Blog Post 0: Meet The Team!

Hello! And welcome to the first of many blog posts of Elm City Escape! We’re nearing the exciting launch of our first room, and the team is eager to let people experience what Elm City Escape has to offer!

This blog is going to cover a wide range of topics, and feature several different members of our team who’ll share their experiences and knowledge in their escape room area of expertise. Before that can happen, however, you have to meet the team!

Below is the incredibly photogenic, talented, and awesome Elm City Escape team, answering your burning questions. In order to better understand our team, they have been asked the most soul-crushing, gut-wrenching questions that could have possibly been thought of. 

Without further ado, the Elm City Escape team! 


Arun

Arun is a mechanical engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh. He loves playing escape rooms with his friends but more importantly he's a better basketball player than Gaurang. (Arun also likes to speak in the third person.)

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Question 1: If you were a vegetable, what would you be, and why?

Kale because I'm bitter and ruin any meal I'm a part of. I hate eggplant too.

 

Question 2: What’s your all-time favorite movie?

Probably Forrest Gump or Pokemon 2000.

 

Question 3: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation because I hate driving and love travelling. Also, I would be so rich from my delivery service.

Aziz

I’m Aziz, born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco (yes the one from the movie) but I call Connecticut home. I have a Bachelor's in English Studies, love learning new languages because it allows me to learn about different cultures. Adapting and assimilating into a new environment is like solving a very complex puzzle.

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Question 1: If you were a vegetable, what would you be, and why?

If I were a vegetable I would be a cucumber, because I’m always chill.

 

Question 2: What’s your all-time favorite movie?

My favorite movie has to be Casino Royale, that’s when I fell in love with Eva Green.

 

Question 3: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Eidetic memory would be my “super power” of choice. I’d be a walking encyclopedia.

Crystal

Apart from her medical research bench, Crystal found a new interest that could occupy her mind all the time -- designing and making puzzles! She once transformed Gaurang’s apartment into an escape room and tricked him to find his birthday present by solving puzzles for an hour. Her dream is to design and build hidden chambers in her future home, which can only be accessed by either a secret bookshelf or a secret slide.

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Question 1: If you were a vegetable, what would you be, and why?

I would be an eggplant, because maybe one day I can hatch a chicken.

 

Question 2: What’s your all-time favorite movie?

“In the Heat of the Sun”. This film takes you into the time capsule of Beijing in the 60’s during cultural revolution, and portraits the restlessness and fantasies of a teen boy in its mellow, dreamlike flow.

 

Question 3: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I want to be able to eat any food and still stay fit. I LOVE FOOOOOOOD!!

Daniel

I’m Daniel O’Rourke, an engineer, performance artist, and avid gamer. I make medical devices by day, and sing and build set pieces by night. I love making and solving puzzles, and telling compelling stories through games!

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Question 1: If you were a vegetable, what would you be, and why?

I would be a tomato, because I’m a fruit.

 

Question 2: What’s your all-time favorite movie?

The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

 

Question 3: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Telekinesis, because I would use it to move myself and fly (two powers in one).

Gaurang

My name is Gaurang and, let me guess, you have no idea how to say that. No worries, you can ask me how to say it when you come to our rooms!! I am an Engineer and LOVE escape rooms and am super excited for you to experience all the work/effort we are doing to give you guys an awesome room that I know I would love!

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Question 1: If you were a vegetable, what would you be, and why?

I would be anything but eggplant. I really hate eggplant.

 

Question 2: What’s your all-time favorite movie?

Oh man this is a hard one. I would have to got with a tie between Pulp Fiction and Dark Knight.

 

Question 3: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Flight because, whenever I get on a plane, looking down from takeoff always puts everything in perspective.

Joey

Hey, I’m Joey Richardson that weird hybrid of creative energy and business savviness.  I have a Bachelor’s in Business Management and like to accept multiple challenges to complete with determination and hard work.

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Question 1: What's your favorite type of puzzle?

Logic Puzzles

 

Question 2: What’s your all-time favorite movie?

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.  “Shhhh.  I’m listening to reason!”  

 

Question 3: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Time travel.  Imagine all the interesting things you could be part of.

Lisa

Hi, I'm Lisa.  By day, I'm a School Social Worker, by night you'll find me crafting, building, and doing a variety of creative things.  I love games of all types, including the escape variety. I do all of these things while wrangling our 2 cats and 2 pups that keep me constantly busy and entertained!

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Question 1: What’s your favorite type of puzzle?

Any puzzle that’s found in a Zelda game

 

Question 2: What’s your all-time favorite movie?

Harold and Maude.

 

Question 3: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I want all of the cool “powers” (piles of money and fun gadgets) that Batman has.

Shashank

I was born on a cold, windy night, scorned by the world even before I drew my first breath. I can also be dramatic at times. I'm currently a student in New York, like long walks on the beach, and am incredibly excited to see our first room launch! It is also important to understand that I am infinitely better than Arun at basketball, thus, through the law of syllogism, making me better than my brother Gaurang. 

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Question 1: If you were a vegetable, what would you be, and why?

Carrot. I like carrots. 

 

Question 2: What’s your all-time favorite movie?

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Mae g'ovannen mellon-nin!

 

Question 3: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Pyrokinesis, so I could be a firebender in all but name. 

Tom

I’m Tom Ford, your friendly yet cantankerous nerdy engineer. I have a bachelors in mechanical engineering and I love solving and designing puzzles!

 (Pictured from left to right: Tom, Pippin) 

(Pictured from left to right: Tom, Pippin) 

 

Question 1: What is the answer to life, the universe and everything? 

42

 

Question 2: What’s your all-time favorite movie?

Back to the future, any other answer is incorrect.

 

Question 3: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I WEAR A GREEN LANTERN RING, YOU KNOW THIS ANSWER.