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...What?

Picture this: You’re in a room along with 1-9 other people. Maybe you’re with your friends, family, or coworkers; maybe you’re here with your significant other; maybe you’re in this with a bunch of people you’ve never met. The clock is ticking: You have 60 minutes to escape. You look around the room — a locked tool chest; strange markings on the wall; books with their pages torn out… What does it all mean? You can only hope that by working together, solving puzzle after puzzle, you and your teammates will find the way.

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The room escape genre of entertainment has existed in the virtual world for decades, from the cult hit Myst (1993) on Mac OS to the wildly popular Flash game The Crimson Room (2004). In 2007, a Japanese company was the first to turn the video game concept into a live action activity venue; since then, room escape has swept through Asia, Europe, and the United States, attaining wild popularity in New York as recently as 2014. The premise is simple: You and your team find yourselves in a room, and you have to get out. But it isn’t so easy — you won’t find success until you solve a series of puzzles (visual, aural, kinetic, and more)… and you only have 60 minutes to do it. Those few who escape (only about 25% on average) win eternal glory — and, if they escape exceptionally quickly, a place on our leader board. Those who don’t… well, it stings a little bit to lose, but you’ll have such a good time that you’ll want to come back for more.




...Why?

Room escape is a lot of things: a mental challenge, an hour of immersion, a fun thing to do with friends, and a way to meet like-minded strangers. Mostly, it pushes you to be creative — to think outside the box. After all, if you wanted to think inside the box, you’d just spend your evening at another happy hour, right?



...Where?

Escape Rhode Island is located on the second floor of 385 S Main St. in Providence, RI. Directions here.



...When?

Each of our two games can be played on Thursday and Friday evenings and on weekends. Large groups (up to 18 or 28) can book our full venue outside of those times. Every few months, one scenario is retired permanently, and a new one takes its place. So try ’em while they last! Click here to book a spot.



...Who?

Escape Rhode Island was founded by Ethan Carlson and Escape Industries (Max Sutter and Ethan Rodriguez-Torrent). Our operators are the incredible humans May Tomic, Ryan Pease, Kevin Girard, and Diz Foster. Read more about us on our team page.



...How?

Right now, we only take advance bookings. Tickets are $28 for adults and $22 for students, active military and children. You can choose to book an entire room, or to just book a portion of the tickets and leave your other teammates to chance. (To book the entire venue for a large group, please get in touch via our contact page.) Each game accommodates a different number of players, and one game is permanently retired every few months, so choose wisely. To get more info about the games we're currently running, see our games page.



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TEAM

Ethan Carlson, Founder of Escape Rhode Island
Ryan Pease, Escape Rhode Island Operator

Ethan Carlson is the Co-Founder and Lead Designer of Escape Rhode Island in Providence. Originally from Plainview, MN, Ethan received his Mechanical Engineering degree from Yale University in 2012 and moved to Providence in 2013 for a Venture for America Fellowship. After 2.5 years of building fun things only in his spare time, Ethan is excited to spend all day designing and running puzzles. Fun fact: Ethan built a cost-benefit model to optimize his Monopoly playing when he was 12, and has been excited about games ever since

Ryan Pease is the General Manager at Escape Rhode Island in Providence. He has spent many years being a full time photographer as well as staff for TempleCon, bringing gaming, panels, live music, and more to Rhode Island. Specializing in wedding photography has meant that being ready for anything is part of every day work life. His favorite single board game is Dixit, a game full of beautiful art, imaginative storytelling, and wonderful competition for people of all ages. When he isn't working at Escape RI he is probably found browsing the board game library at his favorite local game store, The Temple Games in Pawtucket, RI.

