Want to make your escape room photos EPIC? Most groups, when it comes to picture time, tend to stand in a line shoulder to shoulder. Make your pictures instantly better by creating layers and having some people couched in the front and others standing in the back. Or create some action and interesting composition by using some of these great poses below!
2 Person Group
Escape Rooms are great date night ideas! Spice up your picture with this lovely heart pose to show your Instagram followers how hip and in love you are. Or maybe try this Xtreme pose to show how in sync the two of you are.
3 Person Group
Out with the girls and decided to add a little excitement to the night with an escape room? The Charlie’s Angeles pose is perfect to show the world just how dangerous the 3 of you are together. Or maybe you and the guys went out for a night of laughs, what better pose then the classic 3 stooges!
4 Person Group
Got the core four squad together for a night out? Add some sass to your photo with these great 4 person poses.
5 Person Group
Escape with flying colors? Show the world that your team is a STAR with these great group poses! Or maybe you feel like you just saved the world? We have a few perfect super hero poses for that too!
6 Person Group
Is your team ready for some ’Morphin Time’? This iconic Power Ranger pose is perfect for your group of 6!
4 Or More…
Use your bodies to create giant numbers and pose as the amazing time you escaped with!
If you are an acrobat, you might find these number poisons helpful…. we found them mostly impossible.
Last, but not least, don’t forget the classic midair jump pose! Just make sure you communicate beforehand what the ‘go’ word is.
We hope this helps inspire some great after game photos! If you need help creating a great pose with your friends, please to ask one of our game masters because they would love to help. We will be collecting some of our favorite poses our players come up with, and we will share them all with you in a later blog post. Check back soon to see if your photo makes the list and make sure to share this post with your friends to inspire some great team photos!
CEO and Co- Owner
Cross Roads Escape Games
If you’ve played The Hex Room before, you’re probably aware that it was designed to be replay-able. Due to its unique design, we are able to cast return players as a new horror movie character and place them in a different horror film to try and escape. Because each character is separated into individual rooms in the game, a player will not experience everything The Hex Room has to offer in one game.
In this episode of Confessions of a Game Master, our Game Masters offer tips on how to best approach a return trip to The Hex Room.
We have seen many return players attempt the Hex Room and, in this video, we will address a few ways to ensure your team gets the best experience.
Don’t reveal too much to your teammates. Part of the fun of a horror film is when something unexpected happens. If you tell your group what’s going to happen before it happens, you ruin some of the excitement. Let your friends have the same experience you did when you first played. If you tell people what is going to happen in their room it can feel like spoiling the end of a good horror movie. Nobody likes that person, don’t be that person.
Keep in mind that we are constantly working on The Hex Room and puzzles will change often. Assuming that everything will be the same is one of the most common mistakes return players make. This can be particularly hard for your teammates if you start telling other people how to solve puzzles in their room without actually being in their room. You may start leading your team towards a solution that no longer exists! We’ve seen many instances where return players are so insistent that they know the answer to a puzzle that they end up wasting their team mates’ valuable time! To avoid this, it is always best to approach each puzzle as if it is the first time you’ve seen it.
Don’t skip ahead. Skipping ahead to a part you remember may bypass puzzles and confuse your team. This is something I saw one time when a player came to replay The Fun House. They entered the code for a lock they remembered and skipped a handful of puzzles. They utterly confused the rest of their team and affected the experience. In the Hex Room, I’ve seen a player convince the rest of their team they needed to find something specific and waste time searching for items that were no longer in the game.
To put it simply, treat your return game as a new game. Having played before will help because you have experience with the mechanics and flow of the game but relying on what you remember about the puzzles will only hamper your game.
Don’t forget about your Hex Box! If you were unable to survive during your first play, the second time may be the best time to try for your Survivor Medallion! The Hex Box is an extra puzzle put into the game to further challenge yourself and is not necessary in order to escape. Just be sure you can escape, because the medallion only counts if you have it by the time your team opens the final door.
Have you replayed The Hex Room? Comment with some tips of your own here, on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Be sure to watch the rest of our Confessions videos and subscribe to our YouTube channel!
