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We've escaped 2022! 🔥

As we head into the new year, it's a good time to take stock of all the successes of the last, and plan for the future. What are your plans for the new year? Will you be visiting any new rooms yourself? How about opening up new experiences?

From what we've observed, 2022 was another great year for the escape room industry. Despite many sites and rooms closing, many more found the opportunity to open, expand and push genre boundaries last year, all around the world. It's clear from the numbers seen throughout the state of the industry studies and awards like the TERPECAs, that both the numbers of rooms and enthusiasts alike are growing. If that's not something to be excited for heading into 2023, then I don't know what is!

With a new year, brings new news. This month, keep an eye out for ETR's Bullseye Awards, the Transworld Interactive Entertainment Show, and some fantastic shows from our favourite escape room podcasts.

Until next, have an excellent January, puzzle people! 👋

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The TERPECA Awards Show Results are In!


Last month the TERPECA's concluded after another successful year. 929 rooms were nominated and 100 were crowned the best in the world. Taking the top spots were Chapel & Catacombs at Lockhill in Athens, Greece, Molly's Game by Down the Hatch in Voorburg, Netherlands, and The Dome by Mama Bazooka in Bunschoten, Netherlands. Catch up on their livestream on Youtube here.



ESCAPETHEROOMERs Bullseye Awards takes place January 28th at 5pm EST


Every year ETRs hosts an awards ceremony at the end of the year celebrating the best escape room, tabletop game and players from around the world. This year, the livestreamed event will take place much later, on January 28th at 5pm EST. Watch live on Youtube.



TransWorld's Interactive Entertainment Show is Nearly Here


Featuring a range of interactive entertainment suppliers and venues, it is the USA's largest dedicated conference for the interactive entertainment industry. Don't forget to come and say hi to us here at Buzzshot./Telescape. We'll be at Booth #2223.



🧾 In Other News


📆 Upcoming Dates for your Diary

January 13th
MIT Mystery Hunt 2023
Online & In Person Competition

January 28th
ETR's Bullseye Awards Ceremony
Online Event

February 2 - 5th
TransWorld's Room Escape Conference
St. Louis, USA

June 2 - 4th
The Next Stage Summit 2023
Los Angeles, USA


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A shout out to the resources & individuals who are a huge help when compiling this list each month:
Escape the Review (UK), ERA Mag (AU), Rich Bragg (US), Morty App (Global)

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    Last month in Podcasts & Radio

    Cager Express: Escape Break
    "Escape Break featuring Beth Divel and Tatiyana Abarro: Southern California's premier escape room podcast show. We recap fun rooms, interviews and bizarre topics!"
    Cipherdelic Pod
    "Have you ever wondered who oils the cogs of the constantly evolving escape room industry? Think no more. In each episode we speak to a guest from the interactive experience industry to offer you, our listener, a peak behind the curtain."
    Escape This Podcast
    "A show that’s a mix of escape room puzzles and tabletop role-playing."
    Puzzling Company
    "On this podcast, Zach and Jared every week cover a new at home puzzle / escape room style game and discuss all things about it!​"
    Reality Escape Pod
    "With this Podcast, your hosts David Spira & Peih-Gee Law explore immersive gaming from all angles, alongside guests with incredible experience in this realm."

    The Infinite Escape Room
    "The puzzling podcast where a gaggle of geographically diverse chums come together, have a drink - and work together to solve a home made escape room of the ears.​"
    And finally, not quite a podcast but...

    Behind the Mastermind
    "Live on our "Behind the MasterMinds" show where we interview with game creator and you'll get a chance to win FREE game giveaways!!!"

    🔎 January's Puzzle


    With the new year comes the perfect time to make plans and book time off for travel. With many of us planning our trips around where the best escape rooms are, today's riddle comes as an homage to travel. Tell me...

    I have seas without water, coasts without sand, towns without people, and mountains without land. What am I?
    Tweet us your answer @escapeindustry

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