Top Escape Rooms Project calls for Nominators and Voters!

If you play a lot of escape rooms, and you have opinions about them, consider participating in the Top Escape Rooms Project Enthusiasts’ Choice Award, or TERPECA.

Top Escape Rooms Project: Enthusiast Choice Award 2018 logo. A gold ribbon made of keys.

About the Project

The Top Escape Rooms Project is an attempt to find the very best escape rooms in the world by leveraging the experience of the most experienced escape room enthusiasts in the world.

In 2018, the first year of the project, it awarded 25 escape rooms and 10 companies with this achievement.

For more background and commentary (and an incredible list of escape rooms!) read our announcement of the 2018 winners.

TERPECA is not a Room Escape Artist project; however David and I are on the advisory committee.

Year 2 Improvements

In 2019, the second year of the project, creator Rich Bragg had two major goals: expand the coverage to more parts of the world and improve the data collection process.

Last year’s participants are actively reaching out to their friends and global enthusiast communities to encourage broader participation.

There is a new voter portal where participants can sign in and make their nominations and rankings. There’s a new and improved UI too.

Should I Participate?

If you have played more than 50 escape rooms… yes!

50 is the minimum escape rooms played requirement to be a voter. You will get the chance to vote for your favorite rooms to win this award.

If you have played more than 200 escape rooms, you can also join as a nominator. You will be able to nominate your favorite rooms to be voted on, and you also get to vote.

How do I Join?

Visit the TERPECA voter portal to sign up.

Fill out the form to the best of your ability and the committee will try to get back to you as quickly as possible.

The nomination deadline is October 31, so if you’ve played more than 200 escape rooms and you’d like to nominate, sign up ASAP!

For detailed answers to all your questions about the project and how to join, read the TERPECA FAQ.

Best is Challenging

David and I submitted our nominations earlier this month. It was challenging to whittle down the many incredible escape rooms we’ve played into just 20 nominations.

There are so many different ways to define “top” or “best.” The Top Escape Rooms Project recommends that you consider which rooms you are most likely to recommend to someone else who also loves playing escape rooms.

We took this to heart in our nominations. After we generated our respective lists, we enjoyed an evening chatting about why we thought others would love a game we’d loved, or even why they might love one that we hadn’t loved quite as much.

To reiterate, this award is not produced by Room Escape Artist. It is not the same as our Golden Lock-In Award winners, our award for our favorite rooms we played in any given calendar year. (Stay tuned for our 2019 Golden Lock-In Award livestream and announcement on Saturday, January 4, 2020.)

While we have a longstanding and uncomfortable relationship with the word “best,” we think that the Top Escape Rooms Project Enthusiasts’ Choice Award offers a valuable tool for traveling escape room players. We’ve joined the advisory board to help it grow. We believe in its mission to synthesize a community’s worth of opinions into a list of top escape rooms that we can all enjoy. We can’t wait to see which rooms bubble to the top this December when the winners are announced.

If you enjoy playing escape rooms, we hope you’ll add your votes!

CBS Sunday Morning Appearance Tomorrow

Here’s a riddle for you:

What does Room Escape Artist have in common with Janis Joplin, Martin Scorsese, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Harriet Tubman?

CBS Sunday Morning's sleepy sun logo

Answer:

We are all a part of CBS Sunday Morning on October 20, 2019.

Here’s a preview of us speaking with David Pogue and (re)playing Golden Lock-In Award winning Time Chasers at Trap’t.

(By the way, the “yes!” was unrehearsed and happened spontaneously during filming.)

Tune in tomorrow at 9am Eastern (barring any major news disrupting the episode)… and tell CBS Sunday Morning that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Reminder: New York City Escape Room and Immersive Meetup on Wednesday!

This Wednesday join us for the New York City Everything Immersive Meetup, co-hosted by Room Escape Artist and our friends at No Proscenium.

Glo and Bulder looking into one another's eyes with the mountain in the background.

Details

Please RSVP on Facebook or by contacting us.

  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • Starting at 6:00pm and continuing for a few hours
  • Shades of Green Pub (125 E 15th St between Irving Pl and 3rd Ave)
  • We will be congregating in the back room

This is a casual gathering. There is no formal programming. Stop by at your leisure.

For more information, read the meetup announcement or check out the Facebook Event.

Should I Attend?

We love meeting other folks who enjoy immersive entertainment. This is a space to share ideas, find collaborators, talk about experiences (with spoilers!), and give/ get recommendations.

If you’re part of the New York City escape room and immersive community – or if you happen to be in town this week – we’d love to meet you.

Also, we’ll have some popular friends joining us from the other side of the world!

The Escape Room World Record is Officially in Print

About one year ago, a team of escape room players set the world record for “Most escape rooms attended in one day.”

Guinness World Records 2020 book cover.

Now that Guinness has committed that feat to print in Guinness World Records 2020, it’s that much more official.

Part one of the print entry reads: "Most escape rooms attended in one day. On 3 Oct 2018, Richard Bragg, Daniel Egnor, Amanda Harris (all USA) and Ana Ulin (ESP) - aka "Bloody Boris's Burning Bluelight Brigade" - visited"
“Bloody Boris’s Burning Bluelight Brigade” was quite the team name.
Part two of the print entry reads: "22 escape rooms in 24 hr in Moscow, Russia. The team were able to extricate themselves from all but one of the rooms in the allotted time."
Guinness really hitting that one loss home.

Congratulations to Rich, Dan, Amanda, and Ana!

The team in a room surrounded by Ironman suits.
Left to right: Amanda, Rich, Ana, Dan all surrounded by standard Russian indifference to copyright :p

Get Your Copy

You too can own a copy of history!

Learn More About Their Record Attempt

For more about their amazing feat of brain power and stamina check out our two interviews with the world record holders: anticipating the attempt and reflecting on setting a record.

Montreal Tour – 2020

We’re excited to welcome all 4 of these escape room celebrities to Montreal with Escape, Immerse, Explore: 2020. We hope you’ll join them and us on this continual journey to enjoy these amazing games.

Support Room Escape Artist’s Mission

There are lots of ways to support Room Escape Artist like buying from Amazon after clicking into the links included in this post or backing us on Patreon.

The money that we make from these helps us to grow the site and continue to add more value to the community that we love so much.

An Interview Peih-Gee Law & Anthony Robinson on the Puzzle of Survivor

I haven’t made a huge deal about it over the years, but I’m a pretty big fan of Survivor. The mix of interpersonal social dynamics, gameplay, physical challenges, and – of course – puzzles has provided me with a ton of entertainment over the years.

To celebrate the premier of the 39th season of Survivor: Island of the Idols, I guest hosted an episode of the No Proscenium Podcast to interview ex contestants/ escape room fans, Peih-Gee Law and Anthony Robinson, about the ultimate immersive game.

Survivor Island of the Idols logo

Background

Back when I first met Anthony Robinson of No Proscenium at the Immersive Design Summit, we geeked out about his time as a castaway on Survivor: Fiji.

He also mentioned that there was a contingent of former Survivors who loved escape rooms, notably his friend and two-time castaway Peih-Gee Law (Survivor: China and Survivor: Cambodia — Second Chance).

The Episode

You can find the full episode here:

No Proscenium – Everything Else: Survivor

Timestamps

We covered a mix of escape rooms and Survivor. I have timestamped the entire show for your convenience.

  • 4:05 – Introductions.
  • 5:05 – How did Anthony & Peih-Gee get cast?
  • 8:26 – What’s it like being on Survivor?
  • 10:45 – How Survivor has changed and become more aggressive in recent years
  • 12:40 – Why Survivor has become more aggressive
  • 14:36 – Anthony & Peih-Gee’s run-ins with some of the strongest personalities in the history of the show… and carrying goats
  • 20:50 – Playing the tabletop game Diplomacy and other bluffing games
  • 24:45 – Survivors playing Stash House in LA with a special twist
  • 29:35 – Peih-Gee’s favorite escape rooms
  • 32:45 – Anthony’s favorite escape rooms
  • 34:00 – David’s favorite escape rooms
  • 36:50 – Escape games with cocktails
  • 41:05 – What is it like solving puzzles in the heat, on television, and with Jeff Probst narrating your failures?
  • 46:15 – Survivor puzzles showing up in escape rooms
  • 47:05 – Why no Survivor Escape Room Experience?
  • 49:15 – Talking Season 39 Survivor: Island of the Idols
  • 51:45 – Season 40’s “all winners cast” & other season concepts
  • 53:25 – More on Season 39
  • 55:35 – “The shut up button” and “having a talent for getting people to fight”
  • 58:00 – Season 39 predictions
  • 1:04:20 – The Season 39 twist
  • 1:07:10 – Playing with a Survivor super-fan
  • 1:11:00 – Lisa and I got recruited for the reality show Hunted
  • 1:16:22 – What escape rooms are you excited to play? (Hex Room & Zoe) Games that foster emotion.

