New Video: Adapting Your Escape Room Business to New Mediums

This was one of the most popular talks at RECON ’20. It’s not surprising – the speakers are a ton of fun, and the subject matter is top of mind this year. Take a look!

Featured Talk Information

Adapting Your Escape Room Business to New Mediums

Details: Originally presented on Monday, August 24 at 11:30 (New York)

Speakers: Charlie Bond & James Hamer-Morton

Company: Deadlocked Escape Rooms

Abstract: Charlie and James have created real-life escape rooms, escape room puzzle books, and a pair of digital games that blur the lines between escape room, alternate reality game, and light puzzle hunt. In this talk, they share the lessons that they learned designing for each medium, focusing on how these differ from one another.

Charlie & James

Continued Conversation

We invite you to join Wednesday’s video watch party and conversation in the RECON Discord. If you’ve created a product line, or adapted your escape room businesses, or are thinking about doing so, this will be a great opportunity for discussing this process with Charlie and James.

Details

Date: Wednesday, October 14

Time: video watching begins at 3:00pm Eastern

Location: The RECON Discord

If you never registered for RECON, you can register here.

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.

Each of the 15 talks will be made available for free on our YouTube channel this fall. We’ll release one each week.

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

New Video: Owning an Escape Room in 2020

2020 has been challenging for escape room owners. In this video, 7 escape room owners open up about their experiences this year.

Featured Talk Information

Owning an Escape Room in 2020: An Owner Panel Reflecting on Where We Were, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going

Details: Originally presented on Monday, August 24 at 16:00 (New York)

Speakers:

  • Lisa Spira of Room Escape Artist (moderator)
  • Amy Philip of Escape Games PDX, Portland, OR, USA
  • Anne Lukeman of CU Adventures, Champaign-Urbana, IL, USA
  • Bogdan Dascalescu of Puzzle Punks, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Gijs Geers of DarkPark, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
  • Megan Mouton of Clue Carré, New Orleans, LA, USA
  • Seth Wolfson of Hourglass Escapes, Seattle, WA, USA
  • Summer Herrick of Locurio, Seattle, WA, USA

Abstract: Nobody is having the year they envisioned on New Year’s Day 2020. At RECON, we feel it’s important to recognize this, and how escape rooms have been impacted by the state of our world. This group of owners will share the different ways they have reacted to the upheaval in the world and in their businesses. With a mixture of insights, and maybe a little group therapy, this panel documents what we hope will ultimately be a short-lived chapter in the history of escape rooms.

Continued Conversation

We invite you all – especially those owners out there who might feel alone – to join tomorrow’s group video watch and conversation in the RECON Discord.

Details

Date: Tuesday, October 6

Time: video watching begins at 1:00pm Eastern

Location: The RECON Discord

If you never registered for RECON, you can register here.

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.

Each of the 15 talks will be made available for free on our YouTube channel this fall. We’ll release one each week.

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

Now Available: RECON’s Interview with The Enigmatist

This fall RECON is rereleasing each Featured Talk from this summer’s RECON ’20 Global. These talks will all be made accessible for free on the Room Escape Artist YouTube.

An Interview with the Enigmatist: Blending Puzzles & Magic is now available!

Featured Talk Information

David Kwong of the Enigmatist with an image of a cipher projected on top of him.

Details: Originally presented Monday, August 24 at 13:00 (New York)

Speaker: David Kwong

Company: The Enigmatist

Talk Abstract: The multi-talented David Kwong has made a career out of mystifying and puzzling his audiences. As a stage magician and a New York Times crossword puzzle designer, he ultimately blended both of these careers into one magnificent stage show, The Enigmatist. This conversation explores Kwong’s diverse careers as well as the nuance of creating a show that seamlessly appeals to puzzle experts and complete novices. A good puzzle should always feel like magic. Through this conversation, you’ll gain insight into how to realize that goal.

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.

Each of the 15 talks will be made available for free on our YouTube channel this fall. We’ll release one each week.

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

Support RECON

This event including all the Featured Talks were produced for free, but we couldn’t do this without the support of our Patreon Backers. If you receive value from these videos, and have the means to support this effort, we would love to have you join our Patreon community.

