Month: November 2017

Exploring the National Portrait Gallery

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Pity the poor gift recipient.  We all know that deciding what to buy your loved one can be tough, but do you really want to give a farm’s worth of livestock and a party load of people?

That’s just what the present giver did in The 12 Days of Christmas. 

This traditional English Christmas carol, first published in England in 1780, tells the story of a series of gifts from “my true love”. There have been a number of different versions of the lyrics over the centuries but all feature an ever growing list of animals birds and people.

The 12 Days of Christmas Treasure Hunt

Instead of giving gifts, a group of treasure hunters searched for answers to clues about them. Exploring the National Portrait Gallery, their quest took them from Tudor paintings to 21st century art.

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Time Run: Lance Of Longinus

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Luna Fox had sent us a message via our team leader.

We were to meet at a certain location at a certain time. We were required to wear flat shoes for Time Running and warned that, while we were not to be late, we were also not to be early.

“Do not ring the doorbell until exactly your allocated time slot.”

As we huddled outside a doorway in East London, one brave adventurer decided to flout the instructions we’d been sent and try her hand at ringing the doorbell 10 minutes early.

It was ignored.

But at 6:30pm sharp the door swung open to reveal the Time Portal and our time travelling adventure could begin.

Instead of being greeted by a games master, we were met by Luna’s assistant Aubrey Defoe. He showed us into his “office” for a briefing on our mission. To make travelling between time portals easier we were required to leave our bags and coats behind. Loading the storage crate one member of our team snagged his finger and had to be taken to get a plaster. Aubrey remained in character, telling us that time travel was not supposed to be that dangerous, and ad libbing until all the team were back together.

After the briefing we were shown into the staging room where we “met”  Luna’s other assistant, a robot called  Babbage. He was to be our guide between the time portals. We had more instructions from Luna and then we were off to solve the first puzzles and challenges in an attempt to retireve the Lance Of Longinus.

The puzzles were good and the production value of the sets was amazing. Time Run is  a really impressive immersive game.

Being non-linear, all team members were free to search and solve as we moved between time portals. And we did. Sometimes we worked as pairs, sometimes as a group and sometimes we tried things alone. (Looking at you, “silent solver”.)

We managed to retrieve the Lance Of Longinus and escape back to our time zone with a few minutes to spare.

As well as making it onto the leader board, we were given a report card during the debriefing. After some careful consideration Babbage had decided we were “the Academics” who were both helped and hindered by the raw power of our intellect.

A fair assessment and a great game.

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Ho, ho, ho! Time for another festive Treasure Hunt

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Who

Decide who you would like to take on a Christmas adventure.

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What

The 12 Days of Christmas Treasure Hunt is based on the Christmas carol. You will not have to strain your singing voices, just your “little grey cells” as you work out the answers to the song sheet of clues.

When

Tickets are available for Saturday 26th November 2017 and, especially for groups of 6+, for Friday 1 December 2017 and Thursday 14 December 2017.

 Where

Bring your team to explore the National Portrait Gallery followed by cocktails, prizes and festive treats. 

Why

Get to explore the gallery and discover the treasures the collection holds. The National Portrait Gallery is the oldest portrait gallery in the world, with works spanning over 500 years.

Will you win the top marks and collect the winners prize?

Book your tickets now!

Treasure Hunts in London afterhunt party with Mrs Claus
Treasure Hunts in London after hunt party with Mrs Claus

Book of Secrets

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It’s New Year’s Eve 1999

Master Magician Alistair Wilson performs an amazing trick

And  literally disappears

He is never seen again!

The big questions remain:

  • Why did he vanish?
  • How did he disappear?
  • And what became of his “Book of Secrets”?

With so many questions left unanswered, my team of adventurers set off early one Sunday morning to find a little magic in Mile End. Our quest took us to Clue Adventures

Our mission was to find out what happened to Alistair Wilson on new years eve 1999 and to find his Book of Secrets. Time was of the essence as his flat was due to be demolished. We’d only have 60 minutes before the answers would be lost forever.

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Entering the Zone

Wearing our hard hats we completed our briefing before entering Alistair Wilson’s flat. 

Players are offered a choice of play modes. The clues are the same but the amount of hints offered is different. Fun mode gives you a little nudge in the right direction and is good for all levels of player. Experienced players can choose Ultimate where you are asked if you would like a hint before one is given. Players can choose to take the hint or refuse it. 

Despite the look of horror from one team member, our group decided to go Extreme, where you are not offered hints but have to ask for them. Admittedly we had not read the reviews before playing that said Book of Secrets is one of the hardest escape rooms to solve.

Alistair’s flat

This escape room begins in Alistair’s flat and has you searching around finding clues, puzzles and even magic tricks. That’s a nice surprise.

In fact, magic abounds in this escape room. As well as allowing you to perform tricks, the whole experience makes reference to great magicians of the past and present. This adds another level of enjoyment to the game trying to spot different magicians.

Of course, the real object of the game is to solve the mystery and find the book. We were lucky to have a team of four as we could split up and search the room, which is packed full of stuff.

The game is non-linear so everyone gets the opportunity to solve. However you may discover things that require something else to be found before you can use what you’ve uncovered. Good communication is essential. As is remembering what you’ve discovered as you may need to refer to it later.

The big question 

Having solved the first two questions, we still needed to find the actual Book of Secrets. The finale pulled all the team together with literally seconds to spare. 

A recommended adventure.

 

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