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Escape Authority's Second Hand Podcast
44 minutes | Aug 5, 2017
8: Escape Room Live
On this episode, we welcome our special guest, Ginger Flesher-Sonnier, the owner and CEO of Escape Room Live! Tune in to hear her discuss working with IPs, her time on West Texas Investors and some advice she shares with potential new venue owners!
48 minutes | Jul 25, 2017
7: Social Outcasts
Without question, we live in the age of Social Media. Far more players begin their early Escape Game visits on the venue's Facebook page than in the venue's lobby. So, what message is that Facebook page sending your potential new guests? Let's discuss the do's and (many) don'ts of Social Media usage. Don't become a Social Outcast! Listen to these valuable Social Media tips today!
79 minutes | Jan 31, 2017
6: Get A Clue
It's time to Get A Clue: Escape games carry no cash prize. Leader boards are meaningless. It doesn't matter what the record time is as long as every group that played the game walks out with a smile. Join us as we dive into a myriad of critically important guest service topics, and really explore the best possible way to handle clue standards in a hospitality-driven world - all from a point of view established from fifteen years of combined attraction operations and design experience, hundreds of games played as a fan and several created, sold, built and/or under construction as a designer.
102 minutes | Oct 4, 2016
5: Cross Roads Escape Games
In this special Designer Interview Episode we talk with Madison and Luke Rhoades of Cross Roads Escape Games. Their Hex Room game redefines what an Escape Room is in a unique and beautiful experience. We talk in-depth about the design process for both of their games, and also starting at the 1 Hour 12 Minute mark begin talking about the details of actually owning a venue and designing games. Lots of valuable information prospective and current owners and designers won't want to miss.
80 minutes | Sep 20, 2016
4: Scary Games
Horror games are one of the most popular themes across the United States. On this episode we talk Scary Games and games run by Haunted Venues. We discuss Cross Roads Escape Games, Sinister Pointe, Nightmare Survival, and several other venues. We also announce the next Designer guests for the show.
53 minutes | Aug 26, 2016
3: Carny Cash-Grabs
On this episode we talk in-depth about our recent Carny Cash-Grabs article. These are Escape Room Venues with games intentionally designed to not be winnable within sixty minutes that then offer an additional per person, per minute surcharge to continue playing the game. We also talk with our newest Core Team member Tevin and discuss his quick addiction to the Escape Room genre.
51 minutes | Aug 12, 2016
2. The Basement
On this special episode of the Second Hand Podcast we talk to Kayden Ressel, the co-owner and creator of Los Angeles' undisputed #1 Escape Game Company, The Basement. Kayden also makes an announcement about their new location and the next game to open in Los Angeles.
65 minutes | Jul 27, 2016
1.3 Taylor Talk w Taylor
We talk with our newest core team members Sarah and Nate, as well as Taylor himself joining us to discuss the immersive aspect of a boutique experience, the low barrier for entry faced by potential new venues, how important a new player's first impression can be of the industry as a whole, and a subject that has become infamous at Escape Authority, the use of mathematical equations in a story-based environment. We also officially announce the featured Owner / Designer guests for our next show, and reveal how YOU can personally participate in our conversation with them!
57 minutes | Jul 26, 2016
1.2 Finally, Jeff!
In this episode, Chris and Ben discuss the importance of immersive elements in escape rooms and why story should drive an experience. They also go in-depth on the topic of actors in games. Jeff, Escape Authority’s resident genius, takes time out of his ridiculously busy schedule to talk about his first escape room experience and what draws him to the genre, and offers his thought-provoking, inspiring view of the future!
57 minutes | Jul 24, 2016
1.1 Escape Authority's Origin Story
Join us for the first of our three-part premier of Escape Authority’s Second Hand Podcast! In this episode, Chris and Ben discuss the comic book style origin story of Escape Authority, then tackle the value of unique themes and underlying importance of a quality guest experience. We also meet Natasha, a member of our Core Team, who joins us to discuss some memorable game play experiences – both positive and negative – as well as touch on the impact an actor can have in an escape room experience. Be sure to start your listening adventure with us here before jumping to part 2 and part 3!
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