Top 5 Things to Know Post-RECON

Thank you to the many REA readers who joined us for RECON 21!

We really enjoyed seeing and meeting many of you in the RECON Discord.

RECON was a blur… with streamed talks, discussion groups, games, and even workshops sometimes all taking place simultaneously. In case you missed something, here’s what you need to know today.

RECON phoenix rising from the flames.

Top 5 Things to Know

  1. The featured talks will all be available on the Room Escape Artist YouTube channel in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. Or, better yet, subscribe! Then you’ll know as soon as they are posted.
  2. For those who attended RECON, the post-RECON survey is now available. We’d really love your feedback. And on the final page, right before you hit “submit,” you can click to enter to win a copy of Box One signed by Neil Patrick Harris, and provided by Theory 11.
  3. The RECON Discord isn’t closing. However, if you met someone at RECON who you want to stay in contact with, you should “friend” them on Discord. Then you can easily send direct messages. This is not a weird thing to do. “Friend” all the great people you met!
  4. The RECON swag shop will be open only a little while longer. This is your last chance to grab some awesome RECON ’21 swag.
  5. Yes, there was an ARG at RECON. And yes, you can still solve it. Enjoy!

Thank you!

RECON is only possible because of the incredible team of people working for months to put on this event and all the volunteers who kept it running smoothly. It took an army. Seriously. We cannot thank you enough.

We also thank Patreon backers, many of whom came out to RECON in so many different roles: speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, attendees, VIPs, and volunteers. You are the amazing community that makes this madness possible.

RECON Team

Brendan Lutz

Cara Mandel

Cindi Saiewitz

James Cobalt

Lee-Fay Low

Michael ‘Auggie’ Augustine

Theresa Piazza

Theresa Wagner

RECON Volunteers

Amanda Dupuy

Andrew Reynolds

Anne Lukeman

Ben Rosner

Bill Chang

Brett Kuehner

Chris Holland

C.J. Smith

Dan Egnor

Daniel Dilley

Darren Miller

Denise Kuehner

Errol Elumir

Heather Burns

Jason Lisnak

Jeb Havens

Jennifer S

Kate Wastl

Lindsay Froelich

Manda Whitney

Matthew Stein

Melissa Miller

Melanie Keep

Michael Andersen

Myra Ramdenbourg

Nick Moran

Noam Strassfeld

Richard Burns

Scott Olson

Shannon McDowell

Sheila Holland

Shuai Chen

Sim Lauren

Tammy McLeod

Tommy Honton

Tom Mortishire-Smith

Yuehwern Yih

Patreon Backers

Ace
Amanda Harris
Andrew Reynolds
Andrew Sturridge
Angie Meyers
Anne Lukeman
Ben Rosner
Bethany
Bill Chang
Breakout Games
Brett Kuehner
Brian Resler
Brian Vinciguerra
Bronna Butler
Byron Delmonico
Bytes
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
Haley & Cameron Cooper
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
Joseph Mayeux
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
Michelle Rundbaken
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
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
Stark
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.

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+ 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.

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.

Reality Escape Pod mission patch logo depicts a spaceship puncturing through the walls of reality.

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.

Thank You, Patreons!

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
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.

The Reality Escape Pod Season 1 Wrap 🚀✅ 🙏

It has been a lot of week.

Earlier this week we concluded season 1 of The Reality Escape Pod.

We could not have done this without the energy and support we feel from our Patreon backers. We’ve especially enjoyed your reactions in our “secret” Patreon discord channel, and the thoughtful conversations we’ve shared there. The influence that this channel has on our work was profoundly felt in the final episode.

We especially want to extend a warm welcome to the many folks who’ve joined our Patreon during season 1!

Reality Escape Pod mission patch logo depicts a spaceship puncturing through the walls of reality.

Podcast Reviews

In the season finale, David and Peih-Gee read a few of their favorite reviews. If you’ve enjoyed The Reality Escape Pod this season, please take a minute or two to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. This will go a long way to helping REPOD grow.

Surprise Perks

This week our Patreon backers got a special perk: early access to RECON ’21 Global tickets!

RECON 21 phoenix ensignia.

We’re thrilled by the response to RECON thus far. Thank you, Patreon backers, for getting the ball rolling with your excitement for RECON.

We invite everyone – industry professionals and players – to join us digitally at RECON this August!

Spoilers Club

The Spoilers Club is our newest (non-surprise) Patreon perk.

This month’s episode is focused on Isolation, created by Thin Reality Experiences for Escape Room Melbourne. David and Peih-Gee’s conversation about this game was published last night and we look forward to chatting more about this one.

Research scientist Logan in his lab, looking into a video call.
Isolation

With the Spoilers Club, we’re experimenting with a new form of content, one that the industry has generally not embraced. Each time we record a conversation in this format, it comes with a new set of challenges. This month we explore what happens when the game doesn’t play out the way it normally does. It’s makes for an interesting conversation.

In May, the Spoilers Club will chat about Escape from the Science Lab of Shifting Rules by SCRAP.

Thank You!

Ace
Amanda Harris
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
Cesar Grado
Chris Cannon
Chris M. Dickson
Chris White
Crystal Farr
Daniel Egnor
Daniel Kolb
Darren Miller
David Longley
deadpan 1113
Derek Tam
Drew Nelson
Elaine
Emile Wang
Eric Mittler
Farand Pawlak
Greg Marinelli
James Shearer
Jan-Luc Van Damme
Jason’s Fitness Consigliere
Jim of PARADOXsquared
Joel Daehler
John Wardrope

Jon Kaufthal
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
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
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 considering 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.