Kickstarter Project MazeScroll Babies Launched
I just launched my new Kickstarter Project, MazeScroll Babies. Within the first few minutes I already had five backers of the project. I hope that you become one and adopt one, or all eight, of my MazeScroll Babies.
Here is the link to the Kickstarter Project Page where you can get the most detailed information and pledge for one of the rewards:
Kickstarter MazeScroll Babies Page
Free Puzzle Game Samples
To introduce more people to my MazeScroll Series, and hopefully get some of them to support it via Kickstarter, I created three samples of three of the MazeScrolls. These samples play the same as the "real" thing but are much smaller. For more information about how to play them, see the MazeScroll videos.
MazeScroll 31, De Stijl Mile ⇒ De Stijl Steps
MazeScroll 30, Perimeter Perplexity ⇒ Perimeter Perplexity
MazeScroll 45, Skritches, Skretches, and Skrutches ⇒ Skritches Square
New Kickstarter Project Reinvents the Maze Puzzle Game for the Whole Family (News Release
A Kickstarter campaign to fund the MazeScroll Series project is set to launch on March 5. It will last 30 days. The project, created by the artist Mick Jonze, is a set of six maze puzzle games in the format of the scroll. Each MazeScroll is 6 inches high and 48 inches long.
The scroll format is not the only thing that makes these maze puzzle games unique. The puzzles open new opportunities to play the maze puzzle, including multi-player game-play with or without the use of dice. In addition, the puzzles are designed using a variety of new graphic styles.
The six MazeScrolls that are part of the Kickstarter campaign are the following: MazeScroll 28, A Galaxy Far, Faar, Faaar Away, MazeScroll 31, De Stijl Mile, MazeScroll 35, Daedalus Treasure, MazeScroll 38, Lover's Duel, MazeScroll 40, Daedalus Palace, and MazeScroll 45, Skritches, Skretches and Skrutches.
Unlike the traditional maze puzzles that are created for one person play, the MazeScrolls are created for group play (Although they still can be played by a single player like a traditional maze puzzle.). This is the advantage that the 48 inch long scroll offers. Two players can comfortably sit side-by-side in front of the MazeScroll, with additional two players sitting opposite them.
And the puzzle games where designed to take advantage of this physical characteristic. For example, in MazeScroll 38, Lover's Duel, each player begins the game from their base. The two bases are at the opposite ends of the scroll. The goal of the puzzle game is for each player to get to his/her opponents base first.
In creating these MazeScroll puzzles, the artist drew inspiration from a variety of sources that include fine art and architecture. For example, MazeScroll 31, De Stijl Mile was inspired by the De Stijl art movement, particulary the paintings of Piet Mondrian. MazeScroll 35, Daedalus Treasure and MazeScroll 40, Daedalus Palace were inspired by architectural drawings. Finally, MazeScroll 45, Scritches, Scretches and Scrutches is an amalgam of Jackson Pollock, Keith Haring, and doodles.
While six MazeScroll are being offered from the outset of the campaign, the artist would like to add at least two more additional puzzles during the Kickstarter campaign. The MazeScrolls will be offered individually, or as a set of three contained in a tube package.
For more information about the MazeScroll Series and the Kickstarter campaign please http://www.konokopia.com. The website contains samples of the six MazeScrolls, introduction videos to each one, and the entire collection of the maze puzzles that the artist has so far created.
The (Unofficial) Sochi 2014 Olympians Sudoku
I have caught a little of the Sochi Olympics on TV. I think so far my favorite have been the Women's Freestyle Skiing and the Men's Snowboard Halfpipe. (After seeing the men's halfpipe competition, the ladies seemed somewhat disappointing. Their aerial actobatics were pronouncely inferior to the men's.) I also enjoy the curling competition, though I needed to research the game a bit to understand what they are actually doing. The Pair Luge, I don't get. What is the point of having two guys lying on a sled? Seems rather silly.
In any case, here is my Olympians Sudoku puzzle.
Valentine's Day Isogram Sudoku Puzzles
Here is an unorthodox set of Valentine-related objects: the Valentine Sudoku. Each Valentine Sudoku is created from an isogram that alludes to this holiday of love. But beware, some of these sudoku are a little racy. For more information on these puzzles and the ideas that they inspired, check out my blog.
Seahawks Sudoku, Thank You Seahawks!
I love watching Seahawks football and after that highly satifying entertainment, Super Bowl XLVIII, that the Seahawks presented to all Seattle fans, I wanted to do something to show my appreciation. And what better way to show my appreciation than to create special Seahawks Sudoku puzzles. Football and sudoku is a potent amalgamation and using my Isogram Sudoku concept I can, like a medieval alchemist, combine these disparate chemicals with explosive results.
The Superbowl Sudoku and the Champions Sudoku are, in puzzle game essentials, just like regular numeric sudoku puzzles. They follow the same rules. The one addition is that each of the words that make up the sudoku puzzle appears in-line once in the puzzle. It appears either horizontally, read left to right or right to left, or vertically, read top to bottom or bottom to top.
It is lucky that the two words “superbowl” and “champions” are isograms. It is, also, lucky that they are both 9 letters long. (The Isogram Sudoku puzzles don't have to be set on a 9-grid space, the size of the puzzle depends on the length of the isogram, but it is nice if they can be.) Too bad that the word “seahawks” is neither, and, thus, it does not qualify it for the Isogram Sudoku puzzle.
My Newest Visual Puzzle: De Stijl Steps (work-in-progress)
Here is a preview of my newest idea for a visual puzzle: De Stijl Steps. More about the puzzle to come. But for now this is what it looks like. The puzzle is inspired by Piet Mondrian paintings and De Stijl art movement, hence the name.
The puzzle has also given me another idea: “De Stijl Steps: The Ten Step Program to a Better You, Improving Yourself One Puzzle at a Time.” Battling addictions by solving puzzles? Hmm.
Reinventing the Sudoku Puzzle, Three New Variants
I did not anticipate spending the last two months developing new sudoku puzzles. But that is what I did. It all started with writing introductions to my two Pattern Squares books. In the introductions, I compared my original puzzle, the Pattern Squares puzzle, to the sudoku. I explained how the two complement each other because one was a visual puzzle and the other was a numeric puzzle. But after I wrote the introductions and published the books, I realized that the sudoku is not really a numeric puzzle. I misunderstood the sudoku puzzle.
Numbers are not essential to the sudoku. Any set of symbols can be used in this logic puzzle. Numbers have just proved to be convenient. The use of numbers in sudoku is also an example of bias. Sudoku is a logic puzzle and people associate logic with math and math with numbers.
But logic is used by all people. Logic is used by artists and by writers as well as by mathematicians. And so I created the Visual Sudoku and the Isogram Sudoku and the Braille Sudoku. These are three new sudoku variants that reinvent the sudoku puzzle. For proof, check out my blog where I offer an in-depth look into these puzzles. My blog also show the evolution of the development of these variants. You can also read more about the sudoku puzzles on the sudoku page.
Books collecting these new type of sudoku puzzles are in the works.