David and Lisa Spira of Room Escape Artist are back and wow, did they have an awesome year! Listen in as we discuss their latest projects and also reflect on the escape room industry and where we see it going!
The first escape room board game on kickstarter was wildly successful, and we got to interview the creators Juliana Patel & Ariel Rubin!
Not only that, their game was picked up by Mattel and is no available on Amazon to purchase, and will be available in stores early next year!
Tune in to hear all about how Juliana and Ariel brought Escape Room in a Box: The Werewolf Experiment, to the world!
The parody was written by Manda Whitney, and a huge thanks to our returning guest singer, Noelle Sorrell, who has been singing since she came out of the womb. She works as the Ops Manager at Hidden Trail in Windsor, Ontario.
Allo, all you fans and soon-to-be fans of the cryptex! We were fortunate to get Justin Nevins on skype for an interview about the history and development of the cryptex, first conceived in Dan Brown's novel, "The Da Vinci Code".
Even better? Justin and his wife, Julie, wrote and performed the parody song today! Huzzah! Errol is so happy.
And because we're close to Halloween, Manda and Errol wrote an escape room parody from the Nightmare before Christmas!
The worst room anyone has ever played is closed, and so we can finally talk about it! They may decide on opening it again, so be aware that there will be spoilers.
Feel free to listen along and if you know of a room that is worse than this one, by all means, please tell us.
And finally, the song was written by Errol's sister. It pokes fun at people like us! Huzzah!
Edit: For those that are interested, here is Mike's official review of this game.
We got the chance to be guests on Escape This Podcast! They take escape rooms to a pen and paper route, and then play them on a podcast and it's pretty awesome. The best part? You can download the game and have your friends go through the same one!
In this podcast, we interview the creators, Dani Siller and Bill Sunderland, about their podcast, how they got started, and the challenges of creating a new game to be produced on a bi-weekly basis!
The divas have Donald Dennis back again, and this times he talks about creating escape rooms in schools and libraries. As one of the host for Games in Schools and Libraries, he knows of many resources to utilize to get such a program running up in your location!
And the parody today was written and sung by Manda Whitney! Huzzah!
In our 47th episode, Manda gives us a talk on Story and Narrative within escape rooms! And the rest of the divas? Ruby is playing with a bunny. Errol is working on a LEGO Totoro. And we don't know what Mike was doing.
This week's parody song was written and performed by Sen-Foong Lim! He is one half of the versatile tabletop design team, the Bamboozle Brothers. Since 2011, they have created Euro-styled strategy game, party games, and are even sought after to develop other designers’ games. Sen also hosts the weekly design-centric webcasts, the Meeple Syrup Show and its offshoot, The Game Dojo. Errol thinks they should do a parody song for each of their episodes too!
Escape events, scavenger escapes, escape room board games, there are a number of ways to get your escape room fix if you have done all the escape rooms.
In this episode, we discuss some of our local events that don't fit the standard definition of an escape room, and we also talk about some of the board games listed in "A Guide To Escape Room Board Games."
As you may know, the Divas and Panic Factory joined up to create a three hour escape room event on a moving train!
This podcast is a post-mortem as we discuss the insanity involved in running a large scale escape event! We talk for TWO HOURS! Good grief.
And the parody was performed and written by James Cobalt! Huzzah! Errol is so happy.
We're doing something a bit different for the summer, we're giving an in-depth discussion on Escape Room Puzzle Design based on Errol's slides he presented at the 2017 Escape Room Unconference.
This will be a multi-part podcast, and in this episode, Manpans and Errol spend an hour talking about the elements that contribute to a great player experience in an escape room!
The song is a parody of The Little Mermaid's "Part of Your World" and was performed by Amy Duggan who runs the blog Brit of an Escape Habit. When she's not reviewing escape rooms, she's rehearsing for her next concert! So many talented people in the escape room community.
It's been a while! The divas have been working on Terminus, which is an escape event on a moving train. At the time of this recording, they had finished two events and have a lot of stories to tell. They also discuss some experiences with other escape rooms they have done.
In the future, when the event is over, they will join up with Panic Factory, to do a full rundown on how the event went!
And the parody was written by Errol and performed by his daughter, Zoe.
Huzzah! Today we are joined with Tammy McLeod who was on the US Team for Redbull's Mind Gamers World Championship, the first Escape Room World Championship which was held in Budapest!