I’m Speaking in London at ERIC!

This has all come about rather suddenly. I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be speaking at the Escape Room Industry Conference in London, October 15 & 16.

This is the conference’s third year and my first time in attendance. I’ve heard nothing but great things.

Escape Room Industy Conference's cross keys banner.

My Talk?

I’ve been asked to speak on the player experience… which is a subject that I’ve delivered many a talk on. This one will be largely new material and comes with a brand new description:

The Player Experience: From Brain Teasers to Brain Trauma

Once upon a time there was a crazy escape room-playing couple from a faraway land. This twosome spent more time writing about each and every game they played than they spent inside of those games.

Half of that duo will journey across the ocean to regale you with wonderful and tragic tales from their puzzling adventures. Like any good cautionary tale, each will have a moral: some will make you laugh, a few will make you cringe, and one or two might make you shed a tear.

Panels!

We’re still working out the details, but I think that I’ll be moderating a couple of panels including:

  • International Escape Room Owners Panel
  • Bloggers Panel

I love moderating panels and have put a lot of work into honing the skill over the past few years. This should be fun.

You Keep Saying “I”

Yeah… it seems like this one is going to just be me. Unless something changes, Lisa won’t be able to attend ERIC. It’s not impossible that she might show up and crash the party. We’ll just have to see.

Get Your Tickets While You Can

I’d love to see you in London. If you don’t have a ticket already, you should buy one while you still can. They have a limited number of tickets remaining.

ERIC – 2019

October 9: Everything Immersive NYC Meetup

We welcome you to the next New York City Everything Immersive Meetup, co-hosted by Room Escape Artist and our friends at No Proscenium.

A partially consumed glass of wine beside a mostly consumed glass.

Details

Please RSVP on Facebook or by contacting us.

  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • Starting at 6:00pm and continuing for a few hours
  • Shades of Green Pub (125 E 15th St between Irving Pl and 3rd Ave)
  • We will be congregating in the back room

This is a casual gathering. There is no formal programming. Stop by at your leisure.

Venue

Shades of Green Pub is generously offering this space to us free of charge. We ask attendees to please order food and drink from the venue. We’d like to support their business.

Shades of Green Pub asks that we consolidate checks. Please order per table on one tab and take advantage of Venmo, Paypal… or cash (most immersive method of payment).

Who Attends?

This event is for those interested in, passionate about, or working within immersive arts & entertainment in New York City. We’re calling all creators, storytellers, directors, engineers, artists, designers, writers, performers, event planners, producers, and more.

Lovers of immersive entertainment are certainly welcome as well.

Escape Rooms are part of the larger immersive entertainment industry and this meetup encourages conversation and collaboration within the industry.

Out-of-town Guests

There is a pretty good chance the creators of Escape This Podcast, Australian duo Dani and Bill, will make an appearance. Come meet our escape room friends from the other side of the world! If you’ve never listened to Escape This Podcast, you’re missing out.

RSVP

Please don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook or by contacting us. It’s helpful to be able to give the venue at headcount.

We hope to see you in October!

Announcing Escape Immerse Explore: Montreal 2020

We are excited to officially announce our Grand Tour for 2020!

Escape Immerse Explore: Montreal 2020

Montreal is an artsy escape room market. The games on this tour combine detailed set design with puzzle-forward gameplay. You’ll enjoy some themes you’ve likely seldom encountered along with quirky game mechanics.

Escape Immerse Explore logo.

What are the dates?

Sunday, May 31 – Tuesday, June 2

Which Companies Are Featured?

You will get to play 10 games from the following companies:

Where Can I Learn More?

We have written up the details of the tour and answered all manner of questions that are on your mind… and some that aren’t.

Learn more about Escape Immerse Explore: Montreal 2020.

If the link above doesn’t answer all your questions, please contact us.

Where Do I Sign Up?

You can reserve your tickets right now by filling out this form:

Take the 2019 Escape Room Enthusiast Survey

It’s that time again…

Errol and the gang over on the Escape Room Slack have assembled another Escape Room Enthusiast survey to measure player preferences.

Stylized image of a surveyer working in a parking lot.

Survey Details

The survey takes 10 to 20 minutes to fill out. The data is helpful in identifying trends in the preferences of experienced escape room players.

This year the team behind the survey translated the thing into 13 languages… which is insane. Cool… but insane.

If you have the time to reward their hard work by filling it out, lots of us will appreciate the data.

Take the Survey