BRIEF HISTORY OF MYSTERY NH
July 2, 2015 - Keith Force launched the idea of starting an escape room in the Mount Washington Valley.
Beth Scrimger, a long-time friend, was up for the challenge and a partnership was born.
The sight of a moose in the gift shop on top of Mt Washington inspired our logo, "Myst".
"Mystery at The Met" was our first room. The Met owners, Larry and Diane, graciously hosted us in their upstairs conference room for August and September. The concept of escape rooms was very new to many Valley residents and visitors, and The Met's central location allowed us to open folks up to a new form of entertainment.
Settlers Green was our next home from October through January 2106, where we created rooms 2 and 3, "Agent X" and "Escape the Zombies". Both rooms were great successes and we thank Dot Seybold for allowing us the opportunity to expand our business while looking for our permanent home.
Also in January 2016, we signed our lease for our new home at the Mt Valley Mall. After an exciting five-week construction phase, we were able to transform a completely empty box into a wonderfully, creative space with the capacity for three+ escape rooms.
Early in 2017, Beth took over the business full time, allowing Keith to pursue other interests.
Thank you to all our players, our staff, our friends, our new neighbors at Cinema 7 and Lowe's and especially our families! The game is definitely afoot now!
BRIEF HISTORY OF ESCAPE GAMES
Escape games originated from point-and-click adventure computer games in the 1980s where players must escape from a virtual environment, by solving puzzles, looking for clues and maneuvering through obstacles.
The games' popularity increased with the release of a game by Toshimitsu Takagi called 'Crimson Room'. Today, escape games are often identified in the Takagism genre - a credit to Takagi.
Takao Kato of Japan is first credited with bringing the online video games to a real-life venue. In 2007, Real Escape Game started the phenomenon that subsequently swept through China, Indonesia, Taiwan and Singapore in the following years. In 2012, the escape rooms industry began in Europe and the United States.
Mystery NH brings the real-life escape room experience to the Mount Washington Valley, so players can exercise their brains, test their powers of observation and challenge their critical thinking skills.