What’d you do last weekend? Hit the beach? Hit the couch? Whatever you did, it probably looked a lot different than what Sam Tisdale was up to the weekend before we chatted with him.
“I spent twelve hours from Saturday to Monday sitting in my kitchen while a bunch of strangers were rummaging around my living room,” he said. And that wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.
Yeah, that’s right. Sam regularly, willingly lets strangers into his place so they can mess with his stuff. Why? Last year, Sam transformed most of his two-bedroom apartment into an escape room.
The concept of an escape room (sometimes called a “puzzle room”) is simple: Grab a group of friends, pay some money, and try to solve a bunch of puzzles before your time runs out in order to “escape” the room. As far as we can tell, there are about a dozen escape rooms in Seattle right now (plus several more in the surrounding areas).
We had heard Puzzle Break was the original room around here, so we reached out to Nate Martin, one of the company’s co-owners, to get the deets. Nate told us that Puzzle Break’s Capitol Hill location was actually the first puzzle room in the whole country, and it opened just four years ago, in August 2013.
According to Nate, other escape rooms started showing up around 2015. So Sam must have hit the scene pretty early when he tried his first escape room at a bachelor party last year.
“I was really enamored with the concept, but at the same time, I was disappointed with the execution,” Sam said. “I walked away that day thinking, ‘Wow, what a great idea,’ but ‘I can do something better than this’ …So I did.”
Want to know how, exactly, Sam “did it better”? Head to theevergrey.com to read the full story and watch a video of Sam in his element. Plus, learn why Sam has to close his room, Bricklebrit Escapades’ “The Madness from the Sea,” in mid-September.
WANT TO TRY AN ESCAPE ROOM? 🙋
You can sign up to try Sam’s room on his website. If you’d rather get some experience with a more “beginner friendly” room, Sam recommends trying out “The Vanishing Act” in Fremont and to check out this blog to satisfy your escape room curiosities. There’s also this list of the top 10 escape rooms in Seattle that gives a nice overview of good puzzling spots around the city.
If trying one of the city’s escape rooms sounds super fun, but you’re not sure who to puzzle with, hit reply or email [email protected] and we’ll connect you with other readers who want in.