During her time as a student, Stubbs said she ran many of the Humans vs. Zombies games, one of the more popular events the Urban Gaming Club plans. Stubbs got the idea to bring Escape the Room to UNC after participating in escape games nearby.
“I’ve played different escape games in the area, like Bull City Escape in Durham and Cipher (Escape) in Morrisville. I had a really great time with them, and I wanted to see if I could plan one,” Stubbs said. “Since I knew Urban Gaming Club was searching for new games to bring to the campus, I brought the escape game to UNC.”
This event is the club’s first planned indoor activity, and so far, it has received a good response.
“The response seems overwhelmingly positive; it essentially exploded, and I don’t think we predicted this much of a response,” Chen said. “We initially had 96 slots, and then we had to up it to 196 — there are even people on the waitlist.”
Wesley Shang, who graduated UNC in 2014, participated in the event and said he did not know exactly what to expect, but he knew it would be fun.
“I haven’t done it before, but one of my friend said it was a good team bonding experience,” he said.
According to Stubbs, everyone has been able to get out of the room, but only half of the participants have been able to solve the game in correct amount of time.
However stressful the escape room may be, Chen and Stubbs both agree this game — along with all of Urban Gaming Club’s events — serve to offer students a fun experience.
“I hope the students just have something fun to try," Stubbs said.
"It’s a good way to spend some time with your friends, and I hope that they come back for more games that the Urban Gaming Club does throughout the year."