The past year may have been a difficult one for the escape room industry, but just as escape rooms are reopening around the world, Laura E. Hall’s new book Planning Your Escape: Strategy Secrets to Make You an Escape Room Superstar launches to fanfare today on the 3rd of August 2021.
The new book, written for escape room enthusiasts and new players alike, arrives on our shelves just as teams around the world are returning to the hobby. After a year of being locked inside, Planning Your Escape‘s launch feels like a huge landmark for the industry, and it couldn’t come soon enough.
Unfortunately, UK readers may have to wait another month until September 16th before getting their hands on the physical copy – but by the looks of early reviews, it’ll be worth the wait!
Publisher Simon & Schuster describes Planning Your Escape as
“The perfect guide to making sure you never get stuck in another escape room again.”Simon & Schuster
It’s an all-in-one guide to escape room success. One thing’s for sure… We’ll be memorising every word of the book, to get in the game for the Escape Room Championship this September!
About Planning Your Escape
Planning your Escape covers a range of topics, from the history of experiential entertainment, including escape rooms all the way through to what this looks like today in 2021 with the likes of Secret Cinema, Meow Wolf and Sleep No More.
When you’ve played as many escape rooms as the author has, you get to know the different kinds of escape rooms and solvable examples of puzzles they often employ. Whilst no two puzzles are the same (or we hope not at least!) there are certain tricks and tips that can be used to quickly identify and solve the most common.
That’s not all! The author brings a wealth of game design knowledge to the table and offers useful advice to constructing your own escape rooms and puzzle hunts in the future too.
It’s a must read for anyone even remotely interested in solving puzzles.
About Laura E. Hall
This isn’t the first time we’ve mentioned Laura E. Hall, the escape room extraordinaire from Portland on The Escape Roomer…
Earlier this year Laura made headlines for playing an integral part in the solving of ‘Find Satoshi’, a 14 year old ARG puzzle part of an early internet puzzle hunt, Perplex City. We interviewed Ms. Hall for our article and we’re very pleased to see she continues making huge waves in the escape room industry!
Laura designs escape the room puzzle games with Meridian Adventure Co. in Portland, Oregon, and is the author of Katamari Damacy for Boss Fight Books. She sits on the boards of the nonprofits Portland Indie Game Squad and the Enthusiasm Collective, a not-for-profit creative coworking space for artists and activists in Portland. She has spoken about escape room games, puzzle design, player behavior, and environmental storytelling at conferences, festivals, and workshops around the world. (source)
Where to Buy Planning Your Escape in the UK
Whilst it’ll be a few more weeks before you can get your hand on a physical copy here in the UK, Planning Your Escape can be pre-ordered online and in-person in the UK from:
Alternatively, you can pick up the e-book version immediately!
Mairi is the editor-in-chief of The Escape Roomer and writes about news, and reviews covering London and UK south.