New to the District: Escape Club
June 15, 2016
“I think the big draw of an escape room is that it hits on a lot of innate human traits,” says Dale D’Silva when asked about the recent popularity of the activity. As the owner of Regina’s first ever escape room, Dale is thrilled about Escape Club’s runaway success and the fact that his business offers a positive social impact. “The escape room process is geared toward finding the best attributes of everyone,” he adds.
Born and raised in Regina, Dale attended the University of Regina where he completed an undergraduate degree in Engineering, specializing in Electronic Systems. He would eventually leave his hometown to work in the field of communication defense systems for a number of years in Calgary before becoming a self-described stay-at-home uncle and later a student of social justice research.
It was while attending a so-called “nerd night” event in Calgary, Dale was introduced to an escape room game and immediately fell in love with the concept. “It’s an insanely fun activity,” Dale responds with a smile.
After deciding to open an escape room in Regina, Dale determined that the Warehouse District was ideal location due to the area’s unique architecture characteristics, its vibrant sense of community, and the excitement surrounding the redevelopment of the former railyards on Dewdney Avenue. “The Warehouse District is ideal for our purposes,” Dale states emphatically.
For those unfamiliar with the concept, an escape room is a team-based interactive game where players are “locked” in a room and have to rely on physical elements contained in the room to solve a series of increasingly complex puzzles and riddles within an established time limit. The games can be set in a variety of settings and scenarios including ancient Egypt, a zombie apocalypse, a prison cell, or a space station.
Escape Club Regina’s “curse of the evil genie” escape room has been a huge hit with local audiences and Dale believes this is because the room by its design encourages beneficial traits such as critical thinking, cooperation, and organizational team building all within a fun and relaxed atmosphere. “It is difficult enough for a challenge but not too difficult that it discourages people from playing.” Dale says when asked about the secret ingredient to the room’s runaway success.
Escape Club has recently announced plans to expand their operations in response to strong demand from customers. They have been at their current temporary location on 1115 Rose Street since December 2015 but starting July of 2016, the business will be moving into a more permanent location at 2410 Dewdney Avenue. This new location will feature 5 separate escape rooms and a boardgame café.
When asked about some successful strategies for escaping a room, Dale offers up some sound advice to those looking to beat the buzzer. “The teams that perform the best in the room generally have the most diverse people in their groups. The biggest key is communication.”
If you have any questions or would like to book a timeslot for an escape room, visit their website at www.escapeclub.caor call 306.359.2273.
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