The countdown to TransWorld Room Escape Conference & Tour has begun! With so many great seminars, vendors, networking events, and escape room tours available I thought a handy guidebook might help you get the most out of the conference!
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What is TransWorld Room Escape Conference & Tour?
TransWorld’s Room Escape Conference & Tour is an annual event for escape rooms, interactive experiences, and reality entertainment. It is one of the largest conferences in the world focussed on the escape room industry. TransWorld has held escape room themed conferences in various locations around the USA including Niagara Falls, St. Louis, and Chicago. However, the conferences attract escape room lovers and professionals from all over the world.
The conference appeals to both owners and enthusiasts because it features a variety of interactive exhibits, vendors, networking events, on-site demonstrations, and educational seminars. With so many resources in one place, TransWorld is a great tool for existing escape room owners to improve their games and streamline their business. It is also a great way for new owners to learn more about the industry and find the right designs, props, software, etc. to get their business off the ground.
When and Where?
The conference runs from Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29. This year it is being held at Music City Center which is located at 201 Fifth Avenue South Nashville, TN 37203.
Exhibitor Registration Hours
Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Friday from 11:00 am – 4:15 pm
Saturday from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Sunday from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Trade Show Floor Hours
Friday from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Basic Admission Tickets
The ticket is good for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and it includes entrance to the trade show floor and access to daily demo events. This ticket also entitles you to one FREE Early Bird Seminar on Saturday and Sunday. If you purchase tickets in advance they cost $30 per ticket. If you buy them on site the cost goes up to $35.
If you purchase tickets in advance the cost is $50 per class. If you purchase them on site the cost goes up to $55.
This package includes: entrance to the trade show floor and access to daily demo events, one FREE Early Bird Seminar on Saturday and Sunday, a FREE Friday Night Mixer, and your choice of any 5 (1 hour) seminars. This package costs $220 per person until 11:59 pm CDT on July 23rd, then the price increases to the on-site price of $240 per person (space permitting). Please note that Workshops are sold individually and are not included in this package. In addition, if you purchase Package 1 you must remember to select your 1-hour seminars via the TransWorld website before 11:59 pm CDT on July 23rd.
This package includes: entrance to the trade show floor and access to daily demo events, one FREE Early Bird Seminar on Saturday and Sunday, a FREE Friday Night Mixer, and your choice of any 13 (1 hour) seminars. This package costs $540 per person until 11:59 pm CDT on July 23rd, then the price increases to the on-site price of $560 per person (space permitting). Please note that Workshops are sold individually and are not included in this package. In addition, if you purchase Package 2 you must remember to select your 1-hour seminars via the TransWorld website before 11:59 pm CDT on July 23rd.
Attending a seminar is a great way to learn from professionals in the industry. The TransWorld seminars cover a wide range of topics including puzzle design, technology, immersion, sales and marketing, and room safety, There are morning and afternoon seminar sessions, with 2 seminar rooms running simultaneously, so you should plan your day carefully.
Friday Seminar Topics
- How to Hit #1 Google Ranking
- Tech is Not the Enemy: How to Use It to Enhance Your Customer Experience, Not Hurt It
- Creative Capital: How to Learn Without Stealing!
- Fear-Based Rooms: The Good, The Bad and The Nauseating
- Moving From Basic Design to Incredible Design and Leveling Up Your Skills!
- How to Compete in a Busy Marketplace: Winning Through Uniqueness
- Bigger, Brighter, Louder: How to Create “Water Cooler” Moments Without Breaking the Bank
- Setting the Scene: Using Story to Enhance Immersion in Your Escape Game
Saturday Seminar Topics
- Creating Excitement in Your Escape Room!
- KEYNOTE: It’s Our Time: How the Escape Room Community Will Take the Industry to the Forefront of Entertainment
- Breaking the Rules of Escape Rooms with Innovation!
- Neuroscience of Online Sales and Persuasion
- Business Bootcamp: Panel Discussion Packed with Essential Info from Individuals Who Have Tackled and Defeated Some of the Biggest Obstacles!
- Case Study: The Nest – A Sensational Storytelling Adventure
- Special Events Play Book: How to Design, Host, Market and Make Money!
