Laurier team designs escape room for first-ever world championship

News Mar 06, 2017 by Victoria Lumax Brant News

When the best escape-room players in the world go head-to-head in Budapest, Hungary, later this month they will be tackling a never-before-seen escape room designed by a team from Brantford’s Wilfrid Laurier University campus.

“They had the chance to work on a project that will literally be seen around the world,” said Scott Nicholson, professor and program co-ordinator at Laurier’s game design and development program.

Nicholson, who is a recognized expert in the field of escape rooms, and three of his undergraduate students spent last summer helping to create and test some of the puzzles, clues, riddles and problems that teams will face at the first Escape Room World Championship.

Escape rooms are growing in popularity as a recreational and team-building exercise. Players are “locked” in a room and forced to find their way out by solving a series of challenges. Brantford has one on Roy Boulevard, Escape Key, which opened in 2014.

Nicholson and three of his students — Robert Durant, Sean Harrison and Chris Tenuta — were tasked with helping design an escape room that will challenge the 22 best teams from the world. Those qualified for the competition through 75 preliminary events hosted all over the globe by sponsor Red Bull.

“For the summer of our first year of university to be building stuff for such a big competition is just unbelievable,” Tenuta said.  

This championship, titled Mission: Unlock Enoch, is based on an upcoming sci-fi movie with a theme of quantum computing.

The team from Brantford helped build physical prototypes for some of the puzzles, while all testing others digitally. Once finalized, the models were sent to Europe where a development team constructed the sets for the event.

The championship will be aired live by on Red Bull TV’s online platform, with Nicholson attending as one of the colour commentators.

“Both participants and viewers of the show will learn something about quantum computing through the challenges we have designed,” Nicholson said. “Our goal was to create challenges that made sense within the world of quantum computing, combine physical and mental elements, convey a consistent story, reduce dependence on a specific language, and be engaging for viewers.”

Qualified teams come from all over the world, including France, Germany, Norway, South Korea, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the U.S.

The competition will take place on Saturday, March 25, in Budapest, Hungary. Viewing parties are planned at the BGNLab (Brantford Games Network Lab) at Laurier. It can also be streamed online through the Red Bull TV website.

Laurier team designs escape room for first-ever world championship

News Mar 06, 2017 by Victoria Lumax Brant News

When the best escape-room players in the world go head-to-head in Budapest, Hungary, later this month they will be tackling a never-before-seen escape room designed by a team from Brantford’s Wilfrid Laurier University campus.

“They had the chance to work on a project that will literally be seen around the world,” said Scott Nicholson, professor and program co-ordinator at Laurier’s game design and development program.

Nicholson, who is a recognized expert in the field of escape rooms, and three of his undergraduate students spent last summer helping to create and test some of the puzzles, clues, riddles and problems that teams will face at the first Escape Room World Championship.

Escape rooms are growing in popularity as a recreational and team-building exercise. Players are “locked” in a room and forced to find their way out by solving a series of challenges. Brantford has one on Roy Boulevard, Escape Key, which opened in 2014.

Nicholson and three of his students — Robert Durant, Sean Harrison and Chris Tenuta — were tasked with helping design an escape room that will challenge the 22 best teams from the world. Those qualified for the competition through 75 preliminary events hosted all over the globe by sponsor Red Bull.

“For the summer of our first year of university to be building stuff for such a big competition is just unbelievable,” Tenuta said.  

This championship, titled Mission: Unlock Enoch, is based on an upcoming sci-fi movie with a theme of quantum computing.

The team from Brantford helped build physical prototypes for some of the puzzles, while all testing others digitally. Once finalized, the models were sent to Europe where a development team constructed the sets for the event.

The championship will be aired live by on Red Bull TV’s online platform, with Nicholson attending as one of the colour commentators.

“Both participants and viewers of the show will learn something about quantum computing through the challenges we have designed,” Nicholson said. “Our goal was to create challenges that made sense within the world of quantum computing, combine physical and mental elements, convey a consistent story, reduce dependence on a specific language, and be engaging for viewers.”

Qualified teams come from all over the world, including France, Germany, Norway, South Korea, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the U.S.

The competition will take place on Saturday, March 25, in Budapest, Hungary. Viewing parties are planned at the BGNLab (Brantford Games Network Lab) at Laurier. It can also be streamed online through the Red Bull TV website.

Laurier team designs escape room for first-ever world championship

News Mar 06, 2017 by Victoria Lumax Brant News

When the best escape-room players in the world go head-to-head in Budapest, Hungary, later this month they will be tackling a never-before-seen escape room designed by a team from Brantford’s Wilfrid Laurier University campus.

“They had the chance to work on a project that will literally be seen around the world,” said Scott Nicholson, professor and program co-ordinator at Laurier’s game design and development program.

Nicholson, who is a recognized expert in the field of escape rooms, and three of his undergraduate students spent last summer helping to create and test some of the puzzles, clues, riddles and problems that teams will face at the first Escape Room World Championship.

Escape rooms are growing in popularity as a recreational and team-building exercise. Players are “locked” in a room and forced to find their way out by solving a series of challenges. Brantford has one on Roy Boulevard, Escape Key, which opened in 2014.

Nicholson and three of his students — Robert Durant, Sean Harrison and Chris Tenuta — were tasked with helping design an escape room that will challenge the 22 best teams from the world. Those qualified for the competition through 75 preliminary events hosted all over the globe by sponsor Red Bull.

“For the summer of our first year of university to be building stuff for such a big competition is just unbelievable,” Tenuta said.  

This championship, titled Mission: Unlock Enoch, is based on an upcoming sci-fi movie with a theme of quantum computing.

The team from Brantford helped build physical prototypes for some of the puzzles, while all testing others digitally. Once finalized, the models were sent to Europe where a development team constructed the sets for the event.

The championship will be aired live by on Red Bull TV’s online platform, with Nicholson attending as one of the colour commentators.

“Both participants and viewers of the show will learn something about quantum computing through the challenges we have designed,” Nicholson said. “Our goal was to create challenges that made sense within the world of quantum computing, combine physical and mental elements, convey a consistent story, reduce dependence on a specific language, and be engaging for viewers.”

Qualified teams come from all over the world, including France, Germany, Norway, South Korea, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the U.S.

The competition will take place on Saturday, March 25, in Budapest, Hungary. Viewing parties are planned at the BGNLab (Brantford Games Network Lab) at Laurier. It can also be streamed online through the Red Bull TV website.