Last Chance To Book Escape, Immerse, Explore: The Palace

It’s getting to be that time folks. We’re down to the last few tickets to our brand new tour Escape, Immerse, Explore: The Palace.

This trip to San Francisco is going to be amazing. We’d love to have you join us.

Escape Immerse Explore Palace logo, uses art deco design elements.

We have updates on a few topics:

  • Schedule Updates
  • Key Dates
  • Partial Tickets
  • Escape The Palace/ Talk Tickets

Tour Schedule Updates

We’ve made a few schedule updates:

The development of Palace Games’ 4th installment is running behind, so we had to pull it from the schedule. In its place, we will have EscapeSF’s Space Bus dock in Palace Games’ parking lot.

In-game: The Space Bus school bus with the Transamerica Pyramid in the background

Additionally, we will now be running Escape The Palace as a group event. This large-scale event requires a minimum of 30 people. We’re thrilled to include it on our tour. All ticket holders will play Escape the Palace together.

Key Dates

Booking Deadline

The absolute last day that we’ll be selling tickets is April 10th (if we don’t sell out first).

Hotel Deal Deadline

We have a group rate for a local hotel that ends on April 1st. If you’d like all the hotel information, book your tour tickets before April 1st.

Partial Tickets

If you’ve played some of the games on this tour already, but you still want to be a part of this event, this is the ticket for you.

With a partial ticket, you will play 2 escape rooms (instead of 4). You will participate in all the other parts of the tour including:

  • Lisa and David as escape room tour guides
  • Sunday Escape The Palace group event with all tour participants
  • A talk by Lisa and David
  • One group meal
  • Event t-shirt
  • Networking with other tour attendees
  • The option to play an escape room with Lisa or David
  • Teammates who are as excited about this trip as you are!
  • … and surprises!

To purchase a partial ticket, contact us. Please include a note with which game(s) you’ve ALREADY played. Please select Weekend ($499) or Weekday ($449).

Including partial tickets in the tour is a bit of a logistical complication on our end. To make this go smoothly, we’re skipping the order form and asking you to just contact us.

Escape The Palace/ Talk Tickets

This ticket type is geared toward San Francisco locals who have played all the games at Palace Games. It includes the Escape the Palace group event, a talk by Lisa and David, and a meal.

These activities will all take place on Sunday, June 2.

This ticket gives you the opportunity to meet all the wonderful folks coming to San Francisco for this event.

Ticket price is $84.

To purchase a ticket, fill out the order form and we’ll invoice you to complete the purchase.

Escape, Immerse, Explore: NOLA

We still have tickets available for our New Orleans tour. If you’ve never been, you really don’t want to miss this.

Buy these tickets before they sell out! It’s going to be another amazing weekend.

The Evolution of the Escape, Immerse, Explore Logo Design

We are all about minding the details of our escape room tours. This covers everything from our communication and player surveys to game selection and team assignments.

We don’t often draw attention to the graphic design.

We’ve been working with a brilliant graphic designer since the first tour. We were thrilled with her iconography for Escape, Immerse, Explore NYC 2017.

Escape Immerse Explore 2017 Chart logo

New Orleans 2018/ 2019

When we first extended the tour to New Orleans last year, we wanted to adapt the look of the logo to properly fit the city. We’d originally thought to create a unique logo, but our designer, in her genius, proposed adapting the first logo to evoke New Orleans… and so our Mardi Gras bead variant was born.

The purple, gold, and blue Escape Immerse Explore New Orleans Logo

We’re still excited about this design, so we’re keeping it for the 2019 NOLA tour.

The Palace

For Escape, Immerse, Explore: The Palace, she did it again, pulling elements from poster and sign design of the era. We love it… so we’re sharing it ahead of the tour.

Escape Immerse Explore Palace logo, uses art deco design elements.

There are still some tickets available, so act now. We’d love to have you join us and spend a a few days geeking out about wonderful escape rooms with you. Plus you’ll get a t-shirt with this design.

No Proscenium Podcast Appearance about Safety & Tours

There’s a lot going on in escape rooms right now. Noah Nelson invited us back to the No Proscenium Podcast to cover the news for their listeners.

No Proscenium's purple "NP" logo.

In the first half of the episode, we talk about the tragedy in Poland and basic safety in escape rooms.

In the second half of the episode, we encourage you to join us on a tour to some of the best escape rooms in the United States. We are so excited about our two Escape, Immerse, Explore tours this summer. We hope to see you in New Orleans or San Francisco!

The Episode

No Proscenium Episode 183: Checking in with Room Escape Artist on the Poland Fire & More

Conversation Cheat Sheet

  • 00:05:29 – We talk about our nocturnal writing and email answering tendencies
  • 00:07:00 – Background on the escape room fire in Poland
  • 00:09:50 – Impact of non-standard inspections in Poland
  • 00:10:10 – Parallels to Ghost Ship rave fire in CA – ripple effects through the industry still felt today
  • 00:12:57 – Explaining new safety content standards for REA posts (2019)
  • 00:15:20 – Why we landed on the safety standards we did
  • 00:17:25 – Noah references a scary story about being stuck in an escape room after a power failed and the mag lock didn’t release
  • 00:18:45 – Difficulty of getting the level of regulation right
  • 00:19:45 – Call to action for players to help revise pre-2019 reviews to include safety standards
  • 00:22:10 – The troubles of buying insurance for Escape Immerse Explore tours
  • 00:24:40 – Noah asks about David’s live TV interview in response to the Poland fire
  • 00:28:50 – Foreshadowing and warning signs leading up to the escape room fire in Poland
  • 00:30:30 – David talks about his perception of the Poland safety mindset when he visited a year and a half ago
  • 00:33:12 – Basic steps escape room owners can take to achieve a baseline level of safety
  • 00:34:44 – David ruins Santa Claus for Noah 🎅
  • 00:35:25 – Hard segue into Escape Immerse Explore tours!
  • 00:35:51 – Details on the San Francisco tour
  • 00:38:53 – Details on the New Orleans (or as Noah calls it: Nawlins) tour
  • 00:44:44 – Teaser: Lore conversation, for a future podcast!
  • 00:45:15 – Star Trek reference into TV-watching preferences and Honest Trailers

Thank you to Theresa Piazza for this wonderful conversation index.

