Trials of Bahamut: Live-Action Final Fantasy “Escape” Room

Trials of Bahamut
Image courtesy of SCRAP Entertainment

Ever wonder what it’s like to live inside a Final Fantasy game? Here’s your chance.

Final Fantasy XIV’s ongoing marketing efforts now include a FF themed “escape” room, named Trials of Bahamut.

In this 60 minute game, created by SCRAP Entertainment, you and your friends take the role of the Heroes of Light, charged with stopping Bahamut from being revived and destroying the land of Eorzea. In this live action game, you must all use your skills, items, and wits to prevent the world’s destruction. Sounds pretty cool, right?

It’s clearly inspired by the zombie escape rooms that have gained popularity in the past few years, but this one is a little different. SCRAP explains that this isn’t an “escape room” so much as a “timed game room”. The goal is to solve puzzles and progress to the end of the game instead of finding an exit. And staff members oversee the game to keep it from falling off the rails.

Check out the promo trailer:

The Trials of Bahamut is a traveling event, currently deployed in the US. Scheduled cities include San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix, Houston, Orlando, Chicago, and New York.

Sorry Los Angeles, but your city’s dates have already past… but you’ll get a second chance at Anime Expo 2017 on July 1st-3rd. More information here.

If you’d like to get involved, they do have a page on their website for people seeking employment! They do ask questions relevant to working in such an environment, such as “If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?” Very important.

I also found a little hidden gem on Craigslist in Los Angeles… SCRAP Entertainment is seeking event staff running the Trials of Bahamut at Anime Expo 2017. They need help setting up the game, registering players, manning in-game checkpoints, managing player inventory, and assisting with audio/video. Could be a fun way to get involved and make a few bucks!

If you can attend an event like this, don’t pass it up – crazy events don’t come around everyday. The price is pretty cheap too – between $38 and $46, depending on if you buy tickets early or at the door.

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