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$318
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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, December 13 2013 10:04 PM UTC +00:00

About

Labyrinth is a one of a kind chance to live in a story, survive an adventure, solve a mystery, and be a hero like the characters you loved as a child.

Admit it - you've watched plenty of action and adventure movies where the hero barely escapes a booby-trapped temple, discovers the villian right before it's too late, or disarms a nuclear bomb juuuuust before it's about to explode and thought either:

a) That's completely awesome! I wish I could do that!

or

b) Pfffft. I could do that twice as fast as that pansy AND still have time to get the girl/boy.

Well, here's your chance.*

*Sorry, gentlemen. Heroines not included with this kickstarter.
*Sorry, gentlemen. Heroines not included with this kickstarter.

Hey, just what is a real-life Escape the Room game, anyway?

Good question!

Escape the Room games are popular, first person online flash games where you are trapped in a locked room and have to use a mixture of creativity and logic to find hints that are scattered throughout the room, usually before you die of some inexplicable case of air poisoning. Famous and popular examples can be found on this page: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ultimate-list-escape-room-games/

Labyrinth takes this concept, erm...minus the poisoning, and applies it to a real-world setting, challenging participants to escape from a specially designed locked room by using nothing but their wits, observation and teamwork skills, and creativity. With scenarios straight out of Hollywood scripts, Labyrinth gives participants the chance to put themselves in the shoes of their favorite heros and escape from rooms ranging in themes from escaping an ancient Egyptian temple to averting World War III by disarming a nuclear warhead.

Oh. And you get 60 minutes to figure out how to do it.

Luckily for you, you won't be alone, as up to 4 (and maybe more in the future) of your friends can join you on your adventure. Your goal is simple: search for clues, solve the riddles, escape the room - before it's too late.

Are the rooms difficult to escape? What happens if we get stuck and can't figure out a hint?

The rooms have varying levels for difficulty, required athletisism, and fear factors to them. We have rooms that will challenge, but not overwhelm, an entry level team, along with rooms that should sufficiently overwhelm those among you who feel that Sherlock Holmes was too stupid to make it out of primary schoo -- er, sorry - elementary school, my dear Watson.

So, as a general rule, our rooms are challenging - but the fun of the game comes more from the experience of playing it and less from winning it. Also, our rooms are typically not physically demanding and are not intended to be frightening -- this is a challenge meant for your brains.

Should you become completely stuck and distraught, you can easily spot a "help" bell inside each room and you may use this to call our dedicated Game Master for help. For each "help", we will give you clues and guide you to complete one puzzle. But be careful - you may only use the "help" bell once per one-hour game! We don't want to give away the surprise after all...

When and where do you plan on opening?

We will open Labyrinth in beautiful Seattle, Washington. As of now, we are aiming for a opening in early June. However, due to licensing issues, construction variables, and other elements outside of our control, we may open a month or two earlier or later than that. The answer to that question will become more clear as time goes on, and of course, we'll keep all of our backers posted on our progress.

Wow, that sounds amazing! How far along is this project and where does the money go?

Most of the money made from this project goes straight into building these rooms and riddles. At this stage, we have drawn designs and created blueprints for the rooms, along with their corresponding riddles and hints, of which some are quite intricite and therefore expensive. We've also talked with architechts and other experts to go over our room plans to make sure that our ideas are feasible and within our budget. What we need now is the financial ability to bring these ideas off of the paper and onto the floor for you to play; with our own money that we have to add to it, the $15,000 we're requesting would be enough to start and open up to two rooms. Should we secure more funding, we have detailed blueprints drawn up for up to 5 different rooms.

So, why Kickstarter? Can't you just get a bankloan like normal people?

Why did we choose Kickstarter to raise money for this project? Simply put - because Kickstarter allows creative, off-the-wall projects like this that would never see the light of day otherwise to get funded. It's one of the few places where pure ideas and creativity can be funded without getting a strange glance from a loan officer when telling him that you'd like money to lock people into a room. Labyrinth began as a simple idea to combat boredom on a slow weekday night and quickly grew and solidified until we fell in love with it and became dedicated to making it everything we know it can be. To do that, we’re going to need time and resources to bring it to reality. The funds from Kickstarter will give us those things, as well as helping cover all of the other expenses that crop up when you’re making something big and wonderful.

We hope you see the potential in this project that we see and we thank you in advance for your support!

Oh, we'll also make sure you get some awesome...

Rewards!

