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Every Game in This City is a podcast about playing well together. In Season 1, ten game designers, researchers, and curators met up in Malaysia to try and play every escape room in Kuala Lumpur. In Season 2, four familiar voices and four new friends gathered in China to try and watch every game at the Dota 2 International Championships in Shanghai. Along the way we explore each city, meet new people, and record daily discussions about our experience playing together!

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September 9, 2019 Laura E. Hall hosts day three where we meet our final team member, Chad Toprak, and talk about global games from Melbourne to Malaysia. Afterwards Patrick joins Laura and Chad to chat about what happens when you lock ten people in “The Tomb of Life and Death,” an asymmetric, architectural escape room. Then the team gets physical with the cramped crawls in Mission-Q and creepy dolls at Lost in KL, two of the most intense escape room parlors we’ve ever encountered yet.

One Life Remains, Wild Rumpus, Babycastles, Kokoromi, Glitchmark, Lucky Frame, Roflpillar, Die Gute Fabrik, Johann Sebastian Joust, B.U.T.T.O.N., Hovergarden, Turnover, Cart-Load-O-Fun Now Play This, The Silence in Room 1258, Pandemic Legacy, Bar SK, Mission-Q, Lost in KL

August 26, 2019 On our second day, Douglas Wilson introduces new team members Laura E. Hall and Jey Biddulph before comparing and contrasting their work at Meridian Adventure Co. in Portland with Alex and Shang Lun’s Earthrise One at PlayReactive in Melbourne. After that, things fall apart when we go to Ecurve, where Goldie, Stephanie, Shang Lun and Amani do a walkthrough of "M&M'S® The Big Escape," a candy-coated escape room at Amaze Escape. Finally, the episode ends with vestigial puzzles, broken props, and the mysterious case of a closed escape room at 1 Utama.

Meridian Adventure Co., PlayReactive, Earthrise One, Ecurve, M&M'S® The Big Escape, Space Voyager: Mission To The Moon, The Mummy Returns: Resurrection of the Ancient Pharaoh, 1 Utama, Katamari Damacy by Laura E. Hall

August 12, 2019 Let the games begin! Lee Shang Lun leads our first full episode where we meet the team, talk about the origins of the podcast, and tease out some possibilities for playing well. During a short interlude, Alexandra, Laura, and Doug introduce the ins and outs of escape rooms before the group debriefs about their first day playing together at the Escape Room franchise in Berjaya Times Square—a parlor where we sped through art galleries, split up in haunted houses, and tried to steal some chocolate milk. Five down, fifty to go.

Berjaya Times Square, Escape Room, Gallery: The Insidious Art Thief, Dutch Lady: The Great Chocolate Vault, Heaven and Hell, Wonderland: A Magical Adventure, The Haunted House, Taken: The Perfect Abduction

August 5, 2019 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. In this short introduction, Stephanie, Patrick, and Doug set the stage and describe the motivation and methods behind the project. They talk about what the podcast is, what it isn’t, and speculate on some of the challenges that await as the group embarks on their journey to play too many escape rooms! Will the team learn how to play well together?

Every Game in This City

In Every Game in This City Season 2 eight game designers, researchers, journalists, and curators meet up in Shanghai to try and watch every match of the International Dota 2 Championships in 2019.