19+ Game Challenge Coming to Science World

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Photo credit: Differense | Wikipedia

A new gaming experience is coming to Science World … with a few twists. For one night only, Science World will be transformed into the setting for The Super Villain, an experience that combines escape gaming with game-show-style challenges, July 24. But this isn’t for kids. It’s a licensed 19+ event for adults who “need to let off some steam and enjoy a night away from the pressures of adulthood.”  Continue reading:
19+ Game Challenge Coming to Science World

Want to be Trapped in for Fun? Downtown Vancouver’s First Escape Room Opens

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Photo credit: muffinn | Flickr

Looking for an “escape” from everyday fun in Vancouver?

Downtown’s first escape gaming room has opened … or should I say locked … its doors. SmartyPantz, located on Abbott Street in Gastown, offers five different themed rooms to escape from – ranging in difficulty from “moderate to diabolical.”

Not familiar with the escape room phenomenon? Inspired by video games, these real-life amusement centres are popular around the world but just taking off in North America. In essence, they’re places where groups of people go to be locked inside a themed room – like a mummy’s tomb or a haunted mansion. The group then has to pick up clues, solve puzzles and pool their brainpower to get out before time expires, generally after 30-60 minutes.   Continue reading:
Want to be Trapped in for Fun? Downtown Vancouver’s First Escape Room Opens

Trapped! (for fun): Asian-style Escape Game Rooms Come to Vancouver

Would you pay to escape from prison? (Pictured here: a cell from the former State Penitentiary in Boise, Idaho) Photo credit: Mr.Thomas | Flickr

Would you pay to escape from prison? (Pictured here: a cell from the former State Penitentiary in Boise, Idaho) Photo credit: Mr.Thomas | Flickr

Would you pay $92 to be locked in a prison cell with three friends for 45 minutes?

That’s the premise behind Exit, Metro Vancouver’s first “escape gaming” experience. Popular in Japan and China, escape rooms force participants to solve elaborate clues in order to break out of their confinement.  The rooms themselves are often elaborately decorated to look like scenes from the past or horror movie sets.

Exit, located in an unassuming strip mall in Richmond, brings the phenomenon to Canadian shores.  It offers guests four different themed rooms to choose from: the prison cell, an Ancient Egyptian tomb, a lost ship and a mad scientist’s laboratory with blood-spattered walls.

Since opening last fall, the facility has been doing a brisk business. Continue reading:
Trapped! (for fun): Asian-style Escape Game Rooms Come to Vancouver

Need to escape the fog? Head to Vancouver’s North Shore

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Photo credit: keepitsurreal | Flickr

How’s this for a cruel joke? While downtown Vancouver has been lost in a blanket of fog for the last two weeks, the sun has been blazing down on parts of the North Shore, bringing a stretch of weather that’s more like August than October.

It’s all the result of the city’s latest temperature inversion. Vancouver is one of a handful of places on the planet prone at certain times of the year to this strange weather phenomenon.  In very basic meteorological terms, everything has gotten flipped. Normally, temperatures get cooler with elevation. But right now, a cool, dense air mass is trapped on the ground beneath a warmer layer of air.  Short story: The city is fogged in below the inversion cap.

But there is an easy way to get relief.  I found out for myself over the weekend when I checked out the North Shore’s Cypress Mountain. Continue reading:
Need to escape the fog? Head to Vancouver’s North Shore