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Miracle on Jackson St.

Seasons Greetings on behalf of the Houston Escape Room!

As we come to a close, we remember all that has happened in 2017. We said goodbyes to Agents as well as welcome to new faces ready to take on missions! We embarked on new missions and have reached out to our community despite Hurricane Harvey trying to bring us down. We successfully donated to the local organization to help those less fortunate. Our family here at the H.E.R. is a small one but one full of support and positivity as we brave new adventures. As neighbors to the World Series Champions, the Houston Astros, it was truly a sight to behold as the streets filled to cheer them on. We found ourselves cheering alongside them. With 2018 just around the corner we hope for more missions, triumphs, and fun for all!

We are extemely excited for what 2018 will bring! 

Sincerely,

Agent Widdershins 

December 2017 Blog

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Major(domo) Musings: Puzzle Primer, Edition 1

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Major(domo) Musings: Puzzle Primer, Edition 1

Hello Fellow and Future Escapers,

 

This month, instead of a blog topic, I thought it would be a fun idea to challenge you to solve a few puzzles. Often when we’re creating new escape rooms (or in our free time), we come up with puzzles that unfortunately don’t make it into the final product. So today I would like to present you two such puzzles.

 

If you think you know the answer, comment below. And if you don’t want the answer (possibly) spoiled for you, don’t scroll down to the comment section. You’ve been warned!

 

Puzzle #1 - A New Perspective

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Can you read everything that is written in this image?

 

Puzzle #2 - How About a Little Space?

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These types of codes often have breaks.

Alas! No spaces are in sight.

Six letters is what this line makes-

Find out which to make the code right

 

International Morse Code Chart: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morse_code

 

Check back during next month’s blog post (January 15, 2018) to see the answers.

 

Until your next mission,

Agent Majordomo

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Astro-nomical Festivities

Houston, we have landed!

Congratulations to the Houston Astros and to all their fans! The Houston Astros #EarnedHistory by winning the World Series for the first time in franchise history. All of Houston vibrated with energy of the likes Houston has never seen before. On the day of the parade, we at the Houston Escape Room also joined the festivities by having a unique promotional code that took 50% off your mission with us. Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so you won’t miss out on such uh-maze-ing deals!

November also landed! November brought with it many cravings: turkey, pie, mashed potatoes, green beans casserole, and the list goes on and on. However, the most important thing about Thanksgiving is the time we spend together with our loved ones. Here at H.E.R., we love spending time with all our community (thanks to those families that joined us on Black Friday). To show our thanks and appreciation, we had a BOGO (buy one get one) deal. Those of you that subscribed to our newsletter were the first know. If you aren’t subscribed, subscribe to it! You have nothing to lose and much to gain. The best part? It’s completely FREE!

Can you guess what else landed this month? That’s right, Episode 5: The Countdown! However, this new mission landed with a threat and we need YOUR help to stop it. Our new, and latest, mission is up on our website ready to get solved. New and unconquered, be THE agent that will conquer this new mission by setting THE best record. Now wouldn’t that be explosive!

November 2017 will be a month to remember with all the festivities that went on. The Houston Astros won the World Series, we released our 5th Episode, and we at H.E.R. are always one step closer to giving you new and amazing experiences. Stay posted to know what’s going on around here at HQ.

Three strikes and I’m out!

-Agent Striker

November 2017 Blog

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Major(domo) Musings: Stranger Things

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Major(domo) Musings: Stranger Things

Hello Fellow and Future Escapers,

No, unfortunately today’s topic will not be about the critically acclaimed Netflix series. However, we will be discussing something that some people may find just as scary as a monster from another dimension: going into an escape room with strangers. I want to share with you why I think it is very rewarding to try escape rooms with strangers and what you can do to make it less awkward or worrisome.

As you may or may not know, if you are not booking a Corporate Booking or selecting the private event option, then the tickets you do not purchase will be available for anyone else to buy. Or maybe you’ve bought tickets to a session that already had some tickets booked. Congratulations! You are (likely) doing an escape room with strangers.

