HOW TO ACE AN ESCAPE ROOM

Escape Rooms are re-opening across the country as lockdown is lifted, so it’s the best time to get ahead and book a room to finally celebrate being let out of the house.

But before you get locked in (especially if you’re heading to the pub first), here’s some top tips to maximise your fun and get leaderboard-topping times straight from the people who actually run the games.

1. Don’t turn up hammered

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So, you’re out with your friends – and you’ve had a couple of drinks before your escape room. Yay! The only thing we recommend is that you don’t drink too much. We’ve seen people zoning out, breaking things, and even falling asleep in the room. If you are going out for a few pints beforehand, make sure at least some of you still have enough brain-power to complete the room!

2. Listen to your Games Master’s briefing

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This might seem self-explanatory, but please listen to your briefing at the start of the game. Your Games Master will tell you if there’s any tricky padlocks in the room, or anything you need to look out for. The briefing is to make you perform better, and have more fun. You may want to be looking around, but listen to what you’re being told!

3. Communicate

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Poor communication is a pitfall of pretty much everything, from jobs to relationships – and it counts for escape rooms too. There’s nothing worse than watching a team who refuse to tell each other the clues they’ve found or puzzles they’ve already found. It can shave minutes off your time if you just let people know when you find a clue or solve a puzzle!

4. Organise your stuff

There’s nothing worse than trying to find a clue or key amongst a huge pile of stuff collected from around the room. The more organised you are, the quicker you can find the things you actually need. Try to keep all the clues and props orderly and neat during the game – it can make all the difference!

5. Don’t get frustrated

Escape rooms are about having fun – not necessarily getting the top time. Make sure you’re coming with people you like, who actually enjoy each other’s company. Then even if you get stuck or need clues, you’re still having a good time together! There’s nothing worse than getting stuck in a room with people who take things too seriously.

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2020 Can Do One – Cryptology Is Bringing More To Sheffield!

Yep We are Open

First Things First

What has 3 rooms (one coming, very soon) and is still open? Cryptology Sheffield is!

Shallow Focus Photo of White Open Signage
Yep, we are still open!

As per Tier 3 government guidelines and after further clarification from Sheffield City Council, we are able to continue to serve Sheffield with our unique, safe, clean, masked Escape Room experiences.

“What has changed with Cryptology for Tier 3 restrictions?” I hear you say. The answer is simple, nothing. We still accept single household/bubble groups and we still space our bookings out to ensure each room is thoroughly cleaned before the next group arrives. We have all the information on our COVID-19 page.

Close-Up Photo Of Person Cleaning The Table
Cleaning more than a channel 4 hording documentary

I Have Had Enough of 2020, What Are Cryptology Doing?

Although 2020 can, quite frankly, do one. We want to let you know what we have in the pipeline:

Afterlife – Coming to Sheffield in late 2020

Afterlife Movie Poster
Coming late 2020

As a mortal, to enter your afterlife, you must first die. How you die is your choice but all must enter through the void of transcendence. Only the brave will follow the light, crawl out of the grave and go to hell and back. Logical thinking and teamwork is what you need to ensure that when your hour is up your name is found in the Book of Life.

As-Yet-To-Be-Named Scary Room – Coming to Sheffield early/mid-2021

Skull
Nothing to fear, but fear itself!

Tayson Tech are testing their latest invention ‘the Augmentation Chip’. Your team is the first set of human trials and Tayson Tech has to make sure that the human brain can cope with the chips augmented reality…to an acceptable %.

WARNING! You may experience extreme events and feelings.

Disclaimer: Tayson Tech accepts no responsibility for any neuro/psychological/physical damage that may occur during human trials of the Augmentation Chip v.001.

CubAI – Coming to Nottingham in early 2021

Along with this Cryptology Nottingham will be bringing their 5th room after the huge success of Daylight Robbery. This next room is called CubAI and we are trying to push the boundaries of escape rooms again with this one.

