Rank #1: 90 - Frequently Argued Questions about Escape Rooms
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?
Traditional locks vs. “no lock” rooms
May 03 2019
Escape This Podcast
The Infinite Escape Room
3D Escape Room: Frequency
The No Proscenium Podcast
Games in Schools and Libraries
Talking About Immersive Theatre (TAIT)
Advanced Sagebrush & Shootouts
Gem the GM
Haunted Attraction Network
On Board Games
My Haunt Life
Solve This Murder
Our Turn! Women on Gaming
Board Game Design Lab
Rank #3: 75 - 13 Rules For Escape Room Puzzle Design
Sep 28 2018
Rank #4: 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!
Feb 16 2018
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Rank #5: 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 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
Rank #6: 50 - The Worst Escape Room Ever
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
Rank #7: 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.
Jul 21 2017
Rank #8: 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!
Mar 22 2019
Rank #9: 80 - The Escape Room Scene with Room Escape Artist
Dec 14 2018
Rank #10: 47 - Escape Room Design: Intro to Story and Narrative
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
Rank #12: 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.
Jun 08 2018
Rank #13: 51 - Elan Lee and Game Design
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
Rank #14: 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.
Apr 13 2018
Rank #15: Tammy McLeod on the Escape Room World Championships
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
Rank #16: 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
Jul 20 2018
Rank #17: 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!
Mar 30 2018
Rank #18: 61 - Cryptex Hunt Behind the Scenes
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
Rank #19: 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.
Jan 19 2018
Rank #20: 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.
May 25 2018