A Community Built Escape Room?
We are trying an experiment. Let’s have the community; the players, the fans, students, etc., submit ideas for our next escape room. The rules are simple. You would post an idea you have, it could be just a theme, or a full story. The public would then vote on their favorites. The one that has the most votes across all of social media and the internet would win! The winner will get a pass for a full group to come to one of our escape rooms ($232 value) plus their idea will become our next escape room!
Ideas can be as simple as “A zombie escape room in a high school,” or a more complex story, “Your group is a team of young adults who travel the country solving mysteries with their dog. They stumble across an abandoned theme park where people have gone missing. Can you follow the clues and unmask the villain?”
You are all dead. Six of you stand in the waiting room, unsure of how you got there. But, in your heart, you know each of you has died in a horrific way.
A window opens up, and the snarky dead receptionist lets you know that due to the conditions of your death and how terrible it was, they’ve decided that they are turn you into ashtrays rather than reincarnate you. Due to drastic under-staffing, they don’t have the time for a full case investigation. So they’ve brought everything and thrown it in the room. You’ve got an hour to convince them you aren’t ashtray material.
The dead in the room have no memory of what happened, and uncover the details of who they were, and who did what. Of course… nothing is as it seems.
Clues are hidden that… there is a chance to return back to life. For one of them. Of course, if one leaves early… the rest are ashtrays.
What will the players do? Will they all work together to prove their innocence? Will one keep a secret key hidden and lock the rest in the room? Or will they work together and let one out for revenge…
To add tension, the receptionist of the dead, should keep taking time off the clock for.. smoke breaks.. or poke in for long stories about her dead dog.
Theme of this room should be very sarcastic. The DMV of the Dead.
An unstable old church elder is dissatisfied with the current laxness of her congregations devotion. Gone are the choir and organ, replaced by a guitarist and a synthesizer. Most people only come when it’s convenient, and when they do they are on their cellphones half the time.
After going total crazy-go-nuts, she invites some of them to a special ‘bible study’ class she is holding in one of the countless rooms in the megalithic church. Knowing this lady holds a great deal of influence over the community, and has a habit of ruining the reputation of those that cross her, you decide to attend. Upon arrival, you are ushered into a newly remodeled room in the basement. Before you can even greet the others in the room you see the door being slammed shut and hear an impressively solid lock being engaged, you are trapped in there along with some of the other parishioners. She slides a letter under the door from the other side. It says: “You’ve been found wanting in the eyes of the church. You have one hour to prove yourselves worthy and escape. After that I will seal the door, and this room will become your tomb forever.
So many options to work with. Include a bible, overlay puzzles. Correct/ incorrect verse puzzles. Have a giant poster of “For god so loved the world…” Which is John 3:16, bible verses make great lock combinations. Magnetic lined idols that come together to form a giant cross to open the door or something. Have a fishtank filled with pieces, players NOAH style flood the tank with water. The pieces that float are the keys or code.
Knowledge of the bible may help, but not required. I thought of about a dozen other nifty tie-ins and puzzles to include.