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A new layer of team building

What if playing an escape room as a team building activity could be more than just a fun time? What if coworkers could learn about themselves and their colleagues so that they can work together more effectively – while having fun?

That’s what Boost Your Game is all about.

Since we opened our first location in 2014, we have watched tens of thousands of people work together (or not!) as they attempted to get out of one of our rooms. It didn’t take very long before behavior patterns started to emerge. At first, we noticed the obvious: who stepped up to be the leader and who was content in doing what they were told to do. However, other roles, relationships and patterns also became evident.

While many companies coming to Exit Strategy for team building are satisfied playing “Just for Fun“, we were getting more and more requests from organizations who were looking for a way to improve their team’s performance. So, we put our heads together and designed a unique and transformative team building option: Boost Your Game.

In Boost, teams work with an expert trainer/educator for an hour on top of playing either Cabin in the Woods (South location) or Subject Zero (North location). The formal debrief that takes place goes well beyond who did what and what worked well. The dynamics and relationships that are set in motion during the game are also examined. By understanding how such dynamics help a group be successful in a fun endeavor like an escape room, work teams are better able to support each other in the workplace during challenging moments.

From the very beginning of the 60-minute countdown, escape room players take on different roles. Without any planning, players will naturally gravitate to a role that suits their personality or others’ expectations. Whether they start looking for clues, try to roll the first lock they see or simply stand back to take it all in, players find their purpose. It might not always be useful or productive, but everyone will eventually find their role or play the one that is expected of them. Will someone take the lead or will everyone refrain from sticking their necks out? If there is a leader, is he or she the leader of the team in the workplace as well? All these observations are made as participants are playing but aren’t there fascinating correlations to be made with the workplace?

An escape room is also a great opportunity to see how well the group flows (or not) between working together and setting off to work individually on different tasks. While individuality or teamwork can both be key assets in the workplace, how can we best utilize them to be productive?

Want to know more? We would love to help you plan your Boost Your Game session. Call us at 980-859-4482 or email info@exitstrategynorth.com to learn how you can help your team achieve more while having fun.

National Escape Room Day is on October 26th 2017

Everything under the sun has its own day except for Escape Rooms! So, we decided that the 4th Thursday of October would now be National Escape Room Day, aka N.E.R.D. To celebrate, come play with us on that day at either location and pay only $5/person. Yup: $5/person!

Book online and use discount code NERD to get this sweet deal. (Promo code was only valid on 10/26/2017)

Fine print: up to 2 rooms played that day/person; regular cancellation/no-show policy still applies; cannot be combined with any other promotion.

“Circle of Trust” promotion!

Introducing our Circle of Trust promotion!

You don’t want to play with strangers? We hear you! Book for a Tuesday evening (5 pm until close) game, and pay $25/player plus a $25 fee to get the entire room to yourselves.

Make sure to indicate “Circle of Trust” as your promo code when you book. Valid only on Tuesdays until Sept. 26th 2017. Our regular cancellation fee applies.

Final Sacrifice: The End Is Near!

The time has come – The Final Sacrifice will be retiring soon! The final… Final Sacrifice will be on September 17, 2017.

We’ll have special Do-Over Days where you can play the room again for $10 off the regular price. You must call us at 704-837-0515 or email our South location at info@exitstrategyus.com to schedule a Do-Over.

Final Sacrifice Do-Over Days – 9/07/17 and 9/17/17.

So you have a little under 2 months to play our hardest room for the last time!

The dirty “S” word of escape rooms!

You reserved The Mansion for 6 people and you and your crew are really excited to see how well you can work together. You’re going to beat this room, you can feel it! When you arrive at the North location to your surprise you are playing with 2 other people. Strangers! They are sitting right there and seem to be nice enough but they are still strangers! You don’t want them to ruin your plans…

You express concerns of playing with other people to the person at the front desk: “The website showed there were only 6 spots available. We wanted to be in the room by ourselves. We didn’t know we’d be playing with other people…” The staff explain The Mansion has a max of 8 people and 2 spots were taken when you made your reservation. Despite your disappointment, you put on a happy face, meet your new partners in crime and go to play the room anyway.

