June 6: NYC Room Escape Fan Shindig

The first NYC Room Escape Fan Shindig was a ton of fun… even though we had to change the date last minute due to kind-of-sort-of bad snow.

So… we’re doing it again.

Two smiley face stick figures carrying the final two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle into place.

We continue to meet so many wonderful people through this blog and we really enjoy bringing them together to talk about escape rooms and the like.

This event is an opportunity to meet local escape room enthusiasts, designers, operators, bloggers, and others. Share your knowledge of and excitement about getting locked inside giant puzzle adventures!

Come on down, make new friends, and find yourself some teammates.

When

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

7pm – 10pm

Where

Shades of Green Pub (125 East 15th Street, New York, NY between Irving Place and Third Avenue)

RSVP

Please RSVP. We need to provide a headcount to the venue.

RSVP on Facebook or via Email (roomescapeartist@gmail.com).

Who Else Might Attend?

Escape rooms have a lot in common with other types of immersive entertainment.

We’ve invited the folks from New York City Larp to co-host this event. New York City Larp is a group devoted to fostering the New York City live-action roleplay community, and developing the resources to support productions in the tri-state area.

This will be an opportunity to meet escape room fans as well as larpers and fans of other types of immersive entertainment. You don’t have to mingle, but now you have the opportunity!

FAQ

Have you run this event before?

Yes, we ran this event in March and we had a great time chatting with everyone who came out. Due to a snowstorm on the originally planned date of the event, we had to postpone it one week, and a lot of folks couldn’t make it on the rescheduled day. We are hoping that it doesn’t snow in June and we get to meet many more of you!

Answers to all your other FAQs are available here.

Escape Room Owners Facebook Group Admission Process Update

Back in January we did a piece on the Escape Room Owners group, looking into complaints about people not being approved for admission, and explaining how to gain entry to the group.

You can find that original piece here.

Since then, the process has changed just a bit. It’s better now.

Current Application Statuses

The admins listened to the complaints and cleared the queue. All applications have either been confirmed and approved, or investigated and rejected.

Comic book-ified Members Only jacket
Members Only

After clearing the queue, Brian Warner & Nate Shane stepped down as admins. Erick Gyrion remained and brought on Megan Mouton of Clue Carré.

(Side note: Megan owns of one of the four companies featured on our Escape Room Tour of New Orleans, which has just grown in size. Tickets are now available through April 22. Contact us for details.)

We know Megan and we can attest that she’s on top of things. She reached out to inform us of the updated application process.

Updated Owners Group Admission Process

Quickest way to get approved:

  1. Have your Facebook profile read “Owner at _____________ Escape Game.”
  2. Apply to join the Escape Room Owners Group
  3. Follow the instructions when you apply which read: “Are you an escape room owner? Is your business open and accepting bookings? If so, please message Erick James Gyrion or Megan Lucy Mouton with proof. Thank you!”

If everything checks out, then you’ll be approved promptly. It seems that 75% of applicants ignore step 3 and it slows down their application.

When I emailed with Megan yesterday, they had only 4 requests in the hopper. She says they get between 10 and 20 applicants per day… so they’re on top of this. If you don’t follow the instructions listed above, Megan will reach out to you through Facebook Messenger (which is an unnecessary kindness).

If Megan reaches out:

  • She will send you a private Facebook message asking:
    • What escape room company do you own?
    • Are you open and selling tickets?
    • Can you provide proof that you are currently operating?
  • If you fail to reply within a few days, she will decline your request.

Willy Wonka yelling, "You get NOTHING! You LOSE! GOOD DAY, SIR!"

Who is allowed and who isn’t?

This is one of few exclusive Facebook groups. It is specifically a resource for owners. Managers, employees, and yours truly are not going to be approved.

Recommended Alternative Facebook Groups

Escape Room Start Up for more business-focused discussion.

Escape Room Enthusiast for more player-focused discussion (that sometimes turns business-y). Please be kind to the enthusiast community. These are your customers.

Everything Immersive for a broad mixture of business, news, and player/ participant discussion about all sorts of immersive entertainment.

Expansion Update for Escape Immerse Explore: New Orleans 2018!

This expansion is a go!

GIF of Cookie Monster elated by a giant cookie.

We are hiring a second bus and opening another 24 tickets to Escape Immerse Explore: New Orleans 2018.

Note that more than half of these tickets are already spoken for. If you want one of these tickets, contact us today.