Manager and Game Master
Cross Roads Escape Games
Ever wondered what it would be like surviving a zombie apocalypse? Here is your chance to experience one! Zedtown is a giant game of real world zombie-themed tag and we’ve got your free tickets! We are giving away 10 passes for you and your friends to join the Zedtown fun at the Orange County Fairgrounds on Saturday, 3/31/18.
Zombies have been a staple of the horror genre for quite some time, most notably gaining in popularity thanks to George A. Romero’s 1968 film Night Of The Living Dead. With the popularity of movies like 28 Days Later and TV Shows like The Walking Dead, nearly everyone has at least wondered if they’d be able to survive a zombie apocalypse. Now, thanks to Zedtown, you can put your zombie-hunting skills to the test.
Zedtown is a four-hour immersive game similar to tag with quests, tips, and achievements along the way. Players begin as Survivors in one of three factions, Security, Medical, or Logistics, and your goal is to make it to the final stand of a post-apocalypse adventure. If tagged by a zombie, you become one of the hungry horde searching for brains. Oh, and did I mention you use a foam blaster to fight off zombies? (You provide your own blaster and can even decorate it or paint it with bright colors). Players are encouraged to dress up in the style of their factions with awards going to best costume before and after the game. You can find out more about Zedtown on their website.
Cross Roads Escape Games is excited to offer a giveaway for two sets of five tickets to Zedtown at the Orange County Fairgrounds on 3/31/18. To enter, head to our Facebook or Instagram, tag the 4 friends you would want by your side in a Zombie apocalypse AND tell us the best tip you learned from watching a zombie film (make sure to include the movie’s name!). Winners will be announced on 3/26 and given to the two best answers! Make sure to enter on both Instagram and Facebook for multiple entries!
If you’ve escaped The Hex Room, you already know you have what it takes to survive a horror film. Do you have what it takes to survive a zombie movie?
Game Master, Manager, Part-Time Zombie Wrangler
Cross Roads Escape Games
So, you’ve been thinking about doing an escape room for a while now and you’ve looked around at all the different themes they have to offer. They look like fun, but you’re not sure if you and your group will like them or not, right? After all, how can you really know unless you jump right in and do one. Well, in this blog I will do my best to explain the different things that escape rooms have to offer and the kinds of people that enjoy them!
1. Puzzle People
The largest group of people drawn to escape rooms are the puzzle enthusiasts. These people enjoy exercising their mind and love solving riddles, puzzles, or brain teasers. If you fit into this category, you will love escape rooms. Escape rooms are centered around searching for clues and solving puzzles in order to advance. So, for all you Nancy Drew enthusiasts, Myst lovers, and Shivers maniacs we say, “Welcome to the wonderful world of escape rooms… what took you so long!”
2. Friend Squads
Then next most common type of person we see is the event organizer, aka the hangout enthusiast. These people are constantly on the lookout for new and exciting things to do with their group of friends. Escape rooms are perfect for people looking new things to try. Each escape room that you play is unique, with tons of themes to choose from and many different difficulty levels. You could play 10 different escape rooms and have 10 completely different experiences. And if you find a company that makes a room that you really like, or you find one that is conveniently located, perfect! Most companies have multiple rooms already open with more to come; so, you and your team can play several rooms before needing to look for a new company to try!
Another amazing thing about escape rooms is that they are incredible for team building! Be it sports teams, sales teams, or just for corporate events, escape rooms provide the perfect environment for team building and bonding! In most escape rooms the puzzles are designed to emphasize creative brainstorming, effective communication, and of course teamwork! So, whether you are trying to figure out how your sales team reacts under pressure or are looking for which of your team members might have what it takes to be a leader, escape rooms are a fun and innovative way to challenge your team.
4. Thrill Seekers
Of course, no list of escape room enthusiasts would be complete without mentioning the thrill seekers! If you and your friends are always on the prowl for new thrills, then escape rooms are a dream come true. Escape rooms are fully immersive experiences. Many games tend to increase their level of immersion by putting their players in an exciting, tense, or thrilling environment. Horror themed escape rooms are a great way to get both a steady fix of adrenaline throughout the game and the rush of escaping the room!
