View Full Version : Maze Design For Newbies

01-31-2009, 04:41 PM
Check this website out. It designs mazes for you if you don't know how to.


01-31-2009, 05:07 PM
Kind of a joke. A static site with no graphics on a free host and a gmail account. Nothing to build cofidence there. Oh I forgot the scans of a floor plan of a medical building and hotel. No haunted mazes there. Please

01-31-2009, 05:26 PM
Yeah thats true. It does look kind of hokey. But the guy said he didnt scan those. He drew out those plans for an actual hotel and hospital. He doesnt have any halloween mazes to put in his portfolio yet.

02-01-2009, 09:30 PM
I sent this guy an email to see if he could send any work samples. Why would he post two generic floor plans of a hospital and hotel with no text or anything on them? And those prices are unbelievably low, more power to him if he thinks that would even be worth his time.

02-02-2009, 02:06 PM
Is there really a market for this? Im an architect and have some rather complete story driven themed designs, but I kind of assumed most people enjoyed the design part an would not pay for it unless you were stepping up to the big $$$

02-02-2009, 02:12 PM
I think the fun part is the painting, decorating, and setting up all the props... general staging the haunt. I kinda don't like the "design" part because I:

- Don't know if i'm doing it right or effiecently
- I think I try to "over complicate" the whole thing?
- Plus, I don't know all the "ends-and-outs" or the "tricks-of-the-trade"... along with NO source of learning! :(

Ugh... I don't know! -Tyler

02-02-2009, 03:08 PM
I'm with russom(I know i didn't spell it right). I enjoy the design part. I was an architect for three years so I actually design my own haunts.
There probably is a market for this. I mean look how many newbies on these forums(not excluding me) that ask all of the technical questions on how to setup a haunt. tchaunt ask that 15 page thread on all of that information. This guy is providing a way for the new guys a way to collect all of that research in one shot. So it kinda makes sense but hey whatever.

02-02-2009, 03:31 PM
Oak -
You got the name right, but Randy works better. I would love to sell this product. Hell these days I would love to sell anything.


02-02-2009, 05:57 PM
I'll take that as a compliment FEAR.
You weren't joking when you said you were gonig to try to catch up to me in post numbers. You're already almost there.

I checked out the website and I don't think it is really legit...or at least worth it.
I, personally, do not see how someone whose primary job is to design basic buildings (not related to entertainment) would have enough knowledge to offer the "Eye gauge" and "Curb stomp" packages listed on the site. Plus, if he is willing to work that cheap, how much quality can you expect from the work? I mean....would you expect more out of a $150,000 house or a $65,000 house? I don't know about other people, but I personally associate lower prices with either less publicity or a lower quality.
That's just my two cents.

02-02-2009, 06:48 PM
You know at first I would agree with you. But tc wouldn't you be happier if all of the props in this industry, animatronics, makeup, LAND. Was as scaled down in prices as this place. Granted the site looks well we know what the site looks like but you know this guy emailed me back and made a good arguement as to why its low prices. So hes got my vote, i dont need him, but hes got my vote.

Totally off topic question. Do you guys know how to create a poll on the threads?

02-02-2009, 07:12 PM
How could you have been an architect for 3 years if you are only 18? Just courious? I thought one needed a degree for that?

02-02-2009, 07:46 PM
Well your right. You know how some geniuses are self proclaimed. Well I'm a self proclaimed architect. I designed my home, my fathers house, and the pool house for a neighbor. I'm pretty good at it. NO I'm really good at it. The only thing is I don't have all of the codes memorized so somethings are always having to be altered to be up to code.

02-02-2009, 08:07 PM
Well, I know how you feel. I designed my home also. In fact I did most of the construction. How great that you are doing things such as this at such a young age. If I could only go back, of course knowing what I know now. My son just turned 19 and has joing the Marine Corps and as far as I know does not have a clue what he wants to do with his life other than being a Marine for 4 years. My only hope is he does not get set to Iraq. Good grief, I am getting to personal here. Well, keep up the good work and it will pay off when it is all said and done.