Next Steps

If you are one of the 24 original ticket holders, get excited to meet the rest of the folks!

If you have already claimed one of expansion tickets over email, get ready to receive an invoice followed by your super fun personalization survey by email later today.

If you’re interested in this event and you have not yet contacted us, contact us today. These remaining tickets will only be available to purchase for 2 weeks and many of them are already spoken for.

Basics

Dates: June 22 – 24, 2018

Price: $599 per ticket

More information and FAQ.

For the people on the fence

This tour is going to be incredible:

  • New friends who love escape rooms
  • Some of the best escape rooms in the United States presented by Escape My Room, Clue Carré, RISE Escape Rooms, and 13th Gate Escape
  • A weekend in New Orleans
  • Time with Lisa and David

We’ve answered questions about transportation, hotels, logistics, specific games, requests to play certain games, and more. We can answer your questions. Just ask.

See you in New Orleans in June!

Everything Immersive NYC Meetup

We haven’t made a lot of noise about it, but last year we teamed up with our friends over at No Proscenium to create a friendly, organized, and well-moderated community of folks who love all sorts of immersive entertainment, be it immersive theater, VR, or escape rooms.

That community is Everything Immersive. If you aren’t a member, you should join.

One of the members of the community, Lisa Cohen, proposed that we host a NYC Everything Immersive Meetup, so that’s exactly what we’re doing.

A group of period dressed me and women in a speakeasy.

Everything Immersive Community Meetup (NYC)

When: Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM

Where: TBD, somewhere in lower Manhattan

Who’s this for?

This event is for those interested, passionate, or working Everything Immersive in NYC: creators, storytellers, directors, engineers, designers, performers, authors, event planners, producers, etc.

If you want to meet other passionate souls, exchange ideas on immersive theatre, VR/AR, site-specific, experiential art & tech, and the future of entertainment and storytelling, this is the event for you.

The emphasis for this event is on creators and people who are somehow involved in the industry. That being said, we won’t turn down passionate fans either.

Escape rooms are just one type of immersive entertainment. We’d like to bring people from different backgrounds together to connect with and learn from each other.

We hope to see you there. RSVP today.

One week left for Escape Immerse Explore!

If you’re on the fence about an escape room tour in New Orleans this June, it’s time to make up your mind. Let us know by Saturday, April 7.

Join the folks who snatched us those original 24 tickets and the folks who’ve emailed us since, itching to come. It’s going to be an amazing weekend!

A red and gold Mardi Gras mask.

Expansion Update

We need to hear from few more people before we can run to a second bus.

Contact us this week if you’re interested in tickets.

Should I attend?

Yes.

Details

Dates: June 22 – 24, 2018

Price: $599 per ticket

More information and FAQ.

Escape Immerse Explore: New Orleans – Expansion Update

The original 24 tickets to this escape room tour are officially sold out. We made jambalaya to celebrate!

Close up of a pot of chicken and sausage jambalaya.
And yes, it was delicious.

More tickets?

Due to some serious fixed costs – like an extra bus – we need to get enough people to make it work.

At the moment, we are about halfway to that second bus. All we need is a few more interested parties and that bus will become a reality.

If there is enough interest, we will run a second tour bus. Contact us if you want in.

Details

Dates: June 22 – 24, 2018

Price: $599 per ticket

More information and FAQ.

Still on the fence?

Consider what’s included:

If you have questions, just give us a shout.

Come See Lisa & David at Up The Game 2018

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be making another appearance at Up The Game in Breda, The Netherlands.

The Prison Dome Breda, an expansive dome with cells along the side.

Our Talk

We’ll be returning to the Breda Prison Dome and delivering an entirely new talk entitled:

Lessons from the Best and Worst Escape Rooms Around the World

“What separates the professionals from the amateurs? We’ll cover the best and worst practices that we’ve seen from all across the industry and around the world. From our funny stories, we’ll deliver you actionable advice for building your escape room business. We’ll touch on customer service, construction, game design, and how to refine everything you offer. If you’re planning for the longevity of this industry, learn how to cement your place in it.”

Our Up The Game talk from last year is still available for viewing.

Other Speakers

The Up The Game speaker lineup looks fantastic:

Ken Ferguson, writer of one of my favorite escape room blogs, the UK-based The Logic Escapes Me, will be taking the stage with Sarah Dodd, who I believe wears the crown for most experienced escape room player in the English-speaking world. They will discuss a favorite subject of mine: the player experience.

Juliana Patel & Ariel Ruben of Escape Room in a Box will be delivering two separate talks: alternative lines of escape room business & properly playtesting games. No one has to playtest a game like a tabletop game designer has to. Escape rooms could stand to learn a lot from the tabletop game mode of thinking.

Chris Lattner, creator of 2017 Golden Lock-In Award-winning Lost Treasure, one of my all-time favorite escape rooms, will be talking about a subject near and dear to my heart: upgrading and maintaining an escape room. I can’t think of anyone better positioned to give that talk. His two escape rooms created in 2014 still play as if they were new.

There are lots of interesting speakers in the lineup, including a few whom I’ve met, such as Effie Mor, and many others whom we’re looking forward to getting to know.

Get your Up The Game Tickets today, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Get Ready for the NYC Escape Room Fan Shindig this is Wednesday!

*Update: Due to the threat of apocalyptic weather, we’ve postponed this event 1 week. It will now be held on 3/14. All other details remain the same.

We’re excited that so many of you are coming out to our NYC Escape Room Fan Shindig.

If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, or you are one of those folks who clicked “interested” on Facebook, now would be a good time to RSVP. (That means clicking “going” for those on Facebook.)

If your friends like to geek out about escape rooms, bring them too!

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When

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 March 14, 2018. That’s two days away.

7pm – 10pm

Where

Shades of Green Pub (125 East 15th Street, New York, NY between Irving Place and Third Avenue)

Note that this is a change from our original venue.

Shades of Green Pub will have food and drink available for purchase. Please encourage them to host this type of gathering by purchasing food or drinks.

RSVP

Please RSVP so that we have enough space for the group.

RSVP on Facebook or via email (roomescapeartist@gmail.com)

FAQ

For more information, read the FAQ at the end of the original announcement.

Why Come Hang with Us?

  • You want to talk about escape rooms all evening.
  • You’re looking to meet potential escape room teammates.
  • You need local (or far-flung, I suppose) escape room recommendations.

We look forward to seeing/ meeting you there!

 

Announcing – Escape Immerse Explore: New Orleans 2018!

Southern Louisiana is home to some of the best escape rooms in the United States. This June, we invite you to travel to New Orleans with Room Escape Artist.

Tickets are $599 per ticket. We are currently sold out, however, we are about halfway to being able to run a second bus for this tour.  Contact us if you want in.

Escape Immerse Explore logo.

About Escape, Immerse, Explore: New Orleans 2018

Join us June 22 – 24, 2018 for a weekend of escape rooms in and around New Orleans, Louisiana.

On this personally-tailored escape room tour, you will get a chance to play some of our favorite escape rooms with other likeminded escape room fans.

What’s Included in the Tour?

Your ticket includes a customized itinerary of 9 escape rooms, distributed among the following companies:

This is so many more escape rooms than our New York tour!

There will be three 2017 Golden Lock-In Award-winning games on this tour (and many more that were in the running).*

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Your ticket also includes:

  • Bus transportation to escape rooms outside of New Orleans
  • A weekend with Lisa and David as escape room tour guides
  • Networking with other tour attendees
  • A talk by Lisa and David
  • One group meal
  • Exclusive discount coupons to book additional escape rooms at these venues
  • Event t-shirt
  • Teammates who are as excited about this as you are!

See the FAQ below for many more details.

Tickets are $599 per ticket. We are currently sold out, however, we are about halfway to being able to run a second bus for this tour.  Contact us if you want in.

Event Structure

Friday – You will play two escape rooms in New Orleans on Friday evening. You will also have time to hang out with us or explore New Orleans nightlife on your own.

Saturday – Saturday will be a full-day bus tour with 5 escape rooms outside of New Orleans. We will spend the day with you on the bus and deliver a talk.

Sunday – You will play two escape rooms in New Orleans on Sunday morning. Take the afternoon to explore the city on your own or catch a flight home.

What Happened in Presale?

We launched an exclusive presale for this event less than two weeks ago.

We sent presale invitations to those who attended Escape Immerse Explore in NYC in November as well as everyone who emailed us since then expressing interest in future tours… and they gobbled up 23 tickets in no time.

We are thrilled at the early enthusiasm for the tour and we’re especially happy that so many people are returning customers.

Extended Event Sales?

Since the event basically sold out during presale, we are looking at extending the event.

Next Steps: Contact us with your full name, email address, and the number of tickets you’re interested in.

This gets you on the list. If enough of you sign up, we will run a second tour bus.

FAQ

Are you guys “selling out?”

We’re hosting this event because we want to bring this community together again and share a few of the games we love with you.

Considering the costs of booking all these games, the travel involved in putting this together, and things like insurance, this is not an overwhelmingly profitable endeavor.

If we were looking to sell out, we’d do something unethical like consult/ review, or design games… and post reviews of them on our own site.

How many tickets are available?

There were 24 tickets available, but unexpectedly all but 1 sold out during our secret presale.

If there is enough interest, we will expand the event and run a second bus.

Why New Orleans?

David has a vicious gumbo habit.

Southern Louisiana offers some of the finest escape rooms in the country. It’s home to 3 of the 2017 Golden Lock-In Award-winning games and plenty more that were in the running.

Each of these companies offers multiple high quality escape rooms. A few of them are an hour or so outside of New Orleans. This makes the group bus tour feasible.

And really, who doesn’t want to spend a weekend in New Orleans?

Why June?

It fits in our absolutely insane travel schedule. It doesn’t conflict with anything else going on in New Orleans… and most importantly, it’s nowhere near hurricane season.

How will we get from game to game?

The games in New Orleans will be walkable from our recommended hotel. They would also be a very short taxi/ Lyft/ Uber ride.

On Saturday, we will have a tour bus taking the group to Tickfaw and Baton Rouge.

Can I choose my teammates?

You’ll be playing most games as a group of 6. You may select a buddy or put together a full group. The pre-tour survey will cover these types of questions.

I don’t have a team. Will that be a problem?

Not at all. We’ll put you in a group with other escape room enthusiasts from far and wide.

I’ve played most of the games from these companies. Can I still participate?

Contact us. There might be an opportunity. We’ll try to make it work and let you know if we can’t.

Will I get to choose which escape rooms I play?

No, but we’ll choose games specifically for you. You’ll fill out a fun pre-tour survey about your escape room preferences. We’re confident you’ll play a lot of games that you’ll love.

You’ll find out your escape room agenda far enough in advance that you can book additional games for yourself during the rest of your time in New Orleans.

I’m an escape room owner/ employee or immersive experience designer. Can I participate?

Yes!

I have nothing to do with the escape room industry. I just want to play all the games! Can I participate?

Yes!

What should I do about airfare and hotels?

Your ticket does not cover travel or lodging.

We are setting up a hotel block near the New Orleans escape rooms. You’ll receive more information about that after purchasing a ticket.

Are meals included in the ticket price?

Your ticket includes one casual group meal on Saturday.

You will have opportunities to purchase food throughout the tour.

I can’t make it that weekend. Will you run this again?

It’s highly likely, although future tours may go to other cities.

Can I buy a ticket for someone under 18?

Unfortunately, no. All participants must be 18 years of age at the start of the tour.

Can I sponsor this event?

Contact us about sponsorship opportunities. We are not accepting escape room companies as sponsors.

What if I have other questions?

Contact us.

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans this June!

*We cannot guarantee that every tour attendee will play all three of these games. However, we will keep everyone’s game list balanced and in line with how they answer our pre-tour survey.

Don’t Forget the NYC Room Escape Fan Shindig

*Update: Due to the threat of apocalyptic weather, we’ve postponed this event 1 week. It will now be held on 3/14. All other details remain the same.

As we write this blog, we continue to meet new people who love escape rooms and other types of puzzle adventures and entertainment.

Our hope with this event is to help our most avid escape room players find fellow teammates.

We are looking forward to hosting our first NYC Room Escape Fan Shindig!

Many hands raising glasses of liquor.

When

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 March 14 2018

7pm – 10pm

Where

Shades of Green Pub (125 East 15th Street, New York, NY between Irving Place and Third Avenue)

Last week we had to change the venue, unexpectedly, as our original venue permanently closed its doors. Luckily, Shades of Green Pub is happy to host us instead!

We encourage all escape room fans in NYC to come, hang out, and purchase your own food/ drink there.

RSVP

Please RSVP so that we can provide a headcount to the venue.

RSVP on Facebook or via email (roomescapeartist@gmail.com)

FAQ

For more information, read the FAQ.

If you’re looking to meet potential escape room teammates, give/ get escape room recommendations, or just talk about these games, we hope you’ll join us and many of our friends on March 7th. We look forward to seeing/meeting you there!