5. Cool Parents
And last but certainly not least, are the cool parents. Have you been trying to find ways to be the cool mom or dad? Are you trying to find a fun way to get your kids to disconnect from their phones for a while? Let me tell you, escape rooms are the way to go for both! Escape rooms are exciting and trendy, both challenging kids and giving them a memorable experience that they will want to tell all their friends about. Many escape room companies are now designing rooms for players of all ages making room accessibility for young enthusiasts better now than ever before! So, grab the kids, lock up their iPad, and plan your escape soon!
As you can see, there are many different aspects of an escape room that people connect with. Whether it’s the puzzle-solving, the immersion, or the connecting as a family away from phones and video screens, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. If you were on the fence about whether or not to do an escape room, hopefully this post has helped you get the confidence to dive in feet-first and book your escape room experience now!
Game Master, Manager
Cross Roads Escape Games
If you follow Cross Roads Escape Games on social media, you may have noticed that we’ve teamed up with THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT to offer a themed prize package including a black lantern flashlight, ‘The Strangers’ t-shirt, an entry for you and a guest to the advance screening in LA, and 2 free tickets to Cross Roads Escape Games. To enter, simply visit the contest post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, leave a comment tagging your dream team of 6 for The Hex Room and your number one strategy on how you would survive a night with THE STRANGERS. The contest ends March 4th, 2018 and the winner of the giveaway will be chosen at random.
If you ask me, having experience with escape rooms would most definitely come in handy for surviving a night being stalked by The Strangers. In escape rooms, it is essential to keep calm under pressure, plan ahead, communicate with your team, and escape before it’s too late. These same tactics could be applied to surviving the horror film. You would have to be one step ahead of the stranger, figuring out places to hide or escape that haven’t been found yet; You would have to be able to make a plan but be able to adjust the plan in an instant if something changes; and you would have to keep the rest of your group on the same page so nobody is left behind and you have to go back to save them.
Looking over many of the responses we’re getting, there are a lot of people who would take the escape room route: Elect a leader, work together, and think quickly. There are also those that take the more “horror-flick” approach and plan on running as fast as possible. And of course, my favorite plan, which is to just infiltrate The Strangers and become one of them. Which plan do you think would work best, or do you have a different plan completely?
When we were contacted about teaming up with The Strangers to offer a giveaway, I was beyond excited. The Strangers is one of my favorite horror movies of all time and I’ve been dying to see PREY AT NIGHT ever since they dropped the first trailer. Pun intended. To me, THE STRANGERS is a simple but effective home invasion film that packs a punch. The plausibility of the film lingers long after the final credits roll, and that insidious feeling of not being alone still haunts me every now and then.
Think you have what it takes to survive a horror film? Put your survival to the test in The Hex Room, where you are cast as one of six horror movie stereotypes and thrown into your very own horror film.
3/12/18 Update- We will be giving out free The Strangers: Prey at Night posters for the month of March for groups who successfully escape The Hex Room! Book your game now and try to win this exclusive prize!
Game Master, Manager, Probably One Of The Strangers In A Mask
Cross Roads Escape Games
The Hex Room at Cross Roads Escape Games is a unique escape room where you can star in your very own horror film. Before the game begins, each player takes a personality quiz to determine which character they best fit within the game. From there, they are placed into their own room where the goal is to work together through the physical barriers to escape each individual room and, finally, the game.
Being separated into individual rooms really tests each player’s ability to discover, describe, solve, and face fears. And even though The Hex Room requires every player to participate in order for the group to escape, the most weight is placed on one character in particular: The Detective.
When players come in and begin filling out their questionnaires, they often ask who their leader is. My shortest reply is; pick someone who is great at communicating and multi-tasking.
The best Detectives are actively social within the game. They are the ones who can go room to room asking their teammates what they’re working on and what they need help with. This means they also have to be adept at collecting a massive amount of information and processing it to determine what is important, what might be important, and what is just set dressing.
Detectives are often great puzzle-solvers. They can take fragments of a puzzle, visualize how the puzzle will be solved, and figure out what pieces are still missing to complete the puzzle. They don’t necessarily solve the puzzle, but they can figure out if the puzzle is matching, referencing, or physical.
