Invitation To Events

Quest for Pharaoh Khufu’s Chamber

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I got a call from Escape Roomers (Munich). They were travelling to London and were looking for additional explorers to join their quest for Pharaoh Khufu’s Chamber. Legend had it that the Chamber was cursed. All who remained there longer than 60 minutes were said to be destined to guard the Pharaoh’s tomb and his treasure for all eternity…….

No pressure then!

Were we up for the challenge?

You bet we were.

And so my team of Invitation To Events explorers arrived at the ante chambers, or foyer at Escape Rooms London Bridge  just off Tooley Street, to begin our mission.

Pharaoh’s Chamber – A Cursed Tomb

We introduced ourselves to our fellow explorers and swapped stories of escape rooms we’d played throughout Europe. The Games master was surprised we had not met before embarking on this adventure.

He told us we were the 100th raiders to enter Pharaoh Khufu’s tomb. It seems the first 99 explorers had perished in the chamber, although no bodies had been found. We were given an  hour to find the Pharaoh’s treasure, and light all the flames of the gods, to escape.

We were shown into a large room with Egyptian statues all around the room. As the door shut, we started searching for clues. There was a good selection of puzzles arranged in a nonlinear game play. We were able to split up, search and solve, joining together and parting as puzzles were solved. One puzzle that stumped us for a long time. It turned out to be something that was formerly a puzzle but had now been retired and was just a prop!

It was good to see we were making progress throughout the game, as we kept lighting the flames of the gods around the room.

It was down to the final light and we huddled together a little stumped. Finally we solved it and managed to escape within the time limit and without needing clues! Amazing.

So happy to have our celebration photo taken and given pride of place on the Escape Rooms wall.

Munich Escape Plan 2018

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Million Pound Heist

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There had been persistent rumours of a notorious criminal gang in London stockpiling money. Invitation To Events dispatched their top team to break into the gang’s safehouse and relieve them of some of their cash.

The quest began at the Enigma Quests building, near Liverpool Street. After a complimentary hot drink the team left the cozy sofas and soft bean bags to venture into London’s underworld.

Once locked inside the criminal gang’s safehouse, they knew they would have 60 minutes to escape with as much money as possible.

Dealing with highly confidential information the group navigated their way through top level security to find their way to the hidden vault.

Teamwork was essential.

Overcoming various challenges they made it through and were able to find the safety deposit boxes. However, the vault contained too much money to fit into their small case!

Decisions had to be made and some money had to be left behind. Escaping in time, they knew that only the teams escaping the highest sums would make it onto the Enigma Quests leaderboard.

 

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It was a dark and stormy afternoon when the call came through…

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The ringing phone could only just be heard over the sound of the wind outside and the excited chatter inside. Someone needed our help or rather a few someones needed our help…..

Invitation To Events sprang into action and dispatched teams across Nottingham to discover the hidden clues, objects and codes. Each team would have only 60 minutes to solve the mysteries, puzzles and challenges in order to find the key they needed to escape their room.

As part of a Hen Weekend in Nottingham, we organised an afternoon at an Escape Room. Or rather THREE rooms at one Escape Room Provider.

Logiclock is a puzzle-based live escape game where small groups of people solve puzzles and mysteries to escape from a room or series of rooms. All of the escape rooms are theme-decorated, as shown by the after game photos . Logiclock advertise that all of the decorations and puzzles are handmade and unique to their venue.

Cosa Nostra – The Sicilian Adventure

The British Spy Agency required a secret team to infiltrate the villa of the Sicilian mafia, where 4 mafia bosses were holding a meeting. They needed to discover the plans of the mafia bosses and escape from the villa without being detected. Would they succeed in their mission?

Pirates in Nottingham

While all this was going on another group was dispatched to a secret house discovered in the heart of Nottingham which was full of pirate treasures. Although it had been rumored that such a place existed,
no one had left the pirate shelter alive to tell the tale. Would our team be successful in acquiring the treasures and finding the final key to escape?

Made in Stein – Science Adventure

Professor E had been working on something of great importance when he had abandoned his office abruptly. Now his assistant, Mrs. Taylor, was looking for someone with a scientific brain to complete his research.
This was where our task force came in. Although Mrs Taylor had  seen a lot of candidates,  she was still searching for the best of the best. Would our team prove to be what she needed?

 

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Delivering the unexpected

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The Postal Museum opens on 28 July 2017

‘British postal services helped to shape the modern world. The Postal Museum works to connect people through this human story of communication, industry and innovation by making it accessible to all.’

