I had this hen party.
NO NOT MY OWN HEN PARTY!
A friend of mine got married this month, so last month was time for a hen party.
Not one with drinking until you can’t walk, strippers, fake male body parts or weird assignments. Just a girls evening out with presents, girl talk, diner and an escape room!
I just love those things. Years ago, before you could actually try and escape one physically I did those things online. My first one ever being the crimson room. It got me hooked. I was an intern at that time, and everyone at the office was trying to get out of this online room. Everyone wanted to be the first to get out! I got out on my own and as far as my memory goes.. first. But who knows, someone else might remember it differently.
Since crimson room I have escaped loads of rooms on the internet. Even rooms that had Japanese signs for speech. I had no idea wat was going on, but I HAD to get out.
After years of online escaping I heard someone talk about escape rooms and asked how they liked doing this online. I got a blank look back.
“What do you mean online? This is an actual room they lock you in. It is not something you do online!”
Uh wrong, that’s where it started, but as I heard than for the first time ever, they were starting to pop up in real life!!!!!
Mind you I did not think they could be as good as online, after all, you have to make things physically possible, while you can get away with things online that can’t happen in real life.
Now these things are not cheap, but man….. are they fun! I have done three by now. The first one ever had the theme around the world. We got locked into a room where we had to open cabinets in order to get flags from around the world. Each flag had a number, put them in the right order from left to right as they would follow if you travel the earth and you have the code to open the door.
At one point a cabinet turned out to be a door to a small room! I felt like a kid in a candy store. Stoked to the bone, you could not have made me happier. We had to fill a cup with hot water to have numbers revealed by the steam, a sink filled up with water to get a key on a floater, put sparkplugs stars in a puzzle chest to light the fireplace, where a code became visible, all stuff like that! If only one of us would have been smart enough to have taken the globe of the desk to put all flags in order, instead of using the huge flattened out map on the wall, we would have gotten out, but still, wonderful.
The second one I did had changed since first use. There where locks with letters to start with and now they were locks with numbers, so it was more difficult to find the right puzzle pieces. We got out in time, but it was not as much fun as the first (no secret rooms to discover and all). The story was, we were in a laboratory under water and he air was running out, so we needed to get out.
The one at the hen party was the best until now though! Billy the kid was looking for gang members and in order to become part of his gang we had to get out of the saloon, get our friends out of jail (some of us actually started in another part of the room, out of sight and earshot) and we needed to break into the bank and blow up the safe, within an hour. It did not have one secret room, nooooooo, there were about FIVE areas you had to get to! Enough puzzles to solve for all of us. One of them I would have never thought to find in real life… A key in a piano, that would only fall out if you played the correct tune! It was soooooooooooo good. Forget the candy store, I felt like Charlie after he inherited the factory of Willy Wonka.
Now if you ever want to get to know future colleagues, friends, family members or whoever, just go to an escape room, because they will lock you up in a room for an hour and you have to get out by working together. Trust me, you will get to know each other on a new level. I found that I had to stay clear of someone in the second room because they worked on my nerves! But hey, we survived and I keep clear of this person if I can, but I know we can be civil with each other when we need to.
One thing I know for certain…. I LOVE escape rooms.
(PS I’ve started an audio version of my blog as well: https://soundcloud.com/user-986536068/01-introduction)