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Physical Games

Over the weekend I got to play laser tag for maybe the third time in my life, and now my heart is all lit up with excitement over physical games!  I guess most people would just call these “sports,” but I feel like the games I’m interested in talking about here kind of fall into a different category than, or maybe a sub-category of “sports.”  Non-traditional sports?  Physical games?  Sports with an immersive element?  I really don’t know!  But let’s talk about it anyway! Why is laser tag so awesome?  Of course, I love the immersion and the novelty.  You…

Haunt List

Haunt season is nearly upon us!  Since I usually put together a big Google doc of local haunted houses for my own use, I figured I may as well go ahead and build that list here for all to use! So from now through November, check out the new Haunts page for all the local haunted attractions I can find!  I’ll probably stick to the Virginia/East Coast area, but if you know of anything particularly unique or puzzley, let me know (I’ll want to know about it anyway!) and I’ll add it to the list. Happy haunting, everyone =)

Fear and Spookiness

There is a certain puzzle on The Stone that I hate because it scares me.  It has a creepy sound element, and it scared the bejeezus out of me the first time I accidentally moused-over and heard it.  The topic of the puzzle was spooky as well, and the solving process was tortuous for me.  I couldn’t finish it fast enough (and we all know the Stone solving process isn’t exactly quick to begin with).  Though a lot of Stone puzzles gave me the creeps over the years, this is the only one I have actively avoided after solving.  I…

Haunts on the Brain

It may only be August, but my mind is already fixed on my favorite month of the year — October!  I love the weather, fashion, and activities that come with fall and October, my birthday is in October, my favorite holiday (Halloween) is in October, and October means haunted houses!  (Haunted houses might not seem to fit within the theme of this blog, but I love haunted houses with all my heart, and I’ll be damned if I run a blog where they don’t belong!  Just file them under “adventure” with a small dose of “mystery” and let’s all move…

TOMB Adventure 2

Now here’s something that’s right up my alley.  A company called 5 Wits creates “walk-through, physically immersive adventure games” and has a Kickstarter going for their next adventure, TOMB Adventure 2.  You and a group of friends will advance room by room through a physical recreation of a pharoah’s tomb, solving physical and mental challenges along the way.  Dramatic lighting, effects, and music are also promised to give you a truly immersive adventure experience. TOMB 2 will be the next in a line of several successful 5 Wits adventures including Espionage and 20,000 Leagues in Boston, Operation Spy at the International Spy…

Why are “Physical Experiences” Compelling?

In reference to Monday’s post, experience designer Sara Thacher tweeted “Why are ‘physical experiences’ compelling?”  I only touched on that question briefly in my post, but there is so much more waiting to be explored there.  Good friend Jen Doo brought up some interesting thoughts as well in the comments of that post, and before I knew it I practically had a whole post’s worth of a reply.  So let’s talk more about physical experiences! I’m new to all of this, and a lot of terms have presented themselves in my attempts to describe different types of experiences, particularly physical…

Experience: Presence, Novelty, and the Heart vs. the Brain

Running this blog and becoming more active and committed to it over the past few months have fostered this interesting sort of creative cycle. The more I search for things to write about, the more connected I become to the community, the more cool stuff I learn about, the more I actively participate, and the more I have interesting discussions with like-minded people. All of that compounds, leveling me up and giving me more and more to think and write about. It reminds me (and my husband) of the way our Japanese teacher in college described the process learning Japanese,…

Real Escape Game

Escape from the Werewolf Village

On Wednesday I posted about some Escape the Room Flash games.  How about something a little more tangible?  Real Escape Game is—you guessed it—a live and in-person version of the traditionally virtual Escape the Room game genre. Real Escape Game, or REG, was created by Takao Kato, the founder of SCRAP Co, a Japanese “free paper” magazine.  Kato says he came up with the idea while trying to think of a fun new event concept and talking with a girl who was hooked on online Escape the Room games.  The first REG event in 2007 was a huge success, and Kato…

The Time I Stumbled Upon Britannia Manor Part II

This is Part II of the story, catch up with Part I here! We turned down the road that passes right by the construction site for Mark III, though it was hard to see much in the dark.  When we reached the intersection where I had turned around and left during my previous visit, we now found a man in a neon security vest with a flashlight.  We rolled down our window and he asked us what event we were there for.  That seemed like a weird question at the time (what else would we be there for?), so we…

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-o-Scream 2011

Eyeball Roses

Nick and I took a trip to Williamsburg back in October to check out Busch Garden’s annual halloween festivities:  Howl-o-Scream!  At first glance, Halloween activities might not seem to have anything to do with mysteries or puzzles, but I think Halloween shares the same appealing spirit of adventure and intrigue.  After all, it’s a night where everyone wears a disguise!  And haunted houses are full of mystery (what’s around the next corner, and where will the next ghoul surprise me from?).  There might not be any puzzles or mysteries to solve, but the atmosphere is definitely in the same family.…