ERIC 2018

Long time readers might have seen a post last year covering the first UK’s Escape Room Conference – ERIC. Well, the good news is that it’s back again in little over a month. This time round it’s moved down to London where it will take place near Waterloo on 1st October with welcome drinks on the Sunday afternoon and an after-party in the evening. The speaker line up has been finalised and there’s an impressive set of escape room heavyweights not only from the UK but from across Europe.

From the international arena we see Chris Lattner and Stella Adami jet in from THE ROOM in Berlin, one of the most talked about companies in the world, discussing how to refine games and remain competitive. Fred Pedersen from Now Escape, the escape room aggregation site, will be talking about the future of the industry. Donna Wandt from Quinbook and Twisted Rooms, Hamburg will share her experiences and advice on how escape rooms can work collectively.

There are a host of big names from the UK including several presenters returning to the stage after successful talks last year. Expect to see Nick Moran of Time Run fame talking about his new project Sherlock: The Game is Now, David Middleton from Bewilder Box letting you know how to empower your GMs, Dave Davis and Lewis Hunt from the Escapement running a tech workshop, Alex Souter from the Panic Room teaching you the secrets of creative brainstorming, Alasdair Willett from History Mystery sharing his knowledge on collaborating with public institutions and me (as the Logic Escape Me) sharing a talk with Mark Greenhalgh (aka Really Fun) on the Players’ Perspective and then (as Exit Games) geeking out on some of the escape room statistics that might be of wider interest to owners.

There will also be plenty of new blood with Heidi Richardson from Locked In Edinburgh talking about narrative-led design, Clockwork Dog talking about collaborating with clients, Phil Harris from Pier Pressure showing you how to target corporate customers, Katie Falcon-Uff and Andrew Ingle from TimeTrap discussing their game, the Divide, from a popup and social issue point of view, David Gale from Exciting Escapes giving advice on how to set up a new escape room business, Joe Mills from Time Run, Escape Plan and Sherlock: The Game is Now talking about hybridisation, Kate Surtees and Craig Chalmers from ClueCapers discussing how to run a small but successful business, Alex Mulhall of Co-Decode exploring how existing knowledge can lead your game design and Paul Andrews from Clue Adventure taking on the psychology of escape rooms.

I think you’ll agree that’s an impressive amount of content! But that’s not all – there are also several exhibitors, with Ubisoft, Cluetivity, IndestRoom, Legendary Quests, Now Escape, Buzzshot, Quinbook, The Insurance Centre and COGS (the Clockwork Dog escape room software) all showing off products designed to help make escape room owners’ lives a bit better. Finally, Ubisoft and Logiclocks will both be attending with their games so you can squeeze in an escape room in the unlikely event that neither of the talks appeal during one of the sessions…

Interested? Well, if you’re quick then you might just be able to snag a ticket before they run out. Hope to see you there!

Leave a Comment.