Loki's Loop

About Loki’s Loop

At Loki’s Loop, we design escape rooms and other games as an engaging way to experience and learn about misinformation.
Loki’s Loop is a project of the University of Washington Center for an Informed Public. Our first game – The Euphorigen Investigation – is an escape room. Escape rooms are live-action adventure games where teams of players work cooperatively to solve a series of puzzles. The immersive nature of the medium serves as an engaging way to interact with various deceptive tactics, such as manipulated charts, bot accounts, and deepfakes. It’s an experiential rather than skills-based approach for people to think more critically about the information they encounter online. Our games are available in two versions – online and in-person. The online version is played over video conferencing software (e.g. Teams, Zoom) and a web browser. The in-person version is a kit that can be downloaded and printed for group play. Our games are optimally designed to be facilitated by a gamehost (e.g. librarian, teacher), which includes both the gameplay and a brief post-game discussion. Learning outcomes are enhanced when played with a gamehost.   We also partner with organizations and individuals worldwide to localize our games, develop new games using co-design methods, and conduct cross-cultural research on the effects of the games.  Please visit the Language Versions page to check out our games in various languages, and click here for more information about partnership opportunities.

Loki’s Loop games are products of extensive research and co-design activities at the UW Center for an Informed Public, a nexus for multidisciplinary research on misinformation and translating research into policy, technology design, curriculum development, and public engagement. 


Core Team

Chris Coward
Senior Principal Research Scientist
Information School
University of Washington
Jin Ha Lee
Senior Principal Research
Scientist Information School
University of Washington
Lindsay Morse
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HeeJae Chung   Assistant Director for Education and Engagement, Center for an Informed Public, University of Washington

Eric Gordon   Professor and Director, Engagement Lab, Emerson College

Julie Kientz    Professor and Chair, Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington

Rachel Moran    Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for an Informed Public, University of Washington

Megan Shen    Associate Professor, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch Cancer Center

Anna Swan    Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for an Informed Public, University of Washington

Stacey Wedlake    Research Scientist, Technology & Social Change Group, University of Washington

PhD Students

Johnny Cho
Ph.D. Student
Information School
University of Washington
Lidia Morris
Ph.D. Student
Information School
University of Washington
Travis Windleharth
Senior Researcher
(Graduated 2021)
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Daphne Hsu, Audrey Kho, Ploy Pruekcharoen, Yichi Zhang, Ria Antony, Amaya Kejriwal, Lei Lei, Gladys Hitt, Yinan Guo, Amruta Jadhav, Shinji Yamashita, Carly Minow, Craig Kelliher, Simon Talusan, Jerry Wang, Gina Rome, Caitlin Smith, Nataliya Muzyka, Francis Wang, Amruta Jadhav, Yuanfeng Li, Dev Mathur, Taylor Agajanian, Lindsey Schwartz, Alexander Escalera Sanchez, Iva Matkovic, Helen Li, Sathvika Shakhamuri, Jacob Lackner, Ari Hock, Juan Carlos Gomez, Jamie Ramos, Yimeng Wang, Maina Gachugu, Darren Ma, Andy Cahill, John Rosen, Jeffrey Wang, Justin Bao, Molly Wu, Angelina Lum, Katherine Wardhana


June Ahn  Associate Professor, School of Education, University of California

Candace Epps-Robertson  Assistant Professor, English &Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina

Barbara Fister  Professor of Emerita, Gustavus Adolphus College

Risa Puno  Artist

Juan Rubio  Digital Media and learning Program Manager, Seattle Public Library

Claire Wardle  Co-founder, First Draft News

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