Does this sound familiar?

We understand that it can be disappointing or even frustrating to realize that you’ll have to spend an hour working in a room with strangers but here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Most times, when people play with strangers they have a wonderful time and everyone is working together well. We’ve even had instances when people exchange phone numbers and email addresses!
2. Many of our record holders are strangers who were combined. How can that be? We think there are a few reasons. One is that people might be on their best behavior, trying to impress strangers. It could also be because strangers will look at things in a way that is different from how you and your group would look at things. Finally, it’s likely also because in any room that’s not fully linear, there are more than one task that can be worked on. Oftentimes, the smaller groups will divide naturally and work on simultaneous tasks.

Are there instances when strangers didn’t work out well? Indeed, there are and that’s always unfortunate. Our briefings do mention playing nice with strangers and our game masters are always watching for the quality of interactions when strangers are concerned. But if a group chooses to not play nice, the only thing we can do is make things right by the group who was overpowered.

Now, if you absolutely do not want to play with strangers, here’s what you can do: book all the spots! Look at the room description to see how many spots there are in the room you want to play and make sure to book all of them. When you check in, you’ll pay the regular $25/person and you’ll also pay $12.50 for each spot that you booked but are not using.

Ready to book your adventure at either our North or South location?

“I didn’t like that room!” ~ Owners’ series

Once in a while, someone comes out of one of our rooms and says “I didn’t like that room”. As much as we want to say: “What do you mean you didn’t like our room? How’s that even possible?” we know that not everyone will like every room. And that’s OK!


Escape rooms are like movies.

Not everyone likes the same movies and it’s the same with escape rooms. I’m not a fan of horror flicks but my hubby loves them! For myself, I much prefer a good drama. Him, not so much!

Escape rooms are exactly the same. That’s why for us, we always make sure that all our rooms are going to be different. No two environments are going to be the same and we will stay away from using the same type of puzzle more than once. If you didn’t like Final Sacrifice because it was too dark and scary, Quest of Honor might do the trick for you!

 

Playing styles are like learning styles.

I was a teacher in my previous life and always had to keep in mind the students’ learning styles. What we’ve come to realize with our Exit Strategy customers is that playing styles are very much like learning styles. Although no room only caters to a single playing style, they usually have an underlying feel.

Abstract thinker vs. Concrete thinker

Some players love to have things magically happen through magic spells or incantations while others cannot stand to not understand why “it worked”. For them, there’s nothing like a good old combination lock. They figured out the combination/found the key, used it on the lock and it worked! Throwing a concrete thinker in Quest of Honor might not be a good idea. However, put him in Cabin in the Woods and he’s more likely to be happy. On the other hand, an abstract thinker in Lost in Space might not be ideal!

Linear player vs. All-over-the-place player

One of the warnings we sometimes give first time players about a room like Subject Zero is that it’s not going to be like a scavenger hunt: linear, one step at a time. For an all-over-the-place player, the ideal is to have many things to find and many puzzles to solve. If they get stuck with one thing, they’ll transition to another easily. Murder Mystery also fits that bill. However, a linear thinker might get confused and frustrated if things seem to be too scattered. They much prefer to have an environment that is stripped of distractions and where puzzles are going to be more streamlined. Spy Trainer might be a room to consider for them. Doesn’t mean the room is easy! It simply means that what you just found is probably the only thing for you to focus on.

Predictability factor.

Last but not least is how predictable you want things to be. For some players, they want to know what they’re playing with. They much prefer to see all the space they will need to conquer. Cabin in the Woods, though very challenging, would offer that predictable environment. Most players however much prefer to be surprised by what’s to come/what’s left. Ever tried Bank Heist? Or most of our newest rooms, like Mansion for that matter!