Farewell to RISE Escape Rooms & the Fate of their Games

Hijacked

Rise Escape Rooms is closing their three outstanding escape rooms today. These games each impressed us, in different ways.

Spellbound won a 2017 Golden Lock-In Award.

Luckily, the games won’t be moving too far.

Book tickets to Escape Immerse Explore: New Orleans 2019… and you can still play them!

Interview with RISE

We caught up with Mindi Plaisance, owner of RISE Escape Rooms, to talk about these changes.

What brought about RISE’s change in direction?

Mindi: We are family owned and operated. We are hands on with every aspect of both RISE Haunted House and RISE Escape Rooms. Our team quickly became escape room enthusiasts and felt we had the creative talent to bring immersive games to our community.

As successful as our games were, we realized that juggling the escape rooms along our rapidly growing Halloween attraction and extremely involved children was too much on our plate. We didn’t want to sacrifice the quality of our product so we decided that focusing all our attention on one industry would give us the opportunity to provide a great seasonal event.

Bookie

What was your favorite part of owning an escape room?

Mindi:Personally, my favorite part was the creative process. I like the challenge of building unique rooms that are immersive, have a variety of puzzles, and flow well… games that are challenging, but not impossible.  

Will your escape rooms live on?

Mindi: We have local buyers for all three games:

The Bookie will be going to the Clue Carré newest location in New Orleans.

Hijacked and Spellbound will be going to the 13th Gate Escape in Baton Rouge. If I know Dwayne, he will put his own spin on our games, so I am looking forward to see what he’s got in that ever-creative mind of his.

Image via RISE Escape Rooms

What is on the horizon for RISE?

Mindi:We are considering a 4th Dark attraction for Halloween as well as transforming our Hayride attraction into a Christmas show. The details are still in the works, but we are definitely sticking to seasonal. 

We love your style. Will we ever see more escape rooms from you?

Mindi: We still have our 5-minute games that we will run through Halloween. I am sure we will be turning those over at some point. 

If someone approached our team on a consulting basis and our schedule permitted it, we’d be open to that idea, but we won’t actively be seeking to get into the game design business.

In-game: The gamespace looks exactly like the interior cabin of a commercial airliner.

Interview with Clue Carré & 13th Gate Escape

After getting the news from Mindi, we reached out to Megan Mouton, owner of Clue Carré, and Dwayne Sanburn, owner of 13th Gate Escape, to learn what we can expect from their production of RISE’s games.

When do you expect the RISE games to reopen?

Megan: The Bookie will hopefully be ready by May. We will be opening it at our 3rd location, which will be inside of Surge Trampoline Park.

Dwayne: We aren’t sure exactly how long it will take to move Spellbound and Hijacked, but we are planning on having them open before your tour in July.

What changes are you making?

Megan: We are not changing much in The Bookie. We have plans to improve and tweak some puzzles, but the overall puzzle structure will be the same.

At this point, we are also planning to make it a 45-minute game, to keep players flowing during their jump time at the trampoline park. We’ll have the option to extend it back to 60 minutes if we feel the 45-minute model isn’t working.

Dwayne: Both games are very solid. We probably will only be making minor changes.

If someone has already played and loved these games at RISE, should they replay them?

Megan: We will not be marketing The Bookie as a game to replay if you have played it at Rise.

Dwayne: It’s doubtful that we will be making enough changes to warrant a replay of either Hijacked or Spellbound.

Visit Spellbound, Hijacked, and The Bookie this July

We will miss RISE Escape Rooms. Their work is phenomenal and we’ll be sad not to stop in Tickfaw on this summer’s tour.

We highly encourage seasonal travelers to check out the other attractions at RISE.

We are, however, incredibly excited the games will be nearby and that we’ll get to see them again this summer at Clue Carré and 13th Gate Escape.

Chatting with No Proscenium about our 2019 Escape, Immerse, Explore tours

No Proscenium's purple "NP" logo.

Our friends at No Proscenium are curious about all sorts of immersive entertainment… including escape room tours!

We recently spoke with Kathryn Yu, No Proscenium’s Managing Editor & NYC Curator, about Escape, Immerse, Explore.

Kathryn asks great questions. We talk about why we started these tours and what we have in store for 2019, among other things.

Join us for Escape, Immerse Explore: The Palace (in San Francisco) and/or Escape, Immerse Explore: New Orleans this summer.

If Kathryn’s interview doesn’t answer your questions, please contact us.

Announcing Escape Immerse Explore for 2019… There are two tours!

This summer we will be running two different Escape Immerse Explore Tours to different parts of the United States.

Escape Immerse Explore: The Palace 2019

This tour takes you to San Francisco in early June. Read all the details.

Escape Immerse Explore: New Orleans 2019

This tour takes you to Southern Louisiana in mid July. Read all the details.

Both tours feature some of the most impressive escape rooms we’ve seen to date. Both tours feature 2018 Golden Lock-In Award-winning escape rooms.

We’re looking forward to two incredible weekends with escape room enthusiasts this summer!

If the links above don’t answer all your questions, please contact us.

See you this summer!

We are incredibly excited to host both these events. We hope to see you at The Palace and/or New Orleans this summer!