On top of this, great Detectives are also great multi-taskers. Not only will they be communicating with every player in the game and passing information back and forth, they will also need to solve their own set of puzzles at the same time.
Detectives are not afraid to ask for help. Good leaders know that you can’t always solve everything on your own. Recognizing your own strengths and weaknesses and asking for help is what can propel you from an okay Detective to a great one.
The greatest downfall of a Detective that I have noticed is that they don’t communicate well. Sometimes another player will tell them they are missing something, and though the Detective hears, they don’t pass along that information to the other players in the game. Detectives must act as a telephone line between the rooms.
Another great downfall is when a Detective is too focused on their own puzzles to offer assistance to the rest of the players. Too often I have seen a player locked in a room asking for help with a puzzle, only to have the Detective tell them to wait while they work on their own puzzle (often which can’t be solved without first helping the other player.) Sometimes they must take a step back to help others before their own puzzles start to make sense.
Though the Detective’s role is a demanding one, there is nothing quite like the satisfaction of knowing you helped your team to the best of your ability. There is nothing quite like seeing the pride and accomplishment on Detectives’ faces after they successfully helped their team escape.
The skills of a Detective extend beyond the walls of an escape room. Detectives will share many similar traits to effective leaders and managers. Teambuilding in an escape room can help identify the strengths and shortcomings of your employees while providing a fun, exciting, and new way to bring your team closer. That’s why Cross Roads Escape Games offers teambuilding experiences for company outings, celebrations, and workshops. To learn more about teambuilding at Cross Roads Escape Games, check out this blog, or our team building page.
What do you think makes a great Detective in The Hex Room? Leave us a comment on our blog, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram to let us know what leadership means to you.
Game Master, Manager
Cross Roads Escape Games
It’s February, Valentine’s Day is approaching, and if you’re in a relationship, you’re probably looking for some way to show your significant other just how special they are. One of the more interesting and memorable dates you can plan is an escape room.
In this special edition of Confessions of a Game Master, our Game Masters have taken on the roles of Relationship Experts with suggestions on how to best approach an escape room date night. Practicing patience, planning ahead, and learning to communicate are just a few of the tips our game masters have to make your date one to remember.
The Fun House is a great game for a double date. Filled with enough puzzles for both couples to divide-and-conquer if they so choose, the game is also filled with enough whimsy to make a magical night you will remember. Plus, Zoltar doesn’t mind being a third- or fifth- wheel. At least, he’s never told us he minded.
If you are looking for a more thrilling date night, The Hex Room is sure to get your pulse racing. After all, everyone knows horror movies are best when there’s a romantic subplot involved. Great for three adventurous couples, the feeling of being thrown into a horror movie will excite every player while the unique design of being separated into individual rooms will fuel the drive to rejoin your loved one and escape the game.
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Manager, Game Master, Relationship Guru
Cross Roads Escape Games
Are you the kind of person who wants your dates to be memorable and out-of-the-ordinary? Do you and your date like adventure and puzzle-solving? Have you been on too many bland dates and want something that you will truly enjoy?
With Valentine’s day right around the corner it is a good idea to start thinking about good date night ideas. The only problem is… you’ve already been on all the classic dates. You’ve done the fancy dinners before, you’ve taken your date to the movie, you’ve even gone on long walks and romantic picnics. So now what?
Are you the kind of person who wants your dates to be memorable and out-of-the-ordinary? Do you and your date like adventure and puzzle-solving? Have you been on too many bland dates and want something that you will truly enjoy? With Valentine’s day right around the corner it is a good idea to start thinking about good date night ideas. The only problem is… you’ve already been on all the classic dates. You’ve done the fancy dinners before, you’ve taken your date to the movie, you’ve even gone on long walks and romantic picnics. So now what?
Have you ever taken your date to an escape room?
Escape rooms are immersive experiences that take you on thrilling adventures that require cunning, team work, and communication. You will rely on each other to find clues and solve challenging puzzles in an attempt to escape the room in time. There are so many different themes that you are bound to find a room nearby that offers the experience you are looking for. Whether silly or scary, whacky or intense, you will undoubtedly have an amazing and unforgettable experience.
