Message #1332

From: schuma <>
Subject: Re: Log files in MagicTile and an order-4 Megaminx
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2011 02:32:35 -0000


Thank you for updating Magic Tile. It’s one of my favorite puzzle programs.

About the order-4 megaminx, it was made physically by Kickflip1993 Feb 2010:

About digital puzzle, Gelatinbrain has 2.2.10b. Although it’s an icosahedron, it’s functionally equivalent to a order-4 megaminx and it has perfectly planar cuts.


— In, Roice Nelson <roice3@…> wrote:
> It’s been almost a whole year since I’ve uploaded any changes to MagicTile,
> so I wish I could say I’ve addressed a good chunk of the great feedback and
> feature requests I received for it. Sadly I haven’t, but I did add
> saving/loading of log files this weekend, and thought I’d let the group
> know. This will be nice for documenting and sharing solutions, and likely
> necessary to solve some of the puzzles with many slices.
> I tested it, but not extensively, so please let me know if you see any
> troubles.
> Also, as one added bonus, I enabled an order-4 Megaminx that behaves like
> the Impossible, since the code already supported it. I’m not sure if this
> puzzle exists elsewhere in physical or digital form yet. I was told it
> didn’t last February, but a lot can happen in a year!
> I personally think even-length dodecahedral puzzles are more elegant if done
> in a "Big Chop <>"
> fashion, rather than an Impossiball fashion. My reason is simple…in
> MagicTile, the former would have no overlapping material during a twist,
> while the latter do lead to overlap. However, Big Chop twists are centered
> on edges rather than faces, an extension that is not supported yet.
> Cheers,
> Roice