Brighton’s new experiential gaming company, Handmade Mysteries, has begun hosting ‘Lady Chastity’s Reserve’ – the city’s first immersive team experience. Described as being like “Crystal Maze on crystal meth”, it combines the immersive theatre of Punchdrunk and Secret Cinema productions, with the excitement and challenge of the ‘Escape the Room’ games craze sweeping across the UK.
Started by Ben Tucker and James Addy in 2014, Handmade Mysteries focuses on creating quests for those who wish to venture beyond their comfort zone and embrace the surreal. Tucker has worked in advertising, music composition, writing, animation, product invention and game design, as well as working on the Pangbourne toll bridge, priced at 8p per crossing. Addy worked in government for over 10 years, including advising Ministers on various aspects of education policy, both in the UK and in New Zealand. Now they dedicate their time to helping people escape the humdrum of everyday life through experiential games that bring people together through stories soaked in mystery and adventure.
Their new adventure revolves around the legendary Lady Chastity’s vineyard parties, fuelled by her extraordinary aphrodisiac wine. But, she was rumored to have gone insane with lost love. The vineyard burned down during the last blow-out, bringing Chastity and her strange brew to a bitter end. Now players are invited to hunt down the last remaining bottle of this rare and highly coveted prize, so they may wet their whistle, and possibly their pants. Whether with teams of friends, families, colleagues, or a more daring date night, this experience promises to be an entertaining and exciting challenge for all involved. It offers an hour of fully immersive gaming, for teams of two – five players aged 18 and over.
So are you ready to play Brighton’s first live immersive team game?
Lady Chastity’s Reserve is running in a secret room at the Black Lion Pub for a limited time only, opening 6.30 – 11pm Weds – Fri, and 1.30pm – 11pm Sat – Sun.