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We discuss the industry of escape rooms and escape room design

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We discuss the industry of escape rooms and escape room design

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The definitive escape room podcast

By rowdymouse - Feb 05 2020
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This podcast always has something interesting to offer if you’re into escape rooms. The interviews are usually pretty fascinating, and the random discussion episodes are fun too.

Attempted to listen to 6 random episodes

By **NotAPrettyGirl** - Jan 02 2019
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Subject matter was relatively decent, but couldn’t make it through a single episode without getting annoyed by the self-absorbed guy constantly intimidating and interrupting the woman who is oblivious to her own marginalization. I strongly urge her to get her own podcast.

iTunes Ratings

15 Ratings
Average Ratings
10
3
1
0
1

The definitive escape room podcast

By rowdymouse - Feb 05 2020
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This podcast always has something interesting to offer if you’re into escape rooms. The interviews are usually pretty fascinating, and the random discussion episodes are fun too.

Attempted to listen to 6 random episodes

By **NotAPrettyGirl** - Jan 02 2019
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Subject matter was relatively decent, but couldn’t make it through a single episode without getting annoyed by the self-absorbed guy constantly intimidating and interrupting the woman who is oblivious to her own marginalization. I strongly urge her to get her own podcast.

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Rank #1: 90 - Frequently Argued Questions about Escape Rooms

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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

May 03 2019

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Rank #2: 86 - Escape Room Themes

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The Divas got a request from Jonathan Driscoll of Escaparium to talk about themes. So we did! Huzzah! :D

For a list of themes, we used the ones from the 2018 Escape Room Enthusiast survey.

Mar 08 2019

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Rank #3: 75 - 13 Rules For Escape Room Puzzle Design

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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!

Sep 28 2018

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Rank #4: 59 - Escape Room Design Course with Scott Nicholson

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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!

Feb 16 2018

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Rank #5: 106 - Room Escape Artist and the Escape Room Industry

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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 world

  • 33:24 - Escape Rooms then and now

  • 37:19 - When do you choose to give feedback?

  • 53:34 - What's your kryptonite?

  • 55:16 - Golden Lock Awards

  • 58:23 - Escape room injuries

  • 1:00:36 - 5 Years Later

  • 1:02:00 - Montreal Tour

  • 1:04:26 - Escape Enthusiast Meetups

Dec 13 2019

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Rank #6: 50 - The Worst Escape Room Ever

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The worst room anyone has ever played is closed, and so we can finally talk about it! They may decide on opening it again, so be aware that there will be spoilers.

Feel free to listen along and if you know of a room that is worse than this one, by all means, please tell us.

And finally, the song was written by Errol's sister. It pokes fun at people like us! Huzzah!

Edit: For those that are interested, here is Mike's official review of this game.

Oct 16 2017

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Rank #7: 43 - Escape Room Puzzle Design Part 1 - The Experience

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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.

Jul 21 2017

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Rank #8: 87 - Weird Escape Attempts - Fault of Designer or Player?

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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!

Mar 22 2019

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Rank #9: 80 - The Escape Room Scene with Room Escape Artist

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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.

Dec 14 2018

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Rank #10: 47 - Escape Room Design: Intro to Story and Narrative

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In our 47th episode, Manda gives us a talk on Story and Narrative within escape rooms! And the rest of the divas? Ruby is playing with a bunny. Errol is working on a LEGO Totoro. And we don't know what Mike was doing.

This week's parody song was written and performed by Sen-Foong Lim! He is one half of the versatile tabletop design team, the Bamboozle Brothers. Since 2011, they have created Euro-styled strategy game, party games, and are even sought after to develop other designers’ games. Sen also hosts the weekly design-centric webcasts, the Meeple Syrup Show and its offshoot, The Game Dojo. Errol thinks they should do a parody song for each of their episodes too!

Sep 08 2017

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Rank #11: 73 - Escape Room Software with David Hernly of M3

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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!

Aug 31 2018

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Rank #12: 67 - The Future of Escape Room Narrative

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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.

Jun 08 2018

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Rank #13: 51 - Elan Lee and Game Design

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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!

Oct 27 2017

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Rank #14: 63 - Are Escape Rooms Good for Team Building?

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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.

Apr 13 2018

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Rank #15: Tammy McLeod on the Escape Room World Championships

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Huzzah! Today we are joined with Tammy McLeod who was on the US Team for Redbull's Mind Gamers World Championship, the first Escape Room World Championship which was held in Budapest!

And we also got her to sing the parody song! Hah! I need to get all the guests to sing the parody song. :D

May 18 2017

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Rank #16: 70 - Russell Leasure on being an Excellent Game Master

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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

Jul 20 2018

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Rank #17: 62 - Hint Giving in Escape Rooms

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All the Divas are back to talk about Hint Giving in Escape Rooms! 

People asking for hints during the #CryptexHunt!

Mar 30 2018

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Rank #18: 61 - Cryptex Hunt Behind the Scenes

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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!

Mar 17 2018

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Rank #19: 57 - Immersive Escape Rooms with Strange Bird Immersive

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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.

Jan 19 2018

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Rank #20: 66 - Musings on the Escape Room Industry

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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.

May 25 2018

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