 

We like to think that if you tell us about yourself, we’ll be able to recommend a room for you to play. Might we get it wrong? Sure. But I guarantee that with the new rooms still to come in 2017, we’ll design one that you’ll love!!

Are you ready to master an escape room now? If you’re up for the challenge, Exit Strategy has six rooms at our South location and three (soon to be four) at our North location. Book a room today if you’re up for the challenge! You’re not sure which room to book, give us a call and we’ll help you pick!

How Exit Strategy came to be ~ Owners’ series

Mylene and Jay own the two Exit Strategy locations in Charlotte. In this post, Jay answers the question they’ve been asked the most: “How did you come up with Exit Strategy?”

In 2014, Mylene and I were on vacation in Europe. She had planned the entire trip and left one day for me to plan. Halfway through our stay she asked, “What would you like to do on our last day?” I went online and found a company that advertised that they locked people in a room and where they had to solve puzzles to get out. It sounded interesting and Mylene loves puzzles so we made a reservation. The total cost was $132 for just the two of us. That was steep but hey, we were on vacation!

When we received our confirmation email we were told to arrive no more than 10 minutes early and to enter from the rear of the building. When we arrived, we saw the sign and an arrow pointing toward an alley. Not very reassuring! And we had to ring the doorbell because the door was locked. I couldn’t believe we were going through with this. When the employee opened the door, she had a friendly smile and invited us to come in. As we entered the building there were stairs that descended into the basement and a very musty smell. This place was creepy with stone walls and steel doors and the employee was the only staff on duty. We were told to sign a waiver that we could not understand because of the language barrier and to leave all our personal belongings on the couch. Yes, no lockers. A couch!!! We were escorted into this stone wall room with no windows and a steel door. Now at this point I’m thinking she could leave us in here and no one would ever know. Mylene could already imagine the headlines in the newspaper back at home!

After a few minutes wondering what we were supposed to do, we dug in trying to find clues and solve puzzles and we were very bad at both. The employee felt sorry for us and she gave us a lot of help and extra time to beat the room. We must have received at least 20 hints!

Mylene and I had dinner afterwards and all we could talk about was who found what or did what. We were blown away with how much fun we had.

A few days after being home we both decided to create an escape room in our home office. Once the room was completed, we had to find someone willing to try it out. So, we invited my family over for dinner. After dinner we asked if they would like to play a game and they were all up for it, but had no idea what the game might be. We told them we were going to lock them in our office and they needed to find a key to escape. They all looked at us like we were crazy. After a few minutes of convincing they decided to partake.  The room they played was the 70’s room, which was the very first room we created at Exit Strategy. My family had a great time playing the 70’s and we continued to test and tweak that room with more family and friends not ever planning on opening an escape room.

During this time Mylene and I both had full-time jobs and even though we were hoping that we could turn Exit into a business, our goal was really just to share the fun we had with others. Our first Exit Strategy location was only 1200 square feet and when we opened our doors in August 2014, we only had the 70’s. We opened Cabin in the Woods two months later. Within a few more weeks, we knew Exit had legs and needed more of our attention. And more space! Mylene quit her job and we moved to our current South location.

2 years after that move, we opened our second location: Exit Strategy North in the University area. Once fully open, that location will add 4 rooms to our collection. Because we still have room ideas, as soon as North is complete, we’ll go back to South and start switching out rooms!

 

Do you have questions you’ve been wanting to ask us? We’re listening!

Mylene and Jay own the two Exit Strategy locations in Charlotte. In this post, Jay answers the question they’ve been asked the most: “How did you come up with Exit Strategy?”

In 2014, Mylene and I were on vacation in Europe. She had planned the entire trip and left one day for me to plan. Halfway through our stay she asked, “What would you like to do on our last day?” I went online and found a company that advertised that they locked people in a room and where they had to solve puzzles to get out. It sounded interesting and Mylene loves puzzles so we made a reservation. The total cost was $132 for just the two of us. That was steep but hey, we were on vacation!

