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Year In Review (2017)

Updated: Sep 19, 2018

Team Bluefish had an amazing year in 2017. We were fortunate enough to be able to travel quite a bit, we met some really amazing people, oh, and we also escaped from a bunch of rooms!

Since we love data, we wanted to take a minute to reflect on the year. This is our first yearly wrap-up post, so we’re still figuring out what we want to put here. If you’re looking for a list of top escape rooms, like the brilliant post of Golden Lock-In Award Winners from our friends at RoomEscapeArtist, you’ll have to wait a little. That should be coming out within the next week or so. This post will completely ignore opinions and describe what we did this year by the numbers.

  • Thanks to a last minute stop in Palm Springs on December 30th, we met our ridiculously arbitrary goal. We played 200 escape rooms in 2017!

  • In order to play 200 games, we visited 17 different states and Washington D.C. We were hosted in Arizona, California, Washington, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Virginia, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Missouri, Illinois, Oregon, Connecticutt, Michigan, and Indiana.

  • We were surprised to find that we played only 72 games in our home state of Arizona. The rest of the states are shown in this graph. It’s easy to see that not only do we love to visit California, it’s pretty convenient for us.


So many states!

  • Our spreadsheet tells us that we won 173 games and we lost 27 games. Our challenge to ourselves is to keep our win rate above 80%. We did that, but as we play more games, it seems like we pay less attention to our overall record. You might see a post in a few weeks that talks about how we feel a room’s “winnable-ness” affects its “fun-ness”

  • The source of truth that is the spreadsheet also shows that 38 of our escapes earned us positions (however temporarily) on the room’s leaderboard. We try to track it because we’re way too competitive. And to all you other escape room teams: Boom. Roasted.

  • We played 140 games as just Team Bluefish. We enjoy playing with friends and meeting new people, but we feel like we really experience a room when it’s just the two of us. That number seems a little high, but we also generally try to book during non-peak hours.

  • Of the 27 games that we lost, 25 of those games were played without any other players. That’s the price we pay for not bringing our friends. How you say... “Wah-wah”.

  • Our longest single-day marathon of the year took us through 7 different games in New York. The spreadsheet isn’t really set up to tell us this, but I think we played 5+ games in one day on four different occasions.

  • On August 18th at Clue Avenue Escape Room, I asked my best-friend and co-Bluefish to marry me. And she said yes!!! We’ll be married in 2018 and because I know you’re wondering: Yes! Our honeymoon will feature a few escape room stops!

That seems like a pretty good summary of our escape lives. But we have quite a bit more data! If you can think of some other interesting metrics we can figure out, leave a note in the comments and we’ll get back to you.

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