The Postal Museum’s Collections Development Policy

The collection spans five centuries of history, revealling Britain’s remarkable social and communications history.

Exhibits include stamps, letters, greetings cards, postcards and even song sheets. There is a collection of post boxes and operational equipment. Tools such as handstamps, sorting machinery and furniture are on display, as are horse-drawn or motorised vehicles and train carriages.

MailRail

A network of automated trains stretched from Paddington to Whitechapel and kept the capital’s communication network flowing for over 75 years. While millions of items of mail were delivered every day deep beneath the streets of London, Postal workers were forbidden from travelling on the train.

But now you can experience the ride.

The subterranean rail ride – MailRail – is due to open to the public on 4th September. It is currently available for private group events. Ride through the hidden tunnels and discover a unique piece of industrial heritage, then explore the galleries packed with objects, stories and interactive displays.

 

MailRail by Juliamaud
MailRail by Juliamaud

 

The Invitation To Events team, including an ex-Post Office Engineer, were privileged to get a trip on the train ahead of its opening to the public.

visiting mailrail with Squaremeal
Invitation To Events visiting Mailrail with Squaremeal

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Million Pound Heist

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Invitation To Events took a team  to the new escape room by Enigma Quests.

Unlike other escape rooms, where the aim is to escape, Enigma Quests offer immersive challenges.

For their last adventure, the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, you were required to pass exams. You may not “escape” within the 60 minutes but you may have passed some of the achievement levels, starting at “Troll”.

Their latest adventure, the  Million Pound Heist, requires you to “steal” as much money as possible…..and escape.

The plot sees your team break into the safe house of one of London’s most notorious criminal gang. You then have to analyse highly confidential information and navigate your way through top level security before you get to the vault. Once you’ve got into the vault you have to get fill your case with as much money as possible and escape. All this within 60 minutes.

The game is highly interactive, with some great challenges we hadn’t seen before. Just as the props were outstanding in the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, there is great attention to detail in the Million Pound Heist quest. The room owners design every puzzle, and source or create all the high quality props themselves.

How did we do?

Well, we scored £890,000 out of the possible £2,000,000 that could fit in the briefcase, and escaped within the 60 minutes.

Job well done.

Invitation To Events team at the Million Pound Heist
Invitation To Events team at the Million Pound Heist

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A Murderous Brood

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The latest murder mystery adventure from Invitation To Events is a hen-night murder mystery for 14 ladies.

A Murderous Brood

Everyone was excited about the upcoming wedding of Dan and Marie.

While Dan was away watching rugby on his stag trip, the hens celebrated Marie’s final days as a single woman with a trip to Bosanova, where the Bride’s parents live, followed by a spa retreat in England.

The first part of the trip was filled with shopping, sightseeing and clubbing organised by the bride’s friend Connie.

However, there were also a couple of last minute additions to the guest plan in Bosanova, before the party moved to England.

The game begins as everyone is relaxing at the Love and Peace Retreat. Or are they?……

Suddenly there is a loud explosion!

The “Welcome” sign to the spa crashes down, knocking Foxie to the ground. The weight of the sign and her proximity to the blast kills her instantly.

And so the investigation begins…..

Who could have planted a bomb?

What is the story behind the bantam?

Who wanted Foxie out of the hen house?

It would appear these hens are a murderous brood!……..

To book a murder mystery hen night, or other murder mystery event, contact Invitation To Events – contact@invitation2events.co.uk with the subject line ” Booking a murder mystery event”

Murder Mystery at UCL

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UCL Museums at Night event

The Game was Afoot.

UCL Museums had suffered from a spate of foul actions of a criminal nature. Learning and Access Officer, Dean Veall, warned that the fiends responsible were using the Museums most precious collections for their foul deeds.

Invitation To Events immediately dispatched a team of trusted investigators to help solve the crime. On arrival they discovered that a murder had been committed!

The next few hours were spent combing the museums and searching for clues. This event was part murder mystery and part treasure hunt. Teams had to visit various museums, rooms and areas to find the suspects and answer questions about the collections. Unlike Treasure hunts in London events, where the clues can be cryptic or puzzles, the clues were all straight questions. However, the answers to the clues led to a large puzzle that revealed the murder weapon.

Among the places visited were:-

Grant Museum of Zoology

Petrie Museum

UCL Art Museum

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The team succeeded in correctly spotting the murderer but not in determining  the murder weapon. The prize for best costume of the night went to a well deserving Scoobey Doo.