1 Month until RECON ’21: Schedule of Talks & New Swag

We’re gearing up for RECON. It’s just 1 month away!

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The schedule of featured talks is now available on the RECON website.

These 14 talks will be available to all RECON attendees. Every talk except the panel is followed by a live Q&A with the speakers. It’s 2 full days of exciting content.

New Swag

We just launched new RECON swag.

There are a few different t-shirt designs. And new this year, we’re offering sweatshirts and hats. If you order your RECON swag today, you can wear it at RECON.


If you haven’t bought a ticket yet, today’s the day.

If you’re in the industry, we recommend the Pro Ticket, which comes with a workshop.

If you’re a player, the Play Pass offers lots of games to play during the event.

And please tell your friends in to join the fun!

RECON’s June Top 4 (Play Pass Early Bird Ends Wednesday)

RECON is less than 2 months away! Here are the top 4 things to know about RECON right now:

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1 – Play Pass Early Bird Ends Wednesday

If you’re an avid puzzler, escape room player, or general game enthusiast, the RECON Play Pass is designed specifically for you!

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Included in the Play Pass is exclusive access to three limited-run games from top creators at Trapped Puzzle Rooms (Minneapolis), Deadlocked Escape Rooms (London), and Club Drosselmeyer’s Green Door Labs (Boston).

You can read more about these Play Pass games here.

Other Play Pass-only benefits include:

  • More games from other favorite creators… details coming soon
  • 1 large-group game during RECON…details to be announced soon
  • First opportunities to play brand new games
  • Access to Game Hall channels in the RECON Discord for finding teammates, discussing games, and other entertainment

The Early Bird price ends on Wednesday, June 30.

The RECON Play Pass can easily be added to any RECON ticket in the checkout process.

2 – Complete Lineup of Featured Talks

There will be 14 Featured Talks at RECON ’21.

These cover a range of topics including puzzles, tech, hinting, game structure, marketing, and more.

You can see the complete list of talks and read more about the speakers here.

RECON 21 tickets, something for everybody, everywhere. Starts at Free.

We are really excited about these speakers. They are working closely with the RECON team to craft fun, informative talks you won’t want to miss.

The full schedule will follow soon.

3 – RECON Swag is Now Available

We have t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, water bottles, mugs, and more in the RECON store. You can get yours today, and wear it at RECON!

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4 – How to Share Your Brand at RECON

RECON is the best place to reach an international audience of escape room professionals and players. It’s the perfect place to share your game, product, or service.

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If you have a game that’s available for remote play, there are opportunities to host your game at RECON. This is a great way to showcase a new game, run a game for a large group, or just make your game more widely known.

Contact the RECON team about hosting your game at RECON.

If you have a product or service for industry professionals, the digital exhibit hall is the perfect play to showcase your product. You’ll have an opportunity to advertise what you offer, and even demo it for RECON attendees.

If you’re looking for even more exposure, you can sponsor RECON. Although the Platinum sponsorships are sold out, there are still a few Gold sponsorships available.

Contact the RECON team about exhibiting at or sponsoring RECON.

See You at RECON

We are so excited about RECON. This year’s event is going to be something special. We really hope to see you there. Mark your calendar for August 22-23 and get your ticket today.

5 Things to Know about RECON ’21 (Don’t miss the early bird deal!)

We are so excited to bring you RECON ’21 this August! Here are the top 5 things you need to know right now.

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1: Basic tickets are pay-what-you-want

The Basic Ticket is pay-what-you want and it gets you access to every featured talk.

Bronze RECON Basic Access ticket - date: August 22-23, 2021.

We have a number of speakers announced already, with the rest of the lineup coming soon to the RECON website. If you’ve been wowed by Locurio, Post Curious, or Project Avatar, you won’t want to miss these speakers, and so many more.

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2: VIP tickets will sell out

There are only a handful left.

Gold RECON VIP Access ticket - date: August 22-23, 2021.

If you’re interested in a curated RECON experience, we highly recommend you purchase a VIP ticket today.

3: The Virtual Escape Jam will also sell out

More than half the tickets are already claimed. The Virtual Escape Jam sold out last year, and the waitlist just kept growing.

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If you want to design a game, this is a great way to get started, or brush up on your skills – all experience levels welcome!

4: New in 2021: Workshops

The RECON Pro ticket includes a workshop, an active learning small-group session where you take part in the creative process. You can choose between Game Design, Storytelling, Creative Puzzles, and Hospitality.

Silver RECON Pro Access ticket - date: August 22-23, 2021.

These are a new feature at RECON that we’re super excited about!

5: Early Bird Won’t Last Forever

The RECON Play Pass is currently only $50. It includes access to at least 2 limited-run games, unique player meetup opportunities, and much more.

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We’ll be announcing more details soon, and as soon as we do, the price will go up. If you love playing games and want games to be a part of your RECON experience, we encourage you to grab your Play Pass at the early bird rate. You can add it to any RECON ticket!

Now Available: Tickets to RECON ’21 Global

We are thrilled to announce that tickets are now available for RECON ’21 Global. The event will take place online August 22-23.


For the past year, in much of our community, escape rooms have been largely dormant. We see this summer as their rebirth, with RECON ’21 ushering in change. Together, we’ll cast aside old ways of thinking and embrace new ideas. We present a collection of featured talks guided by where we’re going, not where we’ve been.

We look forward to welcoming you to RECON ’21 Global.

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Ticket Options

There are three types of tickets available:

  • RECON Basic
  • RECON Pro
RECON 21 tickets, something for everybody, everywhere. Starts at Free.

You can also enhance your ticket with the RECON Play Pass (now available at the early bird price) and the Virtual Escape Jam.

To learn more about each ticket option, visit the RECON website.

More About RECON

We are really excited about this summer’s RECON!


The programming team is putting together an outstanding lineup of featured talks from a global cast of speakers. You can see the featured talks we’ve already announced here, with many more to be announced soon.

We’re also bringing some of last year’s speakers back to host workshops for the RECON Pro ticket holders. These are a new interactive format for RECON.


The games team is curating the RECON Play Pass, the best way to experience games as part of this event. We have a lot in the works with this one and more details will be available soon!

Plus, the popular Virtual Escape Jam will be back on Friday August 20 (before RECON officially begins). Last year’s Virtual Escape Jam sold out, so don’t delay in purchasing this ticket enhancement.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

In the past week, we’ve started signing sponsors and exhibitors. These are companies with products for industry professionals and players – and they offer some pretty neat stuff. If you have something to share with the RECON audience, let us know.

Stay Informed

If you want to stay up to date on everything RECON, sign up for the RECON newsletter here.

Or better yet, get your ticket today while all ticket types are still available.

RECON Update: Announcing RECON ’21 Global – 100% Digital

Given the continued uncertainty around group gatherings and global travel restrictions, we have decided to postpone the Boston event and go 100% digital again for 2021. RECON Global returns August 22-23, 2021!

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Key Information

In 2021, we’re excited to bring back RECON Global, a 100% digital convention. It will take place August 22-23.

RECON Boston has been officially postponed to August of 2022.

All RECON Boston ticket holders, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors are receiving emails with more information today.


By hosting RECON digitally, we ensure the education, games, and opportunities core to RECON are more accessible to the many in our community who have endured incredible hardships this past year.

As a team, we feel that it is more important to confidently put together the best possible event for our community than it is for us to produce an in-person event. We’ve elected to remove the uncertainty for our ticket holders, vendors, sponsors, and ourselves.

With the 2021 digital event, and future in-person events, we can continue to build a resilient, global escape room industry together. Just as we did last year, we’ll continue to adapt as necessary. We’re committed to an incredible RECON ‘21 Global and RECON ‘22 Boston.


Tickets to RECON ‘21 Global will be available soon. There will be a number of ticket options, including opportunities to watch our main stage talks for free.

To know when tickets become available, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Get Involved

You’re invited to support RECON as a sponsor, exhibitor, or speaker. We offer multiple opportunities to share products, services, games, experience, and knowledge with a broader audience.

Thank you!

…to the fantastic RECON team. With their help, we are building an even more elaborate digital event than we hosted last summer. We are constantly amazed by their skills, knowledge, and drive

… to the Boston Marriott Cambridge, who has been a valued partner through these challenging times. The staff has gone above and beyond to support us in postponing our event at their venue.

… the sponsors, exhibitors, ticket holders, speakers, and volunteers. We deeply appreciate your support of RECON, and we’re excited to continue to bring you incredible events, both digitally in 2021 and in Boston in 2022.

RECON ‘20 Video Library

If you missed any of the talks from RECON ‘20, the complete video library is now available for free.