Now Available: The 2020 State of the Industry RECON Session Video

This fall RECON is rereleasing each Featured Talk from this summer’s RECON ’20 Global. These talks will all be made accessiblefor free on the Room Escape Artist YouTube.

Our talk titled 2020: The State of the Escape Room Industry is now available!

Featured Talk Information

Photo of Lisa and David of Room Escape Artist in their wedding clothes dramatically escaping a bank vault.
Photo by Michael Zawadzki

Details: Originally presented on Monday, August 24 at 10:00 (New York)

Speakers: Lisa and David Spira

Company: Room Escape Artist

Abstract: The main theme of RECON ‘20 is one word: Adapt. Adaptation is what the state of the escape room industry demands today. Lisa and David Spira discuss how the industry had been trending at the start of the year, themes that have emerged during 2020, and their predictions for the future. They share data-driven findings, as well as their thoughts and intuitions from writing, playing, traveling, and conversing with this community. Here is a deeper look at how this industry is uniquely positioned in a global crisis, and how that drives creators to adapt.

Watch Party & Conversation

One of the most amazing parts of RECON was experiencing the Featured Talks with others. For this talk in particular, this perk of a digital RECON was surreal for us, since we could chat with you as our own talk streamed. And we’re excited to do it again tomorrow night!

Plus, if you thought our live Q&A was too short, you’re in luck. We’ll continue that conversation live tomorrow night in the RECON Discord.

Details

Date: Wednesday, September 23

Time: You can join the watch party starting at exactly 8:15pm (NYC time), or just join in on the post-video conversation at 9:00pm (NYC time).

Location: The RECON Discord

If you’re not already registered for RECON, you can register here.

6 Year US Escape Room Industry Report

On August 24, after delivering this session at RECON, we published the 6 Year US Escape Room Industry Report.

The data we’ve collected to create the Room Escape Artist Directory is the backbone of this data-backed look at this industry, and how it’s changed over the past 6 years.

New Data Initiatives

We mention in the talk that we are looking for folks willing to share their data to contribute to industry research efforts. If you’re interested in being contacted about future industry research opportunities, please fill out this form:

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.

Each of the 15 talks will be made available for free on our YouTube channel this fall. We’ll release one each week.

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

Support RECON

This event including all the Featured Talks were produced for free, but we couldn’t do this without the support of our Patreon Backers. If you receive value from these videos, and have the means to support this effort, we would love to have you join our Patreon community.

Now Available: RECON Keynote by The Escape Game

This fall RECON is rereleasing each Featured Talk from this summer’s RECON ’20 Global. These talks will all be made accessible for free on the Room Escape Artist YouTube.

The RECON ’20 Keynote by The Escape Game is now available!

Featured Talk Information

This presentation opened RECON ’20 Global.

Jonathan Murrell, Mark Flint, James Murrell
Jonathan Murrell, Mark Flint, and James Murrell

Details: Originally presented on Sunday, August 23 at 10:00 (New York)

Speakers: The Leadership Team from The Escape Game

Company: The Escape Game

Abstract: The RECON keynote presentation shares insights and experiences from operating a world-class escape room business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given how many facilities TEG operates across different parts of the United States, you’ll hear many unique and relevant perspectives. As passionate advocates for this industry and an important part of our community, their emphasis on customer experience comes from the heart, and they explain how much that makes a difference.

Watch Party & Conversation

One of the most amazing parts of RECON was experiencing the Featured Talks with others. We invite you to join us tomorrow to continue the conversation from RECON. Bring your questions for The Escape Game – they’ll be attending!

Details

Date: Friday, September 18

Time: You can join the watch party starting at exactly 2:15pm (NYC time), or just join in on the post-video conversation at 3:00pm (NYC time).

Location: The RECON Discord

If you’re not already registered for RECON, you can register here.

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.

Each of the 15 talks will be made available for free on our YouTube channel this fall. We’ll release one each week.

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

Support RECON

This event including all the Featured Talks were produced for free, but we couldn’t do this without the support of our Patreon Backers. If you receive value from these videos, and have the means to support this effort, we would love to have you join our Patreon community.