You might be asking yourself, “what makes escape rooms so ideal for dates?” Well, just sit back and let me explain.
The main focus of any escape room is team work and togetherness. Escape rooms are a bonding experience that forces people to leverage their strengths in order to assist each other in escaping the room. The challenge of the rooms often brings people closer together, uniting them under a common goal… ESCAPE!
If you have done an escape room before, you already know how memorable they are. The entire experience is so thrilling and unique that you and your date will be talking about it for months to come.
One might wonder, but why do escape rooms make memorable dates? Well, that is simple. It is because everyone that participates in an escape room is having an active experience, rather than a passive one such as going to the movies.
Lastly, when you manage to escape an escape room it leaves you with a feeling of accomplishment. You didn’t just sit through your date and enjoy yourself, you worked with your date to solve puzzles and figure out a way to get out of the game!
Any date that emphasizes working together and gives you both a common goal to work towards while simultaneously making you feel thrilled and accomplished will be a date to remember. And if this hasn’t convinced you yet, then just remember this: Any date that leaves you all wondering “when are we going to do another,” surely has to have been a good date.
Manager, Game Master
Cross Roads Escape Games
Prizes! Everyone loves prizes! Did you know that Cross Roads Escape Games is one of the very few escape rooms that gives out prizes? Even if you don’t escape, every group leaves with something.
We are escape room enthusiasts too, and our favorite thing to do after an escape room is to sit down with our team and talk about it over some food and drinks. Next time you visit us, make sure to head to Top Class Pizza or Stereo Brewing afterwards!
Top Class Pizza, located at 1026 N Tustin Ave in Anaheim, is less than a mile away from Cross Roads and serves fresh gourmet pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and pasta. Their pizza crust is to die for and their Chicken Alfredo pizza is a Cross Road’s favorite! Just for playing a game at Cross Roads Escape Games, Top Class Pizza offers a 10% off coupon to all players OR a buy-one-get-one-free coupon to the few who manage to successfully escape!
Stereo Brewing, located at 950 S Via Rodeo in Placentia, is .7 miles away from Cross Roads and is the new hip brewery in town. Stereo Brewing has a great selection of beer on tap, fun music, and sometimes food trucks for when you want a bite to eat with your drink. Just for playing, guests receive a 15% off coupon for any beer on tap, OR if they escape they win a 25% off coupon for any beer on tap! Our current favorite is the ‘Wall of Sound’ Oatmeal Stout.
As you probably know, our escape rates are fairly low. On average, 40% of players escape The Fun House and 20% escape The Hex Room. The Hex Room also has an additional challenge to “survive” that only 5% are able to complete and escape. If you are a part of this 5% of survivors, then you also win a free “I survived” sticker! Wear it proud because you are one of the few!
If you play The Fun House KIDS, our alternative kid version of The Fun House for children under the age of 13, there is a bonus challenge inside the game to collect 8 gold coins. If all 8 coins are found, kids get to pick a prize from our treasure chest! Our treasure chest is full of an assortment of toys that change all the time!
Now, this trophy is not free like the other prizes we have, but it is worth bragging about. If you manage to escape either of our games, you are qualified to purchase an “I escaped” t-shirt! We are very strict on our t-shirt sales and will only sell our “I escaped” shirts to those who actually escape. Yes, we have turned down many offers. T-shirts can be purchased in store for $20. We have both men’s crew neck and woman’s V-neck styles in sizes S-XXL.
We know our games are not easy, so that is why we believe everyone deserves a prize! Book your game with us and see what one you will leave with!
Co-Owner and Creative Director
Cross Roads Escape Games
Created by game enthusiasts, for game enthusiasts. Owners Luke and Madison Rhoades come from a theatre and haunt background and found escape rooms to be the perfect backbone for their #1 rated company- Cross Roads Escape Games. Celebrating their 2nd year in business, here is the story of the creators and designers of Cross Roads and how it all came to be.
