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    Last year I had an escape room for my party. I wasn't planning to do one this year just because my basement (where I did it last year) is a complete mess! However, several people have asked if I'm doing one again so I'm thinking about doing something kind of similar and need help with ideas. My theme is torture so I want to go along with that. I was thinking of putting everyone's name (who wants to participate) in a bowl and draw out a name. That person will be put in the pillory (and locked). Everyone else who wants to participate will have to find the combination to the lock to get them out. They will have a designated amount of time to get them out before they are 'killed'. Once 'killed' they will be allowed to come back and play with some kind of torture device (perhaps put in shackles). Once the first victim is 'killed' another name is drawn and that person is put in the pillory. The first victim has to leave the shackles on until the second victim is 'killed', etc. I'm not going to do this in the basement obviously, but think I will do it on the deck or a designated room of the house. I have some people with disabilities who did not get to participate in the escape room last year because they couldn't get down the steps so this will allow everyone (who wants to) to participate. I need help coming up with enough clues for the other participates have to do to eventually get the combination to the lock on the pillory. I did think of having some fake money somewhere that the amount could equal out to a lock combination (ie. $108.23 - combination would be 10 - 8 - 23). However, I need lots and lots more to keep everyone occupied. If this goes over as well as last year I will probably have to do it several times so I need a whole lot of clues. Please help!!!

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    ok, so I'm confused........

    do you need clues to get them to a certain clue? (the combination clue)
    or just different clues that would make a combination

    Sorry, i'm trying to figure it out in my head. It does sound like a fun game

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    I'm sorry. I'm so excited about this that I guess I didn't make it clear. I really need both. I need clues to get to a certain clue and different clues that would make a combination. I want this to take a while because I don't want to have to reset everything. So I need lots and lots of clues. Some clues that the answer gives the combination to one lock. Another clue that directs them to another clue that directs them to another clue that gives them another combination. I was thinking of having multiple locks that needed to be unlocked to take up more time. Perhaps, have a few clues that end up giving the combination to one lock that is on a container. Then maybe having a key in that container that unlocks something else. Does that make sense?

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    ESCAPE the TORTURE - Need ideas!
    I don't have a ton of time right now to make a huge list of ideas (hopefully i'll be able to soon) but pinterest should be your best friend for this. There's so many puzzle ideas that you can easily mod into a torture type theme.

    One thought, a "break in" box might do you well for this sort of a set up. You could totally still have the last "thing" they open be the key to get your victim out, but if you have one large box, use a couple of hasp locks so that they have to solve multiple puzzles to even get the thing open, it will take up some time, but not require a ton of space. You could even have another locked box inside the big one so just when they think they've done it, there's more......

    HF escape room help.jpg

    If you put a hasp lock or two or even 3 sides of a box, there's potential for 18 locks right there that would need to be opened. There could still be objects/clues hidden around the area the guests are playing in, but this would be the central spot they have to return to all the time.

    Hasp lock.jpg
    These can be found on amazon for pretty cheap! I'm sure most hardware stores would have them as well.

    One year I had a mini escape sort of game. I took a bunch of fake limbs (could be from the $ store, but I got some of the more real flesh feeling type) and cut some slits (all different sizes) into them and hid random keys in them. I filled them with a decent amount of fake blood/other goopy feeling stuff and the guests were given gloves and had to physically reach their hands into these limbs to search for the right key that would open their partners handcuffs. It was super messy, but tons of fun. (Sounds great for an escape deck room, right!? )

    That's all I have time for right now, but i'll be back.

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    ESCAPE the TORTURE - Need ideas!
    Quote Originally Posted by Kerimonster View Post
    I don't have a ton of time right now to make a huge list of ideas (hopefully i'll be able to soon) but pinterest should be your best friend for this. There's so many puzzle ideas that you can easily mod into a torture type theme.

