Gamemaster Spotlight – LockQuest
One thing we’re always surprised to hear is the number of people who haven’t tried LockQuest. By far it is one of the most unique, fun and accessible (if you are new or addict like us) experiences. A big part of it is has to do with Gamemaster Ryan and the unique skillsets he brings to the industry.
Why did you get involved in the Escape Room business?
I’ve been a professional game developer for fifteen years. Developing games and puzzles is both my passion and my profession! Escape games are an amazing way to combine game development with my performing arts background to create a unique theatrical experience for players.
Our fantastic hosts at LockQuest all come from theatre. Our hint system revolves around live, improvised calls to the room. When you play at LockQuest, you’ll enjoy an unparalleled amount of attention and care from our hosts, who intently watch you and track your progress as you play. Being so intimately involved enables us to provide a personalized, unique experience for your team.
What do you think makes your facility standout in the city?
LockQuest is a player-positive escape game. When you visit us, it’s not an adversarial relationship. It’s not you vs. the game designer, or you struggling against an impossibly low escape rate. It’s a partnership, where we want you to experience as much of the game as possible. We want to give you a fun and exciting way to connect with your friends, family, or co-workers. We’re there to facilitate your fun. LockQuest is about you.
I like to compare it to bowling. Imagine that 10-pin bowling was the hot new pastime, but you only got to bowl once, and you could never try that exact expression of the game again. And if you didn’t get a very high score, the people at the bowling alley made you pose for a picture where you held up a sign saying “I suck at bowling,” or they put your picture on their “tree of shame.” I’m not sure that bowling would become the beloved, world-class Pan Am sport it is today if that’s how it went!
Do you have any Interesting stories about any players/Teams?
We’ve collected a wealth of fantastic stories of players doing silly, strange, and amazing things at LockQuest, but most of them require a knowledge of the room. After you play Escape the Book Club Killer, we share these stories with you and your team! We may even share a funny quote or two from your own experience.
What are some places people are more likely to visit before/after your rooms?
LockQuest is located in the heart of Summerhill, directly across from the Summerhill TTC station. The neighbourhood is beautiful, and is presided over by the clock tower in the old train station at the flagship LCBO store. Summerhill is home to some great bars and restaurants that run the gamut from cozy pubs, to trendy bars, all the way up to fine dining. You can also leave with a distressed end table from one of the neighbourhood’s many yuppie hipster furniture stores.
Do players have a favourite room?
Our debut game, Escape the Book Club Killer, sees you trapped in the apartment of a serial killer. The room has a hip 1940s throwback theme, with walls adorned with pulp fiction novels and cool mid-century kitsch. The game has a sly sense of humour that comes out in unique tactile and auditory props.
We poll our players on the sorts of themes they’d like us to tackle next, so we have a good idea of what our guests enjoy. Our next game will feature some thrilling real-world, low-tech magic tricks that will blow your mind! We’re also brainstorming ways in which each player can contribute something to the game **by design**, and ways in which we can recap more of what happens in the room (short of recording the entire experience!)
Any other cool or interesting things you want your players/potential players to know?
Our world is filled with magic, but it’s a real shame that all of its magic is trapped inside flat glass screens. At LockQuest, we free that magic from those glass prisons and recreate it in the real world. The result is a personalized experience featuring you and your friends that will delight, amuse, and amaze you!
Are you interested in becoming a LockQuest host? We’re hiring! Send a link to your YouTube audition video to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We were recently at a Puzzled Pint (which Ryan is also an organizer for) with a group of experienced escapers and bloggers. Even though our experiences differed we all agreed that LockQuest is a must-try in the city.
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