
Anne Lukeman
Anonymous
Ben Rosner
Bethany
Bill Chang
Breakout Games
Brett Kuehner
Brian Resler
Brian Vinciguerra
Bronna Butler
Byron Delmonico
C.J. Smith
Cara Mandel
Chris Cannon
Chris M. Dickson
Chris White
Daniel Egnor
Daniel Kolb
Darren Miller
David Longley
deadpan 1113
Derek Tam
Drew Nelson
Elaine
Emile Wang
Eric Mittler
Farand Pawlak
Greg Marinelli
Herbert Chan
James Shearer
Jan-Luc Van Damme
Jason’s Fitness Consigliere
Jenna
Jim of PARADOXsquared
John Wardrope
Jon Kaufthal

Jonathan Dautrich
Jonathan Driscoll
Joseph Allen
Joseph Friesen
Josh Kendrick
Julie Burge
Justin Nevins
Kathryn
Kelly
Kevin
Kurt Leinbach
Laura E. Hall
Lee-Fay Low
Lindsay Froelich
Lonnie
Lori Miller
Marisa Capobianco
Mark Blume
Mark Denine
Matt Beverly
Matt Keyser
Matthew Stein
Michael Andersen
Michael Wolman
Mihir Kedia
Nathan Walton
Neda Delavarpour
Negina Kolesar
Nick Moran
Nick Rose
No Proscenium
Olivia Anderson
Omer Aru
Patrick McLean
Patrick McNamara
Paul Tashima
Paula Swann
Philip Ho
Phillip Justman
Poem (Danny McKnight)
Psych Out

Puzzling Company
Rebecca Horste
Rene Sorette
Rex Miller
Rich Bragg
Richard Burns
Rob Tsuk
Ruud Kool
Ryan Brady
Ryan Hart
S T Cameron
Samantha Koehler
Sara Reed
Sarah Zhang
Scott Olson
Sean McBride
Sendil Krishnan
Seth Wolfson
Spencer Arnold
Stephanie McNeill
Steve Ewing
Steve Gaddy
Steven Valdez
Stuart Bogaty
Stuart Nafey
Tahlia Kirk
Tammy McLeod
Teo Litto
Terry Pettigrew-Rolapp
The Wild Optimists
Theresa Piazza
Theresa Wagner
Tiffany Schaefer
Todd Geldon
Todd McClary
Tommy
Victor van Doorn
Vivien Ripoll
Wesley James
Will Rutherford
YouEscape

To those of you reading who have the means, we hope you’ll consider joining this wonderful group of supporters. Just click here!

Support Room Escape Artist’s Mission

There are lots of ways to support Room Escape Artist, like buying from Amazon or Etsy after clicking into the links included in this post or backing us on Patreon.

The money that we make from these helps us to grow the site and continue to add more value to the community that we love so much.

Listen to David on The Board Game Community Show

In case you missed it, David appeared on episode 11 of Riley Stock’s The Board Game Community Show to introduce escape rooms to a board gaming audience.

Board Game Community Show banner with 2 dice on 3.

Riley is a natural interviewer who asked some really good questions and brought out the best in David. It was really to listen to them explore tabletop games, video games, and of course, escape rooms.

Give it a listen. It’s a great lead-up to the launch of REPOD Season 2 this week.

This Wednesday: We Livestream Mechanical Puzzle Box Solving on IndieCade’s Beyond Screens

David Spira and Peih-Gee Law, the hosts of the Reality Escape Pod, will be livestreaming on Twitch this Wednesday as part of IndieCade’s weekly show Beyond Screens. Their guest is REA Hivemind Reviewer Brett Kuehner, aka “That Guy With The Puzzles,” a mechanical puzzle aficionado.

A microhone resting on a mixing board.

Details

  • Date: Wednesday, June 9
  • Time: Noon PST / 3pm EST
  • Guest: Brett Kuehner aka “That Guy With The Puzzles”
  • Topic: How to approach mechanical puzzle box solving

This Wednesday’s Livestream

This week, David and Peih-Gee will be joined by Brett Kuehner, a mechanical puzzle aficionado. Brett will share his tips about how to approach mechanical puzzle box solving. Then he’ll let David and Peih-Gee take the reins while he plays the avatar in solving one of the puzzle boxes in his collection. Although mechanical puzzles of this sort, like trick locks, don’t belong in escape rooms, they are pretty fun to solve, and give us some of that same tangible satisfaction. Plus, these puzzles can be beautiful, intricate works of art. We invite the mechanical puzzle-curious (and those who are already fans) to join this Wednesday’s livestream with Brett.

Monthly Appearances

IndieCade’s weekly show Beyond Screens has a rotating cast of hosts livestreaming on Twitch on Wednesdays at Noon Pacific / 3pm Eastern. David and Peih-Gee host about once a month, frequently playing games live with their guests. If there’s a creator you’d like to see join them for this segment, let us know!

About Beyond Screens

Beyond Screens is IndieCade’s Twitch show exploring work that pushes the boundaries of, or comes entirely off of, the screen. Genres covered will include participatory theatre, alternate reality and live-action roleplaying; escape rooms; Big Games; and alternative controllers. Each hour-long episode will feature an in-depth conversation with creators of these genre-defining games.

Follow IndieCade on Twitch to stay up to date.