This topic came up a few times in the enthusiast groups, and so we decided to tackle the sins committed against mimesis in escape rooms, as discussed in Roger Giner-Sorolla’s essay “Crimes Against Mimesis” which can be found in the IF Theory Reader.
We also talk about the “Bill of Player’s Rights” which is discussed in Graham Nelson’s essay The Craft of Adventure.
There are a lot of people looking to start a podcast, blog, or youtube video series, and so the Divas have dedicated a whole podcast to talk about how to start one! They talk about the 4 C’s of creating content for public consumption, and they also answer the frequently asked question: Why do they call her Manpans?
And for those of you who are interested, here are the two links about podcasting discussed in this episode.
There was a small bit of drama, and Errol loves drama, and that spurred on this podcast!
The news of the tragedy hit the escape room industry pretty hard. The Divas discuss escape room safety in their latest episode.
And since we recorded this last night, we are releasing this with no edits! Well, ok, there were 4 edits, but only 4!
If you haven’t heard about the Top Escape Rooms Project, you should check it out. Seventy enthusiasts around the world got together and voted on the top 25 escape rooms!
In this episode, we caught up with Rich Bragg (also the co-founder of ClueKeeper), to discuss how he started the Top Escape Rooms Project. Instead of talking about the winning rooms, we talk more about the details on the genesis of the Enthusiast Choice Awards, or the “Braggs” as we like to call them.
On October 2nd, 2018, Richard Bragg, Daniel Egnor, Amanda Harris, and Ana Ulin set the Guinness World Record for most escape rooms attended in one day! Listen in as they tell us logistics and anecdotes of accomplishing this amazing feat!
The Divas discuss their trips to Montreal and they also debate which has the greater rooms: Montreal, Toronto, or Ottawa? Contentious topics!
Over a thousand escape rooms, wow! The Divas chat with Sera Dodd and Sharan Gill, also known as S2, about escape rooms enthusiasm, game and puzzle design, and ERIC, an escape room conference in the UK.
Errol was in Los Angeles and he had a wonderful time. In this episode, he meets up with a number of escape room enthusiasts and interviews as many as he can. He also gets distracted a lot.
Here is a list of people interviewed:
Escape Rooms pretty much started in Asia, and their market has matured over the years. The Divas have a great chat with Yolanda Chiu of Asia Escape Game. She's from Taiwan and has been doing research on the escape room industry in Asia. Manda first met her when Yolanda gave a talk about at Up The Game 2018.
Errol and his family went to Boston! There, they met up with some other enthusiasts (Lisa and David Spira, James Cobalt), checked out Make Way for Ducklings statues, and also did eight escape rooms. It was an expensive trip but fun! Listen in as Errol talks and talks and talks about his experiences with Boston Escape Rooms.
In this podcast, all the Divas chat with Russell Leasure, who will be holding a seminar at Transworld's Escape Room Conference called How to Unlock Your Game Master's Potential.
Listen in as we discuss hiring good game masters, being a good game master, and ghosting.
Delaney Anderson and her crew of Portable Escapes run escape rooms at different comic conventions! Listen in as Manda and Errol discuss with her the ins and outs of running an escape room for the geeky masses.
Stephanie Frey hosts the Games in Schools & Libraries podcast here on Inverse Genius, and we got the chance to talk about her work creating escape rooms in libraries, doing an escape room camp, and using escape rooms to help educate children!
Manpans got a chance to attend a lot of seminars at Up the Game in the Netherlands. She attended Jasper Wille's seminar on "Meaningful Choice" and immediately decided to have him as a guest on our podcast.
Jasper Wille is a narrative designer and has been active in the world of Real Life Experiences since the early arrival of Escape Rooms in Western-Europe.
Listen in as they discuss the future of escape room narrative.