    One thought, a "break in" box might do you well for this sort of a set up. You could totally still have the last "thing" they open be the key to get your victim out, but if you have one large box, use a couple of hasp locks so that they have to solve multiple puzzles to even get the thing open, it will take up some time, but not require a ton of space. You could even have another locked box inside the big one so just when they think they've done it, there's more......

    HF escape room help.jpg

    If you put a hasp lock or two or even 3 sides of a box, there's potential for 18 locks right there that would need to be opened. There could still be objects/clues hidden around the area the guests are playing in, but this would be the central spot they have to return to all the time.

    Hasp lock.jpg
    These can be found on amazon for pretty cheap! I'm sure most hardware stores would have them as well.

    One year I had a mini escape sort of game. I took a bunch of fake limbs (could be from the $ store, but I got some of the more real flesh feeling type) and cut some slits (all different sizes) into them and hid random keys in them. I filled them with a decent amount of fake blood/other goopy feeling stuff and the guests were given gloves and had to physically reach their hands into these limbs to search for the right key that would open their partners handcuffs. It was super messy, but tons of fun. (Sounds great for an escape deck room, right!? <img src="https://www.halloweenforum.com/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /> )

    That's all I have time for right now, but i'll be back. <img src="https://www.halloweenforum.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
    Thanks Kerimonster I love the idea of the hasp locks! I was at a stand still trying to figure out how to make it take longer and that will definitely work! Thanks again.

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    I did my first escape room last year. It was something my guests were not expecting, and it was so much fun! One thing I used were invisible markers called “spy pens”. The words are invisible until you use a light.
    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    What I did was write something on the back of a white page with some random information on it. My guests had to:
    -Find the white page
    -Find a pen
    -Figure out they had to go somewhere dark
    -Read the clue on the back of the page (the markers come with attached special lights that help the words show up!)


    I thought that might be a good idea for you since that’s involved and it’s a clue leading to a clue (leading to a clue!).
    There was also a big word search I created. Every letter except a few ended up being used. My guests had to figure out those letters spelled something. Went great with a letter lock I got, as the unused letters equaled the lock’s code to open it.


    I think that’s a cool idea about having fake money here and there, then at the end they have to add it all up for find the combination to the final lock.
    Awesome idea about hiding keys in fake appendages! I’m using that idea, if you don’t mind, Kerimonster!
    This forum is filled with great ideas; I would keep digging!
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    Please do!!! I did it about 10 years ago and I totally can't remember if I stole the idea off of somebody else from here or not

    This forum is amazing for so many different things. So happy I came across it.


    Quote Originally Posted by Sky View Post
    I did my first escape room last year. It was something my guests were not expecting, and it was so much fun! One thing I used were invisible markers called “spy pens”. The words are invisible until you use a light.
    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    What I did was write something on the back of a white page with some random information on it. My guests had to:
    -Find the white page
    -Find a pen
    -Figure out they had to go somewhere dark
    -Read the clue on the back of the page (the markers come with attached special lights that help the words show up!)


    I thought that might be a good idea for you since that’s involved and it’s a clue leading to a clue (leading to a clue!).
    There was also a big word search I created. Every letter except a few ended up being used. My guests had to figure out those letters spelled something. Went great with a letter lock I got, as the unused letters equaled the lock’s code to open it.


    I think that’s a cool idea about having fake money here and there, then at the end they have to add it all up for find the combination to the final lock.
    Awesome idea about hiding keys in fake appendages! I’m using that idea, if you don’t mind, Kerimonster!
    This forum is filled with great ideas; I would keep digging!

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    Thank you Sky for the ideas. I did a word search the same way last year for my escape room.

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    Tvling, what sort of locks do you already have? (If any.) Maybe we can give some ideas bashed on what you already have to use! If not, i'll still start posting some ideas for new things as well!

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    Kerimonster. So far I have two combination locks and two padlocks with keys. Im gonna get the hasp lock so Ill have to get a lot more locks.

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