Gamemaster Spotlight – Riddle Room
Riddle Room is slowly becoming one of our favourites. We think they have the right team to make themselves one of the greats in the city. Also a big bonus is that they are the only ones in the downtown core with a really great boardgame cafe space.
So enough from us, here are the guys at Riddle Room.
EGR: Come for the Escape Rooms, Stay for their impressive boardgame collection
Why did you get involved in the Escape Room business?
We are an eclectic collection of travellers, builders, and engineers that wanted to bring the escape rooms to the downtown core. We wanted a facility that was welcoming and professional where we could introduce escape rooms to an entirely new demographic. We have tried escape rooms locally and in Asia and we thought we could provide a quality and competitive product.
Our team consists of a group of passionate nerds who have different skills to bring to Riddle Room: Jeff is our gamesmaster; Vaughn is a professional renovator; Anskar is our coffee guy; Igor is the engineer; and, Phil is a jack of all trades who brings the team together.
EGR: That’s their logo on the table, smart branding huh?
What do you think makes your facility standout in the city?
We stand out because we’re right beside a subway station in the heart of downtown Toronto. We provide a quality product in an area that was largely avoided by the competition. 5000 square feet on Yonge St right next to Yonge and Bloor! Couldn’t ask for better. We also provide a professional and affordable game cafe with retro video games, board games, good food and drinks, and decor. Come for the rooms and stay for a Nutella latte and Mario Kart 64. Our rooms are well built and every detail from the walls to the puzzles are custom made. We engineer our puzzles, but avoid “over” engineering things.
EGR: Yes, there is actually a giant Jenga there. No, this isn’t us.
Do you have any Interesting stories about any players/Teams?
We are located in an area that is nicknamed “yongsterdam” because of the similarities to Amsterdam. We have had some rather intoxicated clients try out rooms. This can be a mixed bag. Sometimes they just stand around looking confused and other times they have broken an entire wall. It’s always a new story here at Riddle Room. One thing we love is that since we have a 2 person room minimum, we get lots of dates come through. Tinder dates are always a fun time. Our personal favourite 2 person group was a father/daughter team on father’s day.
What are some places people are more likely to visit before/after your rooms?
Our area is right at Yonge and Wellesley so there’s everything around us. We want people to have a full night out when they come to Riddle Room. Go have dinner, come do a room, stay for desserts and games, then go to the bar! Some great places around us include Dundas Square, Bar Volo, All You can Eat Sushi, Sansotei Ramen, Duke of Gloucester, 401 Games, and an assortment of “fun” stores.
EGR: This is probably the simplest art I’ve seen Anskar do. BTW the cakes are also good.
Do players have a favourite room?
I’m not sure about “favourite” but we get the best reactions from “Luci’s Room.” Our scary bedroom. We’ve had people scream and run out into the hallways. It’s always a fun time when we get a screamer.
Any other cool or interesting things you want your players/potential players to know?
We have a free photo booth and a great team! Our webpage features a leader board where people can challenge others in room times and games. We also have fun ways to drink coffee including siphon coffee, pour overs, and chemex. The Matcha Latte and Cookies N Cream Milkshake are some of our best sellers. We’re not just escape rooms! We’re a welcoming, fun spot to spend the evening. Oh, and bring a lock if you want to leave a mark in our victory room!
EGR: Anskar’s first attempt at a Totoro. His second was even better!
(sidenote: Errol got really excited)
With the last few visits Riddle Room has been only been getting better with improvements to the cafe, the rooms and even with more retro gaming choices. With all these exciting changes one thing you can bet on is that Riddle Room is here to stay.
For more information check out:
579 Yonge Street (2nd Floor)
Toronto, ON, Canada