Valerie 'May' Tomic Escape Rhode Island Operator

May Tomic is an Operator at Escape Rhode Island in Providence. She grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts, and is currently studying Computer Science and Engineering at Brown University. May’s love of making and solving challenging puzzles as a kid first began with role playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, books like Deltora Quest, and video games like Zoombinis and Majora’s Mask. Since then she’s learned to create and solve even tougher puzzles, building robots that navigate autonomously using visual-inertial sensors and developing android apps to be used in white hat hacking competitions

Kevin Girard, Escape Rhode Island Operator

Kevin Girard is an Operator at Escape Rhode Island in Providence. A Rhode Island native, Kevin received his BA in Theater Tech & Design from RI College in 2014. Since then, he has contributed to the NYC installation of "Sleep No More", and worked as a guide at 5 Wits in Foxboro, MA. He has also spent an irresponsible amount of time playing adventure and escape-the-room video games, and only occasionally needs to consult a walkthrough. His greatest accomplishment to date has been co-writing, co-running, and designing a series of short sci-fi larp games at Intercon in Chelmsford, MA.

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FAQ

For some more general descriptions (e.g.: “Wha…?”), see our 'Info' section above.



Q: Is this a real thing? In a real location, with real people?

A: Yes.


Q: How do I become an Escapist?

A: You sign up (either with others or alone); then show up, put your thinking cap on, and do everything in your power to beat the clock.


Q: Is it safe?

A: Completely. While you play, the venue is being constantly monitored by a trained Operator, and an emergency exit is always available in case of discomfort or actual emergency. You are never locked in a room.


Q: Is it scary?

A: It's not meant to be! The lights may get dim at some points, but there's no (intentionally) spooky music or sounds, no frightening pictures, and certainly no one is going to jump out at you.


Q: Am I smart enough to play this?

A: Yes. Don’t get us wrong, it’s hard — very few teams succeed. But it’s really a win-win: If you finish in under 60 minutes, you are rewarded with eternal glory; and if you don’t make it out, you get a solid hour’s worth of fun. (And it is fun, whether you escape or not!)


Q: How much does this cost?

A: Adult tickets are $28, but we offer a $6 discount for students, active miltary and children! Full-venue bookings are also available at a discount to non-profit groups. Check out your options on our bookings page.


Q: Are corporate/full-venue bookings available?

A: Yes! Full-venue bookings are available on weekday mornings and afternoons, and some evenings. Please see our bookings page for pricing info and get in touch at pvd@escaperhodeisland.com to schedule your booking.


Q: Are there restrictions on who can play? (Age, etc.)

A: Just a few. You have to be age 10+ to play. If you’re under 15, you have to play with a responsible adult; and if you’re 15-17, you can come alone but you need to bring a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. You also can’t have landed on our Prohibited Players List due to lateness, disruptive behavior, etc. Finally, if you are repeating a scenario, you must either be in a group of other “second(+) timers,” or have booked a full scenario with a group of friends who are all aware that you have already played once. (Otherwise, this would be unfair, and un-fun, for your teammates.)


Q: Is there a min/max number of players per scenario?

A: Yes! The Study and Ex Machina accommodate 2-6 players each and the Gallery, 2-10. You’ll have 48 hours’ notice if a scenario has to be cancelled due to under-booking. (This almost never happens.) Note that you can choose to book all of the tickets in a given game if you want to make it private; otherwise, you will be meeting some new teammates!


Q: Do the puzzles ever change?

A: Every few months, we retire one room and introduce an entirely new one — new theme, new puzzles, the works. Keeps us busy; keeps the people happy. Unfortunately, this also means that each scenario has a limited life span — 9 months to 1 year. We encourage you to check which scenarios are ending soonest, so you can get a chance to try them before they’re gone.


Q: How do I get there?

A: You can find detailed directions here!


Q: Who are you people?!

A: We are folks who love puzzles, games, fun, and Providence. We hope you will, too! You can learn more about us on our team page.


Q: I've played all of your games... Where else can I play awesome escape games?

A: We're a huge fan of Escape New Haven in New Haven, Escape Sacramento in Sacramento, Baltimaze Escape in Baltimore, and NC Escape in Durham.