First off, holy crap, they’ve done a lot of room escapes. I’ve done…2 real ones and 4 of the SCRAP not-really-escaping-a-room escape rooms. They’ve done over 600? Assuming an average of $30/room, and ignoring the cost to travel and stay near the locations around the world, that’s still $18,000? Yikes.
Since I was unfamiliar with their work, as I was waiting for the event to start, I looked their site up. You should do that, if you haven’t. They have a lot of good information if you are looking to go to an Escape Room.
Some of the things I learned from their presentation (and the evening in general):
- Someone was attempting to patent the idea of a mobile escape room. The folks at REA were not amused. Hopefully that has gone away.
- Not too long ago, Business Week spurred a lot of folks into creating Escape Rooms. Some of the less well-thought-out ones aren’t doing terribly well (as would be expected) and may be closing shop soon. That shouldn’t be interpreted as the bottom falling out. Or the sky falling. Someone’s bottom may be someone else’s sky? I don’t know.
- They were really impressed with a number of Rooms. Two that stood out for me were: Palace Games (I’ve done their Houdini and Roosevelt rooms) and primarily with Strange Bird Immersive in Houston (several friends went there and LOVED IT).
- There’s a group working to start up an Escape Room pretty close to downtown Oakland. They’re called Trivium Games (triviumgames.com and @triviumgames)
After the presentation, I ended up chatting with an SF expat living in LA about Room Escape Games. Since I’m terrible at names, I think Lily? and I reminisced about the Jejune Institute. They’d done everything up through the Chapel of the Chimes, but moved before the Socio-Re-engineering event (Which honestly was probably for the best). I mentioned an old thought about Air-BnB-based Escape Room, and found out they’d done something similar.
All in all, it was a good evening. My only regret was not having a moment to say hello to Laura Hall who was in town for the event.