REA is Going to PAX Unplugged!

Last year, I brought you a recap of PAX Unplugged 2021. PAX is a series of conventions focusing on gaming of all types. PAX Unplugged is the version of the event that focuses on analog gaming: board games, tabletop role playing games, and miniature games to name just a few. This year, Room Escape Artist is going back to Philadelphia, and we’re taking over the stage.

Purple PAX Unplugged logo

Key Information

  • Date: Friday, December 2 to Sunday, December 4, 2022
  • Venue: Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Price: Daily badges are $37 per day; a three day badge costs $78
  • PAX Unplugged is a masked event and entry requires proof of vaccination.
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Video: PAX AUS 2022 – Behind the Un-Locked Doors of Escape Rooms Panel

Lee-Fay Low from the RECON team (and two time REPOD guest) moderated an escape room panel titled, “Behind the Un-Locked Doors of Escape Rooms” at PAX Australia this year.

PAX AUS logo - yellow lettering against a white background.

She guided a conversation with some of the creators behind The Cipher Room (Watch their RECON 2021 session), Project Immersive, The Curium Experience, and Next Level Escape (Listen to them on REPOD or watch their RECON 2021 session).

The gang had a great conversation and covered a lot of ground. I hope you enjoy it:

For me, the biggest surprise in this panel was that Charlie… who I knew from THE ROOM in Berlin, Germany (see REPOD episode with owner Chris Lattner) has opened his own escape room company in Australia. I spent the first few minutes looking at him and wondering why he looked so familiar… but I could place him in this context. 🀯

REPOD S4E1 – Reconnecting with RECON

We’re kicking off Season Four of Reality Escape Pod with a RECON Boston recap! David and Peih-Gee are joined by Lisa Spira and Theresa Wagner. RECON was an incredibly special event with brilliant talks, amazing lobby parties, and some very special escape rooms. Magic was definitely in the air.

man and woman smiling together, both in purple shirts in front of a decorative bookcase with the recon logo. There are also framed images of a smiling young woman, and a smiling asian woman.

We recap the talks from industry leaders and discuss the amazing ARG (alternate reality game) created especially for RECON. David and Lisa give us insight on some of the aspects designed to help the convention run more smoothly. We look back fondly on the lobby parties, and Peih-Gee talks about her nefarious goal of making David cry at RECON (and how it backfired). We listen to voicemails from attendees, discuss our top secret special guest, and replay his incredible imitation of David.

RECON was truly a magical experience, judging by the response from attendees. It was a celebration of the escape room community, an experiment, and a knowledge share… We look forward to making more RECON magic in the future.

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NPH Represents Escape Rooms on Hot Ones

Neil Patrick Harris sitting across the table from Sean Evans on Hot Ones.

Recently Hot Ones host Sean Evans asked NPH what distinguishes a great escape room from a mediocre one… and he gave a great answer, especially considering that the question was asked on wing #9 and he was most certainly delirious by that point.


If you’d like to hear a deep dive with Neil on escape rooms, puzzles, magic, and games, give our interview with him a listen: