A Video Q&A with Sera Dodd

Sera Dodd and her partner Sharan are the most experienced escape room players in the Western World. Sera has seen a lot of stuff, great and terrible. David Middleton from Bewilder Box in the UK interviewed Sera on the RECON ’20 stage.

FEATURED TALK INFORMATION

A Conversation with the Western World’s Most Experience Escape Room Player

Details: Originally presented Sunday, August 23 at 12:30 (New York)

Speakers: Sera Dodd & David Middleton

Company: ERIC & Bewilder Box

Abstract: Sera Dodd (and her partner Sharan) have played over 1,500 escape rooms. Sera will be interviewed by David Middleton, co-owner of the Bewilder Box in the UK. Together they will explore the observations and evolution of a player through more than 1,500 escape rooms. Through this conversation, you’ll gain insight into what makes a good escape room and how to find your own path to enjoyment.

Dave & Sera. Sera is speaking into a bullhorn.

About RECON ’20

RECON ’20 was Room Escape Artist’s digital escape room convention featuring 15 pre-recorded talks, live Q&As, and over 30 exhibitors. We had over 900 attendees from 62 countries watching and participating live.

We’re releasing each of the 15 talks for free on our YouTube channel this fall. You’ll find all the featured talk videos there in a single playlist by the end of this week!

Please subscribe to the RECON Newsletter to receive updates on RECON ’21 – we are just getting started.

Outdoor Games, The New Frontier


Outdoor escape games aren’t a new format, but they have been a rare format. As the world and the market continue to shift, outdoor games have become much more appealing for both players and owners. Emma Rochon (Improbable Escapes) & Fred Preddy (Escape Maze) share their experience in building beautiful outdoor adventures both in cities and more remote locations.

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Escape the Building: Lessons From Outdoor Escape Game Creators

Details: Originally presented Sunday, August 23 at 19:00 (New York)

Speakers: Emma Rochon & Fred Preddy

Company: Improbable Escapes & Escape Maze

Abstract: Improbable Escapes and Escape Maze were building outdoor escape games long before 2020. Emma and Fred will talk about adapting a format that is synonymous with walls into one that fits into various outdoor landscapes.

Emma Rochon & Fred Prede

About RECON ’20

RECON ’20 was Room Escape Artist’s digital escape room convention featuring 15 pre-recorded talks, live Q&As, and over 30 exhibitors. We had over 900 attendees from 62 countries watching and participating live.

We’re releasing each of the 15 talks for free on our YouTube channel this fall. You’ll find all the featured talk videos there in a single playlist by the end of this week!

Please subscribe to the RECON Newsletter to receive updates on RECON ’21 – we are just getting started.

Master Gamemasters Talk Shop

Hillary Manning & Aaron Gold had a delightful conversation on the RECON ’20 stage exploring the nuances of gamemastering. It’s a job that demands a lot, and it’s critical to the success of any escape room business.

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Guardians of Fun and Property: A Conversation Between Two Veteran Gamemasters

Details: Originally presented Sunday, August 23 at 17:30 (New York)

Speakers: Hillary Manning & Aaron Gold

Abstract: Hillary and Aaron share amusing moments and hard truths from years as gamemasters for multiple escape room companies. As an escape room professional, you’ll come away with ideas for how to properly train and empower your customer-facing employees to protect your customers and your property, all while keeping things fun. Anyone who has ever played an escape room – especially those who enjoy these games as much as Hillary and Aaron do – will appreciate that this conversation includes comedic horror stories.

Hillary & Aaron headshots.

About RECON ’20

RECON ’20 was Room Escape Artist’s digital escape room convention featuring 15 pre-recorded talks, live Q&As, and over 30 exhibitors. We had over 900 attendees from 62 countries watching and participating live.

We’re releasing each of the 15 talks for free on our YouTube channel this fall. You’ll find all the featured talk videos there in a single playlist by the end of this week!

Please subscribe to the RECON Newsletter to receive updates on RECON ’21 – we are just getting started.

Budget Set Design with Mike Preddy – Making A Happy Little Stone Wall

Mike Preddy closed out RECON ’20 with artistry, craftsmanship, and a healthy dose of fire. His session felt like a PBS special, and if you haven’t watched it, you really should.

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Set Design on a Budget

Details: Originally presented Monday, August 24 at 18:30 (New York)

Speaker: Mike Preddy

Company: Escape Maze

Abstract: Part of what makes Escape Maze is their particular aesthetic… it looks fancier than it actually is. They have a talent for reuse and repurposing of items. Mike will give you actionable lessons – for example, how to build believable castle stone walls and doorways.

Mike Prede

About RECON ’20

RECON ’20 was Room Escape Artist’s digital escape room convention featuring 15 pre-recorded talks, live Q&As, and over 30 exhibitors. We had over 900 attendees from 62 countries watching and participating live.

We’re releasing each of the 15 talks for free on our YouTube channel this fall. You’ll find all the featured talk videos there in a single playlist by the end of this week!

Please subscribe to the RECON Newsletter to receive updates on RECON ’21 – we are just getting started.

New Video: Creativity with the Bizzaro, Crystal, & Greg

It’s great working with magicians.

One day I had a conversation with Bizzaro about having him, Crystal, and Greg do a session on creativity in escape room design. The next thing I knew, a fully edited video showed up in my inbox.

Enjoy.

Featured Talk Information

Escape the Cliché or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Design Creatively

Details: Originally presented on Monday, August 24 at 17:00 (New York)

Speakers: Bizzaro, Krystal, & Greg

Company: Test Subjects

Abstract: In experience design, creativity has monetary value. In this talk, the flippant and funny trio of Bizzaro, Krystal, & Greg help you understand where that value comes from. They share some tips for finding inspiration that will spark your own originality. If you don’t stand out, nobody will remember you.

The Test Subjects, 3 people's heads in jars on a table.

About RECON ’20

RECON ’20 was Room Escape Artist’s digital escape room convention featuring 15 pre-recorded talks, live Q&As, and over 30 exhibitors. We had over 900 attendees from 62 countries watching and participating live.

We’re releasing each of the 15 talks for free on our YouTube channel this fall. More than half the featured talk videos are already available there!

Please subscribe to the RECON Newsletter to receive updates on RECON ’21 – we are just getting started.