Escape Room Advent Calendar – GamesHub

December 18, 2023 Brian Gondek 0

Five Below occasionally gets discounted escape room games. I’ve previously found scenarios for the Spinmasters games there, and more recently I found an Escape Room Advent Calendar (by Games Hub). For $5, how can you go wrong? Unfortunately, even at the price I can’t recommend this one, especially with how many other options there are.

Galactic Puzzle Hunt 2023

November 28, 2023 Brian Gondek 0

I was on the fence about participating in Galactic Puzzle Hunt in 2023. I’ve participated before in the past and found that the hunt required a pretty significant time commitment compared to other puzzle hunts. I noticed this both in Galactic’s hunt as well as the MIT Mystery Hunt they facilitated. I cautiously decided to dip my toe in this year. I’m glad I did- it was a blast!

ERChamp 2023 Finals Completed!

October 16, 2023 Brian Gondek 0

ERChamp 2023 is in the books, and it was a blast. I didn’t know what to expect for the coverage of the in-person finals, but the team did a great job, and it was tremendously entertaining.

Christina’s 300th!

September 13, 2023 Brian Gondek 0

Christina’s 300th escape room was supposed to be a simple endeavor. I pegged our trip to Alaska as a great way to make Christina’s 300th memorable by solving a world famous room as #300.

Alaskan Cruise 2023, Part 3

September 7, 2023 Brian Gondek 0

The cruise is over. It’s a bit sad to be finished with the longest vacation I’ve taken in almost a decade (1.5 weeks) but in many ways, it’s also good to be back. The last two days of the cruise covered Ketchikan and a day at sea.

Alaskan Cruise 2023, Part 1

September 1, 2023 Brian Gondek 0

I’m on day three of my Alaska cruise, and I couldn’t be happier. The greatest vacations are the ones on which you truly lose track of time, and I can successfully declare that I barely know what day it is. I can report back a little bit about the journey thus far.

Alaska: The Return

August 28, 2023 Brian Gondek 0

PuzzleDrifter started because of Alaska. At the time I created the site, I was already about two thirds of the way through my 50 state adventure. I sat in the library aboard the Celebrity Millennium to write my first few posts while cruising the Inside Passage, and I published them a few days later after getting back to a place with wifi.

ERChamp Vs. Red Bull

August 19, 2023 Brian Gondek 0

A recent article on Escape.Buzz compares the Red Bull Escape Room Championship to ERChamp. As someone who has been close to both, I feel the need to offer my own insights on the phenomena observed in the article- namely that ERChamp as a volunteer-driven activity continue to grow while the big budget Red Bull competition shut down after only 2-3 years.

ERChamp Data Adventure

July 23, 2023 Brian Gondek 0

The qualifiers for ERChamp 2023 are finished, and the top ten teams were selected to compete in the finals in Wroclaw. How exciting! At the same time, I’m thrilled to get my hands on the log data from the event to put together some of the stories from the online portion of the event.