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.

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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.

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10 Escape Room Misconceptions [Video]

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REA Hivemind Reviewer Joel Smileypeacefun created this video, ESCAPE ROOMS: 10 Common Mistakes And Misconceptions. In it he explores and acts out 10 different ways that newbies tend to misunderstand the escape room medium.

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:30 No. 1: Mr. Know-it-all
  • 03:25 No. 2: Kids in Escape Rooms
  • 06:06 No. 3: Not listening to the gamemaster…
  • 08:32 No. 4: Being way too intense!
  • 10:25 No. 5: Communication is key
  • 11:52 No. 6: Giving up without actually trying
  • 13:23 No. 7: Cheating?
  • 15:04 No. 8: Know how to operate the most common locks
  • 17:37 No. 9: Chaotic people
  • 18:54 No. 10: Playing the same Escape Room twice in a row
  • 20:40 Outro

Give it a watch. He did a great job:

Yes those are Joel’s Guinness World Records. They are for domino chain reactions… something that I’d never have the patience for.

REPOD Season 2 Launches Soon with Guest Neil Patrick Harris🚀

A couple of weeks ago, Peih-Gee and I had the honor of interviewing the first guest for REPOD Season 2… a chap named Neil Patrick Harris. He seemed like a talented individual. I’d keep an eye on his career… I think he’s going places.

In less than two weeks we will debut our second season with NPH, the creator of Box One. This extended REPOD episode explores his love of immersive theater, escape rooms, magic, and of course, the tabletop puzzle game he released last year. If you haven’t played it yet, you ought to before listening.

We cannot wait to share this episode and the rest of the upcoming season with you.

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A Few Thoughts

This is as real as it is surreal. The day that we released the REPOD Season 1 finale, I found this comment on our Instagram:

NPH Instagram comment, "I loved the episode. Great season.""

We are so appreciative that he took a large chuck of time out of his day to talk with us. Just listening and leaving this comment was enough.

We have been fortunate to be a part of the escape room and immersive gaming community. So many people do so much to support us and our work, from the Hivemind and RECON teams, to our amazing Patreon community.

It takes a lot of support in many different forms to keep this giant experiment on the rails. From the people who consume the content and leave comments to the folks that help us tangibly and financially… thank you.

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It could be yours in LEGO: The Room 4: Old Sins – Dollhouse

Front of The Room Old Sins Dollhouse.

He started with The Safe from The Room, the iconic video game series. Now, he’s back with another LEGO IDEAS project.

This time, Roger Schembri is bringing to life the Dollhouse from Old Sins, the fourth installment from The Room.

With enough support, it can become an actual, tangible reality, outside of the videogame. And it’s free to support!

We spoke with Roger about his first LEGO IDEAS project in October. That project now has more than 2,800 supporters. If a project reaches 10,000 supporters then the LEGO group will consider it to be made into an official LEGO set.

In that interview, Roger tells us all about his relationship with The Room (he’s one of the original game developers) and LEGO IDEAS. You’ll be able to feel his passion for these projects.

As fans of the The Room and of Legos, we’re pretty excited about both these projects. We’d love to create the enchanted dollhouse within which Old Sins takes place.

Bring it to Life

It’s easy. Just click the button above to go to the LEGO IDEAS project page, and support the project. It’s free to support. And if you know other people who’d like to build this video game dollhouse, please give this one a social media boost as well.

If you enjoy The Room, we hope you’ll check out our interview with co-creator Barry Meade of Fireproof Studios on The Reality Escape Pod.