We are replacing one of our older games(one of the original three we opened with) at Denver Escape Room. Our new game has a wonderful focus, it’s theme. We have a huge task in front of us, one to turn a small office space into a fully realized pirate ship cargo bay. The theming of it and story set in the mid 1600’s has some fantastic visual appeal.
We began with some quick models and made a design on the computer that we could use as a reference.
It was clear that we would need to put a lot of our budget into the set design. The lumber itself would end up costing over 800$. The decor items however and detail set pieces were found quite easily at flea markets, antique shops, and thrift stores. Using wood grain house siding as the floor planks saved us a lot of money over traditional wood flooring and also keeps the original flooring intact for future use.
There are some key differences when attempting to build an escape room over a haunted house, theater set, or other construction projects. You have to design everything for heavy wear and use, you will have hundreds of people day in and out doing everything they can to take apart the room. So building with that in mind you have to be cautious of the materials used.
And then here is what it looks like two weeks later…