95 - Seattle and Vancouver: Escape Room Marathon

Manda and Errol head off to the west coast with Margaux and Leezet to do an escape room Marathon! They hit 16 escape rooms in about 3 and a half days. It was amazing! They also got a chance to talk to so many people! And Errol rants only two times out of 16 escapes!

To read about our adventures, Manpans has a three part blog series on our adventures!

Episode Outline

  • 01:47 - Brian Hughes - Pandora's Locks and the Vancouver Escape Room Market

  • 10:20 - Margaux & Elvina - Discuss Find & Seek and awful logic puzzles

  • 15:22 - We're in Seattle!

  • 18:48 - Seth Wolfson of Hourglass Escapes

  • 20:11 - Emile Wang and Justin Nevins after Epic Team Adventures

  • 30:12 - Kristine Atri of Escape Artist

  • 34:27 - Margaux, Leezet, Manpans, and Errol discuss their final thoughts

  • 61:05 - Shoutouts to GMs and friends

    • Russel of Find and Seek

    • The wonderful GMs at Hourglass Escapes (And thanks to Seth)

    • Amber and Jessica of Epic Team Adventures (And thanks to Jennifer Geske as well!)

    • Kristine of Escape Artist

    • Michael, Kenneth, Nate, Tad of Locurio (And thanks to Summer)

    • Harrison of Quest Factor

    • Giselle and Michelle of Pandora's Locks (And thanks to Brian)

    • And a special thanks to our friends who joined us in our escapes: Margaux, Leezet, Elvina, Justin Nevins, Emile Wang, Michelle, John, Dina, and Evan. It was great to have a crew to eat with, play games with, and talk for hours.

Music: Lutoslawski: Variations on a Theme of Paganini

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Posted on July 12, 2019 .

94 - Interview with Escape Rumors

Errol and Manda meet up and do escape rooms with Randy Hum and Sarah Moliner-Roy of the escape room blog EscapeRumors.com!

Errol mentions someone forgot to press record in the first part. If it isn’t clear, it was him who wasted everyone’s time.

Also, he talks a lot this episode. Good grief.

Our after room shot at  escapegames.ca !

Our after room shot at escapegames.ca!

Posted on June 28, 2019 .

92 - Divas Take NOLA

Mike, Ruby, and Manpans leave Errol behind to explore the escape rooms of Louisiana! They also do a quick jaunt into Houston, Texas!

In this two hour special, listen in as they talk to:

  • 32:09 Megan Mouton of Clue Carré

  • 34:23 Andrew Preble of Escape My Room

  • 41:32 Dwayne Sanburn of 13th Gate

  • 47:15 Noah Sylvester, an enthusiast who drove in from Florida just for 13th Gate.

  • 51:09 Errol being prank called on the phone

  • 56:11 Eugene Byon, a friend and newbie to escape rooms

  • 1:29:15 Haley Cooper and Cameron of Strange Bird Immersive

And then, hear their closing thoughts:

  • 1:36:04 - Manda Thoughts

  • 1:48:27 - Mike and Ruby Thoughts

  • 1:55:55 - Ruby's thoughts on food

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Posted on May 31, 2019 .

90 - Frequently Argued Questions about Escape Rooms

Dan Egnor has organized a crowdsourced document of Frequently Argued Questions about Escape Rooms, which you can find on theCodex.ca.

However, the Divas don’t cover these questions, considering the doc does a good job of that. Instead, they chat about the topics listed at the bottom of the document:

  • Refunds for tech issues

  • Should photos of the room be shown or not?

  • “first timer reviews” vs. enthusiast reviews — are reviews useful at all?

  • Franchises

  • Traditional locks vs. “no lock” rooms

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Posted on May 3, 2019 .

89 - Online Escape Rooms with YouEscape

The Divas interview Nick Vanikiotis, the creator of YouEscape! YouEscape is an online, live escape game where you speak to the game master through your microphone (or smartphone) in order to interact with the objects in the live video stream. 

It’s pretty cool and Manda and Errol talk about their experience as well without giving any spoilers!

Posted on April 19, 2019 .

88 - Dustin Freeman on Remote Immersive Design

Manpans and Errol get together with Dustin Freeman, creator of Aluminum Cat, an online adventure, immersive experience, with a live actor.

In this episode, Dustin gets a chance to talk about creating this project, as well as the Immersive Design Community.

The Divas also have a Let’s Play version if you wish to see the game in action before listening to the podcast!

Posted on April 5, 2019 .

84 - How to Start a Podcast or Blog in the Escape Room Industry

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.

How to Start a Podcast (Ultimate 26,000 word guide!)

NPR’s Starting Your Podcast: A Guide for Students

Posted on February 8, 2019 .

82 - Escape Room Safety

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!

Posted on January 11, 2019 .

81 - Top Escape Rooms Project with Rich Bragg

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.

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Posted on December 28, 2018 .

77 - Escape Rooms in Montreal

The Divas discuss their trips to Montreal and they also debate which has the greater rooms: Montreal, Toronto, or Ottawa? Contentious topics!

Mike and Ruby at Escaparium!

Mike and Ruby at Escaparium!

Posted on November 2, 2018 .