44 - Terminus Debrief: Escape Room on a Train

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.


A pivotal scene in Terminus!

A pivotal scene in Terminus!

Posted on August 15, 2017 .

43 - Escape Room Puzzle Design Part 1 - The Experience

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.

Posted on July 21, 2017 .

42 - Halfway Through Terminus

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.

Posted on July 11, 2017 .

40 - Live Recording at Transworld's Room Escape Show

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!

LVESpirit.com created some awesome T-Shirts for us, and we couldn't be happier. And Ray of Number 9 Signs (and Panic Factory) got us some stickers and a banner for our table during our seminar!

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!

Look! People came!

Look! People came!

Posted on May 4, 2017 .

39 - Room Escape Divas Anniversary Episode!

Huzzah! It's been a year since we've been doing this podcast, and so today's episode is our anniversary!

We talk about upcoming events we're involved in, and also request more questions for our live podcast recording at Transworld's Room Escape Show!

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!

Posted on April 25, 2017 .

38 - Interview with Room Designer Rob Leveille

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!

Posted on April 21, 2017 .

36 Up the Game - Netherland's Escape Room Conference

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.

You will also notice some familiar faces in the speaker roster, like Scott Nicholson, Room Escape Artist, and Ken Ferguson!

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.

Posted on March 29, 2017 .

35 - The Escape Room Industry with Nate Martin

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...

Posted on March 22, 2017 .

34 - Pop Up Escape Rooms with Melissa Eapen

In our 34th episode, we talk to Melissa Eapen of Improbable Escapes about Pop up escape rooms!

We also discuss Ontario's Escape Room 2017 Unconference, where she helped organize the workshops along with Jake Walling of Escape Maze and Christine Hibbard of Looking Glass Adventures.  

You can check out a quick write up of the unconference in the Brantford Expositor. There, you'll find a picture of Scott Nicholson, Manda, Errol, and David Korhonen. 

And finally, the parody for this episode was written by Rob Leveille! He manages the Crux in Niagara! Thanks so much Rob and great job!

Posted on March 16, 2017 .

33 Room Escape Show Niagara

In our 33rd episode, the divas get a chance to talk to Jen Braverman and Rich Bianco who are running Escape To the North, a room escape conference!

In fact, if you go to their seminar page, you will find us! The Divas are doing a live podcast recording! Huzzah!

We did not write that bio...

We did not write that bio...

If you want more information, you are free to email Jen herself at jen@haashow.com

And Errol wants everyone to know the song was hard to sing.

Posted on March 7, 2017 .

32 - Singapore Escape Rooms with Janice Heng

In their 32nd episode, the divas get a chance to talk to Janice Heng who runs the Singaporean escape room blog Escaping SG.

Errol also wrote an escape room love song, because he believes there aren't enough of them. He recruited 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.

Posted on February 28, 2017 .

31 - Puzzle Design with Dan Katz

This week we interview puzzle designer and enthusiast Dan Katz! This is probably our longest podcast yet. Blame Errol.

Dan Katz has written puzzlehunt puzzles for the MIT Mystery Hunt, the Gen Con Puzzle Hunt, and BAPHL. His puzzles have also appeared in Wired, MAA Focus, and Games World of Puzzles. His most notorious gift to the puzzling community is the follow-the-deranged-directions puzzle format known as the Duck Konundrum, for which he sincerely apologizes.

Check out Dan's new puzzle blog at puzzlvaria.wordpress.com

For the curious, see the most excellent Xbox puzzle on youtube.

And the parody song was written and performed by Dan Katz himself!

Posted on February 21, 2017 .

2016 Year in Review

We take a look back at our favourite and least favourite rooms of 2016! Thanks so much for listening, everyone! We're very excited for 2017!

Posted on January 5, 2017 .

Let's Play Escape the Room: Secret of Dr. Gravely's Retreat

Mike and Ruby aren't here in our 26th episode, however, we did have Margeaux join us! She's a brand new enthusiast and purchased Thinkfun's "Escape the Room: Secret of Dr. Gravely's Retreat!" which was designed by Nicholas Cravotta and Rebecca Bleau. 

Of course, we had to do a Let's Play, so again the obligatory warning:

WARNING: SPOILERS ABOUND! Do not listen to this podcast if you have not played the game!

Oh! The parody was written and sung by our very own Manpans! Huzzah!

Posted on November 25, 2016 .