Campus Escapes


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Campus Escapes

Available Now: The Philosopher

Our debut room at Campus Escapes puts you in the office of a Philosophy professor where everything isn’t quite what it seems. Dr. Allister Longbottom is well-respected on campus; more out of fear than anything. He’s committed to proving that Philosophy is the loftiest field of study, and treats it with the utmost seriousness. Any sort of prank or joke at his expense would certainly earn the prankster a failing grade- not to mention Dr. Longbottom’s determined attempts to sabotage their future career prospects (yes, he’d go that far).

The final project for his Intro to Philosophy class is a major wash-out point for the majority of the class. Your group has labored over this assignment for weeks, but the one member tasked with submitting it has made a disastrous mistake: an early draft of the project spreadsheet was accidentally attached, and every quote, from Plato to Kierkegaard, is replaced with the filler text “Dr. Very Long Bottoms” repeated over and over. Everyone had a good laugh at the time, but nobody wants Dr. Longbottom to get the last (very maniacal) laugh.

If there’s anything lucky about this situation, it’s that your group has managed to solicit the aid of a helpful Grad Assistant who would hate to see yet another group of bright-eyed students crushed under Longbottom’s thumb. Your GA offers to let you all into Dr. Longbottom’s office, overseeing your attempts to gain access to his computer and delete the offending file. You’ve only got 25 minutes before he’s back for office hours — his angriest time of the day. Can you do it?


One fun twist on our room is that an actor is in the room with the team the whole time and is part of the story. The actor will lead the group in and start the time, as well as do the wrap-up after the game is over. Teams can be comprised of 2 – 12 people and the game runs in 25 minutes. At the conclusion of each game, there is a 10-minute break while the team that has just completed the challenge, takes team pictures and the room is reset for the next team. Our standard package runs the room for 4 hours and 5 minutes and allows up to 84 people to play. Additional hours can be added for longer events and more teams, as can a second copy of the room to allow two teams to play at one time which can then accommodate up to 168 people in the standard time frame.

The format of the game is like the spokes of a wheel, not in a linear progression. So, there are several puzzles that can be played by different members of the group at the same time that will each produce a piece of the final puzzle that is played as a group. This allows maximum participation and encourages team work.

A room that is a minimum of 15’ x 15’

·        The room must contain a door that can be closed

·        If the room has windows, they must be covered to block out light

·        The ability to turn the lights off and on in the room

·        The room must be cleared out of any furniture, objects, wall hangings, etc and preferably has blank walls

·        For spaces that are much larger than requested, additional walls will be provided by Campus Escapes to reduce the room size

·        A desk that has been emptied out completely (if there are no spare desks, a 6’ or 8’ table will work

·        A chair (desk style chair preferred)

·        (2) 6’ to 8’ tables, or a piece of furniture approximately sized that can provide a surface, also emptied.

·        Access to electricity in the room and two extension cords

·        If you have any additional small furniture pieces to put in the room, those are welcome, but not necessary. Examples would include: filing cabinet, side table, credenza, additional chair, bookcase.

·        One to two volunteers to assist with taking team pictures and sending new teams into the room experience

·        A small space outside of the room for team pictures


“The event went fabulously, we got nothing but positive feedback. The event drew a more diverse crowd in terms of age and campus involvement and they all left asking for us to bring you guys back. Our club really liked working with Brian and I personally thought he was a great contribution to the overall experience in the room. The clues allowed groups to both split up and work together. We got to experience and sometimes hear groups “collaborating” together with high energy. Thank you very much for making such a wonderful experience.” – Brooke Umbra, University Programming Board Member – Union College

“The actor was great. The students loved him and thought he was wonderful to work with… Everyone really enjoyed the room and thought it was a smart idea.” – Jason Meier, Director of Student Activities – Emerson College

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