For the past several years Escape Rooms have been opening their doors and locking them behind us.
Escape Rooms provide an experience where you and up to 10 people, depending on the room, are locked inside and tasked with getting out. The only way to unlock the room is for you and your group to work together and solve the series of clues and riddles that the mastermind creators have concocted. Each room has a different theme or storyline to explain why you have been locked inside and why you only have one hour to get out.
Escape Rooms are perfect for parties or just a get together with a group of friends. It is possible for multiple groups to go in the same room if you do not have enough people in your initial group. So it can even be a great place to meet new people. These rooms also offer a good opportunity for you and your coworkers to do some fun team building.
Discussion is key. Found a key? Let everyone know. Have a thought on the riddle? Discuss. Does something look funny or remind you of something a message said? Work it out with your teammates and try to smash the record time, or simply make sure that your group photo at the end does not have you holding up a sign that exclaims to the world that you could not escape.
These rooms usually cost under $30 per person and can be booked in advance or scheduled for a certain time. Here are the top rooms in the state.
Located on South Main Street on the East Side of Providence, Escape RI was founded by Ethan Carlson and Escape Industries. Ethan got his Mechanical Engineering degree from Yale University and has used his knowledge to create technologically based puzzles. Rooms are based off HP Lovecraft, reclusive billionaires and their secrets, and military test bunkers among others. Escape RI keeps things fresh by retiring one room and introducing a new one every few months. So this place can never get stale. The intricate, handmade puzzles give you an experience most people can not replicate at home.
Escape RI offers a true immersion experience with a storyline, as well as electronic timers that can also show hints. “The Bunker” has been a popular attraction, allowing for up to 10 players, but has just a 14% success rate. Their newest room is “Andromeda Station” where up to six people returning from a space mission try to figure out why the space station is on lockdown.
To take your shot at success, check out their website at EscapeRhodeIsland.com, or if you have additional questions email them at email@example.com.
Lock and Clue
Lock and Clue is located at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket and offers multiple experiences, from backstage of a reality show to try to escape from a murderous butcher. Lock and Clue has great hosts along with separate game operators for each room making sure everyone gets the full attention of staff members. The hosts wear costumes and act in character when bringing groups into their room in order to engross players. Lock and Clue uses sound effects, music, and lighting to create unique puzzles and captivates their customers.
Lock and Clue has recently diverted from the norm of other escape rooms by making any booking private, meaning that no matter how many slots are empty they will not be filled with another group.
Lock and Clue is currently working on a large expansion, which they hope will make them New England’s largest escape room in terms of size. When completed, the expansion will result in a total of seven rooms and almost 9,000 square feet. They have also recently completed the “Zany Zoo,” an escape room designed specifically for kids age 7-11.
Businesses will be pleased to know the Lock and Clue has an attached kitchen and serving area, along with a conference room with digital projector perfect for meetings and completing teamwork exercises.
If you have interest in reserving a room with them check out their website at LockandClue.com or for questions contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Great Escape Room
The Great Escape room is a national chain that has made a home right in Downtown Providence at 146 Westminster Street. Many of the rooms have a Sherlock Holmes theme and include Holmes’ very own Library and Moriarty’s Gameroom. The Great Escape makes their rooms more intimate by putting a facilitator in the room in order to give clues and answer any questions participants may have. They also employ a scavenger hunt into their rooms, forcing participants to gather the clues to solve the larger puzzles. Their newest room, the President’s bunker, deviates from the usual Sherlock theme and instead has you attempt to avert a nuclear disaster.
To show off your inner Sherlock or if you have questions, head to their website at TheGreatEscapeRoom.com or contact them at Providence@TheGreatEscapeRoom.com
RI Riddle Room
While not having escape in the name The Riddle Room is still an escape the room experience that offers two rooms of varying difficulty. Located at 20 Water Street in East Greenwich, The Riddle Room was founded by Rhode Island natives Kara Zanni and Byron Delmonico. Their goal for the rooms has been to not only create engaging puzzles but also to capture the audience with deep storytelling that makes players feel connected to the course of events. The storylines for the rooms are based on real-life local events and locations, while the props they use have an authentic feel that will make you feel like Atwells Ave moved to East Greenwich. Their newest room, La Cosa Nostra, is a Federal Hill mobster themed room.
To check out their rooms with local flavor go to their website at RIRiddleRoom.com or email them at ContactUs@RIRiddleRoom.com.
This past week at the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Residential Properties Ltd. became the proud recipient of the First Place Award for Best Video Marketing among companies of between 101-500 agents.
