Polish Escape Room Championships at WroEscape 2017


Wroclaw, a city in western Poland is the home of the country’s first escape room.

So it’s fitting the city plays host to a huge escape room event in October.

WroEscape2017 is a three day escape room conference for fans and owners to come together. Attendees will hear from industry speakers and have the chance to view exhibitor stalls on the day.

The biggest event the conference will have is the Polish Escape Room Championships. Teams of 2-4 players had to compete in an online qualification game.

The top teams are currently competing at the regional stage until the end of September. They must visit their region’s allocated escape room and qualify with a fast time to reach the finals.

At the finals, three special rooms will be built and played by the top ten teams from across Poland.

Which team will become the first Polish Escape Room champions?

Thanks to the Logic Escapes Me who told me about this championship back in June. ;D

 

Escape the Night: Season Two on Youtube

One night to escape.

Escape the Night is back for Season Two on Youtube. Last season, the evil house was contained but the evil found its way back to Joey.

Another ten Youtubers are transported to a new era (Victorian style) and to a new house of evil.

As the party starts, we’re introduced to Allison who warns people to leave. Her father Dorian is up to something.

The guests soon realise they have walked into a trap – a dinner for vampires. To save their friend Joey, they’ll have to destroy Dorian with three things – purified salt, a sun stone and a stake from Van Helsing.

This season looks to be even better – more explosions and the actors engage in amazing fight scenes. There are even animations on the video to help viewers see how puzzles are being solved.

The first episode is available for free on Youtube now, while the rest of season two is on Youtube Red.

Pokemon Escape Room starts in Japan this July

Become a legendary Pokemon trainer.

SCRAP has partnered with Nintendo to promote the new movie, Pokemon: I Choose You. A Pokemon themed escape game will follow Ash Ketchum and Pikachu from the beginning.

The pair’s journey will involve finding the legendary bird pokemon, Ho-Oh. (Check out Ho-Oh in the image above!).

Players will get to choose one of three Pokemon – Charizard, Squirtle or Bulbasaur – at the start. Depending on which Pokemon you choose, the order of the puzzles will change in the game.

There’s also two levels of difficulty to choose from. The Doctoral Course is for adults while the Trainer Course is more suited for kids to teenagers.

The escape game will test each player’s knowledge of Pokemon and visit eight cities in Japan. The cities include Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Miyagi, Kanagawa, Aichi, Okayama and Fukuoka.

The official site already warns players that waiting in the lobby can take up to fifty minutes. Once inside, players will get to enjoy the Pokemon escape game for two to three hours.

You gotta catch ’em all(!) before the Pokemon escape game ends in December 2017.

http://realdgame.jp/pokemon/main/

Thanks to Room Escape Artist for the tip!

Escape Room Movie directed by Will Wernick set to premiere in Seattle

Escape Room is set to premiere at the 43rd Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) this weekend.

Here’s the back story for the movie: To celebrate Tyler’s 30th birthday, his girlfriend Christen has booked an escape room to celebrate.

The six players walk into the room but the puzzles become deadly. Soon the players realise it’s not a game and they need to win.

Otherwise it’s game over.
 
 
The festival’s website describes the movie as “the latest underground party craze, escape rooms”.
 
And the same site shares this piece of dialogue from the movie – “Fuck this puzzle!” cries out one of the frustrated players in the face of certain death.
 
 
There’s two movie screenings in Seattle with tickets costing $14 USD per person.
Friday June 9th, 9:30pm – 805 E Pine Street, Seattle
Saturday June 10th, 9:30pm – 600 Pine Street, Seattle
 
Bonus: The director Will Wernick will be attending both screenings.

There’s also no movie trailer for this Escape Room movie online yet.
 
 

Escape Room
Director: Will Wernick
Tagline: Six friends test their intelligence in a game that takes a dark turn.

Terminus – An interview with the Room Escape Divas!

The Room Escape Divas are getting ready for their next event.

An escape room.

On a moving train.

For three hours(!?!).

Thanks to Errol, Manda & Mike from the Room Escape Divas for discussing their newest adventure.
 
 
Q. Who is involved with this event and how did it get started?
Errol: There are three groups involved in this: the York Durham Heritage Railway [in Ontario, Canada], Panic Factory, and the Room Escape Divas. The railway approached Nick and Ray of Panic Factory about an escape room on a train.

They said yes.

A few weeks later, the divas did a room at Panic Factory. Afterwards, Ray casually mentioned the event they were doing.