And we also got her to sing the parody song! Hah! I need to get all the guests to sing the parody song. :D
It's our 40th episode, and we did it in front of a live audience as a seminar for Transworld's Room Escape Conference!
We had so much fun meeting up with people from the slack, doing escape rooms, and showing off our cool our tshirts and posters!
And we did a live performance of a new parody song! Hah! I'm shocked we got the timing correct, for the most part. Thanks to everyone that talked to us, and for those that attended, I really hope you enjoyed our seminar!
Huzzah! It's been a year since we've been doing this podcast, and so today's episode is our anniversary!
And for our parody, Errol is a huge fan of Disney's Aladdin!
Escape With Me
Well we have role-played as honest thieves
and also locked within a thousand jails
We've mastered all these locks, you won't believe
All the rooms that we have won and failed
About an hour is the time allowed
Some very spacious and others cramped
We'll do a bunch, just ask! There is no doubt
It's a game that you'll describe as grand! So please say:
"What is this hobby, sir? You talk obsessively!
Is there one to check out in our town?"
well you've gotta come escape with me
Try one and come along, it's fun I guarantee!
You can pick a theme, what do you want?
well you've gotta come escape with me
But if you find that you are nervous
Or you're lost! Or scared! Withdrawn!
I do insist, you shouldn't miss!
This chance to be engulfed in awe!
When would you like to play? Your first one is my treat
I hear this room is well reviewed!
Well you've gotta come escape with me
Can we go solve this?
Can we go solve that?
Can you say there is
no better time had?
And-then you'll go "WHOAA!!"
Well look here! Ha ha!
And then you'll go crazy bananas, as you whip
through every room escape you get near!
So don't just sit there, shoeless, let's decide
on a room escape, be prepared!
You've got a friend who's gonna be your guide
It's quite addictive so be aware
You'll get a powerful urge for a quick break out
So don't worry, I get it, I know
If you're still confused what they're about
Well all you've gotta do is book and go, and oh---
What is this hobby sir, try one or two or three!
And you won't stop, when you get locked
Well you've gotta come escape, gotta come escape
Well you've gotta come escape, gotta come escape
Well you've gotta come escape with me!
As you know, we are pretty picky when it comes to puzzle design. Errol especially. So when we find a game with challenging puzzles that make sense, we want to talk about.
In our 38th episode, we get the opportunity to talk to Rob Leveille, who designed the rooms at The Crux Niagara. And the parody song was written and performed by Rob himself! Huzzah!
And if you are interested in asking us questions for Transworld, please, use our Questions Spreadsheet!
In our 36th episode, Manpans and Errol interview Alexander Gierholz, the program director for Up the Game, the first Escape Room Conference in the world! The conference itself will be held in a prison dome in Breda, Netherlands, and is coming up May 9th, 2017.
Also, shout out to Darren Miller who suggested this episode's parody. It was too high for Errol to sing but he's willing to embarrass himself for you.
Hello! In our 35th episode, we had a great time chatting with Nate Martin of Puzzle Break! We talk about his escape facility, Escape the Rubicon (his escape room on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship), and the escape room industry in general!
For our parody, Codegreen (whom I call leader) was excited to write a Moana parody! So she sent us the lyrics and got Si Miu to sing it! Huzzah! You can find them and their reviews on Escapers 4G.
And here are the lyrics for our parody song! ^_^
I've been staring at the words on the paper
Long as I can remember, never really knowing why
I wish , I could be a good escapist
But I know I'm not the greatest, no matter how hard I try
Every step I make, every Braille I crack
Every code I break, every clue leads back
How am I so slow, why do I not know
How to get the key
See the line of this code it's so hard and needs solving
Oh I don't know, my brain has froze
And I think I will fail for this room is beyond me
I'm not a pro, and I know my team's escape rate's kinda low
I know, we are working on these puzzles
they are happy with these puzzles
Everything is well designed
I know they are working on these puzzles
what's my role with these puzzles?
I dunno if we'll escape in time
I should solve not hide, I can see what's wrong
I'm not satisfied to just play along
But the voice inside says I take too long
What is wrong with me?
Shine the light on the wall I can see, it's tiny
No that's not right, use the black light
Here we go, there's a glow and it's pointing behind me
And now we'll know
Do you hear that chime, are we out of time?
See the line on the wall can you read it out to me
Just let me know, try the combo
But the words, I can see, they are written in Chinese
The final code, we were too slow...