I have always enjoyed spy movies and books, even as a kid mysteries always intrigued me. I love anything Sherlock Holmes, and I even have a magnifying glass collection. Heck, my other blog is all about getting found online and uses a magnifying glass in the brand, so finding things and answering questions is right up my alley.
I have always wanted to attend a mystery dinner but never had the chance to. So I got super excited when a few weeks ago I opened up my email, and there was a cool invitation from the South Florida bloggers. It was asking if any bloggers wanted to attend an experience at the Think Escape Games in Fort Lauderdale. I anxiously replied yes and hoped there was still room left. Sure enough, there was, and I was on the list to attend. I honestly had no clue what the experience would entail, but I knew it would be filled with mystery and intrigue! Then I began reading a little bit about it and saw that it had to do with team building; aka problem solving and working as a team!
As the date approached, I began to feel a little anxious and even scared, because as I said, I had no idea what it would be about. In addition, I would be attending with a group of mainly strangers as I am still new to South Florida. I arrived at Think Escape Games, and all I saw was black curtains covering all the windows. I was not sure if we could go inside just yet, but then I saw Holly from Sage and felt brave enough to step inside. Upon entering, we were hosted with delicious iced coffee and some yummy pastries from Revenant Cafe. The caffeine gave my nerves a jolt, and I was ready for action! The lobby area was cool and had some vintage video games and props. The excitement of the experience was building up. Once it was show time, we watched an instructional video that would discuss the rules of the game.
The Think Escape Games currently has three rooms: The Study, The Lab, and the Shady Tavern. The SFL Bloggers Group got to attend the Study. As I said I did not know what to expect and we were told we could not take photos, would not need to do anything physical and we had 60 minutes to “escape the room.” If we got stuck and wanted to ask for help, we could by requesting help via an intercom, but we would lose five minutes. I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun this experience was! It challenges you to think, work together and it was super exciting when we discovered a clue or puzzled out the mystery at hand.
A little more information about Escape Rooms: According to Wikipedia
An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. Escape rooms are inspired by “escape-the-room”–style video games. Games are set in a variety of fictional locations, such as prison cells, dungeons, and space stations, and are popular as team building exercises.
Escape rooms became popular in the United States, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, Israel and mainland China in the 2010s. Permanent escape rooms in fixed locations were first opened in Asia and followed later in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and South America.
Escape rooms have amassed a small following of people commonly known as Escape Room Enthusiasts.”
I may become one of these enthusiasts, as I raved about it so much to my former boss at Next Level SEM that he booked a team building session there. Now I have attended both the Study and The Lab. I did enjoy the Study more than we did with SFL Bloggers, but I am sorry I can not give any clues away, it is the code honors of the escapers. I am looking forward to their upcoming submarine room. And thank you, Will for hosting our blogger’s group. For more information visit their F.A.Q.