You arrive 15 minutes early for your booking and notice that the other people in the lobby are going to be your teammates. What should you do? Why, of course, use that time to introduce yourselves! Share names and handshakes. Ask them if they’ve ever done an escape room before. Ask if they have any strategies, or share your own. You’ve assembled this day as a rag-tag fellowship to tackle a challenge none of you have ever faced before; why wouldn’t you at least introduce yourselves?

Now I know it can be daunting to remember the names of all the new people you just met, but here are two tactics I recommend trying:

  • Repeat their name as many times as possible.

    • For example: “Nice to meet you, Damien, my name is Craig. Wait, Damien, right? Have you ever done an escape room before, Damien?

    • Bonus tip: You can help out your teammates remember you and your friends’ names by also saying your friends’ names when talking to each other. “Let’s go grab something to eat after we escape, Hugo.”

  • Mentally associate the person with someone you know with the same name.

    • For example: “Oh, I have a cousin named Joseph, so it shouldn’t be hard for me to remember.” Then just picture that cousin in your mind every time you interact with your teammate. If you don’t know anyone by that name, try using a celebrity or TV show character.

Here are a few things I would suggest not to do. And just like the things you should do, you will need to consciously pay attention. I’ve seen more than enough teams start off strong with introductions, but then very quickly revert to how they subconsciously feel.

  • Don’t interact only with the people with whom you came. Yelling to the team you found something does not count as interacting with the other strangers; you will actually need to talk or work with them one on one or in small groups.

  • Don’t snatch things out of their hands or muscle your way into trying a solution before they have a chance to finish trying their own. If you feel you’ve figured out the answer, why not just tell them it and let them try it out? It doesn’t make a difference who opens the lock; what matters is if the entire team completes their objectives and escapes.

Now I know what many of you are probably subconsciously afraid of. What if they are weird? What if they are bad at puzzles? What if they aren’t nice people? Well, I’ll let you know that they aren’t weird, they aren’t bad at puzzles, and they are nice people. They’re just like you, and they have the same fears. So it's in everyone’s best interest to resolve those fears when you first meet.

We’ve seen teams that enter the room as strangers but leave as friends. I’ve seen a group of adults invite their teammates to get drinks after they finished the challenge just so they could all discuss the puzzles. I’ve seen two young boys exchange their gamertags so they could party up in Halo later. I’ve even seen (and heard) a choir group sing “Happy Birthday” to a group of friends who were celebrating a birthday.

I consider the escape rooms that I have done with strangers to be the most rewarding. With friends, family, or coworkers, I know their strengths and weaknesses (even if I don’t consciously acknowledge them). I already face challenges, big and small, in my everyday life with friends, family, and coworkers. Escape rooms are one of the only places I have the opportunity to work with strangers. I find it really rewarding when I manage to solve puzzles and even escape with people I’ve never met before. I hope you take the chance to enjoy the opportunity as much as I do.

Comment below and share with us what things you do to break the ice when you are working with a new team.

Until your next mission,

Agent Majordomo

Bonus Challenge: Can you figure out the game that several of the agents have been playing recently based off all the names used in this article?

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CREEPIN IT REAL

Hello Ghouls and Goblins of the HER Community,

Our Halloween themed rooms for the month of October were hauntingly amazing! Thank you to everyone who joined us and experienced the horror of these scary rooms, because we really enjoyed them ourselves! Episode 1: Mo’s torture Chamber was a fright, Episode 2: Grandma’s Poltergeist was absolutely horrifying, and Episode 3: The Scarlet Ritual was quite chilling! We cannot wait to see you all again for Halloween 2018 to show you all what we have in store for you next!

We have some great news! We are pleased to inform you all that a name for our 5th room has been decided…(drumroll please)…the name of our 5th room is THE COUNTDOWN!!! This room will be available to you all starting November 1st, so start assembling your teams to accomplish our newest mission today!

Ladies, gentlemen, boys, girls, and babies, if you have not signed up for our newsletter, I suggest you do that as soon as possible! Those subscribed to our newsletter already know. For those that aren't subscribed, we have a pretty nice surprise for you all coming November 1st in order to show you our appreciation. Thank you all so much for being great supporters of ours!

All of us here at Houston Escape Room would also like to bid a farewell to Agent Oculus, who is going on an exciting solo mission. We wish you the absolute best of luck, and know you will succeed in all of your endeavors!

Agent X…out! 

Blog October 2017

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