History Mystery Norwich, The Museum of Norwich – The Merchant’s Vaults

A Saturday visit with a new player joining our regular duo, we headed into another historic underground area of Norwich to play another game. There aren’t any doors with locks on, only a story to tell and some ingenious ideas to reinforce the story.

You have travelled into the past of Norwich with no money, and have found yourselves way back in time with only a considerate sponsor willing to help you get back to your own time.

It is a romp through some major industries of Norwich with physical and mental puzzles, it is not always linear but you do need to work together to solve as you work through the “ages” to escape Debtor’s Prison and get back to your own time.

A good games master with the ability to tell a story here really helps the experience, particularly one who knows the history as we have always found that these guys do. Our GM was attentive, sarcastic when necessary and played her role well when we ran into the inevitable health and safety issues that presented themselves in such an important listed building. She gave a character while being herself at the same time, and clearly had a lot of experience in dealing with both experts and novices alike. I believe her name was Rosie and she was also an experienced dungeon master for D&D. This gave our group a great experience and I can see it being a good time for anyone as long as you have a team with a sense of humor and can work logically.

I found the physical/mechanism of the puzzles useful without being intrusive on the time period, and as immersive as it can be bare in mind there was limited space. There were certainly a few things I hadn’t seen before.

I would recommend this game to visitors to Norwich who perhaps have some games under their belts, and can work well together. I think it may be difficult to do with 2 players, but we managed well with 3 and I think two pairs would do well.

Certainly a company I enjoy, we are happy to have our Platinum reward badges (a nice touch) and hopefully we will play the last currently available game of the Queenmaker soon at Blickling!

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It’s 6am and…

I now have plenty of time to update reviews as I spend the next 3 hours on a coach to London. After a bit of a break, it is escaping time again!

On the way to meet up with my regular partner in crime (sometimes having a whole new meaning in escape games, I am surprised no one has found me yet after all the priceless artifacts I have stolen, areas I have broken into..and the rest)

It is time to visit a new company I hadn’t actually heard of yet, reading a review from The Logic Escapes Me and Time Out have convinced me to go and try it @www.cluetrace.co.uk where we will play Mission Critical, and back to Handmade Mysteries to try and finish the last monstrosity of Poppa Plock in his Wonky Workshop. Sounds like it is going to be fun!

First post!

Since I seem to be writing a lot of reviews, here’s my actual blog, where I am going to write about my escape room adventures. I’m not going to give a score or ranking to each, but hopefully I can talk about my experiences in a way that lets readers decide whether these companies or rooms would be right for them to try. Here we go!

I’ll be uploading my reviews of previous visits as well that were previously on TripAdvisor, although they will be edited for the readers who may well know what they are talking about 😉