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Room Escape Divas - Inverse Genius

We discuss the industry of escape rooms and escape room design

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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 issuesShould photos of the room be shown or not?“first timer reviews” vs. enthusiast reviews — are reviews useful at all?FranchisesTraditional locks vs. “no lock” rooms

3 May 2019

Rank #1

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86 - Escape Room Themes

The Divas got a request from Jonathan Driscoll of Escaparium to talk about themes. So we did! Huzzah! :DFor a list of themes, we used the ones from the 2018 Escape Room Enthusiast survey.

8 Mar 2019

Rank #2

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75 - 13 Rules For Escape Room Puzzle Design

The Divas get together to discuss Errol’s post 13 Rules for Escape Room Puzzle Design.You may want to read the document first, because we reference it a lot!

28 Sep 2018

Rank #3

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59 - Escape Room Design Course with Scott Nicholson

Huzzah! If you don't know Scott Nicholson, he is a Professor of Game Design and Development at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Ontario and the director of the Brantford Game Network game lab (BGNlab).And he ran a Escape Room Design course! How awesome is that?! ^_^ Listen in as we talk about the course, and the final escape event they created! Oooh! Intrigue!

16 Feb 2018

Rank #4

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106 - Room Escape Artist and the Escape Room Industry

Wow! We discussed so many things with Lisa and David Spira of Room Escape Artist. And we have a parody song by Benito Suppa of Durham Escape Rooms! Huzzah! Something to get you into the holiday spirit.Listen in as we discuss so many things:06:20 - A new convention, the Reality Escape Convention.19: 50 - Escape rooms on TV, the Create the Escape pilot episode.24:33 - On CBS Sunday Morning TV!27:22 - Being on the media and representing the escape room world33:24 - Escape Rooms then and now 37:19 - When do you choose to give feedback?53:34 - What's your kryptonite?55:16 - Golden Lock Awards58:23 - Escape room injuries1:00:36 - 5 Years Later1:02:00 - Montreal Tour1:04:26 - Escape Enthusiast Meetups

13 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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87 - Weird Escape Attempts - Fault of Designer or Player?

Buzzfeed released an article where Gamemasters describe weird escape attempts. The Divas decided to go through each one and discuss whether or not the attempt is because the game designer did something wrong, or if the player really is just clueless. We also get around to how may times we get scared in escape rooms!

22 Mar 2019

Rank #6

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80 - The Escape Room Scene with Room Escape Artist

It is now tradition to catch up with Lisa and David Spira of Room Escape Artist. We talk about a lot of things, and for a full time signature breakdown, check out REA’s post! This is the photo talked about in the podcast. Photo courtesy of EscapeRoomZandvoort.nl.

14 Dec 2018

Rank #7

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73 - Escape Room Software with David Hernly of M3

In this episode, Errol gets into a nerd competition with David Hernly. They also talk about escape room software and David's own Mythric Mystery Master, a software platform for running escape rooms!

31 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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67 - The Future of Escape Room Narrative

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.

8 Jun 2018

Rank #9

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51 - Elan Lee and Game Design

Elan Lee, the co-creator of Exploding Kittens, is a game designer and an escape room enthusiast! In this episode, he talks about game design, crowdfunding, ARGs, and how awesome escape rooms are!And because we're close to Halloween, Manda and Errol wrote an escape room parody from the Nightmare before Christmas! Huzzah! We got games!

27 Oct 2017

Rank #10

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63 - Are Escape Rooms Good for Team Building?

Are escape rooms good for team building? Surprisingly, not really. In this two hour special, Listen in as the Divas interview Dr. Linda Carson, a professor of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo. She has a Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience) and teaches teamwork, creativity, design thinking, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

13 Apr 2018

Rank #11

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70 - Russell Leasure on being an Excellent Game Master

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. Next time, we'll get a cool picture of Russell doing actual game mastering. :D

20 Jul 2018

Rank #12

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62 - Hint Giving in Escape Rooms

All the Divas are back to talk about Hint Giving in Escape Rooms!  People asking for hints during the #CryptexHunt!

30 Mar 2018

Rank #13

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61 - Cryptex Hunt Behind the Scenes

Huzzah! In our latest episode, David Spira of Room Escape Artist guest interviews the crew of the Cryptex Hunt, an epic puzzle hunt presented by Justin Nevins of the the Cryptex® Security Box.David interviews six people in total: Justin Nevins, Errol Elumir, Darren Miller, Dan Egnor, David Lewis, and Manda Whitney.There are going to be all sorts of spoilers in this podcast, so if you have not done the Cryptex Hunt, or you WANT to hear spoilers for the Cryptex Hunt, be forewarned.And the parody song is from an old band Errol used to be part of called Debs & Errol. It seemed appropriate at this point.  As a text game enthusiast, I love this picture. Hah!

17 Mar 2018

Rank #14

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57 - Immersive Escape Rooms with Strange Bird Immersive

The Divas join Haley and Cameron Cooper, professional actors who run Strange Bird Immersive, to discuss Immersive Theatre, Escape Rooms, and combining them to create a whole new experience. This is a topic dear to our heart, so we were very excited to do this interview! But because Errol has been busy developing the Cryptex Hunt, there is no song again. The interview is fantastic though!Haley also has a wonderful blog called Immersology. There, she chronicles their journey developing their escape room, as well as articles on Immersive Theatre and Escape Rooms. One day, we will be able to get to this Escape Room.

19 Jan 2018

Rank #15

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66 - Musings on the Escape Room Industry

Having finished her whirlwind tour of the Netherlands, Manpans rounds up her thoughts on the Up the Game conference she attended. And Errol went to visit his parents in Calgary and did seven rooms over the long weekend.Listen in as they ruminate on narrative, puzzle difficulty, and Manda's drinking habits.

25 May 2018

Rank #16

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93 - Live at the Escape Summit

This is our third live podcast and we deliver it at the Escape Summit, an escape room conference in Canada!We talk about a number of things, but the first question we tackle is “When is an escape room good enough?”

14 Jun 2019

Rank #17