Manitowoc, WI: What the Lock – Orvellio’s Reconjured

February 15, 2020 Brian Gondek 0

Orvellio’s: Reconjured left Christina and me wanting more, and thankfully, What the Lock has several more rooms we haven’t played yet.  Orvellio’s is a brilliantly designed room that caters toward puzzle enthusiasts, and it was the most satisfying escape room experience we’ve done in quite some time.

Keep It Up!

February 7, 2020 Brian Gondek 0

I’m happy to check in and say that I’ve got the inside track for one of the tickets to Red Bull Discovery Lab – I’m up 43-13-12!

Red Bull Mind Gamers Strategy Recap

January 19, 2020 Brian Gondek 0

Round 1 of the Red Bull Mind Gamers challenge is complete. Congrats to Mark O for collecting the most votes and earning a spot at Red Bull’s Discovery Lab this May. And thanks to everyone who voted for me- I got the second most votes!

Racine, WI: Seven Keys to Escape – Critter Craters

December 8, 2019 Brian Gondek 0

Seven Keys to Escape in Racine, WI has a special distinction for me and my dad- their “Nana’s Room” game was the first escape room the two of us lost together within the United States.  Nana’s Room was filled with loads of content and it was tough for a team of two to get through all of it, but we were still itching for another try, and we finally got that try when Seven Keys opened their new Critter Craters room.  A visit to Seven Keys to Escape made sense as the perfect birthday gift for me to give to […]

Cayman Islands: Locked Inn – Pirate’s Cellar

November 7, 2019 Brian Gondek 0

Escape rooms are pretty much everywhere now, as proven when Christina and I found one only a two minute walk away from the Cayman Islands cruise terminal – Locked Inn.  I had known about this business ahead of time, but it was still surprising to see how close and accessible it was.

Hurst, TX: Thrifty Pirate – Escape Cave

September 17, 2019 Brian Gondek 0

September 5, 2019 – I’ve got a new record for closest margin of victory in an escape room.  I’ve had some close calls before, some where we needed to double check that we actually won.  At Thrifty Pirate in Hurst, TX, the opening of the final lock and the sound of the buzzer telling us time ran out were borderline simultaneous.  It was thrilling to get the win and close out the trip 3-0.

Montgomery, IL: MindTrap – The Collector / Hand Trap

August 19, 2019 Brian Gondek 0

August 18, 2019 – Christina wasn’t feeling the greatest this weekend, and that could only mean one thing: it was time for me to do a scary escape room.  Christina avoids rooms with jump scares, gore, or the occult, so I’ve got a short list of rooms near home saved for a rainy day.

Geocaching: Mystery at the Museum Event

August 15, 2019 Brian Gondek 0

As a puzzle enthusiast, I get a lot of mileage out of Geocaches (hidden objects at GPS coordinates). They’re great locally for getting out of the house, and while on vacation they can be an excellent way to experience the area.