CubAI Movie Poster

Cryptology’s Final Thoughts

As you can see even though 2020 has been a douche of a year, we still believe we are strong enough to survive (with your help) and flourish once we get back to some kind of normality.

We want to take this opportunity to wish everyone all the best and if you are stuck for something to do that isn’t a pint with a substantial meal, come along and have a cracking hour of unique live escape room experiences.

Yours Escapingly

Cryptology Family

A Review from @escapingthecloset

A review from Al and Ash, it's 5 stars.
The fantastic review. Wow!

It’s always tricky to get TripAdvisor reviews but sometimes you get something even better. Al and Ash visited us a couple of weeks ago and wrote a review of Dreamscape. We have the honour of being their first five star review, read their kind words below:

Dreamscape ? today we are in Nottingham. After loving their Sheffield and Barnsley (?) rooms, we decided to pay a visit to @cryptologynottm and were highly looking forward to seeing what they had to offer. Our host, Sam, met us at the door, dressed suitably for a slumber…we were introduced to the game, told to expect a very fast-paced and frantic experience, especially with only two of us to manage the mammoth task of collecting up to 20 dream keys across 5 dream rooms!! The room(s) were incredible – it plays like an escape room fan’s actual dream, with a huge volume of puzzles, all focusing on different strengths, and a great flow between dreams! We spent most of the game working separately to try and tackle the volume of puzzles we were faced with – but we did come together a few times for some particularly tricky bits! We tried to separate according to our strengths, but in hindsight it was probably whoever got to the puzzle first ?.

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Laser Cutter: Better Than Seabass

Sanding Machines in the Dust Zone

A laser may make you think of Dr. Evil, but for Cryptology employees it makes us think of Hackspace!

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For a modest monthly fee you can have access to a wide array of tools, including a 3D printer, embroidery machine, very large table saws, and more.

Biggest. Circular. Saw. Ever
A massive circular saw based at Hackspace Nottingham

Sanding Machines in the Dust Zone
There is a whole designated section for sanding, complete with industrial extractors

A small selection of tools at Hackspace
Some of the wide array of hand tools at Hackspace Nottingham

Bits & Bobs at Hacksapce
A wide array of bits and bobs you may need for any project

Most importantly an A0 laser cutter.

Nottingham Hackspace's A0 Laser Cutter
Nottingham Hackspace’s A0 Laser Cutter

Laser: Vector, Not Raster

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What’s The Reason For A Cryptology Blog?

Why A Blog?

Hi, I’m Mark, the owner of the UK escape room franchise “Cryptology”, welcome to our blog. I opened Nottingham’s doors in July 2015. Currently there are open branches in Nottingham and in Barnsley, our newest branch in Sheffield is currently in production; it’s all go!

The Trigger Point For A Blog

In June of 2018, an ex-colleague was heading to a LinkedIn networking event just around the corner from Cryptology Nottingham. He suggested we met up for a drink, I didn’t realise that I’d actually be taking part of the event!

After signing up, receiving some Prosecco and access to a cheese board (I was very pleased!), the concept of the meetup was explained. People from all different industries and from Nottingham and the surrounding areas were left to mingle. After a few introductions to other people who jumped in at the deep end to just meet other people, I began describing Nottingham’s latest game that was in production, Dreamscape. The organiser who is from London walked past and said “this sounds interesting” and joined in the conversation. I was explaining some of the concepts and themes within the game, some of the issue we are having in setting them up, and what’s coming up on the horizon.

Linked In And Beyond

I asked about LinkedIn and what marketing examples she could tell me about. She summed everything up with if she is interested what I was explaining, then other people would be too. I had indeed toyed with the idea of a blog about Cryptology. But I really didn’t want it to be a diary, an ego boost, or a sales pitch. But after explaining the creation of Dreamscape to my ex-colleague and a stranger, I did indeed conclude that some of you may be interested in the behind-the-scenes of an escape room franchise.

As it is now 2018, I would want this to be more of a video blog (VLOG), I will encorporate as much video as I can. But with Dreamscape Nottingham, and First Contact Sheffield my time is stretched very thin! Watch this space!