In today’s super exciting news, our little team at The Escape Roomer is growing! We are very excited to welcome Rebecca as the latest contributing writer! 👋
You may also know Rebecca as the brilliant blogger extraordinaire, Borderline Puzzler (also on Twitter and Instagram here). Rebecca joins us from Edinburgh, Scotland and will be a regular contributor on all things escape room and immersive entertainment in Scotland.
As one of the fastest growing regions for escape rooms in the UK, we’re so excited to be able to share even more content from the North of the UK!
Without further adieu, here is Rebecca to introduce herself…
Hello! I’m Rebecca (she/her), a geordie living in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. I love the outdoors, and am an avid runner, netballer, Geocacher and paddle board enthusiast. You’ll also find me sipping a cup of tea in a bookshop or curled under a blanket binging horror films.
I’ll be writing about my escape attempts from rooms around Scotland, as well as chatting about my latest board game discoveries, play-at-home escape rooms and puzzle books.
What got you interested in escape rooms and puzzle games?
When I was young I used to play 5s and 3s dominoes with my grandparents, as well as classic board games like Scrabble and Cluedo. Although I took a break from gaming as I was growing up, I rediscovered my passion for puzzles whilst learning how to manage my mental health. I have Borderline Personality Disorder, and a huge part of my recovery is learning how to tolerate distress using temporary distraction. When I’m playing escape rooms or games my mind is 100% focused on the task in hand, and it helps my brain to reset.
What was your first escape room?
My first room was called the Amnesia Room by The Room, Glasgow. The premise was that we’d just woken up in a hospital with no memory of how we got there, so we had to figure out what was happening in order to escape. I remember we got given lab coats to wear to really immerse ourselves in the story, and as soon as we finished I was hooked.
What has been your favourite escape room type experience?
This one is such an easy answer for me. Punchdrunk created a two person adventure called Kabeiroi which took place over six hours around London. We had to follow clues which took us to a secret entrance at the British Museum, find secret items in a storage unit, frantically learn chants on the tube to infiltrate a cult and run through a metal cage maze with a motorbike chasing us.
Honestly the most exhilarating experience I’ve ever had and I hope they do something similar in the future.
Now that lockdown is slowly easing across the UK, what are you most excited about?
I can’t wait to be able to jump on a train to visit my friends and family, and I’m really excited to see live music and theatre again. I’ve already been to a few in person escape rooms, and was probably the first one through the door!
You go into a new room – what’s the first thing you do?
I get really excited and frantically search the room top to bottom. I like to think I’m level headed and organised in my approach to escaping, but realistically but as soon as I get in there it all goes out the window and the room ends up in chaos.
If you were given a blank cheque to create your dream escape room, what would it be like?
It would definitely be horror based! There would be so many secret passages. I absolutely love the thrill of finding a hidden entrance to another room. I’d also like to mix up the rules a little, like one person in the party is told they have to try and sabotage the group but no-one knows who.
Rebecca writes about Board Games and Escape Rooms covering Scotland