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LockQuest in May and June’s Puzzled Pint

LockQuest in May and June’s Puzzled Pint

The odometer has rolled over on another month, and you know what that means: time for a monthly LockQuest recap and a summons to Puzzled Pint! Pip Pip and All That The month of May took us to London England, where we were developing an augmented reality game for the CBC and Murdoch Mysteries. We’ll tell you all about that in another post! Meanwhile, back at LockQuest, teams were duking it out with the Book Club Killer. Some survived, some were murdered, and a good time was had by all. It was a pretty even split: Escaped: 11 N’escaped pas: 13 Average size of successful teams: 10.3 players Average size of unsuccessful teams: 9 players Check out the LockQuest Heroes and LockQuest Victims pages to see who escaped death and who’s pushing up May flowers. Ramping Up the Difficulty We ran a very interesting game in May that we’d love to tell you about. One of our April players returned as an OverKeyer to watch his family play, and to celebrate his mom’s birthday. In Escape the Book Club Killer, your team is divided in two groups, beginning the game in separate rooms. Eventually (hopefully), they are reunited by unlocking the door that separates them. The family had two special guests secretly visiting from the UK. The idea was to load the guests into the other room, unbeknownst to Mom, so she’d have a great birthday surprise halfway through the game. To do this, we’d have to keep the two groups completely separate as the game began. But what was the rationale for splitting the team up into two...
LockQuest Marches On

LockQuest Marches On

LockQuest results are in for March! We had 29 teams attempt to Escape the Book Club Killer. Of those, 13 escaped and 16 did not, for an escape rate of 44.8%! The average team size for successful groups was 9.3 players, while the murdered teams averaged out at 8 players, reinforcing the fact that when you’re booking a game designed for up to 12 players, more is better. There’s strength (and intelligence) in numbers. New Record! This month’s fastest time was also the all-time LockQuest record at an incredible 44:09, set by these guys: They made it out of the room with only one hint. To date, no team has ever escaped the Book Club Killer with zero hints. Check out our galleries of Heroes and Victims to see how the rest of our March players fared. Ubi Dooby Doo! In March, we hosted four back-to-back teams from video game developer Ubisoft Toronto. They each came prepared with a team name, all except the first team (who were unceremoniously dubbed “Team 1”). The saving grace for Team 1 is that they thoroughly trounced their competition, and were the only Ubisoft team to escape that week! We supplied Ubi with a follow-up presentation so that the four teams could compare stats, to much cheering and jeering at their staff meeting. Thinkin’ and Drinkin’ March also marked the Toronto debut of Puzzled Pint, a monthly event that runs in 17 cities around the world. Many LockQuest alumni joined us at the Artful Dodger to solve the Greek mythology-themed puzzles. It was great to see both familiar and new faces in the...
Puzzled Pint March 2015: Myths

Puzzled Pint March 2015: Myths

The Puzzled Pint location puzzle for March has been posted! Visit puzzledpint.com to solve the puzzle, and feed the answer back into the website to discover the secret location in Toronto where this month’s event will be held. Then join us on Tuesday March 10th between 7-10pm to solve more confounding puzzles along the Greek Mythology theme. Have a drink and/or nosh some pub fare with us. The event is FREE to attend. Your organizers Mare and Ryan will be on-hand to provide hints if you get stuck. While it’s not a competition, we do track teams’ progress on a leaderboard for those of you who enjoy that sort of thing. This month, the door prize will be two tickets to Escape the Book Club Killer at LockQuest! Puzzled Pint has been running for 5 years, growing out of Portland to include 16 other cities including Seattle, London, San Francisco, and Montreal. This Tuesday March 10th will mark the first time Puzzled Pint has been held in Toronto. Like PuzzledPintTO on Facebook or follow @puzzledPintTO on...
Book Club Killer Stats for February 2015

Book Club Killer Stats for February 2015

Ah, February. You the were the coldest month in recorded history in Toronto, tying with February 1875. Many people were unable to escape their own homes in February, let alone the Book Club Killer! We thank those of you who braved the snowstorms and the yetis to come down to LockQuest in February. Here’s how it all shook out: Total teams: 17 Escaped: 5 Murdered: 12 Average team size of successful players: 8.6 Average team size of murdered players: 6.9 Individual death toll:...
The Varsity Quizzes LockQuest on Toronto’s Escape Game Boom

The Varsity Quizzes LockQuest on Toronto’s Escape Game Boom

LockQuest Keymaster Ryan Creighton spoke to Corey van den Hoogenband (best name ever) of The Varsity, University of Toronto’s student newspaper, about the crazy escape game boom that happened in the city throughout 2014. Apart from cold weather making Torontonians look for indoor activities, Creighton says, “Another reason they’re big here is that Toronto is a multicultural city. We have international students who have played these games at home who can spread the word about them here.” Unlocking the City – The...
NatPo vs Psycho: The National Post talks Escape the Book Club Killer

NatPo vs Psycho: The National Post talks Escape the Book Club Killer

The National Post had great things to say about us today in their roundup of Toronto-area escape games! Six colleagues and I were recently murdered. It was a lovely experience that I’ve since recommended to several of my friends. Escape the Book Club Killer! LockQuest takes literal twist in live action gaming trend – The National Post We’re tickled that the article appears in their Financial/Business section! Maybe we’ll see some Bay Street types crunching clues instead of numbers at LockQuest this...