When we received our confirmation email we were told to arrive no more than 10 minutes early and to enter from the rear of the building. When we arrived, we saw the sign and an arrow pointing toward an alley. Not very reassuring! And we had to ring the doorbell because the door was locked. I couldn’t believe we were going through with this. When the employee opened the door, she had a friendly smile and invited us to come in. As we entered the building there were stairs that descended into the basement and a very musty smell. This place was creepy with stone walls and steel doors and the employee was the only staff on duty. We were told to sign a waiver that we could not understand because of the language barrier and to leave all our personal belongings on the couch. Yes, no lockers. A couch!!! We were escorted into this stone wall room with no windows and a steel door. Now at this point I’m thinking she could leave us in here and no one would ever know. Mylene could already imagine the headlines in the newspaper back at home!

After a few minutes wondering what we were supposed to do, we dug in trying to find clues and solve puzzles and we were very bad at both. The employee felt sorry for us and she gave us a lot of help and extra time to beat the room. We must have received at least 20 hints!

Mylene and I had dinner afterwards and all we could talk about was who found what or did what. We were blown away with how much fun we had.

A few days after being home we both decided to create an escape room in our home office. Once the room was completed, we had to find someone willing to try it out. So, we invited my family over for dinner. After dinner we asked if they would like to play a game and they were all up for it, but had no idea what the game might be. We told them we were going to lock them in our office and they needed to find a key to escape. They all looked at us like we were crazy. After a few minutes of convincing they decided to partake.  The room they played was the 70’s room, which was the very first room we created at Exit Strategy. My family had a great time playing the 70’s and we continued to test and tweak that room with more family and friends not ever planning on opening an escape room.

During this time Mylene and I both had full-time jobs and even though we were hoping that we could turn Exit into a business, our goal was really just to share the fun we had with others. Our first Exit Strategy location was only 1200 square feet and when we opened our doors in August 2014, we only had the 70’s. We opened Cabin in the Woods two months later. Within a few more weeks, we knew Exit had legs and needed more of our attention. And more space! Mylene quit her job and we moved to our current South location.

2 years after that move, we opened our second location: Exit Strategy North in the University area. Once fully open, that location will add 4 rooms to our collection. Because we still have room ideas, as soon as North is complete, we’ll go back to South and start switching out rooms!

 

Do you have questions you’ve been wanting to ask us? We’re listening!

3 Things You’ll Learn About Your Colleagues During an Escape Game

Escape games can be a great teambuilding activity. You get to spend time with your colleagues and work as a team to put together clues and open locks to get out of the room within the allotted hour. During these situations, you get to learn more about your colleagues and how they handle stressful moments which can, ultimately, help or hurt you in the game due to everyone having different problem-solving styles. Who is going to listen or who is going to try to control the situation? Here are some things you could perceive in the room:

