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A sample of three  Mesa cards

Mesa: A Deck of Whimsical, Playful, Surreal Cards to Inspire Your Play Imagination

Mesa is an original, whimsical, playful, fantasy-adventure card deck with three unique complementary dice that will spark your imagination. Like a traditional deck of cards, the Mesa deck is designed for a variety of games waiting to be invented. Some games I have already invented, others others will invent once they get their hands on this fun deck of cards.

What is Mesa? Mesa is the world distilled through the eyes and the imagination of the child at play. To a child, play is serious business. There is conflict, there is danger, there is treachery, there is love, there is war, there are villains, there are heroes, there are monsters and there are all kinds of creatures that only the innocent, hyperactive imagination of a child can imagine.

Mesa is the imaginary playground where all this action takes place. And the Mesa cards represent the characters which partake in that action.

I am in the process of developing this exciting new card deck. Check out the Mesa Playing Cards page and my Blog for more information.




My Newest Visual Puzzle: De Stijl Steps (work-in-progress)

De Stijl Steps, an original visual puzzle


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

Sudoku Reinvented, Three New Sudoku Variants, Visual Sudoku, Isogram Sudoku, Braille Sudoku


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.