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Chernobyl escape room game

Friday night of April 25th 1986. Ukrainian Soviet Socialistic Republic. Chernobyl. Every one is set off for upcoming long wait fast go week end. USSR downfall gets snowball effect. Consumer product deficit, huge lines almost for everything. Soviet propaganda is dying under the pressure of democratic values – people prefer jeans, McDonald's and bubble gums to exploration of space, peaceful atom, scientific breaks through and glory of international socialistic revolution. Perestroika announced by smooth talker but weak doer Mr. Gorbachev one year earlier doesn't look to work out well either. Soviet people are depressed, mislead, disoriented, abandoned and no one seems to know where and when systematic collapse will jeopardize into bigger scale social, cultural or technological catastrophe.

Nonetheless, in a Kharkov, main city of Western Ukraine, big celebration takes place – three traditional  weddings ceremonies in a row! Rear occasion in a uneasy days of soviet downfall. Big time! Guests, drinks and delicious Ukrainian food, singing, dancing and lots of fun. The only fact that's shadowing over the happiness of newly married – four guests and dear family friends are missing. Excuse is great – nuclear scientists are testing forth newly remodeled reactor of Chernobyl nuclear plant – major power supplier of the entire Kiev area. Scientists promised to be done by the end of the working day and it's only several hours drive down empty highway – they can still catch up with celebrations. At least they've promised so...

Meantime, tests at Chernobyl nuclear plant do not get along that ducky. It turns out that a number of permissions is missing on papers from central nuclear authorities and no one on the other end of the line in Moscow at this Friday night. The head of the Chernobyl plant is missing either, on his way to dacha probably. Just that four scientists alongside regular Friday's night shift are stuck at the plant desperately willing to be done and off for weddings ASAP!
Choice is brutal – either stay till Monday morning for authorities to confirm access and miss celebrations completely or violate the regulations and step behind the law. By the midnight bold decision is made – complete the test at own risks regardless missing permissions. The party is calling!

Decision is made and team starts testing, desperately trying to close the time gap of awaiting permission. To speed up the process, all four security levels of the fourth reaction are deactivated. Yes, it's a rude violation of all the instructions, but this type of reactor, lovely among scientists named samovar (fire pot), is truly unbreakable machine. No measures can be obsessive when it comes to maintenance of reactors of this type.
The aim of tests is to figure out how fast reactor can cool down itself in case of enormous power jump. The coolers switch on automatically in case of overheat, but it takes them up to 45 seconds to reach maximum working capacity. How stable is reactor during these 45 seconds – that's the question to figure out!

First several attempts go pretty well, the final one left – overheat the reactor beyond all reasonable measures. It normally takes several more iterations and another 5 hours to reach the desired level of overheat, but clock is ticking, party is rolling towards the end and samovar is truly unbreakable. The head of the team makes a deadly decision – skip several warm ups and do the final test right away. The heat and pressure goes up and higher, breaking through the red zone. It's too late to reverse. Scientists try to abort the operation...

As a result of rude violation of testing and operating instructions fourth reactor at Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded from catastrophic power increase at 01:23am April 26th 1986. Dozens of people die instantly. Hundreds – die in a nearby hospital during following days. Millions – to suffer of radioactive overdose! The first alarm goes off at 01:26am, local firefighters arrive at 1:28am – the Pravik's guard. State firefighters arrive at 1:35 and 1:40 – Kibenok's and Telyatnikov's guards accordingly. By 6:35am on Saturday morning all fire is reported to be extinguished.

True heroes, these firefighters alongside a number of other liquidators are bringing to minimum consequences of what later turned out to be the biggest nuclear catastrophe in the history of human being. Some fire fighters die at the place of enormous amount of radiation obtained. No rubber protection suit can hold it. Dead and alive, firefighters are being hospitalized to local emergency in nearby town Pripyat – ER-126. Melted by radiation protective suits are cut off the bodies pieces of skin and flesh altogether. By the witness of survived doctors and medical staff firefighters were literally melting on the surgery tables of amount of radiation achieved. The left overs of their suits and boots are recognized as the source of utmost radiation threat and under the order of chief doctor in charge for that deadly night are brought and stored in the furthest corner of the basement of the hospital...

Later in the rush of emergency evacuation of the Pripyat city and all the 30 km radius of nuclear plant to become Chernobyl Exclusion Zone ER-126 basement left as it is with only one brick thick wall to berry extremely radioactive leftovers. Thus, the basement of ER-126 in becomes the worst source of radiation in the entire region and in the world. Even the fourth reactor itself, berried under massive concrete sarcophagi is not that toxic.
April 26th 2016 – 30st sad anniversary of a biggest atomic catastrophe in the world. A gang of four American youngsters decides to undertake an extremely dangerous tour to Chernobyl Exclusion  Zone and see how wild nature takes over abandoned places of Pripyat once inhabited and poisoned by human race. After careful research done in Russian zone of Internet called Runet they finally get in touch with weird Chernobyl Extreme Tour group – an illegal entity involved in extreme tourism to Chernobyl nuclear plant. After negotiating the deal and securing the funds, gang flies over to Kiev where they meet their odd guide who takes them by car to Restricted Chernobyl Zone through the blind roads avoiding patrols.

On their way to Pripyat they learn from their guide about ER-126 – far more mysterious and dangerous destination that sarcophagi of fourth reactor itself. YOLA! Guys decide to adjust route and visit the place. To their amusement brick wall, blocking the basement of ER-126 is partially destroyed – looks like some force of inhuman nature broke through from inside. After short hesitation youngsters step in...
Families started being worried after members of the group didn't pick up the phones the very next day. They started investigation since been completely unaware of a real destination of this tour de Europa of their beloved ones. No attempts to get in touch with Chernobyl Extreme Tour lead to any success. Eventually, Ukrainian and American authorities both refuse to keep on going with investigation since the entire activity was illegal. Any traces of the entire group since their landing in Kiev disappeared...

Try to go through the basement of ER-126 and survive...

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