RECON Overview

A free Basic ticket to RECON '21 GLOBAL:
Ticket Options

The RECON Pro & VIP ticket experiences include additional benefits (such as facilitated discussions and workshops). Plus, with any ticket, you can select ticket enhancements like the Play Pass (play games!) or the Virtual Escape Jam (build a game!)

The Talks

RECON offers a curated collection of brand-new escape room talks covering different aspects of experience design that apply to both real-life experience creation and digital & mailable counterparts.

On the business / creator side, the featured talks will explore the intersections of puzzle design, narrative, and technology, among many other topics.

For players, we will provide opportunities to level up your puzzling skills and learn how to better guide new players into the escape room hobby.

This collection of talks is available to all ticket holders, and is crafted to enhance your understanding of the industry and empower you to help it thrive, whether you are an experience creator, owner, supporter, or consumer.

At RECON, our talks are different from other events through both the selection and creation processes. 

Presenters are chosen specifically for their expertise in the subject matter, willingness to give back to the community, and presence on a digital stage. Every presenter goes through a screening process with the RECON team. From there the talks are created in collaboration with a RECON team member, who helps the speaker select a topic, record, and edit to ensure the content always matches the descriptions.

Live Q&A Sessions​

Each featured talk is followed by a live Q&A session where you are encouraged to engage with the speaker and their topic more deeply.

Digital Exhibit Hall

Our digital exhibit hall showcases vendors that support the escape room community. This includes products or services that can power escape room businesses. It also includes consumer products that you might want to stock at your escape room facility, or purchase for you and your friends. Through the digital exhibit hall, you will be introduced to talented creators who could become your suppliers, partners, and inspiration.

A Different Kind of Event

  • The event is global.
  • Admission is affordable (as low as free!).
  • The talks are curated and edited, with no unnecessary filler.
  • RECON isn’t about the people on stage; it’s about the industry as a whole and the people like you who make it thrive.

RECON Discord

Discord is our digital venue, where the conversation takes place. The different channels enable you to find like-minded individuals, whether on Industry Island or in the Player Pavilion. You can follow the conversation around each Featured Talk in real time in a text channel, join a happy hour voice/video chat, and meet teammates for games. Throughout your time in the RECON Discord, we encourage you to strike up a conversation and exchange knowledge with a global community.

The RECON Commitment

RECON is committed to an industry that will produce high quality experiences in a financially stable way for many years to come. At other events, you may have heard that you need expensive sets and complicated technology in order to succeed. While we feel that those aspects of escape rooms can be highly valuable, they don’t inherently make great escape room games. They are tools you can choose to use.

RECON presents options for where to focus your efforts, so that you can select which tools will enable you to create exceptional experiences, whether you are creating them in physical real-life spaces, in packages you mail, or as digital-only games. RECON guides the escape room conversation to a sustainable place for this industry – for players, creators, owners, and other types of experience designers.

The RECON Play Pass

If you’re an avid puzzler, escape room player, or general game enthusiast, the RECON Play Pass is designed specifically for you!

In addition to the RECON ARG (open to all attendees), the Play Pass offers exclusive access to multiple limited-run games from top creators like Trapped Puzzle Rooms (of Minneapolis), Deadlocked Escape Rooms (of London), and Club Drosselmeyer’s Green Door Labs (of Boston).

Other Play Pass benefits include:

  • Numerous games from other talented creators
  • 1 large-group game during RECON
  • First opportunities to play brand new games
  • Access to Games Hall channels in the RECON Discord for joining teams and discussing games

The RECON Play Pass is offered as an option when buying a Basic or Pro ticket, and is already a part of every VIP ticket. Look for it in the checkout process, after you’ve selected a Basic or Pro ticket.

If you already claimed your Basic or Pro ticket, you can still get the add-on separately.

See the Games Hall FAQ for detailed information.