The Ministry of Peculiarities – Hope End [Review]

Update: If you want to hear more about Hope End back us on Patreon at the “Search Win!” level to get access to a Spoiler’s Club Episode about this game. Reality Escape Pod co-hosts David and Peih-Gee talk all about it with the creators, spoilers and all.

Family, am I right?

Location:  Azusa, CA

Date Played: March 3, 2022

Team size: 4-12; we recommend 6

Duration: 90 minutes

Price: from $50 per player for teams of 4-6 to $42.50 per player for teams of 11-12

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

When I was planning our trip to Los Angeles, multiple people who had already played Hope End told me that they’d be willing to come play it again… that was a clue that we were in for something special.

Blending immersive theater and escape room, Hope End was an instant classic in the booming Los Angeles escape room scene.

Hope End had so much happening, from the lobby experience and briefing to the intimate game intro, straight through to the finale.

The set design was thoughtful and beautiful, and the world building was backed by a nuanced script, and fantastic acting. Finally, all of this was tied together with smart and original game design.

Entrance to Hope End has beautiful wood work covered in ivy, a stained glass window separates a door to a light room and a door to a dark room.

The Ministry of Peculiarities is an exciting new entrant into the escape room world, and when I hear that they have a new game opening, I will begin figuring out my next trip to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles is one of the premier escape room markets in North America, and Hope End is one of the must-play games in this region.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Story seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Supernatural mystery fans
  • Best for players with at least some experience
  • Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle

Why play?

  • Brilliant actor performances & interactions
  • Strong set design
  • Creative interaction design
  • Compelling storytelling

Story

110 years ago, tragedy struck the Hope family. One by one, they each died, each under dubious circumstances. Over a century later their family home remains uninhabited except for the spirit of Mrs. Dolores Wright whose presence has rendered the beautiful home unsellable.

We had been contracted through Ministry of Peculiarities to investigate the home.

A beautiful stained glass window.
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Quest Tavern – The Last Supper [Review]

Update May 16, 2022: If you want to hear more about The Last Supper back us on Patreon at the “Search Win!” level to get access to a Spoiler’s Club Episode about this game. Reality Escape Pod co-hosts David and Peih-Gee talk all about it with the creator and the performer, spoilers and all.

Lord Garrick would like you for dinner.

Location: Pomona, CA

Date Played: March 4, 2022

Team size: 3-8; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: from $48 per player for teams of 3-4 to $43 per player for teams of 7-8

Ticketing: Private

Accessibility Consideration: At least one player needs to crawl.

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

The Last Supper was an exciting delight.

Following in the footsteps of Miss Jezebel (review, online review), Quest Tavern took that game structure and made a less raunchy experience, set it in a Dungeons & Dragons-esque adventure.

The performer who played the role of Lord Garrick was incredible, adding so much nuance to his performance, and improvising magnificently with our team. We truly were playing with one another, to the point where we changed the plot of the game in a way that hadn’t been done before.

The team sitting at the table,with Lord Garrick standing behind us brandishing a sword.

Escape rooms don’t have to be big to feel huge, and The Last Supper felt grand. It was intense, interesting, and I treasure the memory of playing this game.

If your team is open to interacting with a performer, and willing to commit to the intensity of the game world, The Last Supper is a must-play game, and one of the strongest games in the Los Angeles area.

Who is this for?

  • Actor interacters
  • Adventure seekers
  • Story seekers
  • D&D fans
  • Best for players with at least some experience

Why play?

  • Amazing escape room meets D&D (without the combat) gameplay
  • Top-notch actor interactions
  • Clever and unusual game design and structure

Story

After the famed adventurer Lord Garrick retired, he began hosting dinner parties for adventurers… but his guests would disappear. As the latest group to receive an invitation, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to learn the truth… and enjoy a good meal.

Closeup of the dinner table with a bowl of fruit in the center.
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Reminder: Los Angeles Meetup on March 8

We’re going to be in Los Angeles in early March and we’re hosting a meetup. This is just a casual gathering for escape room players, owners, and creators to mingle and chat.

It’s the last night we’ll be in town, so we’ll be able to talk about all the local games, spoilers and all (out of earshot of anyone who hasn’t played a given game, of course). We hope to see you there!

Palm trees at sunset, text reads, "LA Escape Room Meetup: Hosted by Room Escape Artist."

Details

  • Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2022
  • Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM PST (drop in whenever)
  • Location: Hatch Escapes (1919 3rd Avenue, Los Angeles, CA)

Please bring your proof of vaccination.

And feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share.

Thank you to Terry and Tommy from Hatch Escapes for providing the venue!

West Coast friends, we look forward to seeing many of you soon!

p.s. If you RSVP’d for this event and you can no longer attend, please “cancel your ticket” through Eventbrite so that we can get an accurate attendance estimate for our hosts.

Los Angeles Meetup Rescheduled for March 8

It is with a heavy heart that we let you know that The Next Stage Summit & Mini-Festival slated for Jan 7-9 is canceled.

In light of that cancellation and the complications for travel at this time, we’ve postponed our Los Angeles trip and the LA Escape Room Community Meetup we’d planned for January.

The good news is: we’ve rescheduled our trip and this meetup for March. We hope it will be safer to gather again in a couple of months.

Palm trees at sunset, text reads, "LA Escape Room Meetup: Hosted by Room Escape Artist."

Details

  • Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2022
  • Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM PST (drop in whenever)
  • Location: Hatch Escapes (1919 3rd Avenue, Los Angeles, CA)

Please bring your proof of vaccination.

And feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share.

Thank you to Terry and Tommy from Hatch Escapes for providing the venue!

West Coast friends, we look forward to seeing many of you in March.

Los Angeles: We’re Hosting an Escape Room Meetup in January!

Update Jan 3, 2022: This meetup is postponed until March 8. See updated details here.

If you live in Los Angeles, or you’ll be in town in early January, let’s hang out!

This is a casual gathering for folks to meet each other and chat about escape rooms and other immersive entertainment. We can’t wait to see you there!

While it’s a free event, please click the button below to RSVP, just so that we have a sense of how many people to expect.

Palm trees at sunset, text reads, "LA Escape Room Meetup: Hosted by Room Escape Artist."

Details

  • Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2022
  • Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM PST (drop in whenever)
  • Location: Hatch Escapes (1919 3rd Avenue, Los Angeles, CA)

Please bring your proof of vaccination.

And feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share.

Thank you to Terry and Tommy from Hatch Escapes for providing the venue!

The Next Stage

After we all hang out at this meetup, David and I are heading to Pasadena to host the Immersive Gaming track at The Immersive Experience Institute’s The Next Stage Jan 7-9… with lots of great talks, and where we’ll be playing Escape from Godot in front of an audience. We hope to see you there!

Here are all the details about the sessions on our track.

If you don’t have a ticket for The Next Stage yet, those are available here.