- How to Unlock Your Game Master’s Potential
- The Future of the Industry Debate!
- How to Create Themed Facilities and Unified Aesthetics
- Part Time Escape Rooms in a Smaller Market
Sunday Seminar Topics
- The Art of Game Design and Game Flow
- The Deep Dive: Immersion
- How to Start or Integrate Axe Throwing!
- How to Use Your Customer Data to Create a Marketing Strategy
- Escape Room Safety & Target Hardening 101
- Puzzle Creation Workshop
- PANEL: Nashville REC Tour 2018 – Owners Q&A
- Working with PLC controllers! Reliable Room Automation Make & Take Workshop
TransWorld gives you the opportunity to learn about/purchase some of the best escape room related products on the market. This year there are approximately 100 different vendors happy to show you their wares. You can find things like props, booking software, room designs, and insurance. This year’s vendors include:
Software (Booking & Game Management)
- Checkfront Inc.
- ClueKeeper, LLC
- Escape Games Global
- Escape Room Master
- Mythric Mystery Master
- Wherewolf Digital Waivers
Props, Puzzles & Games
- Creative Escape Rooms
- Creative Works
- Cryptex Security Boxes
- FrightProps, LLC
- Froggy’s Fog
- Halloween FX Props
- Night Frights
- Paradox Productions
- Time Quest Lab
Creative, Set Design & Consulting
- Brutal Rust
- Escape Room International
- Giant Dream Productions
- Morbid Entertainment
- Rip City
- Wicked Amusements
Video Production & Trailers
Automation & Tech
Escape Room Businesses
- Escape Maze
- MindGames Escape Rooms
- Mobile Room Escape
- Mobile Escapes, LLC
- Portable Escape Rooms
- The Last Lock Magazine
One of the best ways for owners to open/improve their rooms is to get advice from others in the escape room industry. Networking is one of the main reasons to go to the conference, so in addition to chatting on the trade show floor, you should try to attend TransWorld’s official networking event.
On Friday from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm there is a FREE Networking Mixer for all attendees (you must present your trade show badge to attend). The mixer is at Dick’s Last Resort, 154 2nd Ave. N, Nashville, TN 37201. You can enjoy discounted drinks, a complimentary appetizer buffet, and of course great company! It is a great way to relax after the first day of the conference and discuss all the seminars/products you have seen. You may also make some lifelong friends!
Escape Room Tours
Another way to network is to play some of Tennessee’s best escape games with your fellow conference goers! Each night, you will have the opportunity to play 2 games (one game each at two locations), plus a Q&A, light dinner, transportation and behind the scenes tour (if time permits). Buses leave the Music City Convention Center at 5:15 pm and return after the tour.
Friday Night Tour
This tour goes to Franklin, Tennessee where you will play 2 games from any combination of the following: Extreme Escape Games, Liveminds Adventure Escape, Locked Franklin, and/or Breakout. Once you register TransWorld will notify you which two locations you’ll be visiting, and the specific game you’ll get to play at each. This tour costs $99/person.
Saturday Night Tour
This tour goes to Murfreesboro, Tennessee where you will play 2 games from any combination of the following: EscapePoint, Locked Murfreesboro, 60 Minute Escape, and/or Murfreesboro Escape Rooms. Once you register TransWorld will notify you which two locations you’ll be visiting, and the specific game you’ll get to play at each. This tour costs $89/person.
Where to Find More Information
For reviews of the Tennessee escape rooms involved in the tours check out
- Room Escape Artist: Nashville Room Escape Recommendations
- TripAdvisor Nashville Escape Rooms
- Yelp: Nashville Escape Rooms
Laura Kendall is the Co-Founder and Marketing Director of EscapeAssist Software. The EscapeAssist team has designed an all-in-one escape room software—game manager, booking system, website builder, digital waiver, leaderboard, and automatic player follow-up all in one app! Laura is a licensed California attorney with experience in various areas of law, including civil litigation, employment, insurance defense, and intellectual property. She is an escape room enthusiast who has played over 50 games around the world. Laura is very active in the escape room industry as a blogger, top Quora writer, and contributing author for the escape room trade magazine “The Last Lock.”