Labyrinth, at its core, is about engaging your brain while having fun in the process. And this kickstarter is no different. To show it, every supporter will recieve access to an interactive online puzzle game we're calling "Escape from the Kickstarter Challenge." Here's how it works:

Every week throughout the duration of the campaign, we'll post a puzzle or a challenge (or series of puzzles and challenges) under the updates tab that can only be accessed by supporters. When you solve the puzzles and/or challenges, you'll be left with either a word or a phrase, which is the weekly answer. Save these answers - you'll need them in the final week.

On the last week of the project, we'll post one final challenge. This hint will lead to a phrase, and you will email this phrase to the email address provided. The first five people to send the correct answer, along with five other random participants with correct answers, will have successfully escaped the kickstarter and will receive a special prize!

Here's an overview of the rest of the rewards:

$5: 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS -

In Shakespearean times, the 5 wits were "common wit", "imagination", "fantasy", "estimation", and "memory". We'll celebrate the 5 wits you'll require to escape our labyrinth with 5 rewards:

  • Access to backer-only updates: there are some things that only backers get to see. With your support, you'll get to see things meant for "your eyes only".
  • Access to hints for the escape the Kickstarter challenge: your mission, if you choose to accept it, is outlined above.
  • Your name on our website as a supporter: your name and heroic deed will be forever plastered on our website for all to see for eternity.
  • Email updates on the project: as a supporter, we feel you deserve the updates to our situation as they occur.
  • Special offers: think of this as a promotional email, but only for kickstarters. You'll recieve periodic emails and discounts that only supporters will be offered once we open.

$10: PUZZLED -

We'll send you a PDF booklet full of handcrafted logic puzzles and riddles, ready in time for Christmas! A good simple gift for people who enjoy logic puzzles! Plus everything in the 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS level.

$15: A 19th CENTURY THANK YOU -

In the olden golden days before the internet, people actually used to send paper cards to each other for things, such as thank yous. Well, we'll send you a beautiful and special hand-written (!) thank you card, composed while we were clear-headed and completely focused on the task. You'll also recieve all of the rewards under the PUZZLED and 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS categories.

$16: A 19th THENTURY THAHNKEYYYYOU -

...Well, ok. Admittedly, a card could be a bit more fun if it was written by a drunk idiot. We'll oblige your cruel whims and send you a hand-scrawled thank you card written while we were completely drunk, which we're certain to regret by the time it arrives. You'll also recieve all of the rewards under the PUZZLED and 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS categories.

$25: ESCAPE THE LINES -

Before we open to the public, we'll invite you to our Kickstarter Launch Party Week (sometime in May or June), where you can mingle with other awesome kickstarters, form teams, and play a room of your choice - a great way to meet new people! You'll also get all of the rewards under the PUZZLED and 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS categories.

$39/$52/$65: EARLY BIRD GETS... -

We'll give the first 20 backers at each of these three price levels a pass for three to five people into any one of our rooms when we open (June 2014) . That's a savings of $9 from the expected normal rate! We will send you the pass by email before Christmas. And because we love you, we'll also give you all of the rewards under the PUZZLED and 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS categories.

$45/$60/$75: YOU AWAKE IN A STRANGE ROOM...

You'll get a pass for three, four, or five people to any one of our rooms when we open (June 2014) at a Kickstarter-only special rate of $45/$60/$75! We will send you the pass by email before Christmas. You also recieve all of the rewards under the PUZZLED and 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS categories.


$100: ESCAPE ARTIST - Are you a as-of-yet undiscovered artist, dying to get your work noticed by someone? Or can you barely draw a stick figure of a cat riding a dragon into battle? Doesn't matter to us! We'll hang any single piece of art (in good taste, of course) that you create somewhere inside of our business for all to enjoy! We'll also give you all of the rewards under the PUZZLED and 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS categories.

$125: CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE -

On our team, we have a writer whose works have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, other publications throughout the years. He has agreed to work with us to write you a personalized Choose Your Own Adventure story and send it to you. You may pick the theme of your story. Every story will have at least one good "winning" ending, one bad "losing" ending, and one normal ending. Story will be sent in PDF format by email.

$150: LICENSE TO KILL -

Pick any 7 letters or numbers (name, birthdate, etc.) to appear on a license plate state of your choice. We'll make this personalized plate a permanent part of a puzzle inside one of the rooms! We'll also give you all of the rewards under the PUZZLED and 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS categories.