Competing against brokerages from nearly 70 countries around the globe, Residential Properties Ltd. was able to distinguish themselves by producing a wide range of videos, including listing tours, community spotlights, company branding pieces, market updates, agent bios, and more. “Our commitment to marketing properties has always been fresh and creative,” explains RPL President & CEO Sally Lapides. “Video differentiates us from our competitors, providing buyers with the experience of a guided tour of a property, while offering sellers an opportunity for far more engaging exposure.”
The RPL Marketing & Technology Department is currently comprised of eight full-time employees, including Videographers Justin Hebert, Peter Amylon, and Neil Guliano, as well as Copywriter Eddy Giorgi, Technology Lead James LeGeros, Computer Support Specialist Tayana Anaya, Photographer Chris Whirlow, and Manager Stephen Readey. Lapides was quick to express her appreciation for the department, saying “I am so proud of our extraordinary team for being recognized as the best in video marketing at the annual conference of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.”
As part of a global network connecting buyers and sellers around the world, RPL’s use of video allows potential clients to research communities and tour available listings from anywhere on the planet. Incorporating video into its marketing, along with professional photography, independent property websites, aerial footage, floor plans, staging, and more, has assisted Residential Properties Ltd. in becoming Rhode Island’s top producing brokerage, recording more sales and more gross volume than any other company in the state for three consecutive years (Providence Business News Book of Lists).
Currently, Residential Properties has nearly 1,500 videos available on its website. To view this extensive video library, please visit ResidentialProperties.com/Videos.
Snow Storms and poor weather are here. So we all need options for when the power goes out.
If you are new to tabletop games, an expert, or a casual player who has only played games like Monopoly and Parcheesi your entire life, here are some fresh options. All of these are great for family and friends and are available wherever board games are sold. Many of these games also have digital versions available in the App Store, Google Play Store, and on Steam. These official digital versions are well made and are great editions if you are in a time crunch or wish to play by yourself with less mess.
Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride is a great game for those who have not played many strategy board games. The rules are made so that you only have one thing to do per turn rather than many steps. You either pick train cards, build, or pick destination cards. This allows beginners to focus on single steps and think of strategy in stages. Building will grant points based on the size of the track you built. Players also have destination cards which can help or hurt the player. Ticket to Ride has 3 standalone editions with some rule variants – these are the USA, Europe, and Nordic versions. Ticket to Ride also has map variants that come only with a double sided board and rule variants as well, and need a full version to be played. These include: Africa, Netherlands, Asia, India, and the United Kingdom.
Ages 8 & up. 2-5 Players. Published by Days of Wonder.
Pandemic is a cooperative strategy game where you and up to 3 teammates work together to cure 4 diseases that are infecting the world. The cooperative aspect allows beginners to learn together or easily learn with more experienced players. Each player is given a different role with varying abilities that make them more effective at different facets of the game. You may be better at treating the disease, building, sharing information, or traveling. When you feel you have mastered this version you can move on to the various expansions, which add rules and more roles. Another possibility is to play the extremely popular campaign version, Pandemic Legacy.
Ages 13 & up. 2-4 players. Published by Z-Man Games.
In Splendor you are a merchant trying to mine gems and build up your prestige in order to grab the attention of nobles. At the end, whoever has the most prestige wins the game. Splendor is good for beginners for the same way that Ticket to Ride is, simple mechanics that make you choose one action from multiple possibilities, you either grab gems, buy cards, or reserve cards. Splendor boasts great artwork, is great for beginners and experts, and is a popular tournament option. A recent expansion called Cities of Splendor was recently released.
Ages 10 & up. 2-4 Players. Published by Space Cowboys and Asmodee Games.
Sushi Go is a card game that is easy to pick up for players of any age. The goal of the game is to create the best sushi plate. First, a player deals out cards to every player who then puts one card down and passes the rest of their cards to their left. This continues until there are no more cards to put down. This is done a total of 3 times with the cumulative score from all 3 rounds determining the winner. Points are scored based on the combinations each player has made. This is a simple yet intricate card game that can be played with up to 5 players. Sushi Go Party is an expanded version that supports up to 8 players and includes new cards.
Ages 8 & up. 2-5 players. Published by Gamewright.
Spyfall is a discussion based roleplaying game. The game comes with 30 different locations from a military submarine to a Hollywood set. Players are dealt one card. If their card says Spy they are the spy for this round. The Spy’s job is to hide their identity from the other players while also trying to ascertain which location all the other players are at. This is done by asking questions to the fellow players about the location to see what they know and how they answer. The trick is to make sure you don’t give away too much information in the question. Otherwise, the spy will too easily know the location. This game requires strategy and some improv skills but is a great party game. The recent sequel Spyfall 2 adds in a second spy for those who want even more mystery.
Ages 13 & up. 4-8 players. Published by Cryptozoic Entertainment.
If you have any questions about the games above or any other tabletop game, or if you have a favorite that didn’t make the list above, let us know in the comments section.