Every Game in This City

A podcast about playing well together

Every Game in This City is a podcast about ten game designers, researchers, and curators who met up in Malaysia to try and play every escape room in Kuala Lumpur. Along the way we explored the city, made new friends, and recorded our daily discussions about playing over fifty escape rooms together.


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Episode 7:
A Chocolate Milk Seance

November 5, 2019 Boo! Instead of sitting down to tape a new episode, this week the recording studio is haunted by the ghosts of escape rooms past! Shang Lun and Patrick trick and treat the team to a series of sweet and spooky surprises based on our experiences of playing over 50 escape rooms together. From crunching on rock candy in Unlucky Mummy to sneaking peanut M&M’s in Classroom Murder to drinking Dutch Lady chocolate milk in Annabelle, the team will have to come together one last time escape Every Game in This City. Trapped within an escape room about escape rooms inside a podcast about escape rooms—will we ever find our way out of this mise-en-escape?

The Unlucky Mummy, Classroom Murder, Annabelle, Colossal Cave Adventure, Zork, Octopad

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October 22, 2019 What if we decided to escape differently? What if we escaped without talking, without touching, or without even seeing the room? Instead of hitting the wall at Codefactory in Sunway Putra, what if we tried to scale it? This week Chad Toprak chats about game development and community building in Malaysia with our final guest, LeeYing Foo, a game artist and UX designer at Kaigan Games as well as the co-organizer of WiGout Malaysia, a hangout space for women and underrepresented folks in KL. After that we head to Codefactory at Sunway Putra before Goldie, Stephanie, Patrick, and Doug break down Classroom Murder, the high school mystery room that inspired us to start designing our own quirky constraints, traitor mechanics, and teen drama! Then the team takes turns playing the same escape room but each time with different voluntary rules: an escape room where no one could speak (except Doug, who was taking notes) and an escape room where no one could touch anything (except LeeYing, who was blindfolded)!

Kaigan Games, Simulacra , Simulacra Pipe Dreams, Sarah is Missing, No Straight Roads by Metronomik, WarPods by Weyrdworks, Long Road Ahead by Cellar Vault Games,Re:Legend by Magnus Games Studio, Rhythm Doctor by 7th Beat Games, Eximus by Ammobox Studios, Politiko by Centaur Games, Politiko Mobile by Night Morning, KDU University, Sunway Putra Mall, Code Factory, Metagaming by Stephanie Boluk and Patrick LeMieux

October 7, 2019 Locked in a bathroom, trapped in a museum, handcuffed together, and wearing clown makeup, after five full days of escaping, the team finally hits a wall at the Fifthroom in MyTOWN. Patrick LeMieux tries to hold it together while introducing our second special guest, Clarissa Lee, a research fellow at Sunway University, who had the dubious pleasure of joining us for her first (and our 30th) escape room. During the interlude, we listen in on Doug and Patrick’s personal audio diaries recorded in a food court immediately after each of their teams had escaped yet another Egyptian-themed room, the Unlucky Mummy. Then we laugh, we cry, we try and read fingerprints off dirty bandages, while slowly losing a sense of what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, and what escape rooms even are.

Clarissa Lee, Sunway University, Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development, MyTOWN, Fifthroom, Unlucky Mummy, The Judge, HAHA Circus, Subway Terror, Portal

September 23, 2019 With the whole cast assembled, Goldie Bartlett introduces our first special guest, Teddy Dief, who helped develop Hyper Light Drifter, co-founded Glitch City, and hosts his own podcast on the Idle Thumbs Network, Playscape LA. Teddy joins the team at Nu Sentral to explore the cinematic worlds and role-playing systems of the escape rooms at Breakout Nu. Then Stephanie, Jey, Shang Lun, and Doug peel off to get sweet and salty about the blend of story and puzzle in "Materia Medica," a Chinese medicine-themed escape room. Clearly feeling the effects of four full days of escaping, this episode culminates in a feverish jam session where we brainstorm dozens of escape room ideas.

Heart Machine, Hyper Light Drifter, Glitch City, Disasterpeace, Samurai Gunn, Breakout Nu, Materia Medica, Perpetual, The Secret of Hocus, Dreadnought, The War for Rembrandt, The Witness, Moira, Portal, Art Heist, Small Time Criminals

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