The Gladstone LAN Group are holding their latest event this weekend at a disused level of an office building in the CBD they call Level One. It’s a large space set up with computers and two escape rooms, located at Level 1, 136 Goondoon Street.
“It’s a full activity event for all ages, it’s perfect for parents to drop off the kids and go to a movie or dinner while their kids enjoy a fun Saturday night,” Andrew Horton, one of the founders of the group, said.
The weekend event which begins at 9 am on Saturday includes 24 hours of social computer gaming with a focus on Escape rooms and a Virtual Reality competition.
In an escape room, a team of people signs up to be locked in the room and must find clues and solve puzzles to complete a given mission and find the key to escape. The Escape Room experience at Level One will take 30 minutes to an hour depending on the teams.
“If you can only stay for a couple of hours, drop in and have a crack at the Escape room and try to beat the VR high score,” Andrew said.
He says he likes the social aspects of the Gladstone LAN Group: “With gaming, You don’t need to come out of the house, you’ve got the fast connection, you’ve got your friends online,”
“But with us, you finish a game and you’re together with people who like the same things, making connections with like-minded people who are local.”
“It’s something really positive you can do on the weekend.”
The LAN group who have been nominated for a Community Initiative of the Year award are testing two escape rooms at the event, one with a revolutionary theme with a second, harder room, with a zombie theme and they’re keen to see a big turnout for the event.
Andrew says their plan to merge virtual reality technology with the hugely popular escape room concept – this would be a first for Gladstone and maybe further afield.
“I’m not sure of many places that are merging the two technologies, it’s pretty exciting.”
They’re planning more escape room adventures for the Christmas school holiday break.
“I just want to see what’s possible. You don’t know what you don’t know.”
Come along to Level One, 136 Goondoon Street tomorrow and check out the Gladstone LAN group or follow them on Facebook.