Strangers Can Be Awesome

August 1, 2022 Brian Gondek 0

As we’re getting the Chicago escape room meetup going, it’s probably a good time to talk about what makes meeting up with new people exciting. I always love getting to play escape rooms with new people, and whether those people are trying their first escape room or thousandth, it’s more likely than not going to be a great experience.

Customers Always Right?

December 12, 2021 Brian Gondek 0

Every once in a while, I get a reminder about how the overall customer experience is more important than any one aspect of an escape room. I’ve shared before about how a strong game master can elevate an average experience and an inattentive one can ruin a world class game. I recently got a reminder of exactly why this is so important.

Advanced Puzzling: Math Imitates Puzzle

June 14, 2021 Brian Gondek 0

One thing I’ve seen that seems to be mostly loathed by lovers of escape rooms is the math puzzle, or worse, puzzle-free math computation. Though I love math, I get it- you sign up for Indiana Jones-like adventure, not arithmetic class.

Exciting Times

May 5, 2021 Brian Gondek 0

The next few weekends are going to be more than a little exciting. Eight escape rooms this Saturday, and a Titanic murder mystery weekend from Tall Tales Mysteries starting the following Friday!

New Page – My Puzzles

December 28, 2020 Brian Gondek 0

It’s been a long-time desire of mine to spend more time creating puzzles, and it’s never been easier. There are almost too many tools to use to create, and it’s about time I start taking advantage of them.

Puzzle Games Together

November 7, 2020 Brian Gondek 0

We’ve reached an era in which there are far too many high quality puzzle games for one person to play. (Or at least one person without an overabundance of time on his or her hands) I don’t want to make a habit of vanishing into a man cave, only to emerge days later with a few more puzzles under my belt. Thankfully, I’ve found a way to get the best of both worlds.

93 Down, 39 To Go

October 16, 2020 Brian Gondek 0

Hanging out at the auto mechanic today to address an overdue issue with an engine part on recall, and it’s been a good opportunity to kick back and solve a few puzzles. Our team, The Sign of Four, is down to the final 39 puzzles of Puzzle Boat 2, which sounds like a lot when you don’t consider how many we started with.

Strange Weeks

October 12, 2020 Brian Gondek 0

These last few weeks have been strange. I’ve been busy, but I’ve been able to do a LOT of puzzles. Mostly by sacrificing sleep.