A new layer of team building

A new layer of team building

What if playing an escape room as a team building activity could be more than just a fun time? What if coworkers could learn about themselves and their colleagues so that they can work together more effectively – while having fun?

That’s what Boost Your Game is all about.

Since we opened our first location in 2014, we have watched tens of thousands of people work together (or not!) as they attempted to get out of one of our rooms. It didn’t take very long before behavior patterns started to emerge. At first, we noticed the obvious: who stepped up to be the leader and who was content in doing what they were told to do. However, other roles, relationships and patterns also became evident.

While many companies coming to Exit Strategy for team building are satisfied playing “Just for Fun“, we were getting more and more requests from organizations who were looking for a way to improve their team’s performance. So, we put our heads together and designed a unique and transformative team building option: Boost Your Game.

In Boost, teams work with an expert trainer/educator for an hour on top of playing Mansion at the North location. The formal debrief that takes place goes well beyond who did what and what worked well. The dynamics and relationships that are set in motion during the game are also examined. By understanding how such dynamics help a group be successful in a fun endeavor like an escape room, work teams are better able to support each other in the workplace during challenging moments.

From the very beginning of the 60-minute countdown, escape room players take on different roles. Without any planning, players will naturally gravitate to a role that suits their personality or others’ expectations. Whether they start looking for clues, try to roll the first lock they see or simply stand back to take it all in, players find their purpose. It might not always be useful or productive, but everyone will eventually find their role or play the one that is expected of them. Will someone take the lead or will everyone refrain from sticking their necks out? If there is a leader, is he or she the leader of the team in the workplace as well? All these observations are made as participants are playing but aren’t there fascinating correlations to be made with the workplace?

An escape room is also a great opportunity to see how well the group flows (or not) between working together and setting off to work individually on different tasks. While individuality or teamwork can both be key assets in the workplace, how can we best utilize them to be productive?

Want to know more? We would love to help you plan your Boost Your Game session. Call us at 980-859-4482 or email to learn how you can help your team achieve more while having fun.

National Escape Room Day is on October 26th 2017

National Escape Room Day is on October 26th 2017

Everything under the sun has its own day except for Escape Rooms! So, we decided that the 4th Thursday of October would now be National Escape Room Day, aka N.E.R.D. To celebrate, come play with us on that day at either location and pay only $5/person. Yup: $5/person!

Book online and use discount code NERD to get this sweet deal. (Promo code was only valid on 10/26/2017)

Fine print: up to 2 rooms played that day/person; regular cancellation/no-show policy still applies; cannot be combined with any other promotion.

“Circle of Trust” promotion!

Introducing our Circle of Trust promotion!

You don’t want to play with strangers? We hear you! Book for a Tuesday evening (5 pm until close) game, and pay $25/player plus a $25 fee to get the entire room to yourselves.

Make sure to indicate “Circle of Trust” as your promo code when you book. Valid only on Tuesdays until Sept. 26th 2017. Our regular cancellation fee applies.

Final Sacrifice: The End Is Near!

Final Sacrifice: The End Is Near!

The time has come – The Final Sacrifice will be retiring soon! The final… Final Sacrifice will be on September 17, 2017.

We’ll have special Do-Over Days where you can play the room again for $10 off the regular price. You must call us at 704-837-0515 or email our South location at to schedule a Do-Over.

Final Sacrifice Do-Over Days – 9/07/17 and 9/17/17.

So you have a little under 2 months to play our hardest room for the last time!

The dirty “S” word of escape rooms!

The dirty “S” word of escape rooms!

You reserved The Mansion for 6 people and you and your crew are really excited to see how well you can work together. You’re going to beat this room, you can feel it! When you arrive at the North location to your surprise you are playing with 2 other people. Strangers! They are sitting right there and seem to be nice enough but they are still strangers! You don’t want them to ruin your plans…

You express concerns of playing with other people to the person at the front desk: “The website showed there were only 6 spots available. We wanted to be in the room by ourselves. We didn’t know we’d be playing with other people…” The staff explain The Mansion has a max of 8 people and 2 spots were taken when you made your reservation. Despite your disappointment, you put on a happy face, meet your new partners in crime and go to play the room anyway.

Does this sound familiar?

We understand that it can be disappointing or even frustrating to realize that you’ll have to spend an hour working in a room with strangers but here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Most times, when people play with strangers they have a wonderful time and everyone is working together well. We’ve even had instances when people exchange phone numbers and email addresses!
2. Many of our record holders are strangers who were combined. How can that be? We think there are a few reasons. One is that people might be on their best behavior, trying to impress strangers. It could also be because strangers will look at things in a way that is different from how you and your group would look at things. Finally, it’s likely also because in any room that’s not fully linear, there are more than one task that can be worked on. Oftentimes, the smaller groups will divide naturally and work on simultaneous tasks.

Are there instances when strangers didn’t work out well? Indeed, there are and that’s always unfortunate. Our briefings do mention playing nice with strangers and our game masters are always watching for the quality of interactions when strangers are concerned. But if a group chooses to not play nice, the only thing we can do is make things right by the group who was overpowered.

Now, if you absolutely do not want to play with strangers, here’s what you can do: book all the spots! Look at the room description to see how many spots there are in the room you want to play and make sure to book all of them. When you check in, you’ll pay the regular $25/person and you’ll also pay $12.50 for each spot that you booked but are not using.

Ready to book your adventure at either our North or South location?