Apparently, as soon as he said “train”, I took off my coat, sat down, and began to drill them with as many questions that I could think of.

At least, that’s the story they told me. And then I told them I was going to be involved with the project.
 
 
Q. What inspired Terminus?
Errol: I am a huge fan of adventure games, and one I particularly enjoyed was The Last Express (video game), set on the Orient Express in 1914.

The game had characters with their own agendas and would even change their plans in case the player intervened.

It was also one of the few real-time adventure games: if multiple events occurred at 4:00pm, the player could only see one of them at the time. And of course, it’s on a train.

To be honest, I create games I want to play myself. I want to feel like I’m involved in some nefarious plot and I want the environment to match that.

I’ve played a few adventure games on a train, and it’s always been one of my dreams to make an escape event on one!
 
 
Q. Are you playing as an Non-Player Character (NPC) on the night? If so – what’s your role?
Errol: Yes, I am playing a ‘train official’ for the night. We won’t have that many NPCs for this event, though.

Manda will be Train Announcer, so she will be on the intercom the whole night. And we do have on other actor, but then that goes into spoiler territory!
 
 
Q. How many cars are on the train? And how many people does each session take?
Errol: There are 144 people on this train and five cars!

They will be split up into two groups so each group will see three train cars at the most.
 
 
Q. Will teams get to wander in between train cars or will they need to visit each train car in a sequence?
Errol: For the most part, in sequence. The two main cars are the dining car and the bar car.

People will be in one or the other, but because of the tight fit walking down the cars, we don’t encourage a lot of wandering.
 
 
Q. The fourth session of Terminus is almost sold out! Are you planning a fifth session to be held?
Errol: Oh dear, no. *laugh*

As of writing, the fourth session is now sold out which is terribly exciting for us!

This is taking up the majority of my summer and is like putting on a theatre show, so as exciting as it is, I will also look forward to having one month where we can relax!

http://ydhr.ca/train/escape/
 
 

The Mummy Escape Room, kicks off in LA then heads to Tokyo


Can your team survive a battle with an undead mummy?
 
The Mummy Escape Game premiered in LA last Saturday to the media. For the general public, ticket sales are now open for games that start on June 9th.
 
Participants enter the story as security guards and encounter an ancient princess, Ahmanet. She’s risen to gain some sweet centuries old justice and potentially kick your butt along the way.
 
The story takes players through multiple rooms to outwit the warrior princess in 60 minutes. Up to ten players can play during one session.
 
Be prepared for moments in the game involving blackouts and loud noises. And the FAQ says, you’re allowed to bring a camera to help your team “capture clues” and to not upload any spoilers to the internet … uh oh.
 
And a solution walkthrough is provided at the end of the game.
 
This is SCRAP’s first movie partnership with Universal according to their press release. Hopefully there will be some other Universal movies that will also get turned into escape rooms.
 
After its LA run, the escape game moves to Tokyo and opens there on July 27th.
 
www.TheMummyEscapeGame.com
 
Los Angeles, USA
Price: $40-$45 USD per person
Location: Real Escape Room Hollywood – 6801 Hollywood Blvd 3F, Hollywood, CA

Tokyo, Japan
Price: 3,200 – 3,700 yen per person
Location: Gunkan East-Shinjuku Building, Shinjuku
 
 

Rabbits Podcast – R U Playing?

A mysterious alternate reality game on a podcast?

Sign me up.
 
Rabbits is a new podcast series and its description goes –

“When Carly Parker’s friend Yumiko goes missing under very mysterious circumstances, Carly’s search for her friend leads her headfirst into a ancient mysterious game known only as Rabbits. Soon Carly begins to suspect that Rabbits is much more than just a game, and that the key to understanding Rabbits, might be the key to the survival of our species, and the Universe, as we know it.”
 
New episodes are released twice a month on Tuesdays.
https://www.rabbitspodcast.com/

If alternate reality games had a type of mascot – it would definitely be a rabbit. And its a nod to the way how these games start – usually found by chance, like when Alice first fell through a rabbit hole and into a story.

Check out GhostInTheMachine’s blog which has a in depth review of the first episode –
The ‘Rabbits’ Podcast Has Declared “Game On” & The Stakes Are On The Rise
 
 

// Other News
The next two weeks are going to be exciting with TWO(!) escape room conferences on with Transworld’s Room Escape Show kicking off tomorrow in Canada.
 
A/N: Getting back on schedule now, apologies there have’t been many blog posts over the last month.