02-02-2009, 08:09 PM
Thankyou very much. And thank your son for his incredible services to this country. I wish him well and I know for a fact he is going to come home safe.

02-02-2009, 11:05 PM
So this is how I'm getting all my traffic. Well thanks everyone for discussing my website. I understand the way you guys feel about the quality of my website but I'm working on that. So any questions you guys have feel free to ask anytime.

02-03-2009, 12:12 AM
When I said architect, I meant a 5 year professional degree, 3 years of apprenticeship 3 days of written and oral exams and 18 years experience.

02-03-2009, 01:27 AM
We cant all be as good as you randy. Besides all that means is that if I need any designing done theres only one person on these forums better than me. So your the only one get my business.

02-03-2009, 05:32 AM
Believe me, I would be in heaven if the prices on everything in the haunt industry dropped. But I wouldn't be expecting as high a quality from anything if they did. I'm not saying that this site can't be legit, but I'm saying that it does seem a little...different...at first. I don't know how to explain it, but that's how I feel about it. But, if someone is willing to join the boards for that site, I'm sure it is legit...at least to a large extent.

02-03-2009, 09:01 AM
Hey Oak, I had to read that twice. At first I took it as a shot at me. Unfortunately, education or even a license has nothing to do with quality design, but they are some of the marks of professionalism. The road to being an architect is a long hard one and state laws restrict the use of the world because it does indicate a certain skill level. nuff said

02-03-2009, 04:36 PM
I got an email response from the guy on that website and he sent me some samples, basically what you see on his site other than the fact that he redlined the hospital drawing to show where the maze would go...Im not dis-counting his ability, it just amazes me that he can offer haunt designs for such low prices. I am a designer myself (NOT an architect...though I do have a civil engineering degree) and it takes many hours to develop a haunt design into working drawings. Im not trying to bash this guy in any way, actually I hope he can find some work in these troubled times.

02-04-2009, 03:33 PM
guys it was a fake. I made that thing up as an experiement. Anyways Randy Im not trying to put you down at all. If thats how it sounds I appologize. The fact is I could never do what you can do. You have precision skill I have ideas that I put on paper then have a professional like you make it plausible. So don't worry your hard work isn't underappreciated by me.

This whole website was an experiment. I wanted to see how you guys reacted to first someone who tried to offer these services with a free website. You guys reacte exactly how I thought. Secondly how you guys reacted witht he low prices. That supprised me. You guys can check larry's thread for my post on The Economy issue. Sorry about not telling you guys but hey I got some interesting info for my own haunt.

Thanks guys.

Oh PS to icandraw. That scan is just a scan of what I've been working on for about three weeks. I have been turning that hospital into a real haunt. I have lots of questions for Randy because I've been running into some problems. Do I have to make it wheel chair accessible. because thats ALOT of ramp to go up 6 feet.

02-04-2009, 03:49 PM
I assume this "test" was just to see what type of website you can get by with while looking professional? Correct me if I'm wrong.

Also......you created a spam account: An account that is made without the intent to use it for the forums. Hm. Oh well. It's not too serious, but I would contact Larry about deleting it. It takes up space where legit users could join.

02-04-2009, 04:05 PM
Oak -

PM me and I will try to help you out. Is your haunt a permanent install or temporary use?

02-05-2009, 08:55 AM
Oak -

If you are in an existing structure ALL accessibility requirments will apply, ramps, handrails, hall widths, etc.

06-08-2010, 08:39 PM
I have searched for an answer to this question with no luck finding my answer. I am working with my town to open a haunted house. I have purchased a haunt,,,,added many things...found a building that the town approves of..... I have been working on this for 4 years and now ready to pull the trigger this year......now the town wants architectural drawings..... This is not inexpensive...... anyone have any ideas on a way not to sell my first born to get this done??