Book Review: You’ve Been Played

June 9, 2024 Brian Gondek 0

I’m going to make a bold claim- You’ve Been Played, by Adrian Hon, is the best nonfiction book I’ve read in years. The last book I got this much value from was Thinking Fast and Slow, the seminal work of Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman. I don’t make that comparison lightly.

Memento #5: Transworld 2022 Badge

May 27, 2024 Brian Gondek 0

I was excited about the opportunity to go to Transworld. Primarily known as a haunted house convention, Transworld also branches out into other interactive entertainment, most notably escape rooms.

Memento #4: Escape Room Passport Flyer

May 13, 2024 Brian Gondek 0

Looking through my odds and ends, I stumbled across a pretty interesting glimpse of a future that wasn’t to be – a flyer for the “Escape Room Passport” app. I picked up the flyer at EscapeRoomPassport’s booth at the escape room convention in August 2016.

Memento #3: Mindtrap Escape (Montgomery, IL) – Magnets

April 9, 2024 Brian Gondek 0

There are at least two noteworthy Mindtrap escape room businesses in the US – one in Illinois and the other in California. I’ve heard lots of good things about the California one, and I really enjoyed other rooms designed by the same people (Labyrinth Games in Nampa, ID), but today’s memento is from the Illinois one.

Perplex City

March 9, 2024 Brian Gondek 1

I casually keep an eye out for puzzle memorabilia, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to scoop up a trove of Perplex City content when I found it for the right price. The treasure hunt has been done for fifteen years, but the content is still interesting to look at in its own right, and I’m happy to have it.

MIT Mystery Hunt 2024

January 16, 2024 Brian Gondek 0

MIT Mystery Hunt has been running full steam ahead this weekend! A few weeks ago, I had this weekend circled on my calendar. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to participate much this year.