I graduated the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Fine Art and a Theatre minor. I designed and painted sets all around Los Angeles and was the lead scenic painter for The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor for 3 wonderful years. Luke, my husband, graduated Vanguard University of Southern California with a B.A. in Theatre. He was working as the Master Carpenter at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood. I would often get set design jobs and hire Luke as my technical director and carpenter for almost all of my sets. We were a great tag team duo. I would design it, he would build it, and then I would paint it.
THE FIRST ESCAPE ROOM
On Oct. 31st 2014, we played our first escape room. We had no idea what we were getting into. I thought I bought tickets for a haunted house, so we were completely shocked when we found out that they were going to put us in a room with 8 other strangers and lock the door. Our group did absolutely terrible. It was chaos trying to get 10 people on the same page, but that was part of the fun. I remember the time being about half way up when I realized we have not opened a single key lock. I yelled at the group, “How have we not found a single key?!?!” The girl right next to me goes, “Oh! I found a few keys!” and starts to remove about 5-10 keys from her pocket that she decided to put there for safe keeping (and not use?).
Afterwards our game master comes in with a look of disappointment and tells us that we only made it about 60% of the way. It didn’t matter to us if we won or lost or how far we got, the experience was unlike anything we have ever done and we were hooked. The idea for The Hex Room came later that same night.
We decided to take a chance. We quit our jobs and used all the savings we have worked 10 years to save up for our future house. It was one of those scenarios where we would always live a life of ‘what if’ if we didn’t give it a shot. And what better time to try and fail then when you are young? So we did. We found a location in Anaheim, California, battled the city for permits, and put ourselves in a hole of loans and credit card dept (we found out quickly the savings we had was not enough). With the help of some amazing family and friends, Cross Roads Escape Games opened one year later.
Cross Roads… get it? Luke and Madison Rhoades… ok good.
We wanted to create something that felt so real, you forgot it was a game. Imagine being transported to a new world where you can go anywhere and touch anything you want? To desperately try to find clues to help unlock the secrets to your escape? All our games are designed by us and built from the ground up. Not only is the production value outstanding, even the game design is different. As huge horror fans, we would always watch movies and say something along the lines of, “If that was me, I would have never run up the stairs!” or, “If I was in that situation, I would have totally survived.” Now with this new immersive theatre at our fingertips, we decided to create just that: a real-life horror movie scenario where people can find out if they would actually live or die in a horror film.
CREATING THE HEX ROOM
We love games. Board games, card games, video games, and now escape games. Once we were hooked on escape games we played every one that was available to us. Playing escape rooms was a great learning experience. We saw what we liked, and what we didn’t like. Our biggest issue was that no matter where we went, no matter what the “mission” was, the game was the same. We knew we had to change that up with ours.
Unlike traditional escape rooms, The Hex Room takes immersion to the next step and makes players live out a real-life horror movie. Before your game begins, each player takes a quiz to determine which stereotypical horror movie victim they are. You can be cast as the Jock, Rebel, Prom Queen, Virgin, Nerd, or Detective. Once in costume, players are place in a room by themselves. It is their goal to overcome their individual challenges and still work together as a team, although physically divided. If they are successful, they can rejoin their friends and work on escaping. If not, they can be left behind to die.
CREATING THE FUN HOUSE
The Hex Room became a revolutionary game, but maybe a bit too advanced for its time. When we opened, Escape Rooms were still such a new concept, only a handful of people knew what they were, even fewer played one before. People loved The Hex Room, but we were aware that it was a bit overwhelming to a new player, so we also created The Fun House.
The Fun House is the necessary introductory that people needed to escape rooms. People were together for the experience instead of divided at the start. If someone felt uncomfortable doing something “scary”, then we had The Fun House to offer instead. Although the game play is more of a traditional escape room, we still had a lot of new ideas to offer. The game became self aware with lots of fun tricks and jokes along the way, not to mention the amazing Zoltar. Have you met him yet?
We are determined to always bring the next level of interactive entertainment and have many more ideas up our sleeves. We are very excited for our 3rd full-length game, The Psych Ward, coming this year. It has been a long time in the making, but will be well worth it. The experience really shows our theatrical background with a lot of board game influence. The Psych Ward is not an escape room, it’s the future of immersive entertainment.
CEO and Co-owner
Cross Roads Escape Games