NERD 2024

20 Mar, 2024

The Annual Escape Room Event Returns!

Last week, NERDs from around the country assembled once more, for a vibrant night of chatter, camaraderie and connection in Manchester. Were you there? We were, and we're here to tell you all about it!

If you’re unfamiliar with the group, the acronym NERD stands for “Northern Escape Room Discussions”, and encompasses a friendly bunch of owners, enthusiasts, Game Masters and more from across the country. As well as regularly sharing ideas and “discussions” online, the group also aims to meet annually for a social event, regularly organised by us here at Lucardo.

This year, Lucardo chose Bierkeller as the venue, located in a fantastic prime spot within the Manchester Printworks. The German beer hall-style space was soon filled with merriment and, while we didn’t personally witness anyone dancing on the tables at any point in the night, we’re sure the group probably would have had it not been for all that dissuading signage.

A memorable part of the night was the Q&A session hosted by our own Adam of Lucardo, in which owners from across the company were invited to ask and share ideas on the industry and its operations. It was great seeing so many people speak up, and lots of fascinating insights were thrown around during the conversations. We hope this session proved useful for those involved, and it was definitely nice to make acquaintances with some of the best, brightest, and beloved room-owners in the business.

The rest of the night saw darts, drinking games, and delicious pizza all be enjoyed, all to the sound of the surprisingly multifarious playlist someone had linked to the speakers. It was lovely to catch up with friends at the event, as well as make some new connections with newer members of the group too. It was a great time!

We’d love to thank everyone who came along to the event for making the night so enjoyable, and a special shout-out to Adam, Simon, and Molly for being wonderful hosts and organisers. There’s already plans in the works for NERD 2025 – so be sure to watch this space for updates!

If you’d like to join the NERD group yourself – as an owner or enthusiast – just send us a message and we’ll happily add you to the group, it’d be great to have you join us. Otherwise, if you’d like to reminisce on last year’s bowling and arcade game extravaganza at NERD ’23, you can read about that in my blog post here.

Written by Madeleine Lily

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