$1,337: LEET-ONARDO DA VINC-ME:

We have teamed up with a professional artist who will create an artistic portrait of you and hang it in one of the trap rooms with the Mona Lisa and other famous works of art as a pernament part of one of our traps. You'll also get a nameplate just like in a museum, of course, and you get naming rights to the portrait. If that wasn't cool enough, we'll also send you an original 12x16" (30x40 cm) oil painting of the art, along with all of the rewards under the PUZZLED and 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS categories.

$3,500: ESCAPIST -

Have an idea for your own escape room that you'd love to see come to life? We'll exchange design and functionality ideas through email or skype and then you and up to four of your friends can come visit us in Seattle (must provide own transportation) and play your creation, along with all of our other rooms over the course of a day or weekend. While you're here, we'll take you and your friends out to lunch or dinner to one of our favorite restaurants in Seattle. Did we mention you get full naming rights to your room? Because you totally do. We'll also give you all of the rewards under the PUZZLED and 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS categories.

Risks and challenges

Labyrinth isn't at its final stage and, as described above, it still needs some work to reach its full potential. Some issues and challenges may arise during this process. However, we are extremely confident in our ability to rise above them and create a great place you'll be proud of supporting. We've already overcome countless roadblocks to get to this point, and we will continue to use the same out-of-the-box solution based thinking process to take it all the way.

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    5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS:
    In Shakespearean times, the 5 wits were "common wit", "imagination", "fantasy", "estimation", and "memory". You'll need to use all five of these to escape our Labyrinth, and for your pledge at the level, you'll recieve 5 rewards: access to backer-only updates, access to hints for the escape the Kickstarter challenge, your name on our website as a supporter, email updates on the project, and special offers delivered right to your inbox. This pledge level is great if you're unable to visit us in Seattle, but still want to support the project.

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    EARLY BIRD GETS... - We'll give the first 20 backers at this level a pass for three (3) people into any one of our rooms when we open (June 2014) - that's a savings of $9 from the expected normal rate! We will send you the pass by email before Christmas. And because we love you, we'll also give you all of the rewards under the PUZZLED and 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS categories.

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    YOU AWAKE IN A STRANGE ROOM... You'll get a pass for three (3) people to any one of our rooms when we open (June 2014) at a Kickstarter-only special rate of $45! We will send you the pass by email before Christmas. You also recieve all of the rewards under the PUZZLED and 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS categories.

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    EARLY BIRD GETS.. : THE SEQUEL. - We'll give the first 20 backers at this level a pass for four (4) people into any one of our rooms when we open (June 2014) - that's a savings of $12 from the expected normal rate! We will send you the pass by email before Christmas. And because we love you, we'll also give you all of the rewards under the PUZZLED and 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS categories.

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    EARLY BIRD GETS... : THE TRILOGY - We'll give the first 20 backers at this level a pass for five (5) people into any one of our rooms when we open (June 2014) - that's a savings of $15 from the expected normal rate! We will send you the pass by email before Christmas. And because we love you, we'll also give you all of the rewards under the PUZZLED and 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS categories.

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    ESCAPE ARTIST: Are you a as-of-yet undiscovered artist? Or can you barely draw a stick figure of a cat riding a dragon into battle? Doesn't matter to us! We'll hang any single piece of art (in good taste, of course) that you create somewhere inside of our business for all to enjoy! We'll also give you all of the rewards under the PUZZLED and 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS categories.

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    LICENSE TO KILL: Pick any 7 letters or numbers (name, birthdate, etc.) to appear on a license plate state of your choice.This will be a permanent part of a puzzle inside one of the rooms! We'll also give you all of the rewards under the PUZZLED and 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS categories.

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    LEET-ANARDO DA VINC-ME: We'll create an artistic portrait of you and hang it in one of the trap rooms with the Mona Lisa and other famous works of art. We'll also send you an original 12x16" (30x40 cm) oil painting of the art, along with all of the rewards under the PUZZLED and 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS categories. Disclaimer: Mona Lisa and other famous works of art may or may not be replicas.

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    ESCAPIST - Have an idea for your own escape room that you'd love to see come to life? We'll exchange design and functionality ideas through email or skype and then you and up to four of your friends can come visit us in Seattle (must provide own transportation) and play your creation, along with all of our other rooms. While you're here, we'll take you and your friends out to lunch to one of our favorite restaurants in Seattle. Did we mention you get full naming rights to your room? Because you totally do. We'll also give you all of the rewards under the PUZZLED and 5 DOLLARS, 5 WITS, 5 REWARDS categories.

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