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Dylan Goyer
Dylan Goyer
2017-11-19T00:25:21+0000
Travis was awesome! He played the character perfect, gave us enough time to do it on our own before he gave us hints. The room was tough, but solvable and really realistic! It’s a great time! You won’t regret it!
Brandon Patterson
Brandon Patterson
2017-11-18T03:03:46+0000
Kelly, Erin, and Lindsay are the best! They made our bachelor party perfect!
Yair Guevara
Yair Guevara
2017-11-12T22:31:31+0000
Love this place. Burns (our game master) was Awesome! We definitely plan on coming back soon.
Amelia Darling
Amelia Darling
2017-11-12T05:40:14+0000
My family played Ruins tonight & we had such a great time! We will definitely be back for round 2! Our amazing helper, Kristy was the absolute best & she helped us so much when we needed it! Thank you so much, we will see you next time!
Alicia Guevara
Alicia Guevara
2017-11-11T04:57:56+0000
This place is awesome! Every time we come it's an awesome experience in well designed rooms that make you think. And employees like Burns make the experience even more pleasant. 😀 This place is definitely a must visit in Charlotte.
David Correa
David Correa
2017-11-09T04:07:21+0000
Staff was awesome . Friendly, patient and trivial lol. Definitely coming back! Place was clean . Process was easy . Was attended to immediately!
Greg Gantt
Greg Gantt
2017-11-04T00:06:15+0000
Judy Griffin-Berrier
Judy Griffin-Berrier
2017-10-28T16:34:16+0000
Just finished SUBJECT ZERO ...what a great challenging room. I would highly recommend it. Kelly was a fantastic coach. We will definitely go back!!
Ella Johnson
Ella Johnson
2017-10-28T16:32:24+0000
We had the pleasure of visiting Exit Strategy this morning and had a fantastic time! Kelly was absolutely amazing! And I am definitely bringing friends back to this location!
Sara George Kreider
Sara George Kreider
2017-10-28T02:14:03+0000
Fun times! Very cool room! We did The Ruins and it was challenging but so fun. Travis was our game master and he was awesome. The staff were all friendly and nice. Can’t wait to try the other rooms.
Katelyn Nicole Josey
Katelyn Nicole Josey
2017-10-27T01:21:45+0000
Luisa Maria
Luisa Maria
2017-10-27T00:11:08+0000
Had so much fun escaping The Ruins today and our game keeper Christy was awesome! Love her introduction so much! But she forgot to pack us sandwiches for our adventure �
Sharon Culler Sease
Sharon Culler Sease
2017-10-26T22:57:23+0000
This was so much fun!! Kelly rocked as our gamemaster! And we beat Spy Trainer!! What a great way to celebrate NERD day!! Want to come back.
John Camp
John Camp
2017-10-26T20:36:35+0000
Absolutely love this place! We’ve done a bunch of escape rooms with several different companies, and the theatrics and production value here is hands down the best anywhere!
Beth Lee
Beth Lee
2017-10-22T16:34:38+0000
Kara Clarke
Kara Clarke
2017-10-21T03:20:03+0000
Travis, Christie and Kelly were great! Wonderful first experience!
Jennifer Hyatt
Jennifer Hyatt
2017-10-21T03:16:39+0000
Kelly, Christie and Travis were amazing! It was our first experience in an escape room and we had a blast! Can't wait to go back!
Frannie Henderson
Frannie Henderson
2017-10-20T01:56:20+0000
The mansion is so much fun! Courtney and Kelly were our hostesses and did a great job! I can't wait to go back!
Carmen Ioana
Carmen Ioana
2017-10-12T20:09:19+0000
I was awesome! I cannot wait to go back! Jason was great!
Omri Frost
Omri Frost
2017-10-12T20:02:20+0000
Had an awesome time with my coworkers as a team building activity. It was definitely challenging but we all can't wait to come back. �The staff is very personable. We mostly worked with Jason and he was great at explaining everything.
Rachel McMillan
Rachel McMillan
2017-10-09T21:41:30+0000
Had a very good experience at this location. Jason (I believe that was his name) was our game master and did a great job getting into character and giving us clues when needed. We did subject zero and got out with 8 seconds left! Such a blast!
Julia Knoerr
Julia Knoerr
2017-10-09T16:38:25+0000
Great experience! Jason did an awesome job with the Spy Trainer room.
Jordan Morrison
Jordan Morrison
2017-10-09T00:57:55+0000
It was really fun, great room! Would recommend to all of my friends! Check them out!
Samantha Rose
Samantha Rose
2017-10-08T23:14:58+0000
Played all 4 rooms here and loved them all! Most recently played Subject Zero. Jason was fun and enegertic! Awesome and definitely challenging room!
Renee Braud
Renee Braud
2017-10-08T13:37:00+0000
Listen. You truly need to visit the North Exit Strategy location. The staff there is nothing short of amazing! They helped me pull off the greatest surprise EVER for my husband's birthday! Without the help of Christy, Taylor, Kelly and Lindsay, I truly don't know how fun this experience would have been! THANK YOU LADIES SO MUCH for creating a memory that will TRULY last a lifetime! I will forever cherish your amazing customer service and use it as I hope to do the same for others!